Books on the Shelf

Perfect book to lose yourself in while recovering from knee replacement surgery. The only drawback was that the title and throughout the story the drought and what it was doing to farmers was an important part of this book. And the ending certainly pertains to these conditions. But the dry conditions are kept hidden throughout most of the book. Still a good read.


What I Actually Read in February

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year. Imagine if there is a place you visit between living and death. In this case it is a library and the main character has a chance to replay regrets and decide where she wants to stay. Fantasy at it’s best.
The Last Flight is a psychological thriller. Two women, both abused by men, decide to leave their lives behind. The author tells their story jumping back and forth between the two characters. A bittersweet and unexpected ending.


Latest Read

I am trying to broaden my reading this year. I typically read historical fiction which is still my favorite. With all the political upheaval I am planning on reading more nonfiction. I’m hoping that by having a better understanding I can quiet my mind’s questions of “why this is happening” or “why is misinformation so prevalent”. I also want to read more genres that I often ignore.

I started off the year reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I found the first part of the book boring and very repetitive. As I often do when a book is like that but yet I still kind of want to know what happens I will start jumping around, which I did. I landed in the middle and began to become intrigued with the book and stayed with it until the end. The story line is of a girl, Addie who makes a deal with a dark god to live her life in freedom. Unfortunately this means others will not remember her when she sees them again. Until she meets Henry in 2014 who remembers her. The book parallels Addie’s life from her birth in the late 1600’s with her life in 2014. The author has done an excellent job connecting this parallel timelines. The ending was a surprise, though it shouldn’t have been. Still not sure if I liked the ending but overall this was an excellent read.

In Five Years by Rececca Serle

In Five Years, is in some ways a love story but really more about friendship and knowing yourself.  One of the main characters is Dannie Kohan, a corporate lawyer who has everthing planned out.  After nailing an interview for her dream job and getting engaged to her longtime boyfriend she falls asleep on the couch.  When she wakes up she finds herself in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger and beside a  different man.  Looking over at the TV she sees a date:  2025, five years in the future.   Returning to present she is shaken by the dream and even more so when she comes face to face with the man in person.
This story is about love, not only romantic love but friendship, about being a parent and letting go of expectations.
It is a great read for the beginning of 2021.
John Grisham is not one of my go to authors but I had the opportunity to listen to the audio tape of this book recently. This is the story of a priest/lawyer who works for a non-profit organization which takes on cases of prison inmates who had been wrongfully accused of a crime. Grisham offers a large amount of back story which explains how these cases came about and are solved. And in the end ties them together very well.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Vignes twin sisters grew up in a small, black community in Louisiana. At the age of sixteen they run away in search of a different life. Many years later one sister returns to that small town she grew up in with her daughter. The other secretly passes as white, living with her white husband and daughter who knows nothing of her past. Brit Bennett weaves together several strands and generations of family while exploring the history of passing in America. There were several subjects that come up in the book that I felt could have been discussed more fully, which makes this an excellent choice for book club.

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The Other Mrs.

When a grusome murder takes place in a New England neighborhood the new neighbors are suspects right away. By the end of the first quarterr of the book I was convinced that I knew who had done it. But I was interested enough to continue. The book is anything but predictable and a good psychological suspense story.

The Forgotten Home Child

The Forgotten Home Child is based on the historic movement of children from England to Canada in the latter part of the 19th century.  Much the same as the Orphan Train in the United States.  Children were taken off the street or from their parents if they were thought to be unfit and transferred to homes in Canada.  Some children were adopted and treated well, while others were abused and malnurished.  This story is sad but for some of the characters there is a happy ending. For too long it has remained hidden in history.