Happy Labor Day. Hope you all are getting in some getting some extra reading time and lots of relaxation. I am spending this week in Port Aransas, TX. While we are enjoying the outdoors this long weekend, I will be working from this location tomorrow. I am lucky enough to get to work from wherever I want to.
This was a pretty good week of reading for me. A miss here or there, but overall, a very happy week.
We Went to the Woods – I loved Dolan-Leach’s first book Dead Letters, unfortunately this did not work for me. Too much about farming not enough plot.
Patsy – This should be required reading. This is the American immigrant story, and so relevant to what is going on, this could be a ripped from the headlines type of book.
The Glass Woman – If you loved Burial Rites, I think you will love this book. Takes place in Iceland about a woman who moves away from her mother and marries a man she hardly knows. Lots of intrigue around this man, and a little bit of witchcraft is introduced. Very solid Read. Release Date, September 2, 2019
Recursion – Trippy Sci-Fi novel, that involves False Memory Syndrome (what’s that?) and time travel. It could be technical at times, but Crouch did a great job perpetuating this story. I am not a fan of Sci-Fi but found this highly enjoyable.
After the Flood – This is a dystopian novel that takes place a hundred years in the future after a six year flood. The main character is on search for her daughter who her husband kidnapped when the flood finally hit where they live. This has a large adventure component. I liked it, but did not like the comparison to Station Eleven, which it is not. Release Date, September 2, 2019
The Grammarians – This is a family saga that spans most of the lives of twin sisters. They both love language and words. You watch them grow up, get married, have kids, and completely stop talking to each other. It started off a little slow, but I was glad I stuck with I, because I really enjoyed this one. Release Date, September 2, 2019
Chances Are… – This is my favorite book of the year. I love everything Richard Russo writes, and this might be his best book yet. This centers around three friends who meet in college in 1969, now it is 2015 and the come back to together in Martha’s Vineyard to reconnect. However, there is one underlying thing that plagues, whatever happened to their friend Jacey, who went missing the last time they were all there in 1971. Writing is so beautiful. I was so sad when this ended.
I hope to get a bunch of reading done while I have some time at the beach. This how I intend to spend today, but not sure where the week will take me.
The Art of Regret – This is not coming out to late October, but the publisher sent this over. I did not have any expectations going into this, but so far really liking this one. Very quiet novel, centered around an American man who lives in Paris. About half-way through but want to see where this one goes.
The Lager Queen of Minnesota – Going to start this one today, but I am hearing so many good things on this. I love a good family novel always, so this should be a win.
What are you all reading this holiday?