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 on the 15th of the month.

In a predictable but unwelcome turn of events, my short-lived book tour has not done great things for my reading life. When I’m on the road, I often spend my evenings meeting readers, which I love to do. But when I’m at home, I spend my evenings reading.

And I have to say the coronavirus has likewise not done great things for my reading life. I’ve been reading the news more than I’ve been reading novels. While this was necessary while we were making important decisions about my Don’t Overthink It book tour—which is now sadly, but necessarily, canceled for at least the rest of March—I’m now ready to take a deep breath and dig into some escapist fiction.

All that being said, I’ve read some wonderful books lately, and I hope you have, as well. Please tell us all about your recent reads in comments.

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

Bluebird, Bluebird

Bluebird, Bluebird

Author:
I've been meaning to read this series for a while now and am so glad I made time for this first installment! As a Black Texas Ranger, Darren Matthews has an intricate understanding of racial tensions in East Texas. He’s proud of his roots and his family, but when his loyalty lands him in trouble, he agrees to get out of town and investigate a crime for a friend. He drives up Highway 59 to the town of Lark, where a recent murder has stirred up hatred and history. Atmospheric and timely, and terrific on audio. More info →
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This Won’t End Well

This Won’t End Well

Author:
I've had the pleasure of reading several of Camille's books, and they have a few important things in common: they're all about love, loss, navigating life's curve balls. They go down like light-hearted, escapist reads, but they address issues that matter to us all. They get into heavy territory, but Camille's books are FUN. In her latest, a chemist named Annie who got forced out of the job she loved has her life turned upside down. Her fiancé wants to go find himself—alone—in Paris, her new neighbor needs her help, and a new friend/detective has her sneaking around minding other people's business. I loved watching Annie come into her own. (Also: THAT COVER.) More info →
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We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

Author:
I added this book to my list on the recommendation of a friend. It wasn't exactly what I expected, but I appreciated the message and loved McKowen's insistent writing. In personal, sometimes painful, always gripping chapters, she relates why and how she got sober—and why it matters for the seemingly "lucky" among us who don't (yet) struggle mightily with alcohol addiction. This is worth a read for the wonderful storytelling, and because it's no exaggeration to say that none of us are untouched by addiction. More info →
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Throw Like a Girl

Throw Like a Girl

Author:
Funny thing: I read three books last month with protagonists named Olive; this was the middle book, sandwiched between Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteredge stories. I met the author (hi Sarah!) on a writer's retreat last fall and it was a joy to get to read some of her work. This book, her newest, just came out in January, and it was so sweet and fun. Liv's hot temper got her kicked off her school's softball team, but then she's given a second chance at athletic success when her new school's quarterback recruits her to be his back-up. If you're on the lookout for a sweet, smart, and chaste YA novel—whether that's for you or a young reader in your life—this could be exactly what you're looking for. More info →
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What have YOU been reading lately? Tell us about your recent reads—or share the link to a blog or instagram post about them—in comments. 

P.S. Get hooked on a new mystery series with these 10 addicting audiobooks, and a simple trick for your To Be Read list.

P.P.S. The beautiful bookstore in the photo above is R. J. Julia, where I kicked off my Don’t Overthink It book tour. Isn’t it beautiful? It was such a joy to finally get to visit a store I had long longed to see in person.

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    • Malissa says:

      The Count of Monte Cristo. Very good!! Just finished The Warmth of Other Suns, and Range by David Epstein. Also, rereading The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undsett is on my nightstand.

    • Ioana says:

      That’s my favourite of all time! I am thinking of re-reading it, although everytime I re-read it I’m nervous I won’t like it as much as I thought, ha!

    • Juliet says:

      Judt got done reading Susan Orlean’s non-fiction “A Library Book”, which my library considered popular history. It was very good, I can see why it’s popular, and is this a real genre? I want more books like this because this is my favorite type of book. I’m currently eyeballing another book to read soon called “Tomatoland” that sounds really good (also non fiction). Any other recs for gripping non fiction out there? Thanks!

  1. Roxanne Klump says:

    I just finished The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal. Delightful, family story. I learned much about The making of a favorite beverage. Well done!

