Some Interesting Reads #OpenBookBlogHop #TuesdayTidbit

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is:  “What’s on your “TBR” (to be read) list?”


Twelve books are listed in my iPhone’s reminders app. I won’t mention all of them, but I’ll talk about a few.

First of all, I’m currently reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. In Texas during the 1920’s, a rich girl, considered not marriage material because of her looks, ends up marrying a farm boy. Twelve years later, her family, after barely surviving four years of drought, plagued by lost crops and livestock, dust storms, and illness, is planning to leave Texas for California.

By the time you read this post, on Tuesday, October 12th, I will be farther along in the book. But as I write this, on Saturday, October 9th, that’s where things stand. It’s a depressing book, and I’ve been tempted to not finish it. But now, I need to know what happens to these characters and can only hope this book doesn’t end like John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Next, I plan to read something I hope will be more positive. Lonnie Love is a black comedian whom I’d never heard of until I recently read an excerpt from her book, I Tried to Change So You Don’t Have To, in Reader’s Digest. One takeaway I got from this is the idea that you can’t let others’ stereotypes define who you are. This book ought to be interesting.

Last but not least, I found a novel, Clara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s about  a female robot who is purchased to be a companion to a sick girl. I haven’t been into science fiction much these days, but this sounds intriguing.

How about you? What are you reading now? What do you plan to read in the future? You can sound off in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s hop and read what others have to say. Happy reading!


New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?



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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

6 thoughts on “Some Interesting Reads #OpenBookBlogHop #TuesdayTidbit”

    1. Well, I must admit that The Four Winds didn’t end as positively as I hoped it would. I should have known. Several years ago, I read one of Kristin Hannah’s other books, Firefly lane, and that ending was also depressing. So, I don’t blame you for not wanting to read The Four Winds.

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