Wednesday, February 17, 2021

What I've been reading

 I've been tracking my reading in a sidebar and I can see it is going to get--unwieldy--in a bit. So I thought I'd summarize my January reading for you and then I'll get rid of that. 

Talked about Books
-Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam: I LOVED this book. What happens when the world might be ending? So well written with great characters.  It sticks with you long after you finish.

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour: a young black man gets an opportunity to join a financial firm in a sales position. Such a great story of what it is like to be a black man in a white man's world, and what goes right and wrong.

Psychological Mysteries

-An Act of Love by Nancy Thayer: you may know Nancy Thayer because she does romances but this is an earlier work that is not. It's the story of a family of stepsiblings and whether one step sibling was responsible for a horrific act on another. It kept me reading but it is kind of a disturbing story.

-The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins: this is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre. I don't think we need modern retellings of Jane Eyre.
-The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman: a group of college friends meet at the San Juan Island house of the 'successful' one and mysteries ensue. I liked this one and it is a page turner.

Nantucket based Chick Lit
-Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer: this is more of the Nancy Thayer that you might be familiar with. A good story about two friends and how they grew apart, I really liked it.
-Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand: I honestly think Nancy Thayer can't hold a candle to Elin Hilderbrand in the Nantucket Chick Lit competition. Winter Stroll is the second of the series maybe, and it is a light holiday read. 

-The Long Stitch Goodnight by Amanda Lee
-Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee
-Stitch me Deadly by Amanda Lee

These cozies are based at a small embroidery store in a small town on the Oregon coast and I wish I lived near that little town because the shopping there looks amazing! These are mindless cozies that follow a very specific format which is good if you are having a lot of insomniac nights. 


-Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian: this is a sad book about how a family copes with loss on a micro level and deception on a macro level. I liked it.

-The Divines by Ellie Eaton: rich girls in a rich girls boarding school in England. A bit of a 'fish out of water' story that was kind of compelling---I did rush through the end because it went on too long.

-Confessions of a Curious Bookseller by Elizabeth Green: I'm kind of a sucker for books that are written via text and email, and this is about an unlikable bookstore owner and her 'issues' with her tenants, employees, and competitors. The email/text stuff is fun but this is another book that went on too long, especially with such an unlikable narrator. 

-Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls: I always get excited about David Nicholls books and then I get kind of bored. This is about what happens with a non-theater person gets involved with a summer theater troupe. As you might imagine, chaos (kind of) ensues.

So that's January! I'm a lot slower in February 


Delighted Hands said...

Thanks for the book reports--it is always helpful to have a personal review!

Caffeine Girl said...

I think that's quite a few books for one month!
I'm very intrigued by the first two books you mentioned. I'll have to put them on hold at the Library.

KSD said...

Oh, I know all about theater troupe (community level) drama. . .

Kym said...

So glad you liked Leave the World Behind! :-)
And that's a whole lotta reading there!

kathy b said...

Theatre chaos sounds really fun!!!