      • Jennifer says:

        Kathy-
        I’m in Rochester and I’m in a Plain Readers Book Club that focuses on Midwest books, with a Mn focus. This month we read Live Medicine by Louise Erdrich-the discussion was cancelled-) It might have been her debut novel (circa 1984). She has an amazing bookstore in Minneapolis.

    • Summer says:

      I just finished reading this, too. I currently live in Minnesota and have never had a drop of alcohol in my life and loved it all the same! I just adored the characters!

  2. Aimee says:

    My favorite books so far in 2020 – The Weight is Ink, Mad Dash, and The Authenticity Project. Right now, I’m craving light, happy reads so switching gears a bit from what I was going to read next.

  3. Jennifer Monsalve says:

    I was lucky to finally get Where the Crawdads Sing from Libby this week! It was a jump the line copy so I have to read it quickly but I’m loving it!!

  4. Megan says:

    I just finished listening to the audiobook of The Dutch House (narrated by Tom Hanks) by Ann Patchett. I really enjoyed this, it was my first novel by her.

    I have been trying to work my way through the print version of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and recently decided to switch to audio as I loved The Night Circus in audio.

    In print I just checked out The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. This will be a quick read, very much looking forward to it.

    I also started listening the Anne of Green Gables again. My husband and I are taking a TV fast for Lent and the other night I was really missing Gilmore Girls, which is my go to for when I’m working on my embroidery. Thankfully some time with Anne Shirley and the Cuthberts gave me a very similar feeling of something comfortable and familiar.

    • Lisa says:

      Oooh, if that was your first Ann Patchett book, you might enjoy Bel Canto. It’s one of her earlier ones (2001). I loved it.

    • Susan says:

      I just finished reading The Dutch House and can completely imagine Tom Hanks as the narrator. For some reason it took me a chapter or two to warm up to it but I ended up really liking it.

  5. Laura says:

    They closed my library system for two weeks for Coronavirus, so I’m digging into my shelves and re-reading an old favorite:
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius- Dave Eggers.

    And I pulled out a handful of books that I acquired a while ago, that have been lingering:
    Thru-hiking Will Break Your Heart- Carrot Quinn
    Liberty Crossing- Nevada Barr

    It looks like my local indie bookstore is still open (The Ivy in Baltimore), so I’m going to see if I can call in an order and swing by to pick up some new books. I’ll miss browsing in the store, but hope that a quick pick up will limit contact and help support a local small business in these challenging times.

    • Laura says:

      I am also a Baltimorean and sad about BCPL closing (although totally supportive of the decision). Luckily, I have a backlog of close to 20 library books so I suppose I should just read the ones I have rather than just keeping on requesting new ones. 🙂 Hope you enjoy your stack from The Ivy!

      • Laura says:

        Just realized that EPFL could very easily be your library system instead. Did you know that there is a books by mail option for EPFL users who live within the city limits. Pretty cool!

    • Juliet says:

      Their online options should be available to you, that’s what my library system is doing. That’s the only way I get books anyway from there, so not much of a change for me.

  6. Nancy Willard says:

    Beware the Ides of March! But I’m all set….Currently I’m enjoying America for Beginners by Leah Franqui. It’s the Novel Neighbor (my local Indie 😍) Book Club March pick. Up next I have Writers & Lovers by Lily King and The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosen. Stay well, Friends!

  7. Lisa Root says:

    I am in the middle of Writers and Lovers. So far, so good. I am also reading Saint X, which is excellently written!

  8. Carrie P says:

    I just finished an older JD Robb In Death title (I’m trying to catch up on that series). And I pulled The Rules of Civility off my TBR stack to start today. I really enjoyed Towles’s A Gentleman in Moscow, so I have high hopes for today’s reading.

    • Diane says:

      Rules of Civility is one of my very favorites. I love his writing. Be sure to go on line and read how he got the inspiration for this book

  9. Lisa Zahn says:

    For some reason, all of a sudden I want to read classics, which has not been true for many years of my adult life! I’m finally reading Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey, which has been on my Kindle in a collection of the Bronte sisters’ work for a long time. And I like it so far! I may just reread the other Bronte novels as well. I guess it’s like comfort food for the soul right now.

