Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Reads

My reading has slowed down, but I’m still four books ahead in reaching my reading goal. And I have a cruise coming up really soon (more reading!!). Here’s what I read this week:

Aug 23: “The Bourbon Kings” by J.R. Ward, first book of the series, a contemporary soap opera (for want of a better genre) at 418 pages. Blurb from book: For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth as afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford façade. And never the twain hall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instinct were right. Now, after two years proof staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets. As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the rip of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive. While reading this book, I discovered that NBC has decided to create a television series based on this book. I don’t know if I’ll watch it or not. You see… this book started out slow. Waaaaaay slow. Half-way through, though, it picked up speed and I became invested. Will I read the next one? Possibly. But I doubt I buy the hardback. I’ll probably wait until it’s in a cheaper paperback. This isn’t one of those series where I’ll anxiously anticipate the next installment. But if you enjoyed Dallas or Falcon Crest or Dynasty, you’ll probably enjoy this book.

I can’t believe September is almost here. Which means Dragon*Con is almost here! Whoo hoo! I don’t plan on getting my picture taken with a celebrity this year, but I sure plan on having fun. And this time my hubby will be attending. Hope he survives it (sometimes I wonder).

So… have you taken a vacation this year yet or are you waiting until the kids go back to school? The kids have started here already (so early in my opinion, back when I was a kid, we didn’t go back to school until after Labor Day). I’m looking forward to our vacation, but I bet there will still be kids on that cruise. Just not as many. J

Happy Reading!



B.E. Sanderson said...

Ugh. So not ready for September. This year has flown by. Have fun at Dragon*Con!

No vacations this year. But we live in a vacation spot, so we don't really need to leave. Works for me. Last year's vacation were tiring enough and I'd really rather stay home anyway.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Beth - If a vacation tires you, then you're not vacationing right! :) If I stayed at home, then I'd probably be put to work fixing something (or, heaven forbid, CLEAN!).

The Happy Whisk said...

I don't get the whole going back before labor day.

We took staycation during May and then this week, Tim put in for his 10 day Halloween staycation. And as long as this dumb training doesn't fall during that time, we'll have 10 days to do whatever we want.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - The reasons the schools HERE are going back so early is because of the standardized testing in May (they want more school days before that). I say move the testing to June and start after Labor Day, but I don't really get a say, I guess. Of course, I don't have any kids in school, either, so it really shouldn't matter to me. :)

"Dumb training" seems kind of contradictory. Are they training him to be dumb? Haha! Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Hahahaha, I honestly laughed at the "dumb training."

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - Good. That WAS my intent. :)