Dec 3, 2022

Sunday Salon: Bookworm by Robin Yeatman

 I'm fast getting into the ARCs on my list, hoping to keep up and catch up before the holidays are here. It's taking longer than I imagined to listen to some of the audiobooks, but I'm enjoying them nevertheless. 

Reviewed:

Bookworm

My review:

Imagine an avid book lover whose vivid imagination is fueled by all the books she reads, and whose mind makes her imagine the lives of strangers, sometimes accurately. Her invention of the people she meets in public, in cafes, pubs, on the street are fanciful and extraordinarily creative. But her wild dreams, too, of escaping from a restrictive, confining marriage, are often wickedly fiendish.

The novel, Bookworm, is described as a black comedy, and it is entertaining as well as clever. We cheer for Virginia, up to a point, when she tries to find a life away from a controlling husband, a book-hating, germaphobe who tries to separate her from her books. Her imagination carries this unusual novel, and I was surprised by the ending as well.


Now Listening, Audiobooks:



The Favor

Publication: May 31, 2022; Macmillan Audio
Genre: suspense, women's fiction, domestic drama

Review: Excellent suspense novel about two women, one a lawyer and the other a pediatrician, who are in abusive marriages, with husbands who refuse to allow them to work, for one. I appreciated the tight plotting that follows the two women, who don't know each other, but who nevertheless are connected in this fast paced novel.

Superb writing and character development. The author in her notes at the end says her book highlights domestic abuse which has become an endemic situation, in all social classes and education levels. 
The narration was excellent and held my interest throughout. 




The Kimono Tattoo

April 26th, 2022, Brother Mockingbird
Genre: thriller, suspense, set in Tokyo

About: "I jostled her shoulder and noticed when I did that her skin was cold to the touch....her entire torso was covered in tattoos from her collar bone to the midline of her thighs. All were of kimono motifs-fans, incense burners, peonies, and scrolls." 
As Ruth Bennett struggles to unravel the cryptic message hidden in the kimono tattoo, she is forced to confront a vicious killer along with her own painful family secrets. (publisher)

What are you reading/listening to this week? 
Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated BookreviewerAlso,  It's Monday: What Are You Readingand Sunday SalonStacking the ShelvesMailbox Monday

44 comments:

  1. Bookworm sounds very interesting - I like books with an unusual structure or premise and this seems to fit that bill. Will watch for it in the spring.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    https://www.bookshelfjourneys.com/post/sunday-post-27

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  2. I am hoping to get my ARC's caught up as well. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Anything titled Bookworm makes me look twice. The plot sounds delightfully novel, too.

    I'm just starting to get into audiobooks.

    Thank you for sharing all of these.

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  4. Every once in a while, I will listen to audio books. I too like the title Bookworm.

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  5. I think I would enjoy Bookworm. I love a bookish book and Virginia. sounds like a wonderful character.

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  6. Audio books sometimes go by very quickly and sometimes seem to drag. Yet I'm enjoying them, and I'm spending the amount of time I thought I would on them. I can't figure out what makes that difference.

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    1. I pay more attention to the story when I hear it read. I can't just skip over as I do with paper or ebooks.

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  7. Bookworm sounds really interesting!

    Have a great week.

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  8. You certainly have me intrigued with Bookworm!

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  9. I hope you manage to get through them all. Those look interesting.

    Have a great week ahead!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/2022/12/04/sunday-salon-32/

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  10. The Favor sounds like fun....and so does Bookworm. Enjoy!

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    1. Both good, with some similarity in the themes.

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  11. Ooh a nice mix of books. that last one sounds quite chilling!

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  12. The Kimono Tattoo looks very intriguing!

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  13. Bookworm grabbed my interest right away. I'll have to add that one to my wishlist. Hope you have a great week!

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  14. Kimono Tattoo looks really interesting! The Favor sounds tough but also intriguing. Looks like some great reading for you.

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  15. Your review of Bookworm has me curious about it. Haven't heard of it before so thanks for sharing.
    Mary @Bookfan

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  16. I just requested Bookworm from NetGalley. I love books about books! Thanks for the heads-up about this one!

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  17. All these books sound interesting, especially Bookworm. I'll have to add this onto my wishlist.

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  18. Bookworm sounds great! I'll keep an eye out for it in 2023. - Melinda @ A Web of Stories

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  19. The cover of the Bookworm is cute and wicked at the same time. She's got something going on! ha.

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  20. These all look good. The Kimono Tattoo looks like a good thriller/mystery to me. Have a good week and Happy Reading!

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    1. The Kimono Tattoo is excellent. I'm listening to the audio and it does take concentration, what with the history of the kimono in Japan and the rituals and requirements for making, wearing one.

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  21. Wow, you're up to May 2023?! I don't even have April 2023 reads! Enjoy the reads!

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    1. I read the books that grab my attention the most, regardless of the date.

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    2. The book is out in February 2023, not so far away.

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