I read mostly fiction and mystery from all around the world with a lot of non-fiction history and social issues thrown in. Anything that someone tells me is good. I am a sucker for peer book pressure.
I actually could not put this book down. I spent an entire weekend depriving myself of sleep to find out what would happen. Alaska is such a mysterious and dangerous character of the book, and Hannah captures all of its beauty. Leni and her family are trying to escape the world, and it seems that the solution is Alaska. People can be whatever they want to be in Alaska in 1974. You can marry a goose if you want and no one will judge you. But Alaska is fierce and can be deadly if you don't watch yourself.
This is a book that will haunt you for a while. When we think about disasters here in the Midwest, you don't often think about tsunamis. I was horrified by the news stories in the wake of the Japanese tsunami of 2011 but did not really understand the entirety of the humanity of what had happened. This book focuses not on the nuclear disaster that is also associated with that earthquake but the shocking events of that day that especially struck a small elementary school.
Jellyfish are way more interesting than I ever imagined. If you need more random facts to tell your friends, this is the book. And Juli Berwald grew up here in St. Louis.
This is definitely for fans of Harry Potter. Two students are chosen for the Schools for Good and Evil but are seemingly placed in the wrong school. Agatha and Sophie will surprise you! The author wanted to write a book where good and evil are not quite what they might seem.
If you love Happy Valley as much as I do (please say you know what I am talking about), you will love this book! The detective at the heart of this procedural is flawed and wonderful and needs a police scanner to be able to fall asleep. I loved the characters. I loved the mystery. And the TWIST!
A book dealing with the murder of a child does not immediately scream staff pick, but trust me that this book is incredibly interesting and haunting. The author is completely immersed in the story so it is part memoir and part true crime. She was working with a firm that dealt with capital punishment cases when she first heard of this case. From there, it rocked her entire life bringing out her own past. It is definitely a book that will make you think deeply about your own feelings towards the death penalty.
Allende starts the book and you think it is going to be an innocent love story between two academics. Then she throws in a dead body in a trunk during a snowstorm in New York. Allende is a master of her craft. She is also the only author so far that has called me bossy!
This book altered my imagination! I don't read a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction, but I know that this is definitely on the list of must reads. It isn't even really post-apocalyptic in the way that you might be imagining. It is just like if women developed this ability and the world that we know immediately changes. This book is what happens when the whole world changes.
It won the Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction which is quickly becoming my list of favorite books.
This is truly an innovative look at a classic love story. The main characters (Claude and Suzanne) of this book were historically way ahead of their time. They were gender fluid pre-WWII!! As far as the secondary characters go, I kept looking up to find more information on these movers and shakers of the European art scene. But the thing that kept me coming back was the love story. It was so inspiring to see love conquer so many battles. This is a book that I will be reading again!
Everyone romanticizes Paris. This book has a way of romanticizing that romance in a way that feels original and mysterious. Truly a book for book lovers and lovers in general. If you have ever dreamed of writing a book or owning a bookstore, let this book show you one of the most bizarre ways to end up doing so.