  10. Kristen says:

    Oh Anne! My fingers are crossed that you will still make it to Chicago for your book tour! I was so anxious to see you in person!

    Since we are homebound (due to the big C), I thought I would make a reading challenge for our family. Here is what we are reading today…
    I’m re-reading A Gentleman from Moscow with my book club (love!) & A Perilous Undertaking on audio & Celine (audio in the car! ;))
    My husband is reading: The Second Mountain & The Motive,
    my 16 yr old son: Sleeping Giants,
    & 13 yr old daughter: Failing Up

    Enjoy this unique time at home with your family! Blessings!
    Kristen

  11. Danielle Diehl says:

    I just finished the audio version of The Great Believers and loved it. It made me realize how little I know about the AIDS crisis. I was just a young teen when it all got started and it was the “gay disease” so I just didn’t pay much attention. I’m trying to put together a list of stuff to read and watch to give me a better understanding of what really happened. I also just finished We Are the Luckiest and really loved it. Ive read a few from the “Quit Lit” genre and really enjoy them. Most are well-written and they force you to be introspective about your own life/relationship with alcohol and addictive behaviors, which I think is a good thing for all of us!

    • Laura says:

      The Great Believers was my favorite read from last year, although it’s a bit weird to think of the 1980’s as history, since I remember it so vividly. I’m glad others enjoyed it as well!

  12. Becky says:

    My mystery book group just read Bluebird, Bluebird. I loved it but many in the book had difficulty with it as they thought there were too many characters. Make a list if you need to because the plot brings all of the characters together in the end just like a well done braid. Stick with it – well worth the effort

  13. Patricia says:

    Currently rereading East of Eden. I love to read this book slowly and absorb the language. Also reading The Librarian of Auschwitz.

  14. Suzanne C says:

    The first half of March has been less than stellar reading-wise, but I went to the library yesterday and stocked up on five books that I think will be much better. (So far, our library hasn’t closed, but our branch’s head librarian says they’ll know more this evening. I didn’t want to wake up tomorrow with no library access!!!!)

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Just finished The Victorian and the Romantic, by Nell Stevens. It’s delightful–especially for anyone who loves 19th-century novels (especially by Elizabeth Gaskell) or is a recovering academic. It’s also just a lovely memoir. Also just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and some books on my 2020 Reading Challenge: To Kill a Mockingbird (Classic I never read in school), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Book from decade I was born), A Novel Bookstore (Book in translation).

  16. Janna says:

    I’m reading a can’t put down book right now–American Dirt, an Oprah 2020 Book Club recommendation. A book which evidently has caused much controversy. I simply can’t stop reading–the writing is amazing, the setting in present day Mexico is close to home (I live in Arizona in winter) and Jeanine Cummins touches on so many hot button migrant, illegal immigration issues and the struggles. It’s an amazing book!

    • Knudsen Terri Bonelli says:

      I felt the same way! Could NOT PUT IT DOWN! And loved every
      page! Still thinking about it and finished it almost a month ago!

    • Ruthi says:

      another book recommendation of Oprah that i just finished and loved loved loved: “the sun does shine”. About a man sent to death row( he was there for 30 years) for murders he did not do!!! Oh my… heartbreak. the legal system is not kind if you are poor, black, and male…

    • Janene says:

      I just finished a couple of weeks ago and I could not put it down. It was a frightening look at why people take all the risks they do to immigrate illegally to the U.S. I had to find out if they made the journey safely!

  17. Charlynn says:

    I’m reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It’s about Dracula and some might not care for that, but it came highly recommended and I’m enjoying it so far. Just finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and thought that was fantastic! I’m listening to Still Life by Louise Penny as many of you have said audio is the way to go on her first novel. Stay well everyone in these uncertain times.

    • COMama says:

      I LOVED The Historian, and I don’t read horror or supernatural books. It wasn’t what I expected at all. After a friend heard me raving about it and all I learned, she offered to take me with her to Hungary in 2 weeks! Sadly, no passport and 3 children put the kibosh on that plan… but it was fun to visit it between the covers of the book.

  18. Mary Lou says:

    Just this week I read Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson, a fun mystery book about books. Also read The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black, an escape into the time of World War II, the blitz, and the young princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret. Set in the countryside of Ireland, it was interesting, fresh and engaging. Snagged both these books from the new book shelf at the library, before the social distancing set in.

