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


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. . . .


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.”


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)?


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….


  1. Kristin

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your post.

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


  2. cherylmash

    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.


  3. 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.


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