Kicking Back with a Couple Good Books


Hello there Reading Friends–  Sometimes
you just want a good story, something to kick back and escape everything around you.  Sort of Netflix binging for readers.  I’m thinking these two books would fit nicely into that category.  Enjoyed them both.

Seven Days of Us — by Francesca Hornak
When Olivia Birch returns at Christmas from treating an epidemic abroad, the whole Birch family is quarantined for a week in their country house.  So many twists an turns as an unknown family member arrives, a mother guards her secret, sisters clash and a father sees things in a new light.  Couldn’t put it down– sad and endearing and heart warming all the way to the end.

How To Stop Time — by Matt Haig
Tom Hazard looks like an ordinary 41 year old, but actually he was born in the 1500’s.  He’s known, Shakespeare, Captain Cook, F. Scott Fitzgerald…  And he’s been recruited by the Albatross Society, made of people with his same rare condition–and whose motto is “Never Fall in Love” –hold people at arm’s length.   The book skips between the 1500’s and current London, amid Tom’s struggles to find the “normal” life he wants while stuck in fears from the past.  Strong characters and it all wraps up with an exciting ending.


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33 thoughts on “Kicking Back with a Couple Good Books

  1. You’ll have to let me know if “how to stop time” is any good because I’ve been wanting to read it it for a while now but never got round to it!!

  2. Both of these books look interesting. It’s funny, but I’ve read several synopses lately with plots very similar to How to Stop Time. One was called No Less Days. I don’t know if it’s any good, just happened to notice the similarity. I guess we’ll always be attracted to the ‘what if’ of immortality. Hope all is well as you trek into April (yes, I’m pushing it a bit!). xo

    • Hi Marcia– it’s sort of a time travel book– in that the character lives so long in a linear way, but the story jumps here there to different spots in his life. It was fun– not the best book ever– but it kept me going… What are you read these days?? And happy almost April to you too! We’re having family in for Easter ham. Do you do something special?? Something at the library?? xox friend.

  3. Love your summaries and recommendations! I’ll have to look these up. I don’t read as much as i used to… and I find I’ve been missing it more & more. I listen to audio books, especially on long travel days, but it’s not the same for me. Carrying a real book may not be considered “practical” nowadays because of all the gadgets and devices we all have… but I miss the feel of a book in my hands, reading the pages at my own pace, and learning about another place & time or someone else’s story. All this to say… thanks, Rhonda! I think I’m going to throw a book in my bag, so next time I’m at the airport or on a long car ride, I’ll be able to enjoy a good book! Take care, my friend, and have a blessed Easter week!

    • I know just what you mean Daisy. We’re going on a trip next Tuesday so today I loaded up at the library — BUT I want to take a smallish suitcase. So how many books can I squeeze in and still fit in my socks and p.j.s??! It’s tricky. hugs hugs to you dear Daisy.

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