  19. Teresa Ruhland says:

    I’ve discovered two fresh new authors in two of my favorite genres. Gwendolyn Harper’s trilogy Bloody Sunrise, Blood Moon and Bloody Sunset are zombie apocalypse romance novels that have unique author features. She lets her readers decide the race or ethnicity of the characters by not using descriptive narration forcing her vision of them. But by using fabulous dialogue. And although this is romance, she doesn’t use the typical romance template that reassures good outcomes. I was completely satisfied as a reader that her ending isn’t like all the others or her storyline.

    The second new and refreshing author in my Vampire Slayer genre is Lauren Devora with her series Children of Lilith. I hear her third book is out sometime this year. Her characters are so unique in their personalities that they each could be the main character of a book. This choice to make them equals reenforces the storyline of vampire hunters depending on each other. She is also great at witty dialogue. The vergining love stories also add character depth. Her action scenes read like watching a movie.
    Both authors are available as ebooks if getting out to buy is a problem.

  20. Charnee Landmeier says:

    With all of our ski resorts and all library’s closed I’ve decided to take this time to dive into some of my hefty tomes on my bookshelf.
    1st up is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I am on page 226 and can say this may be one of my top reads of 2020.
    I think we may be looking at even more disruptions; my book shelves are full so I feel prepared. Stay safe by being smart and calm in these uncertain times.

  21. Angela in NC says:

    I just finished reading The Weight of Ink by Jessica Kadish and was blown away by it. Definitely a 5-star read! I was supposed to hear the author speak at a local literary league later this month and hope her appearance will be rescheduled.

    I also just finished listening to the audiobook of Emma.

    • Deborah Hirschmann says:

      I bought The Weight of Ink after randomly attending a reading by the author. It reminds me a lot of Possession, another amazing read.

  22. Hildred Sullivan says:

    A friend recommended The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler and I loved it! I haven’t read many books lately told from a boy’s/man’s point of view which two of three parts of this warm-hearted story are. Goodreads readers also rave about the author’s first book Shotgun Lovesons, which I’ve added to my TBR.

  23. Ioana says:

    I’ve just finished “Nooks and Crannies” by Jessica Lawson this afternoon. I love a good middle grade mystery book, and it was the perfect read these anxiety-filled days.
    To my surprise I managed to read four books this past month, despite living under the impression that I read a lot, but didn’t finish much. That’s what reading multiple books at a time does to me, ha!

  24. Cheryl Andre says:

    I’ve been binging on Sheila Connolly’s a County Cork mysteries lately, and am starting her other series now in “Spacious Solitude” between walking with a friend and her dogs.
    Loved Christina Baker Kline’s “the way life should be” she nailed life in Maine and included a lot of yummy recipes from her fictional Nonna.
    But best of all has been Brian Doyle’s best brief essays, collected by friends into a single volume; One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder. It is a delicious look at the everyday world around around us in a burbling exploration of what the English language can do in the soaring imagination of a gifted writer. A true treasure for these worrying times. Published Dec 2019.

  25. Cheryl says:

    On the theory that history will repeat itself if we don’t learn anything, I pulled down a good book from my shelf and am re-reading it–THE GREAT INFLUENZA by John M. Barry. It works for me because my mind is on these issues anyway! The story of the 1918-1919 pandemic is well told and put into context with all the other big things going on in the world at that time.

  26. Sarah Wolfe says:

    Definitely enjoying this post even more this month! I have been reading Lauren Graham’s memoir Talking As Fast As I Can, which is a hilarious delight. And Wendell Berry’s Sabbath Poems (available on Hoopla for anyone who could use free/instant access!) Which are definitely calming my soul.

  27. Brandon Harbeke says:

    Since the February check-in, my best reads have been rereads of Star Trek novels from earlier in the decade. They are Watching the Clock (for time travel) and The Persistence of Memory (for android goodness).

  28. Karen says:

    Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler, who is a Nebula award winning African American dystopian science fiction writer. (whew, lots of adjectives there) Both were written in the 1990s and were recommended by my husband, who reads a lot of science fiction. Not my usual genre, but I am finding these books fascinating-especially with what is going on today.

