Its been a tough week for reading for me. I started and set aside no fewer than six books because I wasn’t in the mood for the character, the genre, the tone. You know how it is, you start a book and can’t connect to it. I always blame it on my mood, not the author.
I am almost finished with What I Remember Most by Cathy Lamb, an intriguing read about a women creating a new life for herself. I can’t wait to see how it ends. Then I’m going to dive into one of the books below.
Let’s check out what’s on my To Read List! (all synopsis’s are via Goodreads)
The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen:
Thirty years after her death, Alice’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter needs surgery, her eldest daughter decides to track down her birth mother, and the year Alice gets a daunting diagnosis. As it turns out, it’s entirely possible for the people we’ve lost to come back to us when we need them the most.
Books about mothers and daughters? I’m in! I’m afraid this is going to be an emotional read for me.
The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys:
Downed during his first mission, James Hunter is taken captive as a German POW. To bide the time, he studies a nest of redstarts at the edge of camp. Some prisoners plot escape; some are shot. And then, one day, James is called to the Kommandant’s office.
Meanwhile, back home, James’s new wife, Rose, is on her own, free in a way she has never known. Then, James’s sister, Enid, loses everything during the Blitz and must seek shelter with Rose. In a cottage near Ashdown forest, the two women jealously guard secrets, but form a surprising friendship. Each of these characters will find unexpected freedom amid war’s privations and discover confinements that come with peace. The Evening Chorus is a beautiful, astonishing examination of love, loss, escape, and the ways in which the intrusions of the natural world can save us.
Did you say POW? World War II? I don’t have to read any further to know I’m going to love this one.
All it took was a comparison of Jojo Moyes to have me hooked! I m talking about The Day We Met by Rowan Coleman. Read the synopsis, doesn’t it sound so good?
A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves—Claire’s got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband Greg seems like a stranger, and her kids are like characters in a movie. Three-year-old Esther’s growing up in the blink of an eye, and twenty-year-old Caitlin, with her jet-black hair and clothes to match, looks like she’s about to join a punk band—and seems to be hiding something. Most concerning, however, is the fact that Claire is losing her memory, including that of the day she met Greg.
When Claire meets a handsome stranger on a rainy day, she starts to wonder if Greg still belongs in her life. She knows she should love him, but she can’t always remember why. When Greg gives her a blank book, Claire fills its pages with private memories and keepsakes, jotting down beginnings and endings and everything in between. The book becomes the story of Claire—her passions, her sorrows, her joys, her adventures in a life that refuses to surrender to a fate worse than dying: disappearing.
I love a good mystery every now and then. I couldn’t put down The Girl on the Train, if you havent read that one then I highly recommend it. Certainly it will be turned into a movie like Gone Girl.
In the mood for a creepy crime novel? Me too. I am anxious to read Second Life By S. J. Watson. Check it out:
The brutal murder of her sister shatters Julia’s ordinary life, and old wounds are opened. She briefly finds solace in her sister’s best friend, only to receive more shocking news: her sister led a disturbing second life in the shadowy corners of the Internet. Certain that her sister’s death is somehow connected to her cyber-life, Julia sets out to find answers.
But the search for the truth unexpectedly turns into an exploration of herself and her own desires. The Internet is a private sexual playground, an anonymous, addictive netherworld where Julia can be anyone she wants to be and indulge her fantasies. Nothing is forbidden. It’s harmless pleasure far removed from her everyday world. And unlike her reckless sister, Julia is in control. Shes safe.
That is, until she meets the dark and mysterious Lukas in an online chat room, and suddenly the virtual becomes all too real . . . and very dangerous indeed.
I have just finished up watching The Fall on Netflix, it was an excellent suspenseful series starring Gillian Anderson. Have you seen it? I HIGHLY recommend watching it this weekend. A little binge watching is perfect over a chilly weekend at home!