Weekend Book Friends #38

Posted June 16, 2023 by elzaread in Weekend Book Friends / 18 Comments

Greetings you guys! It’s Friday and a long weekend here in South Africa. We celebrate Youth Day today. My Mommy says she can really start to feel her youth slipping away a bit as she is dead tired and just want to lie on the couch and read her book. Of course we can go and do that. As soon as we’ve  managed to post our second Weekend Book Friends post for this year. Dreadfully shameful, I know.

But I do understand that my Mommy just want to go and snuggle with her book. Our choice for this weekend really is a beaut.

Weekend Book Friends #38Go As A River by Shelley Read
on March 7th, 2023
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 299
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Club
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On a cool autumn day in 1948, Victoria Nash delivers late-season peaches from her family's farm set amid the wild beauty of Colorado. As she heads into her village, a dishevelled stranger stops to ask her the way. How she chooses to answer will unknowingly alter the course of both their young lives.

So begins the mesmerising story of split-second choices and courageous acts that propel Victoria away from the only home she has ever known and towards a reckoning with loss, hope and her own untapped strength.

Gathering all the pieces of her small and extraordinary existence, spinning through the eddies of desire, heartbreak and betrayal, she will arrive at a single rocky decision that will change her life for ever.

GO AS A RIVER is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettable characters and a breathtaking natural setting, it is a sweeping story of survival and becoming, of the deepest mysteries of love, truth and fate.

We’ve actually just started it last night, but we already know this is going to be a book we will love. We fell in love with Shelley Read’s writing style from the word go.

Let’s see what my fellow weekend readers will think of this one. Our first stop is with  @ Reading is my Super Power for First Line Friday and to Gilion @ Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions.

The book opens with a Prologue that I will share a few sentences from and then I’m going to cheat and skip to page two of chapter one. Just so we can share some of the brilliant word-play with you:


Imagine what lingers on the black bottom of a lake. Debris, rivered in or tossed from boats, grows shaggy and soft. Pouty fish swim their strange lives, far from the hook in inseparable breath and motion. Imagine patches of lake weed dancing like lithe, unobserved women. Stand on the edge of a lake, the low waves gulping at your shoes, and imagine how close you are to a world as silent and alien as the moon, out of reach of light and heat and sound.

Chapter One

It was true that this one crumbling sidewalk led to everything. Along with Dunlap’s, we had the Iola Hotel for fancy folks and the tavern tacked on the back for drinking folks; Jernigan’s Standard station, hardware, and post; the café that always smelled of coffee and bacon; and Chapman’s Big Little Store, with groceries and a deli counter and too much gossip.

Our next stop will be to Freda’s Voice who hosts the Friday 56. Don’t show up empty handed though!

  • Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda’s Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And  last but not least, don’t forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.

We are still a bit a way from page 56, so I’ll just go with the first sentence:

I startled when she reached out, two snow-white palms with splayed, twisted fingers thrusting toward me as if to push me to the ground. I recoiled and sped away as best as I could. As I did, I noticed her ramshackle black bicycle flung among the dead daisies in the roadside ditch.

Gosh this woman writes beautifully! Don’t you think? Have you read Go as a River? 

Before we go and relax with our book, let’s quickly join the Book Blogger Hop. The Book Blogger’s hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. Every week, there will be a prompt featuring a book related question. It’s hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer and I guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name.

Today’s question: When you write your reviews, which do you discuss more? The characters or the plot?

Our answer: Oh gosh, we will never ever be successful with this reviewing-thing, because we honestly don’t follow any template or set plan. We literally just write as we go along. If the book was more character driven, we will definitely talk up a storm about them. If it’s more plot driven, we’ll go on and on about that. So I guess our final answer will have to be – depends on the book. If I take our current read, I suspect it might be neither and we’ll just blabber on about the beautiful writing…..

I guess I should quite now.

We wish you all a lovely weekend and I hope you have a great book to keep you company!

Lots of Love,

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18 responses to “Weekend Book Friends #38

  1. I say I talk more about the characters but sometimes it depends with sticks out more. Some books are more character driven and others are more plot driven.

  2. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading In This Moment by Gabrielle Meyer.
    “The rain had not let up by Friday afternoon, keeping everyone indoors and canceling a garden party I had planned to attend.”
    Have a great weekend. Happy reading!!!

  3. Katherine

    This does sound gorgeous! I’m with you on being wiped out tired. I feel like I could sleep for an entire weekend sometimes! Getting some reading time and snuggles with Elza sound like the perfect way to spend the weekend!

    • Hi Katherine!

      Oh yes it is a lovely book! I am playing around with a few reading challenges today and tonight we go to my in-laws. The rest of the day I plan on just relaxing and reading.

      Looking forward to holidays and lots of reading time!

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    • Hi Debbie! I think the reason you have been blogging for so long and so successful, is the fact that you really do it for nothing but fun and the enjoyment of reading. I really am aiming to be more like you every day!

      I am quite sure that Go as a River is a book that you will love. But yes, let me finish it and then we can talk again!

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  4. How do you pick your book club selections? One of my clubs scours book lists for possible reads, the other uses the library book club kits and we are at the mercy of the librarian in charge of selecting the books for those kits, though there is choice within which kits we’ll read from.

    • Hi there Anne!

      We don’t have a chosen book every month. We work on a completely different concept. We are 12 members of our club and every month, each member pays a certain amount and we chose a “host” for that month. The host then gets all the money and can buy whatever she wants. The only rule is that the books need to remain in the kitty for a year so all members can get a chance to read it.

      We read a whole lot of diverse books like that! We don’t have a library in town, so this is our best way to swop books around.

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    • Hi there Lisa!

      I think I might savour it for some time. Love to read books like that! But I will probably read about 3 books in between! LOL!!

      Thanks for the visit and have a lovely weekend,

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