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?

July 19, 2019

June 2019 Reads

June 35 Stars of Alabama Sean Dietrich
36 The Secrets We Kept Lara Prescott
37 This Tender Land William Kent Krueger
38 Joe Country Mick Herron
39 The Stranger Inside Lisa Unger
40 Today We Go Home Kelli Estes

I really loved Stars of Alabama.  Dietrich has woven together a rich tapestry of characters—some charming, some heartbreaking, all of them inspiring.  I'm looking forward to more from this author.

The Secrets We Kept is well worth reading. Prescott’s triumphant debut offers a fresh perspective on women employed by the CIA during the 1950s and their role in disseminating into the Soviet Union copies of Dr. Zhivago.  Fiction at it's best.

I love Mick Herron's writing and stories.  Slough House isn't where you want to end up, and you won't if you're good at your job, which is being a spy!  Joe Country doesn't disappoint.

The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger is a very highly recommended psychological thriller featuring survivors, murder, kidnapping, and vigilante justice.  It has a bit of something for every mystery/thriller reader.

What are you reading?