October 25, 2019

September 2019 Reads


Sep 54 Someone Knows Lisa Scottoline
55 The World That We Knew Alice Hoffman
56 The Terminal List Jack Carr
57 A Good Neighborhood Therese Anne Fowler
58 Out Of Bounds Val McDermid
59 Travel Light, Move Fast `Alexandra Fuller
60 Dominicana Angie Cruz
61 The Rules of Magic Alice Hoffman
62 Such A Fun Age Kiley Reid

September was a great month for reading, not a stinker in the bunch!

Someone Knows is a thriller and an emotional rollercoaster.  It's about family, marriage, justice, and the emotional wounds that just won't heal. It's a stunner and I loved it.

The World That We Knew is a wonderful read about the courage of 3 women during WWII. Read it and you'll never forget it.

The Terminal List is an explosive, riveting; it has vivid characters and a relentless pace. My head is spinning and I loved this debut thriller. It has lots of bad guys and a few good ones. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

A Good Neighborhood is not my normal read, but I enjoyed it for the wonderfully drawn characters and sense of place. It's compelling, heartbreaking and the conclusion seems inevitable. I think this would be a great book club read,

Great series, and great writing. Out of Bounds is a police procedural, it moves fast and covers lots of intricate ground. Scottish law is very different. Out of Bounds encompasses mystery after mystery, all interconnected, of course

Travel Light is a moving tribute to her father and a memoir of growing up in Africa. This is a great read and the only memoir this month

Dominicana is another great debut novel, it's a story of how the American dream works. This would also be a wonderful book club read, I'd love to sit in on the discussion!

After reading The World That We Knew, earlier this month, I wanted to read more by Hoffman. The Rules of Magic is another great read and I'll be looking for more of her work.

Such A Fun Age is another debut novel. It's a big-hearted story about race and privilege. It was a good read.  I love being able to recommend debut novels.

What are you reading?

September 18, 2019

August 2019 Reads



August 48 Red at the Bone Jacqueline Woodson
49 The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead
50 Macbeth  Jo Nesbo
51 The Better Sister Alafair Burke
52 Virgil Wander Leif Enger
53 A Better Man Louise Penny

The Nickel Boys make my heart hurt. Even though it is a work of fiction, I, unfortunately, know that much of it probably really happened.  Colton Whitehead is an incredible writer!

“Enger deserves to be mentioned alongside the likes of Richard Russo and Thomas McGuane. Virgil Wander is a lush crowd-pleaser about meaning and second chances and magic. And in these Trumpian times, isn’t that just the kind of book and protagonist we’re all searching for?” — New York Times Book Review.

Louise Penny’s novels are unique for how seamlessly they straddle the line between charmingly small-town mysteries and big-city police procedurals.  A Better Man is not to be missed.

What are you reading?

August 6, 2019

July 2019 Reads


July 41 The Travelers Regina Porter
42 American Dirt Jeanine Cummins
43 Never Have I Ever Josilyn Jackson
44 Knife Jo Nesbo
45 The Night Olivia Fell Christina McDonald
46 Throw Me To The Wolves Patrick McGuiness
47 The Beekeeper of Aleppo Christy Lefteri

The Travelers is a great read.  The New Yorker said it best, “[A] kaleidoscopic début . . . Porter deftly skips back and forth through the decades, sometimes summarizing a life in a few paragraphs, sometimes spending pages on one conversation. As one character observes, ‘We move in circles in this life.’”  Plus, as a quilter, I loved the cover!

American Dirt is one of the most important books for our times.  It's outstanding.  This time I'm going to quote John Grisham “I strive to write page-turners because I love to read them, and it’s been a long time since I turned pages as fast as I did with American Dirt. Its plot is tight, smart, and unpredictable. Its message is important and timely, but not political. Its characters are violent, compassionate, sadistic, fragile, and heroic. It is rich in authenticity. Its journey is a testament to the power of fear and hope and belief that there are more good people than bad.”

Never Have I Ever is a fun and suspenseful novel --perfect for a summer read.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo speaks to so much that is happening in the world today. It’s intelligent, thoughtful, and relevant, but very importantly it is accessible.  It's a fabulous read.

What are you reading?

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