August in Central Florida--when the suffocating heat makes its last gasp before the not so suffocating, but still really heavy, heat is ushered in on September's arm. (You can see how the heat is getting to me, can't you?) There's only one thing for it--books!
Here are some fabulous new finds:
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
"... a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?" A reclusive old lady who thinks she knows whodunit. But nobody will listen. Sounds creepy.
gods with a little g by Tupelo Hassman
"Unsinkable and wrecked by grief, motherless and aimless and looking for connection, Helen Dedleder is a girl with a gift she doesn't want to use and a pack of friends who are all just helping each other get by." An evangelical town cut off from the world. A psychic shop. And a bunch of bored teens. Works for me!
Chances Are... by Richard Russo
Forty years after a "monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over...three lives are displayed in their entirety while the distant past confounds the present like a relentless squall of surprise and discovery." Pretty flowery language there. Three dudes with secrets and a weekend at the vineyard. It's a maybe.
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
"...a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself." It's a firefighter love story with a strained mother-daughter relationship thrown in.
The Whisper Man by Alex North
"Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents...nicknamed The Whisper Man, for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night." (Aaaaah!) Now, another kid is missing, reigniting rumors that The Whisper Man had an accomplice and it's all starting over again. This is way too scary for me.
Let's celebrate back-to-school with some new young adult reading!
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry
"One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now." It's a teen Thelma & Louise! And darkly funny; my kind of story.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
"As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker" the boy her parents won't approve of, "and Carlene," her open-minded yet troubled aunt, "she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down." Good stuff!
Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry
"There are many ways the world could end. A fire. A catastrophic flood. A super eruption that spews lakes of lava. Ellis Kimball ... is prepared for each one. What she doesn’t expect is meeting Hannah Marks in her therapist’s waiting room. Hannah calls their meeting fate. After all, Ellis is scared about the end of the world; Hannah knows when it’s going to happen." Excellent!
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
"...a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. ...witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking..." I'm there!
Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick
A good read, but really pushed well past the boundary of believability.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars
Northwest Corner by John Burnham Schwartz
A wonderful story well told.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars
On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen (Anonymous)
A sweet, charming read.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
by Jonaas Jonasson
Hilarious, fabulous read!
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars
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