I spent most of the summer trying to find a book to read. It was hard.
It didn’t seemed like a lot was available, or I had already read it. So I dove into the pile of books that I had bought but never got around to reading, and plucked out Mark Helprin’s ‘In Sunlight and Shadow’. Not bad, but not one of the books that I’m going to recommend right now.
Towards the end of summer, books suddenly made themselves available, and just like that I had read three in a row that were great.
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachmann – this one is out in paperback so I definitely recommend checking it out. Quirky with a bit of mystery, you’ll be trying to put together the pieces of the main character’s life for the whole book.
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant – easy to read, not too long, and if you like a little character driven historical fiction this is a good choice.
Purity by Jonathan Franzen – I have to say this one is probably not for everyone. If you love The Corrections or Freedom or any of his work then you will love this but if you have never read Franzen before be warned: he specializes in characters who aren’t that likeable. Despite all of that, I couldn’t put it down and enjoyed it. It will be on my Ten Best of the year.
Made a trip to Book Warehouse this weekend, too, in order to pick up a few books so here is what’s on the bedside table:
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (this is the first in her series and I’m going to check it out, if anyone else has read it and can tell me what they thought about it – please do)
Reading right now:
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
Next time we’ll talk fall mysteries because there are a couple of good ones coming out soon, including the new Michael Connelly.
As always, let us know what great book you are reading!