If you've been following along, or trying to, then you know that I have been without reliable internet since we moved to Germany in April.  We've had very limited, slow internet which meant no pictures, downloads, videos or excessive blog reading.
But no more.

We finally have real internet!

I am so excited, I can't even put it into words right now.  I'm thrilled to be back in the blogging scene.  Thank the social media Gods for Twitter where I have stay connected with most of you.  I have great plans for the blog this fall, I hope you're ready for this.

First of all, what do you think about the new digs?  Looks amazing, right?!  What great timing to have my return to blogging coincide with my newest design from the lovely and talented Fran of Free Borboleta Designs.  I'm in love with this design.  I feel so LEGIT.  Thank you, Fran!  You are a gem.

You may have noticed a little change in name.  Yes, I've decided that Sweet Green Tangerine has run it's course.  It was a cute name while it lasted, but I've outgrown it.  However, I could never turn my back on the blog that changed my life, so I decided to stick with the name that encompasses me entirely.  As for handles, URL's and email addresses, those will all remain the same for a while.

Okay, so it's time to catch up!

What I Read...

New on my Shelf

Release date: July 12, 2013

Favorite songs: Satellite Call, Casseopia

The Book Chat

  • August 8 - Let's catch up! What are you reading?  
  • August 15 - Memoirs and Autobiographies
  • August 22 - Chick Lit
  • August 29 - School Reading (memories, favorites, etc.)
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Book Releases

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Release date: August 20, 2013

In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything - her family, reputation and life - in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie's portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting's dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened...

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most - whatever the cost.

The Returned by Jason Mott
Release date: August 27, 2013

Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That's what all the Returned were.

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time ... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

Album Release

The Civil Wars 
Release date: August 6th