THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES & BOOKING — APRIL 5

Good morning!  Welcome to another Thursday event, in which we spark some creativity and dig into the books we’re reading for our Thursday Themes, hosted by Reading Between Pages ; or explore our thoughts and feelings about bookish topics in Booking Through Thursday.


Our themes give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

Theme Thursdays:

FOOLISH Stupidity, Fool etc

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My current read, Arranged, by Catherine McKenzie, tells a story about relationships.

Blurb:  When her latest relationship implodes, and her best friend announces she’s engaged, Anne impulsively calls what she thinks is a dating service—only to discover that it’s actually an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. Anne initially rejects the idea, but the more she learns about the service, the more she thinks: Why not?After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world; maybe it could work for her.

A few months later, Anne is traveling to a Mexican resort, where, over the course of a weekend, she meets and then marries Jack. And initially, everything seems to be working out. . . .

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This book is an ARC, so the final print may be different.

We meet the characters in a heated confrontation as their relationship is ending:

(Stuart is reacting to Anne saying she is leaving; she then says:)

“Oh, Stuart, please.  This is exactly what you want.  You just don’t want to be the bad guy.  So instead, you’ve made sure I’ll be the one who ends it.  And I’ve been too stupid to figure that out until now.”

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Booking Through Thursday:

Today’s Question:

If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the FIRST book you’d think to recommend (without extra thought)?

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Okay, now that is too difficult!  I guess it would be what book NOW that I would recommend, although over the years, the answer would have changed.

In my younger years, I would probably have said Gone with the Wind and Rebecca:

At the end of 2011, my choices might have been Never Knowing and The Violets of March.

Ask me next week, and I might tell you something different.

Okay…I did cheat a bit on the 2011 books; I thought about it a bit.

But my memory needs nudges now and then.  How did the rest of you fare with this question?  Come on and tell….

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Posted on April 5, 2012, in Booking Through Thursday, Theme Thursdays, Thursday Sparks and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Gone with the Wind and Rebecca are still good choices! I haven’t read your 2011 books yet. Thanks for stopping by my Theme post.

    My recommendation is: The End of the Alphabet by C. S. Richardson.

  2. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your post.

    I to would definitely have different choices based on the person and genre they asked for.

  3. I agree with you. Chevy Stevens is a great author. I can’t wait to see what her next book is and hopefully it is soon. Have a great week.

    • Oh, I hope so, too, Cheryl; I was pleased at how quickly the second one came out after Still Missing. Maybe her next one is right around the corner!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. You listed great books!

    Wonderful choices!

    Here is my BTT post!

  5. I love Chevy Stevens books!

    That is a great snippet too! Going to have to find this book, I loved Spin!

    • Thanks, Freda…I was pleasantly surprised by Spin, so I’m expecting to enjoy this one.

      Glad you could stop by. And my wait for the next Chevy Stevens book will seem TOO LONG!

  6. I LOVE Chevy Stevens books!! Can’t wait for another one to come out!!
    Here’s My BTT

  7. Do you know, I’ve never read Rebecca. I really need to put that one on my TBR!

  8. Yes, my memory needs LOTS of nudges — all the time! Rebecca and GWTW are two of my favorites, but I always think maybe they’re too romantic to recommend to some people. Then again, how could anyone NOT love Rebecca? I’ve read it at least half a dozen times and never get bored with it.

    • Oh, I agree about Rebecca…but since I haven’t read it since I was very young, I’m curious how I’ll feel about it now.

      Thanks for stopping by, Joy, and enjoy your weekend.

  9. I think Gone with the wind is always a good choice!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy reading. :)

  10. I have The Violets of March on my list of books to read in April. Now I can’t wait to read it.

    Thanks for your visit today.

  11. Hello! Thanks for the visit!

    Love Rebecca a perfect read for those rainy, stormy days and nights.

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