This week we have some quiet, some excitement, a few disgruntled workers, a defense, some wishful thinking (c’mon Mega Millions!)  and a lighthouse!

Let us begin!

Pat T. is very quietly working her way through a little something.  “I have just started reading Quiet:; The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking  by Susan Cain and I am finding it fascinating! One of the single most important aspects of our personality is the introvert-extrovert spectrum. It influences our friends, mates, careers and values. Society fosters the extrovert ideal, while introverts are a second class personality type. In this book the author embraces the virtues of the quiet and cerebral introverts.”

The Citizen Asha is, as usual, excited.  “I just started listening to the audio book Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and it is unbelievable, I am thoroughly enjoying it. Can't believe it took me this long to get to it. By the bye, it's going to be a movie. I cannot wait!”

Barbara M. is exploring something totally different from her usual.  “I’m just about finished reading two memoirs which describe the life of an English servant. One, Below Stairs by Margaret Powell, is about a kitchen maid in the first half of the 20th century and the other, What the Butler Winked At by Eric Horne, about a butler who worked from the 1860s until just after World War I. They are both interesting but there are no surprises. The serving class was underappreciated and underpaid.”  Honestly though who hasn’t felt that way?   So get back to work!

Marianne is working her way through Defending Jacob by William Landay.  “After receiving very opposite reviews from my two most trusted readers' advisors, I really had to see for myself.  What would you as a parent do if your fourteen year old son were accused of killing a classmate?  Almost anything, I'm sure.  While the author stretches credulity in some places, I found it to be a compelling read and I couldn't put it down.”

Abby says, "I am reading House of the Hunted by the always solid Mark Mills.  In his latest espionage thriller, Tom Nash was a British spy during the Russian Revolution.  Fast forward to the Côte d’Azur, France, 1935.  Now a successful writer, Tom has not quite given up serving Queen and Country but must try and figure out which previous adventure has someone out to get him.  This setting of this book really reminds me I need to spend some quality time on the coast of France on a nice sailboat. But with no one chasing me. A villa would also be fine. "

As for me? The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman is amazing and it is coming out in August. When Isabel convinces her WWI veteran husband and lighthouse keeper to keep a baby who has mysteriously washed up on the shores of their desolate island, the repercussions are not immediately felt.  But when they are able to go on shore leave 2 years later they are tragically reminded that truly no man is an island and our actions do have far reaching affect. 


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