  29. Katie says:

    I love your blog!! I also especially appreciate your “open book” “closed book” and “chaste” categorizing. For myself and young teen. We’ll definitely check out throw like a girl 🙂 Thank you for all your insightful book reviews.

  30. Donna says:

    I just finished listening to Little Fires Everywhere yesterday on CloudLibrary and Where the Crawdads Sing just before that. I’ve also been listening to Sense and Sensibility read by Rosamund Pike on Audible. I’ve read it before, but her narration is lovely.

    I recently finished reading The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls. Now I’m reading The Orphan’s Tale which I’m really enjoying! Historical fiction is probably my favorite!

    The Paper Magician is next for a book club I just joined.

  31. Andrea says:

    I just read four books in 4 days: Jessica Simpson Memoir was quite good. Maybe you should talk to someone – also enjoyed. Summer of 69, and Flight Patterns. Both so enjoyable. I listen while I embroider.

  32. Mona Creel says:

    Just finished listening to The Silent Patient and The Woman in the Window on Audiobooks. Both really good, but The Silent Patient completely had me thinking about it for days!

  33. Jill Powell says:

    I really can’t stop recommending Becoming Mrs. Lewis…finished it recently and just really enjoyed it. Currently reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky and it is also a good “based on a true story” fiction choice.

  34. The last couple weeks I have binged on all of Madeleine St John’s books (The Essence of the Thing, A Pure Clear Light, A Stairway to Paradise, and The Women in Black.) I wish there were more! I learned about her in the newsletter from one of my favorite bookstores, Arcadia Books in Spring Green, WI. She writes in short, snappy chapters and is able to convey such awareness about the nature of relationships. Also, read and enjoyed Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner (Set mainly during the WWII blitz of London)and Wives and Lovers by Lily King. At first I wasn’t sure if this was for me–I am over 70 and felt like I missed a number of contemporary references, but ultimately I liked the characters and read this as a novel of resurrection. One other novel to mention, and not just because I live in St Paul, MN and not far from the location of this novel: Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo is about immigration in the early 1900’s. I learned a lot, but also ached with the struggles of the main characters. Well done.

  35. Lisa says:

    My students talked me into giving Percy Jackson a try – and I am truly surprised at how much I love it! With schools and the library closed, I’m going to have to seen if one of my students can lend me the next five books in the series.

  36. Sally says:

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette? was funny but melancholy, Kevin Kwan’s three Crazy Rich Asian satirical novels were entertaining, and The Gentleman From Moscow was beautifully written and demonstrated that joy can be created out of sadness and loss.

    • Jennifer says:

      I agree Where’d You Go, Bernadette was so funny, I had the best time reading this lighthearted book. Truly laughed out loud by myself.

  37. Cindy says:

    I just finished “Bluebird, Bluebird” too. Very good mystery! I could really identify with the racial ambivalence of the area, since I live along Highway 59 in Texas. I was so tickled when I read the name of my hometown as the ranger drives through it. I needed to tell somebody or write the author. Something! So I’m telling you. haha

  38. Janet says:

    Thanks to the consistent recs for Tana French on this site, I am reading The Witch Elm and so far it’s really good.
    I made it to the library for a stock up during the week, and then found out they are canceling all events including book club, so that is disappointing but understandable.
    For the next two weeks of forced downtime, my motto will be “so many books, so much time!”.

  39. Angie says:

    I am the first of 3 generations of Harry Potter fans. I just re-read all 7 books but this time I used a commentary along with them. “Repotting Harry Potter” by James W. Thomas, PhD is “A professor’s book-by-book guide for the serious re-reader.” I prepped for this little scholarly adventure by buying a boxed paperback set (I had re-read my hardcover editions for years)so that I could write discoveries and insights in the margins. It was fun but I abandoned the annotation after book two. In book three, I continued to read his outlined sections in the book then the commentary, going back and forth. Books four thru seven, I read the book then the complete commentary. AFter each book I watched the movie. Whoa, that was eye-opening! Anyway, I started in January and finished the end of February. I think the commentary could have been a little deeper but would be good for someone new to studying literature that way.

