What a glorious Friday this has turned out to be. 60 degrees and sunny. A good day for a run in the park and chatting over the fence with neighbors.
Bones Behind the Wheel, a cozy mystery, comes out today. It’s quite a different type of cozy!
This weekend we shall be reading The Gardener of Eden by David Downie and Perfunctory Affection by Kim Harrison. And watching Netflix. I’m behind on Schitt’s Creek and Grace and Frankie return tonight!
So what are all of you other Bookworms reading? What’s your favorite genre?
Enjoy your evening!
A brilliant send-up of our contemporary culture from Sam Lipsyte, the critically acclaimed author of Home Land, centered around an unwitting mindfulness guru and the phenomenon he initiates.
This was an odd one. Remember the movie The Love Guru with Michael Myers? This was a lot like that. Using mental archery he uses with corporations. Unfortunately I lost interest fairly quickly.
Netgalley/ January 15, 2019 Simon and Schuster
A Lexi Carmichael Mystery #11
Our favorite Geek, Lexi Carmichael is back along with her new fiancée, Slash, who has put a huge rock on her finger. Yes, she is engaged. And before you can say Congratulations, Slash is gone and Lexi is frustrated.
Feeling left out and worried she takes her hacking skills to the next level and finds out she may not know Slash and his past at all. She has questions. And she will stand by her man and fight the people threatening their lives with all she has. Typical Lexi.
From The Vatican, to the beautiful Amalfi Coast and back again, this fast-paced novel has everything a good thriller should have. Conspiracy theories, the Catholic Church, a rogue and power-hungry priest who will let nothing stand in his way of becoming the next Pope. Only the current one has his own plans and his own secret weapon in Slash.
This was a non-stop action mystery thriller! Every other chapter I was saying, “What???” which is a good thing. These two may be my favorite book couple.
Netgalley/ January 14th 2019 by Carina Press
Pride and Prejudice re-imagined in 21st century Pakistan.
The five Binat sisters couldn’t be more different. Alys is a modern woman with a career and has no intention of ever marrying much to the chagrin of her obsessed mother!
Alys and her sister Jena teach English to girls knowing full well that most of them will choose marriage over career. Alys teaches them all things Jane Austen and wants to inspire them to do more with their lives.
I love how the characters names were versions of the Pride and Prejudice novel. I especially loved that mother. Oh my goodness she was dramatic! I laughed so hard at all of her efforts to marry off at least one daughter and hopefully keep them all from being ruined before then.
She sets them all up at the biggest wedding their town has ever seen and sits back and waits for the proposals to pour in. Imagine her horror when they all take control over their own lives without any help from her. Though she will take credit.
I have to say I am not a big Jane Austen fan. So much angst among them all. But this version, oh yes! I loved every minute of it!
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/January 15th 2019 by Ballantine Books
What a great week for these new releases on Tuesday!
Love the series!
And that one mistake was a doozy!
I own all of these. Love!
A bit odd, but check it out.
So many good books releasing this month! I am so happy that the word Girl isn’t in as many this year! I have had quite enough of the same old thing. I hope you give these a read and share your thoughts!
Susannah and Max, along with her son are living the dream in a Vermont university town. Max is a well-known ‘artist’ and has secured a position at the university while Susannah is a stay at home mom to a her teen son. She has a lot of very odd behaviors.
They seem perfectly matched and are still in love and passionate. Life is good. Until it isn’t. Finding notes on their front door with cryptic messages has them both shaken. For Max the notes could destroy his career and his marriage. Max has secrets. Lots of secrets.
When the person Max suspected of leaving the notes turns up dead, Susannah tries to run with her son, but her son it turns out is not on her side. Why? Because she has secrets too. And someone knows them. And only when they come out will we find out who the perfect liar is.
The story was told from both points of view as well as past and present. The premise of the story was good. It was a twisty, nasty tale! But I didn’t know or understand the characters well enough to care if any of them got caught or disappeared. They just had no depth to any of them.
Give it a read and see what you think.
Netgalley/ January 15th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Grace Atherton is not only an exceptionally talented musician, she also creates beautiful works of art in her shop. Her dream was to play professionally but was devastated when a professor kicks her out of his class and tells her she has no talent.
Now her world is her violin shop and her boyfriend of eight years, David. David who is married with children. But he and his wife have an arrangement. Keep it quiet. So the day David jumps in to save a woman in the train stations, photos appear and David is keeping a low profile. Finding out that he has lied to her for years and she wasn’t the only one leads Grace down a destructive path.
Her saving grace will be an elderly musician and a smart mouth teen, Nadia. They all are broken in some way. Which made me love them so much.
I have to admit I didn’t like Grace. I don’t like adultery and I don’t like women who fall for lies wrapped in pretty packages. I was very happy with the way the book played out, especially all of the beautiful music you could almost hear. But for the most part I didn’t feel sorry for her and felt she was rather cold.
Netgalley/January 10th 2019 by Simon & Schuster