Alright, so, a game of reading list is in order.
Here is what I have cracked open: I Do Not Come to You By Chance. It’s a novel about the Nigerian email scammers. Loving it so far.
Here is what I have recently closed (these were my beach reads and they were each great for different reasons):
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I first got remotely interested in it on page 57. I got a smidge more interesting at 100 pages. And at 325, it started to speed. Still, I’d love for 100 pages to be lobbed off but what a friggin’ plot. I told my friend it was a cross between the movie Seven and the television show Alias.
The One That I Want. Loved that this book took me on a personal journey along with the narrator. That is one of the things Allison Winn Scotch does particularly well as a writer– compels the reader to go a journey herself. Thoughtful and true.
Red Hook Road. I’ve read several books by Ayelet Waldman and had been moved by them all but, this one, this one– wow. What beautiful sentences, what heartbreaking (and warming) plot.
The Opposite of Love. This was Julie Buxbaum’s first book and what a first novel. The opening letter to the daughter is just breathtaking. Plenty of characters to love here– I wanted a Grandpa Jack and a mentor Ruth by the time I was half-way in.
Here is what I will soon open: After You by Julie Buxbaum (I liked her first book so much that I had to go out and get # 2) and Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner. And possible The Girl Who Played with Fire (but is it as dark as Dragon Tattoo, does it read faster; I need answers from you!) But what else? What else should I be reading? Fill up my dance card with books, please!