  40. Frederick says:

    Almost Done with the last Harry Potter book after putting the series down for some time . At my daughters asking I picked it up again to finish . These are so much fun and I am so glad my daughter encouraged me . Almost done with the last book .

  41. Sue says:

    I finally read “My Antonia”, by Willa Cather and I was so disappointed! What is it I’m not getting?? Also, “The Beach House”, by Jane Green. I will NOT be reading any more Jane Green, suffice to say. But “Unequal Affections, A Pride and Prejudice Retelling” by Lara Ormiston—That was wonderful!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! A lot of these aren’t great, but I loved every minute of this one, and wish there was a sequel. And “Dear Edward” was good in a sort of “disaster movie” way–and depressing. Can’t even imagine being in that situation. I wonder how the author imagined it, since she got the idea of a sole survivor from a real life plane crash, and not her own experience.

  42. Marion says:

    I’m currently reading Paradise by Toni Morrison. Morrison makes you work as a reader (Gene Wolfe is the same way) and this one fits that bill. I can not say I love it…but Morrison writes beautifully and has some interesting characters in the all black town of Ruby, Oklahoma.

  43. Adrienne says:

    Hello!
    I’m currently reading (audiobook) ‘Cutting for Stone’ by Abraham Verghese, and enjoying it, although the medical details are just a tad gory and graphic…. Also reading Ann Patchett’s ‘The Dutch House’, which is good but a bit too slow-paced for my tastes. Just finished ‘The Gown’ by Jennifer Robson. It was a bit predictable, but enjoyable, and the details about the embroidery on Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown were very interesting. Also just finished ‘Lethal White’ by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) and have loved this series because the characters are so well done.

    On the top of my TBR mountain of books are ‘Winter Soldier’ and ‘What the Wind Knows’, and ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had.’

  44. Julie Carpenter says:

    I recently finished Where the Crawdads Sing. I loved the story and all the naturalist back story. The Stationary Shop was awesome. I loved learning about Tehran. The love story within a love story was wonderful. I just finished The Flight Girls, a wonderful story about The Women Airforce Service Pilots. Currently reading My Life in France by Julia Child and The Grown Up’s Guide to Living in France because I might get to in the near future.

  45. Mary says:

    I am reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    I just finished Tana French’s The Witch Elm. That was a slog for me. But I finished!

  46. Daina says:

    Just finished The Mercies by Koran Millwood Hargrove – this book is SO good, best novel of 2020 for me so far. Highly recommended!!!

  47. Tammy Esser says:

    Reading the Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross…just finished book 7. These books are such a fun read; so much so, I find myself laughing out loud quite often. Glad to have this lighthearted series during these unchartered times right now.

    Adding “This Won’t End Well” to my TBR list 🙂

    Stay healthy everyone!

  48. Hannah Christmas says:

    I recently finished The Shadow of the Wind, which was fantastic. Mysterious, a hint of fantasy, and a book about books. I’m currently reading A Higher Call, which is a riveting WWII true story and one that I’m going to pass along to my dad when I’m done because I think he’ll love it. Also reading The Call of the Wild/White Fang, which I’m liking more than I thought I would (but also how did this become a kid’s movie??).

  49. Sue Baum says:

    Am reading American Dirt…the most terrifying first chapter of any book. Very unsettling look at what many people have to deal with in South and Central America. Beautifully written. Before that, read Mistress of the Ritz…Paris in WWII. Great story!

  50. Cheryl B. says:

    Currently I am reading the second installment of the Greg Iles Mississippi Burning trilogy called The Bone Tree. I am also reading your book, Don’t Overthink It, and Wheat Belly. I also have one I’m listening to while I do gardening and housework, while I’m walking the dog, and while I sew (unless I have some good Lifetime or Hallmark movies to watch).

  51. Tamara says:

    Both my reading life and my blogging about reading life are struggling under the weight of this global crisis. I did manage to (finally!) share this list from 2019, 7 Literary Books Our Church Read Together in 2019: https://www.tamarahillmurphy.com/blogthissacramentallife/7-literary-books-our-church-read-together-in-2019-apostles-reads/2020/2/26
    The post includes what we’re reading in 2020 and into 2021.

    Peace of heart, mind, and body to you all, reading friends!

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