A Twitter-inspired look at books I’ve been reading recently. (And here’s what I read last month.) What’s on your bookshelf these days?
The Romanov Prophecy / Steve Barry
While not exactly great writing, I enjoy a good international conspiracy thriller. And, I love all things Russian, especially when it deals with Anastasia Nikolaeva or Anna Anderson. I’m a believer.
Bound / Sally Gunning
Nicely written historical fiction set pre-revolutionary war. Bound is a sequel, although I didn’t know that until after I finished. Enjoyable but not overly compelling.
Between Shades of Gray / Rūta Šepetys
An important, beautiful book. The western world has long brushed over the atrocities of Stalin’s reign of terror in the Soviet bloc. Rūta does her family’s Lithuanian heritage justice with this must-read (but admittedly hard-to-read) YA book.
Wedding Night / Sophie Kinsella
Typical Kinsella – fun, fluffy and quick. Not my favorite of hers, but great for a sunny Saturday with a cocktail in hand.
The Fault in our Stars / John Green
I cried as much as the next girl, I suppose, but I have a hard time buying the idea of My One True Love at age 16. As good as any Lurlene McDaniel book was when I was a tween. (Also, I kept thinking that Jennifer Lawrence plays Hazel in the movie, and that was super distracting.)
Dept. of Speculation / Jenny Offill
Brief, lovely snapshots of a marriage – the “love, loneliness, grief, joy, fidelity, beauty, depression, mania, motherhood.” Less a typical novel and more enticing fragments of thought and life. Should be read in one sitting.