Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

It's funny how you gotta read a book at the right time. I had read all of Sittenfeld's books except for Sisterland. When I first picked up Sisterland years ago, I couldn't get into it. I gave it another try and loved it.

Kate and Violet are twin sisters. The book opens up with a small earthquake rocking their hometown of St. Louis. The sisters both has psychic abilities but have chosen different ways to handle it. Violet publicly predicts that another earthquake is coming. Kate stays focused on her family. An exploration of sisters and choices and what bonds us together.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

I needed one more Elin Hilderbrand book as I was at home resting up earlier this fall.

Dabney is the island's matchmaker but she's going through her own romantic turmoil. There's actually some depth and heart to this story. An easy (but also kinda sad) read.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Winter Series by Elin Hilderbrand

I mentioned awhile ago that I was pretty focused on home and family life there for a good month or so. I wanted something to read that was warm and cozy, and luckily I found the Winter series by Elin Hilderbrand.

Usually, Hilderbrand writes sunny, breezy summer stories about characters on Nantucket. So it's nice to have a winter series. I read all three of them (Winter Street, Winter Storms, and Winter Stroll). And a fourth one, Winter Solstice, was just published so I'm on the waiting list for that.

So if you're looking for a cozy read this fall, consider the Winter series. Light-hearted but not, and they are page-turners.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This book takes place in the upscale community of Shaker Heights, Ohio. When Mia and her daughter, Pearl move in though, they don't really fit in.

Oh wow, this book covers a lot. Teens, class, parenting, adoption. I could not put it down.

Highly recommended.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

A boy-meets-girl story set in New York. Well, it's much more than that. Evan and Julia meet as undergraduates at Yale and move to New York after graduation. Evan gets a job at a hedge fund and Julia works at a non-profit. The financial meltdown hits....and things start to unravel.

This was an above-average read for me.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

I think I've wanted to like Elizabeth Strout's work. I hear podcasters rave about her writing. I've read a few of her books, and I'm always left with...meh.

And once again...meh.

Monday, October 23, 2017

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Sam and his little brother, Riddle, are orphans of sorts when they are welcomed into Emily Bell's family. A story about family and the friends who become family.