Hello, reading lovelies! As I started prepping for this post the date kept jumping out at me. Guess what? Today marks my 6th year as a book blogger. I’ve written reviews of over 1,200 books. It’s a lot to contemplate, but, for once, I don’t have the words. Last week was a busy week of family and travel that left me behind in my writing so I’m going to keep it simple today. I’ll come back later in the week with my thoughts about my book blogging adventure.
Basically, this Monday finds me with a lot of reading, but almost no writing. Here’s the scoop (title links go to the Goodreads synopsis):
My recent reading had a simple theme: new releases from authors I already trust. I’m happy to report—none of the three disappointed! Reviews for each will happen sometime this month. The Secrets Between Us is the sequel to The World Between Us and, for once, you can judge a book by its cover. The cover is gorgeous and so is the novel. The Banker’s Wife falls neatly into the summer reading genre—a thriller with more than a passing resemblance to current politics and how bad things can get at the intersection of the world’s wealthiest men and no principles. I loved Caitlin Moran’s novel, How to Build a Girl (my review) and now Dolly Wilde, with all her tender exuberance, is back in How to Be Famous.
Tangerine was highly recommended to me, by virtually every blogger I know so I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. Sadly, it’s a popular novel so I was #142 in the hold requests at my library. And then, because sometimes the book gods do smile down on needy readers, I saw a copy on the Peak Picks table of a library branch I don’t usually visit. I know, as a former librarian, I’m biased, but libraries are one of the most undervalued, but most wonderful, necessary government agencies we have. I’ll definitely be reviewing this gem.
These are my choices once I finish Tangerine. Do I go dystopian, apocalyptic with social issues overtones in An Ocean of Minutes (love the title!)? Or do I stick to what sounds like more standard summer reading, with All These Beautiful Strangers? It checks a lot of boxes for me: wealth, mystery, prep school, teen years. But will it deliver?
What are you reading this Monday?