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What I’m Reading: September & October 2015

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Summer Book Bingo may be long over but there is still lots of reading around here. With nothing else inspiring me today, you are about to get a rundown of the 9 books I have finished since Labor Day. Exciting? Innovative? Not really. But you might find something good to read.

Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman

  • Fast paced and intriguing with an ending that surprised me. Very good and recommended for those who like suspense without blood and guts. 4 stars.

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

  • Going back and forth from the present to the late 1800s this book tells the story of the origins of polygamy and the current state of the practice as well. I enjoyed the fictionalized account of historic events and would recommend it to anyone interested in the topic. 3 stars.

At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

  • I enjoyed this book a great deal. The main character evolves from a spoiled and pampered brat into a caring and selfless woman, all in Scotland during WWII. It was a little predictable and some of the Loch Ness monster stuff is a bit unbelievable, nevertheless, it’s ultimately a romance and I’m a sucker for a Scottish romance. Recommended. 4 stars.

The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis

  • I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s maybe a little longer than it needs to be but it’s satisfying and unpredictable and ultimately gives a message of hope and love in the face of hatred and manipulation. It’s also great to read a book set in a place that’s so familiar to me – Cape Cod and Provincetown. Highly recommended. 4 stars.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

  • What do you get when you cross Gone Girl with a typical Lifetime movie? This book. It’s good, though, and there are few twists I didn’t see coming. Recommended for those who enjoy this type of story. 3 stars.

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer

  • It took a while for me to get into this book and once I did I enjoyed it but it was a little too similar to A Spool of Blue Thread and reading it so soon after I finished that might not have been the greatest timing. It’s definitely not as good as The Dive from Clausen’s Pier but still a solid read, particularly for those who enjoy family dramas. 3 stars.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

  • This book is for anyone who experienced first love, particularly as a teenager. All of those feelings and emotions are described in such a fantastic way, the agony of being apart, the idea that no one has ever felt this way before, the wonder of it all. There is a dark side, too, though, and that’s what keeps this from being just another teenage love story. Eleanor and Park are two characters that will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended. 4 stars.

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

  • A “what if” story, very compelling, and ultimately a quick read simply to find out how it would resolve. The narrator’s voice is a little stilted at times, perhaps that’s intentional due to the story itself but sometimes it just felt awkward. I pretty much “figured it out” halfway through but then second guessed myself since others had said the ending was hard to predict. I enjoyed the setting of the early 1960s and would recommend the book. 3 stars.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

  • Set in France during WWII this book is heartbreaking and haunting but also hopeful. Yes, it’s fiction and certainly not high brow literature but it’s good writing and I learned about the French Resistance, the evils of the SS, the horrors of starvation and war, and so much more. Highly recommended. 4 stars.

What are you reading these days?

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  1. I love reading about what other people are reading – not a boring idea at all! At the Water’s Edge and The Nightingale are both on my TBR. I’m kind of surprised I haven’t read any of your recent nine! My recent favorites are Being Mortal and A Man Called Ove. Both highly recommended. 5 stars!

  2. This is a great post! Love knowing what you’re reading. I’m currently 1/2 way through Eventide and waiting for a renewal and starting Mink River. Need. More. Time. 🙂

  3. I’m also a big fan of looking over people’s shoulders to see what they’re reading, and may have to try Every Secret Thing. I’m currently rereading The Silkworm before I start Career of Evil. I read these because I love the two main characters, but there is definitely a surfeit of blood and (literally) guts.

  4. Book recommendations are always welcome. I have been in a reading slump, so you have inspired me!

  5. Eleanor and and Park is on my TBR (and has been forever). You read many more books than I ever get to and you’re reviews are always interesting to read. I read Suite Francaise, which is similar to Nightingale and I love it. You might enjoy it, too.

  6. My daughter and I both read the trilogy beginning with Ancillary Justice, an award-winning futuristic series peopled with women (gender is not an issue), with a protagonist who is altered to be part of a sentient ship (all the space ships and stations are sentient).

    I also found a list of mysteries set in foreign lands, and while some have not cut the mustard for me, I am currently reading a series of mysteries by Martin Walker beautifully describing the Dordogne, a region of France which I used to visit. The first book is Bruno, Chief of Police.

  7. Eleanonr and Park sounds like one I would like. Thanks for the list. I’m actually reading every day right now so that’s a start.

  8. Love it when you do a book post! My TBR list grows by leaps and bounds. Although I’m not able to read as much as you do, these posts help me whittle it down to a few time-worthy titles.

  9. I agree with you on The Nightingale! I didn’t really understand Occupied France until I read the book. I thought it was a beautiful story and one of my favorites from this year.

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