Books, Books, Books

    I’ve been traveling a great deal and when I travel I read books but I don’t blog. So, here’s a quick list of what I’ve read and what I thought about it.

  • Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen – I’m a big Quindlen fan.  I’ve followed her since I first read her column in the Wall Street Journal.  This book is a lovely read with some good twists and a perfect ending.  *****
  • One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson – Jackson Brodie Book 2 – One act of extreme road rage and the world tips and things get crazy.  You don’t need to have read Book 1 – Case Histories – but if you like a series read book one first.  I like this character and hope Atkinson writes a few more. *****
  • A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball – while this is a little disturbing it was a good read. A bit of science fiction, since this takes place in the future in a utopian society.  The premise is that persons who want to commit suicide can be allowed/helped to start their lives over by deprograming their brains and then reprogramming them.  It keep me up until I finished it. ****
  • Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock – Believe it or not this is beautiful love story about manic depression and cancer.  I laughed.  I cried. And I recommend this as a book club suggestions.  *****
  • The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich – Weird, suspenseful, thriller.  It was compared to Gone Girl but I don’t think it should be.  True the couple in this book is not loveable nor is anyone, but this marriage and the couples actions will keep you reading if for no other reason then to figure out what is going on and how they will get out of the mess. ***
  • Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel – I read this for book club and I will say, it provoked an interesting conversation about sex and relationships. But, I didn’t like it. However, if you like books about couples therapy you might enjoy it. **
  • When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker – A simple story about losing the love of your life and letters from beyond the grave that reveal secrets that make those left behind search for answers. It was simple but if you like this type of book it was better than some. ***
  • Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel – This was advertised as Southern Humor and while it is about the south and the characters are written with humor and great skill, it is much more then that.  Focusing on the Temple Family members – black, white, good, bad – all the extended family with all their quirks.  It was an excellent read and I hope to see more from Gabriel. *****