Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 5/20/18: Re-Reading King again, crochet and a few other things

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It has been a rainy week here. It rained most of yesterday when I watched the Royal Wedding on the BBC channel. Those two are so sweet together, I loved her dress and seeing all the hats the ladies wear.

We also had a pretty heavy rain storm mid-week that looked like something out of a movie. The sky got dark, thunder and lightning started to crack, it became very windy and started pouring rain on my commute home from work. I thought I’d see the wicked witch fly by on her bicycle soon. It is raining today again as I type my post up.

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Louisiana Catch by Sweta Vikram

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source: free ARC courtesy of Poetic Book Tours
title: Louisiana Catch
author: Sweta Srivastava Vikram 
published: April 10, 2018
pages: 254
genre: fiction

about the book:
Ahana, a wealthy thirty-three-year-old New Delhi woman, flees the pain of her mother’s death and her dark past by accepting a huge project in New Orleans, where she’ll coordinate the Annual Women’s Conference to raise awareness around violence against women. Her half-Indian, half-Irish colleague and public relations guru, Rohan Brady, who helps Ahana develop her online presence, offends her prim sensibilities with his raunchy humor. She is convinced that he’s a womanizer. Meanwhile, she seeks relief from her pain in an online support group, where she makes a good friend: the mercurial Jay Dubois, who is also grieving the loss of his mother. Her work in the U.S. and the online medium brings the two men into her life, and Ahana learns that neither is what he seems. With their differing sensibilities on a collision course, Ahana finds herself in a dangerous situation—and she discovers a side of herself that she never realized she had.

Louisiana Catch is an emotionally immersive novel about trust and who we project ourselves to be in the world. It’s a book about Ahana’s unreliable instincts and her ongoing battle to determine whom to place her faith in as she, Rohan, and Jay shed layers of their identities.

As Ahana matures from a victim of domestic sexual abuse into a global feminist leader, she must confront her issues: both with the men in her life and, ultimately, with her own instincts. Whom can she rely on to have her best interests at heart?

My thoughts:

In Louisiana Catch Ahana is in her early thirties, lives in New Delhi and is very close to her mom who is a successful doctor. Her life changes drastically after she finally divorces her abusive husband Dev and when not long after, her beloved mother passes away. As the story flows Ahana deals with the loss of her mother and she tries to find her inner strength being that she was sheltered for much of her life. She finds a support group online where she meets a man named Jay. She cannot shake the feeling that Jay isn’t what he makes himself out to be as he has a bad habit of manipulating her through his texts and emails yet she can’t fully break off the online connection. She also meets Rohan Brady at work. Ahana initially doesn’t trust Rohan but the two eventually become friends. Also in the mix are Ahana’s family and close friends like Naina and her work as a women’s advocate for a non-profit. She works in public relations for “Freedom Movement”. Her work lets her travel to different parts of the country like Louisiana and NYC.

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Top Ten Tuesday 3/6/18: Favorite Book Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is Favorite Book Quotes.
I love a good book quote. I always highlight them on my Nook and *gasp* dog ear my favorite pages in books. There is something special about a wonderful book quote and it doesn’t have to be about anything in particular either. If a passage moves me while I am reading I feel more connected to the story. In no particular order, here are just 10 of my favorite book quotes. I could be here all day…not surprisingly most of these quotes are about love.

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Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

1. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― On Writing A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

 2.”Life has to end,” she said. “Love doesn’t.”-  The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

3. “They are what all lovers are: pieces of the same one sigh.”- Crescendo by Amy Weiss

4. “Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Top Ten Tuesday 2/13/18: Complicated Love

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

10 of My Favorite Complicated Love Stories

I’m a sucker for romance, it is one of my favorite genres. I gobble it up in literature and in film. But I am really a sucker for unhappy endings and complicated love that just burns the house down so to speak. I love it when the couples have to work hard for it, it feels like they earned their love and it feels more true to life.

Today I am listing 10 of my favorite complicated love stories. The kind of love that is meant to be but the timing isn’t right or there are miscommunications and other things involved that keep the lovers apart. Some of these finally have happy endings but most don’t. There are also a few movies thrown in here for good measure. All are based on novels except for the one film.

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1. Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the most complicated love stories I have ever read. These people have to wait decades to finally reunite.

2. The Great Gatsby
Why Gatsby? Why are you so besotted with Daisy? She doesn’t deserve it. Everything he does is to win Daisy back into his life.

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3. Gone with the Wind is a favorite classic, both the film and the novel. In think Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most unlikable heroines in any book I’ve read. She is her own worst enemy and this comes full circle in the end. P.S. I love Rhett. I purchased the hardcover vintage copy above one day at a library book sale for like .50 cents. I wasn’t even looking for it, that’s what I call good book karma 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday 2/6/2018: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

February 6: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

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I could be here all day. I have so many books on my TBR mountain. I am notorious for holding onto books that I hope to finally read one day. It is so book hoarding. It was hard to narrow this list to just 10 books. Some in this picture aren’t mentioned below and a few are e-books.

1. Dark Lover: The First Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
I purchased this one at the height of the popularity for this series and now I feel like the last one left that hasn’t read it. It’ll be a paranormal romance classic by the time I get to it. Then I will have to read the rest of the books in the series so it is an endless cycle.

2. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.
I just had to buy this classic and I still have yet to read it. Mind you, I had to have it. I remember having to have it on my Nook. That was at least 6 years ago.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is a classic that I never make time for. I don’t know why. I actually have two copies of this one on my shelves because I purchased a second copy when I forgot that I already had one. That means I really want to read it right?

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