Recent Book Recommendations

I’m happy to report that since we’ve moved I’ve made a concerted effort to watch less TV – I haven’t set up the DVR for anything and other than Football and the occasional Law & Order SVU I’ve been trying to read instead. This morning I stopped by the local school book sale and got 11 books for $11 – my kind of spending! I have a long list on my Pinterest board that will get me through the winter but these are ones I’ve finished in the last month or so.

My friend Wendy recommended 1000 White Women and I zipped through it and found it very absorbing. Way back when there was a controversial program called “Brides for Indians” that recommended that 1000 white women be married to Indians to help them assimilate to American culture. It didn’t take place but this novel explores what might have happened if it had – great characters and well written.

Gone Girl” seems to be the book everyone is reading and with good reason – I read this in about 24 hours and absolutely couldn’t put it down. Thankfully we were at the lake so I just holed up on the couch and read until my eyes were tired! Suffice to say there is a twist to this book that I didn’t see coming.

Knowing my interest in Jacqueline Kennedy my Mom passed on “Mrs Kennedy and Me” – a book by her former secret service agent Clint Hill that was with her during the Kennedy administration. There were some new tidbits that I found interesting and I enjoyed the book.

My Mom read and highly recommended “Paris: A Love Story” which is a memoir from Kati Marton about her first marriage to Peter Jennings, her second marriage to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke with Paris being the connecting thread. Having never been to Paris (sad!) I couldn’t quite relate to all the places that were mentioned but I enjoyed the book and found it to be an easy read.

I can’t remember where I heard about “The Kitchen Daughter” – another foodie book! This one is part ghost story part very tame thriller and it was an easy and absorbing read.

I finally finished the Langani trilogy that I started way back in January when we were in New Zealand. I found myself much more drawn to the characters in the latter two books having gotten acquainted with them in the first. This trilogy is sometimes violent and sad but overall I really enjoyed the character’s journey and was sad to see the books come to an end.

Hope you’ve all been reading good books!

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