Hosted by Kathryn at Book Date
Last week the weather in Washington was good for the soul. Very good! I needed sunglasses several days driving home from work and was able to take a couple of cool, but sunny, long walks. Best of all, on Saturday it was nice enough for me to sit out on my front porch and read for a couple of hours. I was bundled up, but the warmth from the sun felt amazing. Those walks and the uninterrupted reading time made for a very good start to my March reading.
Last Week’s Reads
Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead was a fun, fast read. Laura, the true main character, has a unique voice that is both quirky and confident. I liked her a lot and she reminded me a little of Eleanor Oliphant, but without all the childhood trauma and slightly better social skills. I’m SO backed up on reviews, but hope to get to this one next week. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell is the author’s account of seventeen brushes with death in her lifetime. Some were huge, others small, but they all made me think about life a little bit differently. I listened to this one and thought Daisy Donovan did a nice job with the narration. (Review coming eventually!) Is is appropriate that I finished reading Sunburn by Laura Lippman while sitting in the sunshine? I thoroughly enjoyed the unreliability of almost everyone in the book, but especially, Polly, its star. (Review, yes, but we’ll see when!)
At about the 15% mark, I’m very much liking Christina Lynch’s debut novel, The Italian Party. Taking place in 1956, it’s about a couple of American newlyweds who barely know each other. I like that the author has already revealed the big secrets each is keeping and I’m excited to see exactly how it’s all going to play out. The Italian setting is icing on the cake.
Likely to Read Next
Last week in this spot I had The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman. I still plan on reading it, but had a strange problem with my download. So the publisher, Counterpoint, is sending me a hardcopy which I hope arrives soon. In the meantime, I’ll likely read The Parking Lot Attendant, a debut by Nafkote Tamirat. A little literary, a little coming-of-age, a lot immigrant story – I’m very curious about this one. I’m in need of a new audiobook, and think I’ll try Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. The reviews on Audible are good for the most part, but a few people really dislike the narrator. I’ll see for myself about her, and then all I’ll need to worry about is getting scared.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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