I love the start of a new month. I love resetting my “read” list and always forward to the Book of the Month picks (I went with Queenie and Too Much is Not Enough for March). I read some good books last month but a lot of them were heavy, so I’m looking forward to reading some lighter stuff soon.
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
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Colorful spines- fun to look at, but hard to fit into your rainbow shelves. And thanks to BookRiot for re-posting!
I Finished Reading
I had to pick this up after the Oscars. (Spike Lee jumping into Samuel L. Jackson’s arms? Classic). In case you don’t know, the movie Blackkklansman is based on Ron Stallworth’s memoir, Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime. Ron Stallworth was the first black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. He uncovered a classified ad and when he learned the new Klan was looking for new members members, he and his partner Chuck infiltrate the group. (Ron talked to the clan on the phone and Chuck, as he’s white, acted as Ron in person). I found this to be equal parts frustrating and fascinating. The writing style is straightforward and direct- the story itself it so crazy, it didnt need much more than that. I listened to it and the author reads it. He’s got his own way of telling the story but I really enjoyed hearing him talk. It was frustrating because the investigation didn’t really get to go anywhere, in the end. Understandably the police force felt wary about being associated with the Klan, so it felt like things got cut short. Still- worth the read (although I hear that this is a case of the movie being better than the book!)
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. My counseling master’s generally makes me wary of books that feature a protagonist who is a mental health professional but this one totally worked for me! Alicia Berenson is a famous painter who is married to a well respected fashion photographer. The book opens with her standing over the body of her dead husband- all signs point to her being responsible, and since she refuses to speak, people have no choice but to think she did it. Theo is a psychotherapist who has become obsessed with her case, feeling like he’s the one that is going to be able to get to the bottom of what happened. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and the story read really authentic- no wild plot twists here, just a solid example of psychological suspense. This goes on my favorites list!
I’m Currently Reading
I just started Daisy Jones and the Six and I’m already in love. I’m a huge classic rock fan and loved Taylor Jenkins Reid’s last book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so my hopes are really high. I’m not alone- Reece picked it for her book club and it’s a Book of the Month Club pick. This oral history about the rise and fall of one of the biggest bands in the 70s will suck you in and have you believing that the players are real. The hype is high, but I think it will deliver!
Upcoming Reading Plans
I’m calling March my “catch up on new releases” month. I’ve been working my way though my reading goals but I have a ton of ARCs and other books that I want to get to. After Daisy, I think I’ll pick up The Huntress by Kate Quinn. It’s historical fiction about a war correspondent and Russian female bomber pilot join who forces to track the Huntress, an elusive Nazi war criminal. I got an advanced paperback copy in the mail and it’s a bit of a chuck and just over 500 pages, but it’s got a great cover and decked edge pages, my favorite.
This was a great book mail week! Thank you to the publishers for sending. (And holy women on covers!)
We Are All Good People Here | Susan Rebecca White | Netgalley | Release Date: August 6th, 2019 | A multigenerational story inspired by true events about two college roommates from different parts of the world. Their families both have secrets and thought they would stay buried, but the repercussions of the families’ actions affects them all.
I Know Who You Are | Alice Feeney | Flatiron Books | Release Date: April 23, 2019 | Alice Feeney’s first book, Sometimes I Lie, was one of my favorite thrillers of 2019 so I’m really interested to see how this one holds up. Aimee Sinclair is an actress, both onscreen and off. One night she comes home to find her house empty. Her husband is gone but his phone and wallet are still at home. Naturally, she becomes the prime suspect, and has to fight to prove her innosence, despite her unreliable memory.
The Promise of Us | Jamie Beck | Montlake Romance | Release Date: April 23, 2019 | A lot of you guys ask me for lighter recommendations, so you might want to check out this one if that’s you! A woman has made a quiet life for herself after her professional tennis career came to an abrupt end. A boy who broke her heart when she was younger comes back to town and tries to make amends.
The Guest Book | Sarah Blake | Flatiron Books | Release Date: May 7, 2019 | Historical literary fiction that takes a look at systemic racism in the US through one family’s story.
If, Then | Kate Hope Day | Penguin Random House #partner | Release Date: March 12, 2019 | This was on my top ten list for March 2019. I love books that explore alternate realities and the what might have been, and this one fits in nicely with the 2019 trend of books with dreams/visions.
All the Wrong Places | Joy Fielding | Ballantine Books #partner | Release Date: March 12, 2019 | A modern-day thriller about the dangers of online dating. Every woman has their own reason for turning to online dating apps with mixed results, until one of them unwittingly makes a date with a killer.
What are your reading plans this week?
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