Thursday, December 30, 2021

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 12/31/2021

All things bookish!

What I Read:

I finished!  And early at that :)


What I'm Reading:


An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bare their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.

First Lines:


August in Manhattan

Well this was a fine mess.

56%/Page 56

Easier said than done.


What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Adelynn Spencer, a spirited member of the Edwardian London upper class, struggles under the conditions of her engagement to Detective Inspector Baze Ford. But during the gala announcing their betrothal, events take a fatal turn when Adelynn experiences a vivid dream of a man dying with a knife buried in his chest. To her alarm, Baze and his men later discover the man exactly as she witnessed.

When Adelynn sees a second dream—a second victim—she tries to convince Baze that there are more sinister things at work. Choosing hard evidence over Adelynn's outrageous claims, Baze dismisses her and turns his attention to the location of the most recent crime, the Empress Theatre. Determined to uncover the truth of her visions, Adelynn investigates on her own. She infiltrates the theater and becomes spellbound by the charming spectacle of the resident magician.

As Baze wrestles with the decision to harden his heart or take action to protect the woman who means everything to him, Adelynn ventures further into the clutches of magic and murder. Can she keep her mind safe and draw the killer out of the shadows?


Book Haul:


Book Blogger Hop:

Q.   What bookish things did you receive for Christmas? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)   

A.  I actually didn't receive anything bookish for Christmas now that I think of it!  I did download a ton of great sounding books to my Kindle though :)


Bookishly Yours,

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  1. Love the sound of 'The Fifth Avenue Story Society', although I'd also be scared to bare my secrets or suspicions in front of a crowd of strangers. I can imagine it might be something of a release as well though. I hope you have a lovely weekend and a great New Year's Eve!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. The Promise of Deception sounds pretty good. Happy reading!

  3. I did not finish my Chronological Bible reading this year, I did about half the Bible, one of my goals is to finish it in 2022. Happy New Year! I loved Rachel Hauck's book and hope you enjoy it.

  4. My first line is from The Mozart Code by Rachel McMillan:
    November 1946. Schloss Schonbrunn, Vienne
    Simon Barre had left his best revolver back at his family estate near Wilmington, Sussex, along with his Barrington surname.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Congrats on reading thru the Bible in a year. I accomplished that a few times and should probably attempt it every year. Happy New Year My final Book Beginnings-Friday56 of 2021

  6. The Fifth Avenue Story Society sounds good. I hope you are enjoying it! Have a Happy New Year!

  7. Happy new year! Somewhat unusually I got 3 books for Christmas, but only one is one that I want to read (long story!!)

  8. My plan is to spend the year reading the Gospels. I've looked and looked for a plan to guide me, but most of them are just for ninety days or so, so I'll probably just make up my own plan.

    I like the sound of The Fifth Avenue Story Society.

    Happy New Year!

  9. Happy New Year Coletta!

    The fifth Avenue Story Society has such a brilliant premise. I am taking a look at that one for sure.

    Hope you will have a super wonderful reading year.

    Elza Reads

  10. I read a different version of the Bible every year and that's the one I chose for '22.

    The Fifth Avenue Story Society is going on my list for this year, it sounds very interesting.

  11. Happy New Year! The Promise of Deception sounds good. I hope you enjoy it and all the other books you choose on 2022. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. I have been tempted to read the Chronological Bible. How did you like it?
    Happy New Year and Happy Reading!


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