Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet book reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.
I’ve been reading heaps of early 2019 releases this month, but today I’m sharing books that are already on bookstore shelves. And I didn’t notice something unusual about my list until this morning: half of the books are romance (or romance-ish) novels! For those of you who keep telling me to give the genre some more love, I hope you’re happy to have convinced me.
I loved Enger's first novel Peace Like a River, which was published almost ten years ago. In his new release (just out October 2) our title character is a Midwestern movie theater owner who drives his car into icy Lake Superior, and isn't the same after the experience (and ensuing concussion). The accident affected his language and memory, and he cannot navigate the world as before. He sees the world in a new way, and this concept of seeing permeates the book. Enger's pacing is careful, his characters thoughtful, his world entirely believable. I enjoyed my reading experience, though as we neared the end, the story took a direction I didn't expect or like. (That very thing would make this an EXCELLENT book club pick.) More info →
Liane Moriarty is one of my must-read authors, and her latest doesn't disappoint. (Although it doesn't quite unseat What Alice Forgot as my favorite.) She says the story actually started as a joke: after a stressful season, she began saying her next novel would take place at a tropical resort, and she'd have to spend a lot of time vacationing "for research purposes." But as she thought about it, she realized it really would make a good story. Swap out the tropical setting for an luxurious health retreat, bring in nine strangers, each with their own reason for renewal, and you're in for a great reading experience. Two things: Nicole Kidman is already on board to play Masha, and I got to discuss this book with Liane on her tour. SO FUN. More info →
Do you know how I told you I can't read on airplanes? This was the exception, and that says a lot. The premise is great: Laurie doesn't believe in love at first sight. But then one snowy December day, through a foggy bus window, she locks eyes with a man on the sidewalk and she knows he's The One. But before either of them can do anything, the bus drives away. She spends the next year searching for him, but she's unsuccessful ... until her best friend shows up at a Christmas party with her new boyfriend in tow—and it's Bus Boy. Over the next ten years, we watch the characters navigate love and friendship, stew over missed opportunities, and hope for second chances. If you're on the hunt for a Christmas time read that isn't a Christmas story, this is it. More info →
When I asked my friend Leigh Kramer for a not-so-steamy romance recommendation, this was her immediate suggestion. Richard and Lainie are actors in London's West End. Though talented, Richard's cranky off-stage antics are turning his fans against him, and the theater is worried they won't be able to sell tickets. Fan favorite Lanie is already stuck working with her cheating ex-boyfriend, and then it gets worse: she's asked to pose as his new girlfriend to help Richard clean up his reputation. And fans love nothing more than an on-stage/off-stage romance, so soon they're packing in the crowds. But then the lines between on-stage and off begin to blur. A fast, fun contemporary romance. More info →
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