There Is A Map Out There for Your Story

I’ve always been fascinated by history and wish I could have a time machine transporting me to a different time and place so that I may effectively draft my novels, especially the ones spanning a lifetime. And so my interest in these articles covering a variety of topics perfectly titled Charted.

{photo and article source and inspiration for this blog post}

What Is On Your Reading and Gifting List for 2019

There are countless book recommends for 2019 and some even going back a few years. Of course, this is in addition to the classics we have all read for school or otherwise. With that thought in mind, I ask what are you reading these days or are planning to gift someone and why that particular book?

Here’s what I’ve added to my list from a list of 60 recommends

‘What happens when you get exactly the life you wanted and realize you want something completely different? You could run away from home … or you can make like Philpot, who’s been called “the modern-day reincarnation” of authors Nora Ephron and Erma Bombeck, and enact some mini life changes that pay off in major happiness’. – {source}
‘Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is back with a heartfelt and relatable story of two sisters as they struggle to find themselves. Weiner’s books are reliably excellent, and this one is absolutely no exception. Grab it for a travel read or a palate-cleanser between heavier fare’. – {source}
‘Fans of the long-running Cathy comic strip will love this memoir from its creator. The essays are funny, poignant, and super relatable, especially for moms and those heading into (or out of) middle age’. {source}
‘The author of Commonwealth is back with another suspenseful tale, this time of the bonds that keep us together and hold us back. This novel spans five decades as it tells the story of siblings Danny and Maeve and the Dutch House, an estate that set about the undoing of their entire family and showed them just how much they can withstand’. {source}
‘Told through emails, blog posts and online therapy sessions, this quirky novel about the aftermath of a young woman’s death — and the friends working to make her biggest dream come true — is funny, modern and memorable’. {source}.

A Twist on Bookstores

I was in Sonoma, California a few days ago and there I stumbled upon a brick and mortar bookstore. Naturally spending a good amount of time thumbing through all the paperback fiction and non on display. I honestly never pass up a bookstore no matter where I am or travel to.

So, of course, I needed to share this bit of find online – about a…well read for yourself.

Bed and a bookshelf to call your own
Run your own Scottish bookstore for a week
Sleepover in a Paris Bookshop
Spend a night at a British Prime Minister, in 1895 William Gladstone’s private library
Paris legendary Shakespeare & Company bookshop hotel opened in 1951, with 13 beds hidden away in the bookshelves. Something worth considering for the diehard bookstore fan