Hello everyone, 

I walked my dogs this morning, bundled up in a scarf, jacket and mittens... it was 39 degrees out.  I love fall, the cool weather and the colors changing, layers, a cup of tea.

As I wrap up training for the marathon I'm starting to think about the rest of the year: a trip to MN, a Thanksgiving feast for 25(!), a trip to Asia, and Christmas. Time passes quickly these days. 

Let's talk Books!

Below is a review, what I'm reading this week, and two book I bought over the weekend.

Five Days Left: If you enjoyed Tuesday's with Morie you will enjoy this book.  It tugs at your heart and forces you to wonder 'what would I do' in this situation.

It's a sad story, but an important one. Exploring family, love, and situations when making the right decision means letting go/accepting that your life plan has taken a turn.

I rated this 4 stars on goodreads

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This week I'm listening to Rooms, and reading Big Little Lies.

Rooms: A tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways. 

Big Little Lies:   A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?  What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

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Have you read any of these books? I loved most of Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers so I'm hopeful that I will enjoy her new book.   Sold is an older title, looks similar to The Blue Notebook which is a book I will never forget.  

The Museum of Extraordinary Things:an epic tale of love, loss, and the astounding city of New York in the early 20th century. The two main protagonists are Coralie, a girl with a curious deformity who becomes an attraction at her father’s museum of oddities, and Eddie, a photographer who’s abandoned his Jewish Orthodox faith and makes a living documenting the wonders and tragedies of the city. Eventually their paths cross when they become wrapped up in the mystery surrounding a missing garment worker.

Sold: Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. Lakshmi’s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother’s words— Simply to endure is to triumph—and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision—will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

What are you reading this week? Have you discovered any new must books you can't wait to ready?
I'm adding Lust to my list based on Lisa's review.  This might be a good audiobook for my next long run.

Have a lovely week, Mari

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