Some of My Favorite Books

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale is one of those books you get sucked into and live in till you turn the last page. And a day or two beyond.

Mostly set in Europe during World War II, The Nightingale covers the life of a small family and how they individually dealt with the horrors of the war. This book has romance, adventure, suspense, and above all is highly engaging and readable.

To keep things interesting, there are a few chapters set in modern day where you aren't sure who is narrating. And that's a good thing. It keeps you guessing till the very end.



Book Read:  The Nightingale
Author:  Kristin Hannah

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

Wow, wow, wow! I loved Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. In this suspenseful novel, the author brings characters to life that the reader can care about even though they are all flawed to the max. Maybe that's why you care; they all could either use a break or a good slap up side the head.

It's compared to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn more than once and if you liked that one, you'll love this one.




Book Read:  Where They Found Her
Author:  Kimberly McCreight

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Endangered by C.J. Box

Last night I finished reading C. J. Box's novel Endangered, and I was sad to turn that last page. I've read several of his books and liked some better than others. 

This Joe Pickett novel (he's a fish and game warden in Wyoming) was one of his better ones. The build up to the who-dun-it was good but not obvious and the ending very satisfying.

Book Read:  Endangered
Author:  C.J. Box

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Okay, I have to confess that lately I'm a big Stephen King fan. I first read Carrie, way back when it was first published and it scared the crap out of me. I didn't pick up another of his books till maybe 7 or 8 years ago. Since, I've read quite a few of King's tomes and love them!

Finders Keepers is a winner! This is the follow up to Mr. Mercedes. So, if you haven't read it, read it first then read this. In fact I'm kind of jealous if you haven't since reading these two books back to back would be even better than how I read them. Months a part.

So, if you love good storytelling and great writing, here you go.  


Book Read:  Finders Keepers
Author:  Stephen King

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Oh man, oh man! I loved this book! I was somewhat familiar with Kate Mulgrew, the actress, but until I read her memoir Born with Teeth, I didn't realize what all she had been in including movies, TV shows, and more. I think the only thing I've seen her in consistently is Orange Is the New Black. She plays Red, the cook. And very well, as you know if you've seen it.

This book was so well written, funny, sad, and plain old powerful. She really bared her soul and shared things that only a true daredevil would do. 

Read it. I tell you, read it.

And yes, she was born with teeth!



Born with Teeth: A Memoir



Friday, June 19, 2015

Cold Betrayal by J.A. Jance

I've read J.A. Jance's novels in the past but it's been a few years. I picked up Cold Betrayal recently and just loved this book. Her characterization and description and narrative make for a book you can escape into. 

Since I now live in Arizona, her books are easier to relate to, and this one was particularly good since it was set more in northern Arizona, rather than southern. The northern part is much nicer than the desert, if you ask me, though I do live in the yucky desert part.

This novel also had an interesting couple of story lines going:  polygamy and family betrayals. Good stuff!



Cold Betrayal: An Ali Reynolds Novel (Ali Reynolds Series)




Sunday, June 7, 2015

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I found out about Celeste Ng's (pronounced 'ing') debut novel Everything I Never Told You on a book list earlier this year. I'm glad I read it. This novel tells the story from several characters' points of view:  a man, the husband and father; a woman, the wife and mother; and the three children. 

t's surprising how well Ng wove this together and made each sympathetic when we got around to reading their individual point of view. 

I want to write books like this one when I grow up.



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