20 May 2011

First Words: Well-Wishers

"The hum of well-wishers' voices swirled around Claire James as she stood numbly in front of the brick fireplace in her mother's cramped Los Angeles apartment." - Delivered with Love by Sherry Kyle
My thoughts: O.K. so yeah it starts sad. But sometimes you need that and something about her inner voice sucked me in. Which has me ready to do a cartwheel (if I knew how) because my latest reading slump has been brutal. Hooray for the book the broke the slump!

Update: Turns out Lydia at The Overweight Bookshelf was right. This story is too perfect. Things just magically appear when she needs them resulting in a total lack of depth.

That has me back on the slump-killer search. Wish me luck! Toodles!

37 comments :

  1. Sounds like an interesting read!! I'm glad you are out of your slump!

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  2. Whatever it takes to get out of the slump! I support you!

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  3. I could never do cartwheels, but I can do a an old grade school cheerleader jump for you!

    Glad this broke the slump. You just needed the right heroine :) Enjoy your weekend darling.

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  4. What a lovely and colorful cover! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to see you there again!

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  5. Hooray! I'm glad the slump is broken. I agree, sometimes a book that makes you cry is the perfect thing.

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  6. I hope you enjoy this book. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  7. Looks cute I think I have this on my Kindle but I can't remember...that's sad LOL

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  8. Don't you just hate reading slumps? I'm glad this was able to break it for you. I have it on my Kindle, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

    P.S. Thanks for adding my button! You totally rock. I need to find somewhere to put blogger's buttons on my blog...as soon as I do, your's will be on there! :)

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  9. ...er, don't mind my spelling error, please.

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  10. Hurray for break-through books. That alone makes me want to read it. :-)

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  11. Oh, I picked this one up as a Kindle freebie on Amazon not too long ago. Now, I'm excited you thought it was great and even more so it pulled you out of a reading slump. Woo-hoo!

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  12. yay I am so glad it broke the slump!

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  13. This one does sound delightful...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  14. Hello Juju,

    I loved those opening lines, and despite not being a huge fan, of what I thought would be chicklit, I wanted to know more.

    The author site gave a synopsis that still had my attention and almost had me reaching for the pen to add it to my TBR list, then I decided to double check on Amazon.

    I was a little disappointed to read that of the 6 posted reviews, none had given it a higher rating than 3 out of 5, and everyone had commented about the needless religious emphasis, that kept cropping up throughout the story.

    That has put me off a bit, but if it cheered you up and got you out of the doldrums, then it has been good for you and that makes it worthwhile.

    Yvonne

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  15. Glad this broke your slump! Reading slumps are the worst.

    Here's mine: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/05/book-beginnings-on-friday_20.html

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  16. I love it when opening lines get me right away. I find myself smiling throughout and enjoying the book from beginning to end.

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  17. The cover on this is absolutely adorable! That alone would make me read the book!

    And yes, you MUST find and watch Elvis and Anabelle!!! It is amazing, but sad so beware!

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  18. Yay! For books that bring us back! Sometimes you just need a great one to get you hooked and this one looks fantastic! Great find. :o)

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  19. I'm glad you found the perfect book that brought you from the slumps! Sometimes a not-hilarious book is just what you need.

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  20. I'm glad you broke your reading slump, too! I totally understand. That happens to me. Hope you enjoy your book. Lovely cover!

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  21. I don't know how to cartwheel either...believe me I've tried doing them when I was little and just never got the hang of it. I like the cover of this book too. Very bright and colorful.

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  22. I'm glad that this book broke the reading slump! Must be a great book then :)
    Happy Reading!

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  23. Hooray hurrah book that broke the slump. Frame it!

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  24. Great beginning lines, and that cover brings back so many memories. My high school boyfriend (now ex-husband) had a green VW beetle just like in the cover picture). Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend!

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  25. I'm guessing that's at a funeral or after a funeral? It does sound sad. I'm glad you're gettin' out of that reading slump! :-)

    Thanks for stopping by Proud Book Nerd!

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  26. Glad it broke through the slump Juju....definitely has me curious as to why she's "numb" (emotionally I presume). Can't wait to hear all about it. ^_^

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  27. Ohh this looks interesting. That cover is cute and the quote is nice already even it's only the beginning.

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  28. It does sound like a sad start, but that always helps me connect with a character. Love the cover, too

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  29. Thanks for the link Juju! Sorry that you are still in a reading slump. I went through one a few weeks back and it is so frustrating, especially when you have high expectations for a book.

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  30. Juju, have you read "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant? I'm sure you probably have, but that's a sure un-slumper. "The Secret History of the Pink Carnation" by the lovely Lauren Willig is supurb as well! Good luck!

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  31. Yup, I'm in a reading slump too. Haven't read anything in what feels like FOREVERR. But I'm about to read Wither. :P I'm glad this book has broken your slump! Maybe I'll get lucky too!

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  32. Congrats on getting through the reading slump! I love when that happens. This one looks cute!

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  33. The cover for this one looks fantastic, Juju. I love the colors. This month I haven't done much reading. Nothing really grabs my attention. I'm hoping to get out of this soon. Glad you did! =)

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  34. Sorry this turned out to not live up to the first line. Best of luck on your search.

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  35. All: Thanks ladies for all your comments and visits :)
    Slumps are the worst.

    Tipsy: Ooo good to know. Thanks for the tips :)

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