I spent the better part of last week in New Orleans so there’s a lot to catch up on! NOLA= great food and really pretty, once you get off Bourbon Street. Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
We found the cutest little bookstore, Faulkner House Books, in the French Quarter in New Orleans. If you ever head that way, I highly recommend! It’s in the former home of William Faulkner.
I Finished Reading
Red, White, and Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston | Free from Book Sparks | I rated this a surprising 5 stars. It’s soapy and gossipy but there’s definite depth. The dialog was witty, funny, and not cheesy, which a book like this is always at risk of. Plus- gay lead characters!
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered | Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark | Finally, the release I’ve been waiting for! I thought it was really good- equal parts funny and heartfelt. That said, I don’t think you’d appreciate it as much if you don’t listen to the podcast.
Recursion | Blake Crouch | Pub Date: 6.11.19 | Free from Penguin Random House | Blake Crouch has done it again. I liked this as much as Dark Matter, but in a different way. There’s a mysterious illness going around that’s causing people to remember things that never happened. Detective Barry Sutton and Helena Smith are the key to unlocking the mystery of what’s going on- but they haven’t met yet. This was so mind bending and really does demand your full attention.
The River | Peter Heller | Available Now | This is literary suspense with gorgeous writing that's perfectly paced. I know absolutely nothing about canoeing and may be the least outdoorsy person ever, but thoroughly enjoyed this story of friendship and survival. It is slow and subtle, so I did have to pay attention. Once things picked up though, I couldn’t put it down. I was genuinely surprised and moved by the ending. Really well done! (PS- I would not call this a thriller).
I needed a brain break and really enjoyed an Elin Hilderbrand book last summer, so I picked Summer of ‘69 for my BOTM. I literally just read the first chapter, but already I love the set up. It’s in Nantucket as most (all?) of her books are, but this is set in 1969 during the midst of the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam. Looking forward to an easy, fun story!
There are so many great books being released!! I want to read them all. #summertooshort All of the titles below were sent by the publishers.
The Unbreakables | Lisa Barr | Available Now | From Harper Paperbacks
The Islanders | Meg Mitchell Moore | Pub Date 6.11.19 | From Booksparks
Screen Queens | Lori Goldstein | Pub Date 6.11.19 | From Booksparks
The Last Resort | Marissa Stapley | Pub Date 6.18.19 | From Booksparks
The Escape Room | Megan Goldin | Pub Date 7.30.19 | From St. Martin’s Press
Toil and Trouble | Augusten Burroughs | Pub Date 10.1.19 | From St. Martin’s Press
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