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Jan's Newsletter   *  May 2021   *   Edition No. 142
Hello from Lori
April is in the books and I don't know where it went. We had Easter and Independent Bookstore Day. Both days that were fun, but I was missing the ability to do 'em big. I'm getting antsy to start planning events... I'm hoping July/August I start feeling safe to. 

There are some big releases coming this year, let me know if you need to be on the list for anything. The most notable is the last in the Outlander series by Gabaldon, releasing in November.  There's also the annual Lee Child book, the next in the Cat Kid series by Pilkey, Amanda Gorman's book of poetry and her children's book. If there's a series or author you follow, let me know and I can monitor it for you. 

For those in Beaverton, heads up there is a special election on May 18th for several positions. So make sure you get your ballot and vote. Please =) 

Since there wasn't too much going on, I did get quite a bit of reading in, which was lovely. And I've found some new-to-me authors that I'm really loving that I get to now share with you. 

Love Code by Ann Aguirre - This is the follow up book to one of my favorites from last year, Strange Love. It was cute, but not as good for me as the 1st. 

Butterfly Bayou by Lexi Blake - Our romance bookclub selection. Reminiscent of Virgin River, I enjoyed it. 

A Song Below Water by Bethany Morrow - Our YA bookclub selection. Set in Portland, it was fun to know the places they were talking about. Dealt with some heavier issues. While I ended up enjoying it, it was hard to get into with some heavy world building in the beginning. 

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade - Loved this book. You can read the full review here, but super cute fun romance with some really well written character development. 

Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez - So many feels. This author made me feel way too much. Very good book! 

Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert - Yes, I’m still on my Hibbert kick. This is a novella in the Ravenswood series. I’m still enjoying her, although as I go backwards I’m seeing how she improved as an author. 

Teach Me by Olivia Dade - Thanks to Spoiler Alert I’m working my way through her backlog as well. This one was really cute, and it featured two people in their 40’s which was nice for a change. 

Work for It by Talia Hibbert - This was a novella in a series I hadn’t read yet, so I was lost for some of the intertwining characters. 

Mad About Ewe by Susannah Nix - Cute and sweet 2nd chance romance. Two characters in their 50’s both divorced. Good character growth within the book.

Debbie's Corner
Every month I complain that the month went by to fast but wow! I usually try to get the newsletter to Lori a couple days before she needs it but here it is 2:00 in the afternoon on the 30th. This month was a blur. My mom and two of my sisters were here for most of a week. We did our family Easter dinner a couple of weeks late so all five of us were here. We took mom to Lincoln city, the outlet mall is looking like a ghost town. I haven’t gone down there in years. Guess I should get out more often.

I got my COVID Vaccine. I got the Johnson & Johnson so one and done zero side effects. Yesterday I got my final shingles vaccine and it has laid me low.

Busy busy, as a result only two books got read this month. I’m reading one that just doesn’t inspire me to read but it isn’t a DNF (did not finish). So I will keep reading until it is done.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, I saw the Netflix series, the book is nothing like the series it is so much better.

One False Move by Alex Kava. This is a first by this author and I think I’ll go back for more.

I bought a tomato plant and zucchini plants, I used to have a large garden and a lot of flowers, time to get back to it.

Have a great month!


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