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Anything Goes On Sunday 5

I can’t imagine that one week of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge has gone by already. Next week you might find those of us doing it look a bit lost like this! πŸ˜‰ Just kidding, it’s been a blast, so far.

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Anything Goes on Sunday

It does. Today, inspired by Dana of Kiss My List I decided to do a quick round of some books I’ve read and not reviewed yet as part of Anything Goes on Sunday this week.

Then and Always: A Novel – Dana Atkins 

Rachel Wiltshire has everything she’s ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance to the journalism program at her top-choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart.

Five years later, Rachel returns home for the first time to celebrate her best friend’s wedding. Still coping with her grief, she can’t stop thinking about the bright future she almost had, if only that one night had gone differently. But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now she has her dream job as a writer and a stylish apartment, but the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.

My view – I found myself drawn into this quite emotional read. It was chick-lit at it’s best – the kind of book you don’t want to put down until you know how it ends. And the end might surprise you! πŸ™‚


What Nora Knew – Linda Yellin

Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family’s Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly’s been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. 

Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-yearold chiropractor. He’s comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance in the style of Nora Ephron, she flunks out big-time. She can’t recognize romance. And she can’t recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron’s romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism in this bright, achingly funny novel.
My view – It’s a sweet and funny novel and while it does have all the elements of chicklit, it’s also quite profound – making one think of relationships and how you define the meaning of life.


The book was on’s What We’re Reading This Week.

This just came in from the publisher, Simon & Schuster, yesterday – so I thought I’d share it with you.
You can join Linda Yellin here for a live broadcast event this Monday, April 7th, 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET!

I received both these books from NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.


Now you know what to do – if you wrote a post today (6 April) leave a comment and add your link here below:


  1. Richa Singh Richa Singh April 7, 2014

    You blogged on Sunday too! You are a star now. I am serious. I simply lazed around πŸ˜€ And yes I like the books but honestly chicklits not me πŸ˜€

  2. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom April 7, 2014

    Hey I like chicklit. Those sound like fun reads. I’ll be travelling shortly and these will make for great travel companions. Thanks Corinne.

  3. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra April 7, 2014

    Then and Always looks quite interesting…will try that one out sometime. It looks like a good read for plane travels or waiting at the airports πŸ™‚

  4. Shalini Shalini April 7, 2014

    Thanks for the sharing the books. Im definitely gonna pick up “Then and Always”. Soon.. πŸ™‚

  5. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg April 7, 2014

    Yes, it’s hard to believe that one week of ‘planned’ madness has passed already!! Never before I have read so many written words in a week!
    Chick-lits are my fav genre… have added in my TBR list! Thanks for sharing Corinne! πŸ™‚ β™₯

  6. nabanita nabanita April 7, 2014

    I think I’ll pick up Then and Always but I first have to finish the unread books in my tab! I think I buy more than I read but then what can we do no πŸ˜‰ ?

  7. Fab Fab April 7, 2014

    I like how ‘Then and Now’ sounds, might pick it up once I’m done with the huge pile of unread books I have!!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      Actually, you might like What Nora Knew better, Fab. Don’t tell me about unread books – my Kindle is overflowing.

  8. Kathy Combs ( Kathy Combs ( April 7, 2014

    Both of these books sound wonderful! I have such a long list of books I would like to read, but end up reading blogs instead. Never seem to find time lately to read much else but I love your reviews! β™₯

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      I know the feeling, Kathy. I need to take a reading break! πŸ˜‰

  9. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 7, 2014

    I love the cartoon! So sweet!

    I thought I had Then and Now because the blurb sounded familiar…but I have a book called Then and Always. Not the same thing ;-). I’d like to read both books. Chicklit is one of my favorite genres.

    Thanks. My list of must-reads is becoming healthier and healthier!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      Ah I liked the cartoon too.
      We’re chicklit girls, what to do? πŸ˜‰

  10. Amanda Kendle Amanda Kendle April 7, 2014

    I’ve seen a couple of reviews of “What Nora Knew” recently – must be a sign that I should add it to my reading list!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      I hope you follow the ‘sign’ ;)! Thanks for your visit, Amanda.

  11. William William April 7, 2014

    Cool! Thanks for the book reviews Corinne.

  12. Sreeja Praveen Sreeja Praveen April 7, 2014

    Nora seems interesting πŸ™‚ I would love to know what she knew too…and the pic of the sheep is very cute…. πŸ™‚

  13. Kajal Kajal April 7, 2014

    Great reviews…look like some great reads for a holiday or something.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      Thanks, Kajal. Chick lit is always good for holidays ! πŸ˜‰

  14. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan April 7, 2014

    Honestly can’t believe the first week of A to Z is done. Incredible how quickly it went! Nice to have a small break (though I still blogged today!) but looking forward to a new week of new tangles. πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      Yes, it sped past, didn’t it, Laurel. But it’s been a lot of fun. Thanks for your comment and for adding your link.

  15. Anne Howard Anne Howard April 6, 2014

    What Nora Knew looks like good read, might need to pick that one up for our next journey. Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

  16. Dana Dana April 6, 2014

    Happy I inspired you, Corinne! I’m not familiar with either of these books, but they sound like great vacation/beach reads. I’ll check them out – thanks!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 7, 2014

      Thanks, Dana. I think you’ll like ‘What Nora Knew’.

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