Earlier this summer a fellow book blogger shared that she was reading Murder on the Quai (the most recent release in the series). I was instantly intrigued as I had recently finished all the books in the Tana French Dublin Murder Squad series and was aching for a new mystery. It didn’t hurt that the scene for Murder on the Quai was Paris. My interest in all things francophone was piqued.
Months later and three books down, I have become smitten with Cara Black’s mystery series. Read more
The Group by Mary McCarthy follows eight girls through the experiences of adulthood, marriage, and careers in Depression-era New York City. The upper-middle class women each have their own vignette played-out over various chapters. One woman is the focus of each chapter even though various characters pop in and out of the narrative. Read more
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
Go Set a Watchman, published in 2015, arrived to bookstores immersed in controversy over the rights of Harper Lee and the actual placement of the text in relation to To Kill a Mockingbird. Was this “new” manuscript a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird or a first draft of what became the famous novel? Read more
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is assigned reading in most middle schools and high schools. I can still recall sitting in 8th English talking about Scout and Atticus Finch. As I aged, these memories stuck with me and Scout, Atticus, and Boo Radley were recognizable names. Their personalities and stories, however, were replaced by other characters and other memories.
Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann
When I first picked up “Anthropology of an American Girl,” I approached it with sarcasm. A friend of mine had joked about developing an American Studies class about the elusive American Girl. My response to him was that Hilary Thayer Hamann’s book could potentially be the textbook. After reading Hamann’s work, though, I am flabbergasted and regret my prior scoffing. Read more
Austin Williams’ first book in the Rusty Diamond Trilogy is aptly named. At every turn of the plot there is a sleigh-of-hand misdirecting the reader from Rusty’s next move.
As a thriller and crime book centered around an ex-magician I thought Misdirection was too far outside of my genre comfort zone. However, as with magic, this book took me completely by surprise! Read more
A few weeks back the book list “11 Books to Read Now that You’re a College Grad,” was brought to my attention. Although I’ve been out of college (though not school) for the last two years, a lot of the list’s themes appealed to me. I began to wonder whether a more apt title for the list would have been “11 Books to Read In Your Twenties.” Read more
It may be late in the summer, but it’s never too late to discover new books to read! Thanks to a friend on Facebook (who says Facebook doesn’t offer valuable information?), I found this infographic gem. Read more