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W00t! W00t! I finally finished two books in a week. That seems crazy, but between reading long books and the start of school I haven’t finished more than one a week in what feels like a very long time. Does that mean my life has calmed down a bit? Maybe, but it doesn’t really feel like it, and with a grandbaby three days overdue, I suspect this next week is going to be very, very full!
Last Week’s Reads
The start of the school year probably wasn’t the best time to take on a long southern saga. Because of that, I don’t feel like I truly gave The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson all the attention it really required. Never-the-less, I liked most of her book and will be reviewing it tomorrow. I haven’t read an entire book in a single day in a long time, but did with Kaira Rouda’s psychological thriller, Best Day Ever. It featured one of the creepiest narrators ever and reminded me a little of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (my review). I plan on reviewing Best Day Ever sometime next week. I also abandoned two books last week: The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery and We Are All Shipwrecks, a memoir by Kelly Gray Carlisle. Neither one seemed to be going anywhere and I grew bored.
At about halfway through, I am loving the audio version of Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng’s sophomore novel. The story is great and the narration by Jennifer Lim? A-maz-ing! This book is an absolute pleasure to listen to. I just picked up The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott last night and read about 12 pages before falling asleep. I’m anxious to delve further into this story of a widow, her child and the Brooklyn nuns whose lives are intertwined through much of the twentieth century.
Likely to Read Next
After hearing that Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan was nominated for the National Book Award last week, I’m not going to be able to hold off any longer. “With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men.” That sentence alone is enough to draw me in. I have something of a foodie family; my sister is food blogger with a pretty significant presence (RecipeGirl), one of my son’s is a chef, and we all like good food. So, Alice Waters is chef we admire. Her memoir, Coming to My Senses was released earlier this month and I plan on making it my next audiobook. Waters does her own narration which hopefully will add to her story.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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