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Can you believe Christmas is only a month away? It’s a little scary when I think of how little I’ve done, but somehow it always seems to come together. With Thanksgiving so late this year it feels like things are moving at lightning speed. I’m working on a lot fo fun posts for December, lots of best of lists, and I’ll also be doing some fun Month of Faves challenges starting with 2019 Books that Did and Didn’t Deserve the Hype next Monday. (You’re going to find a few shockers here!) Because of all this, a couple different weeks next month, I’ll be skipping this post, but will catch you up with my reading the following week. In the meantime happy reading and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Last Week’s Reads
- I ended up really loving Ann Patchett’s story of her long, close relationship with poet/write Lucy Grealy, Truth & Beauty. She really got to the heart of what it is to have true friendship and how even through challenges that sort of friendship never really waivers. As always her writing shone!
- The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell was a great listen for me. The further I got into it the more I found myself looking for extra moments to listen to this story of a family with a dark past and secrets that need to come out. The three narrators were absolutely excellent. (Review coming next week)
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid marks my first 2020 book. I’m almost finished with it and it’s a difficult one to explain. In short, it’s about a white woman and her African American babysitter and their weirdly twisted relationship. I like it, but it’s also raising a lot of bigger questions I’ll need to unpack.
- Pretty much EVERYONE has been raving about Inheritance by Dani Shapiro, so I thought it was time for me to give it a try. I’m about 90 minutes into the audiobook and can already see why it’s on the top of so many people’s nonfiction favorites lists this year.
Likely to Read Next
- My library hold for Summer of ’69 by Laura Hilderbrand came in last week, so I plan on reading it next. If you can believe it, I’ve never read Hilderbrand before and thought it was time. Summer of ’69 has been pretty popular this year, and I’m hoping it will hold up to the hype and give me a great book to get lost in this week.
Sara Burnette says
I love Elin Hilderbrand. I think I love her older books better. Try The Blue Bistro 😊 The Winter Street trilogy would be fun for this time of year too. You have to read them in order 😊
I just finished Summer of ’69 and liked it fine, but it didn’t awer me. I’ll keep your suggestions in mind. Thanks.
Sara Burnette says
Yes I liked that book fine but it wasn’t a favorite. And there are actually 4 books in the Winter Street series. They are great holiday reads!
Happy Thanksgiving Susie! Hilderbrand is a hit or miss author for me, if you like that one try The Rumor sometime
Thanks, Renee. Hope your Thanksgiving was great.
Susan Calderon says
I read the book “Summer Of 69” back in June, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave it four stars on Good reads. I hope you enjoy reading it. I think Elin Hilderbrand did a good job with the setting, and what it was like to live back in the 60’s.
The setting and era were the best parts of Summer of ’69 for me.
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out says
Im reading Inheritance this week
Wishing you a great reading week, and a happy Thanksgiving
I just finished reading Summer of ’69 and really enjoyed it! I think it may have been my first book by Elin Hilderbrand, but I read the earlier comments here and made notes of some of her other books that were recommended. 🙂
I’m intrigued by the Family Upstairs. Look forward to getting your thoughts on it!
I’ll be reviewing The Family Upstairs on 12/6, if you’re still interested.
Tina Woodbury says
It looks like I should add The Family Upstairs to my audiobook list!
Have a great Thanksgiving!!
I can think of a couple books for the Didn’t Deserve the Hype list. I’ll wait to see what you post. My weekly update
Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says
Truth and Beauty is probably the most interesting book I have ever read about friendship.
I think you’re right, especially considering that it’s a true story.
Tina Simmons says
Yay! I loved The Family Upstairs- Lisa Jewell is just so talented. I liked Summer of ’69 okay- not a bad book, just didnt love it as much as I loved her The Perfect Couple. Looking forward to Such a Fun Age, too!
Sarah's Book Shelves says
I’ve never read Hilderbrand either!!
I’d give her another chance because I liked Summer of ’69 well enough. It was great reading for a busy week.
I added Inheritance to my TBR this month, so I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it!
This whole year has gone really fast and with Thanksgiving being so late this year I’m sure Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye. See what I’ve been reading at Girl Who Reads
The Inheritance premise …. is pretty unreal … finding that out about oneself …. and their parents. I haven’t read it yet … but heard her on a podcast. Enjoy.