What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable

What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable

Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.

I just got back from the beach last night. We had a wonderful trip, and it didn’t hurt that I read a book a day for ten days, including these five.

Series: Quick Lit August 2016
Homegoing

Homegoing

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I keep hearing this new debut novel mentioned in the same breath as "best of the year" and now I understand why. For the first hundred pages I didn't quite grasp what the author was up to, but when it hit me it was powerful. By exploring the stories of two sisters, who met different fates in Ghana more than 200 years ago, Gyasi traces subtle lines of cause and effect through the centuries, illuminating how the deeds of ages past still haunt all of us today. A brilliant concept, beautifully executed. Read it. More info →
Miller’s Valley: A Novel

Miller’s Valley: A Novel

Author:
Finally, I read my first Anna Quindlen novel! This story of a young girl growing up in a rural community during a time when the community itself is facing a tremendous change. This was wise, reflective, and easy to read, and strongly reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior. More info →
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Author:
High praise: I owe the library a week's worth fines because I took this to the beach despite the fact that it was due while I was 600 miles away and it was totally worth it. It deserves its own blog post: I'll figure out a way to dive a little deeper into the concepts here soon. I appreciated the concepts in Cal Newport's previous book So Good They Can't Ignore You; in this one he shares excellent ideas while seriously upping his writing game. This is an excellent read for anyone who wants to thoughtfully examine their priorities, their working habits, or their relationship with social media. More info →
The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

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This twisty thriller was an August Book of the Month pick for me. I was intrigued by the premise: a travel writer takes an assignment aboard an exclusive luxury cruise ship. Shortly after arriving, she wakes in the middle of the night to the sound of something heavy being thrown overboard. She's sure it's a body ... and yet no one is missing from the boat. She's compelled to figure out what really happened, which puts more than her own life in danger. Strongly reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (If you want to give it a try use the code 30TOTE to get 30% off your first three months + a free tote bag.) More info →
A Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds

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This has been on my TBR for a while, because so many historical fiction fans recommended this to me as Meissner's best novel. The action goes back and forth in time between two women, a century apart, who are linked by a beautiful scarf and by their unlikely survival in two devastating tragedies in New York City. Meissner's tone makes this an easy, enjoyable read despite the tough subject matter—I read this in a day. More info →

What have YOU been reading lately?

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50 comments

  1. I read Fall of Marigolds and enjoyed it! I have Woman in Cabin 10 and Miller’s Valley on my Kindle ready to go when in the mood and heard great buzz about Homegoing. I’m impressed with the reading you did on vacation! Very nice… and glad to hear it was enjoyable.

  2. leggy says:

    i just finished “outlander” and while i enjoyed it and i thought it was very well written, it was ultimately just a romance novel and for the 900 pages i would rather people just picked up a julie garwood book. the same historical romance fiction, shorter and straight to the point.
    i started “i’ll give you the sun” but couldn’t make it past page 65, i hated the style of writing, a metaphor attached to every sentence(i kid you not!) but i know i’m in the minority because it has loads of 5 stars.
    finished the prince of fools trilogy and those books were absolute delights!!
    currently reading “homegoing” and “we’re all damaged”. also, finally caved and got “still life” by louise penny because it keeps coming up on the podcast!

  3. So curious about Deep Work, Homegoing and Miller’s Valley! I liked but didn’t love A Fall of Marigolds. Not quite sure why.

    I’ve been digging out from a move but recently loved Radio Girls (a novel about the early years of the BBC) and Hidden Figures (fascinating nonfiction about black female mathematicians at NASA). The latter is going to be a movie too!

  4. Shea says:

    I loved this post and hated it at the same time–I’m adding just about all of these to my to-read list, as they all sound like ones up my alley. I only hate it because that list is already miles long, and between your blog and your podcast I can’t keep up. Can’t someone just pay me to read all day…? 🙂

  5. Britany says:

    It’s been an excellent month of reading for me so far. Finished and loved The Girls by Emma Cline, The Ballroom by Anna Hope, Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom (loved more than the Kitchen House!), Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

    Currently Reading: the new HP, The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, & Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn.

    Up Next: A Man Called Ove (Been waiting months at the library for those one), The Woman in Cabin 10, and All the ugly and beautiful things.

  6. Hannah Beth Reid says:

    I enjoyed “A Fall of Marigolds” too! Though I really wanted it to involve the quilting store more…
    Thanks for sharing your reading with us!

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