Review: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

The NewlywedsLove in the age of the Internet, this certainly isn’t the theme of Nell Freudenberger’s book The Newlyweds, but that is where it begins. Amina is a smart, computer-literate girl in Bangladesh with an advanced knowledge of English. She dreams big, but not as big as her parents dream for her. She one day adds her profile up to an overseas dating site and begins an online relationship with George, a thirty-something engineer from upstate New York.

George travels to Bangladesh to meet Amina in person, and make her dreams come true, no not getting engaged (although they do that) but make it possible for her to live in America, by being his wife. There are some charming chapters about Amina trying to fit in an understand America – but then a sort of soap opera plot takes over, actually a few of them, and the book sort of lost me.

But, that being said I enjoyed Freudenberger’s writing and characters – even if I thought the plot strayed a lot. I love books where I am exposed to new cultures, and find characters that try and make their way in a new culture. It is always insightful. And as an aside – while I ordered this book on my Kindle, what a beautiful cover for this book.

Waiting on Wednesday, 29 May

Oh the wait, oh the alliteration — it is Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine which chronicles new books we can’t wait to get.

Revenge Wears PradaMemorial Day has come and gone, which means it is definitely time to think about what to pack in your pool or beach bag. I spent this semester reading some great books, but now it’s time to give my brain a little break too. A book that will definitely be added to my Kindle when it comes out next week is Lauren Weisberger’s Revenge Wears Prada, the sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. Truth be told, The Devil Wears Prada is one of the few books that I enjoyed the movie better than the book (the opening montage is one of my favorites, as well as Meryl Streep’s lecture on cerulean blue and the Anne Hathaway makeover), but I think this book is going to be a perfect read for this summer. I’m looking forward to a great summer filled with some light, fun reading (not exclusively, of course).

How about you? What are you looking forward to digging in to this summer?

It’s Monday, 27 May – What Are You Reading

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend, and getting lots of reading in (whether it’s by the beach, the pool, or in your favorite reading chair because it is too cold, or even snowy, to go out). This is my birthday weekend, and I just got a new puppy, so reading time hasn’t been as much as previous years, but it has been a great weekend.

I didn’t finish up any books this week, but I have been making some progress in A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (which I got from a Shelf Awareness giveaway) and also Dan’s Brown’s newest Inferno (which is a good beach/pool read – having read some by the pool today I can attest to this).

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
None

Reviews Posted:
None

How about you? How was your week last week and what are you going to be reading this week?

It’s Monday, 20 May – What Are You Reading?

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

I hope you all had a good week. School is done for the semester. Now, I have lots of reviews to catch up on, so you should be seeing more posts from me on the horizon. In the meantime, I did finish up one book this week – and no, it was none of the ones I have been in the process of reading for awhile. I will finish those up hopefully soon. So a quiet week here. But more to come.

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Reviews Posted:
None

How about you? How was your week last week and what are you going to be reading this week? Do you have anything set aside to read during the holiday weekend?

Waiting on Wednesday, 15 May

Oh the wait, oh the alliteration — it is Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine which chronicles new books we can’t wait to get.

The EngagementsWhile in-between various schoolwork over the weekend, I was cruising around Amazon, dreaming of giving my brain some reading candy after I finish up this semester and what do I find … a new book by an author I have really enjoyed in the past (and have reviewed on this site). J. Courtney Sullivan’s The Engagements comes out on June 11th, and I couldn’t be more excited. Based on the Amazon synaposis, it seems like this one will take look at love, marriage … and diamonds. I will definitely be loading this on my Kindle and taking it the pool. I think this one could be one of the beach reads of 2013.

If you have a Memorial Day beach trip planned and want to read another Sullivan book in the meantime, I highly recommend Maine.

It’s Monday, 13 May – What Are You Reading?

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

OK, this is the last week of my semester. In between crunching on papers and exam studying, I did do a little mental break pleasure reading and finished not one, but two books! And once I get through this week I will be back to regular postings and reviews. But today it will be short and sweet (come back Wednesday, I have a Waiting on Wednesday coming too)! It feels good to be giving this blog a little love again. And I can’t wait to reconnect with you readers out there!

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Starting Now by Debbie Macomber (received as an ARE from posting on Shelf Awareness)

Reviews Posted:
None

How about you? How was your week last week and what are you going to be reading this week?

April in Review

I know, I know … it has been awhile since I last posted. Trust me, I know I have basically posted that at the start of every recent post. The semester is winding down and in two weeks you will all be hearing from me a lot more. I will have more reviews, and more discussions of my reading progress. But in the meantime I wanted to do a post on the past month. While I don’t seem to have made a lot of progress in my personal reading – I have been doing a lot of reading … for school. It’s been great, but I am looking forward to a little time by the pool with some serious brain candy. I did have a few personal books started, but they are all hard copy books, so I have started yet another book recently, Beautiful Ruins, because it’s on my Kindle so perfect for time on the train, waiting for appointments and in bed reading.

I hope you all had a great April, and that you May is shaping up to be a beautiful one. We have had, and continue to have, gorgeous weather here, in less than two weeks I will be done with this semester, and my birthday is in three weeks so lots to look forward to on this end. Wishing you all an amazing May!

Book Completed:
The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

Review Posted:
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey