It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Last week even my days off weren’t free days as I had a house full of company due to the opening of hunting season.  In our family deer hunting is taken seriously.  Hunters wake up at 5am to get coffee in their thermos and head out to the deer stand before the sun comes up.  They’re usually back for a big breakfast between 10-10:30 then they are out again until after dark where they come in for a big supper before curling up under a warm blanket and watching a little TV before hitting the sack to do it all over again the next morning.  Last weekend my husband shot a 7 point buck with a drop tine that he was kind of excited about and my future daughter-in-law also got a young buck.

Me?  I’m the head chef and babysitter!  I don’t like guns, myself.  I have went bow hunting before, but that’s the extent of it for me.  Reading during the week and weekend came only late at night where I would read a few pages before falling asleep.  I finished Cleopatra: A Life which was our book club read and I also finished Redemption, but I haven’t got around to writing the reviews on either one yet.

This week I will be reading a few I had on request from the library that finally came in.  They are:

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain                                                                                                      

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. 

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for. 

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

And, Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin—which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist—is the second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over. 

Still Missing is a shocking, visceral, brutal, and beautifully crafted novel about surviving the unsurvivable—and living to bear witness.

**It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey.  It’s a fun way to catch up on the reading week of my fellow book bloggers and share what has happened in mine**

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18 responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. I’ve heard wonderful things about The Paris Wife but I think I want to read a Hemingway or two before I start to read biographies on him.

    • Hmm…now you’ve got me thinking! I’ve read some of his poems but I don’t think I’ve ever read one of his novels. I guess I’m going about this whole thing backwards! 🙂

  2. I used to live in Deer Hunting Land, but the men stayed out at Deer Camp and the women went to Green Bay to shop. Sounds like your freezer will be full this year!

    STILL MISSING sounds really raw. That would be a hard one for me to read. I hope you get a lot out of it.

  3. I’m in the minority for not enjoying Still Missing but intense read for sure, great debut just far out thinking in my opinion.

  4. Honestly… I did not know it was deer hunting until someone mentioned it today… we are the non hunting family 🙂

    Sounds like a good reading weekend though!

    • We’ve got more guns in this house then we have anything else (except maybe books!) Oh the joys of living with three of the male species!

  5. I’ve had Still Missing on my shelf for awhile, I need to make time for it!

  6. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    I hope you get more time to yourself to read this week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  7. My neighborhood is filled with deer, I saw over 10 deer outside our window at 6:30 last night. We love them but there’s an illness going around that leaves the deer delirious, they walk into the road and stand there. They just drop dead. It’s so very sad. I’m not sure what’s happening.

    I reviewed The Paris Wife a few weeks ago, enjoyed it very much. I have also read Still Missing. Have you read ‘i’d know you anywhere’? I recommend it, Still Missing is very hard to read at times.

    Have a great week!

    • So sad about the deer illness. I hope they figure out what it is. I have not read I’d Know You Anywhere (googling it now) and I’m heading over to check out your review of The Paris Wife!

  8. Sounds like you had a busy time. Maybe this weeks is for reading! Hapy hunting… erm, reading!

  9. Still Missing was so good…but very disturbing. Hope you enjoy it!

  10. Ah, hunting season a time honored tradition where wives and families everywhere are left “widowed” for a few months. I keep seeing The Paris Wife and want to pick it up. Looks fantastic. Happy Reading.

  11. Still Missing is on my wishlist. I had another quiet week of reading. School and nanowrimo are eating up a lot of my spare reading time. Please come see what I’m reading.

  12. Pingback: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens *Review* | By Book or By Crook

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