Books, Health

Weekend Reading

Here are the books I am so excited to read, coming soon!

I read the description of The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu and it sounds like the kind of quirky book I enjoy.  I especially like books where people go camping and get lost or are in the woods and learn something profound.

Here what’s you need to know:

A group of young girls descend on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.

They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen features an eye-catching cover! Doesn’t it make you immediately wonder what is happening? I do! There’s not a big synopsis available for the book, but I read the reviews and many people have enjoyed this thriller. It promises to be a page turner, check it out:

Hannah had a normal life – a loving husband, a good job. Until she did something shocking. Now she’s in a psychiatric clinic. It should be a safe place. But patients keep dying. The doctors say it’s suicide. Hannah knows they’re lying. Can she make anyone believe her before the killer strikes again?

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What appealed to me about the Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is the fact this is based on a true story and its centers around survivors of Auschwitz. I’m very drawn to stories like this and when the story springs from a real event, I am even more curious.

It’s a tough topic to read about, in the past I’ve had to take a break from reading about concentration camps, but these are important stories to read so we can learn about the past and respect it.

Here’s the plot:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.

What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov’s incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive – not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. 

 

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My mom recommended The Good Samaritan by John Marrs and I devoured the book, loving the suspense and the twist in the plot. When I saw the author has a new book coming out, I got very excited. Yes, I really do get excited about books and spend a lot of time reading about books and authors!

Do you read everything you can by an author you like? I try to do that. Once I find an author whose work I enjoy, I want to read everything. I remember reading a novel by Caroline Leavitt and immediately reading every single book she ever wrote. Now I am eagerly anticipating new books from relatively new authors like Carolyn Kepnes, B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena, Peter Swanson and now John Marrs.

Take a look:

 A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for. That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

 

When I saw B.A. Paris had a new book coming soon, I knew I had to get my hands on an advance copy so I could share it here. I started this last night and am totally hooked. Bring Me Back captivated me from the first page, always a good sign.

Here’s what it’s about:

A young British couple are driving through France on vacation when they stop at a service station. He runs in to use the restroom, she stays in the car. When he returns, her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part of his life now. Until he comes home from work one day and finds his new fiancée sitting on their sofa turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife-to-be is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their relationship becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

 

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I read The Wife by Alafair Burke this week, its the first novel I have read by this author who has written several other books. And after reading this one, I will need to read every single other book Alafair has written! This is an easy read, everything flows smoothly and each page is written with such suspense that you keep turning the pages. I read this quickly and was sad when it was over!

Here’s the synopsis:

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look at the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets.

I HIGHLY recommend The Wife.

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I really liked Jessica Knoll’s first book, Luckiest Girl Alive. I thought it struck the right balance of being creepy and thrilling yet still offered a glimmer of vulnerability in the main character which made the reader stay engaged. Naturally, I was excited to read The Favorite Sister, the authors follow up to LGA.

This is the perfect read for those who enjoy reality television and wonder how relationship dynamics play out behind the scenes. The Favorite Sister took me a few pages to get into due to several characters, but after that, I was intrigued with how the story was going to play out. Jessica is most definitely a gifted writer.

Here’s what you need to know: 

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder.  Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her cast mates.

Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret.  Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have long been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

Lauren, the start-up world’s darling whose drinking has gotten out of control, is Goal Diggers’ recovery narrative—everyone loves a comeback story.  And Jen, made rich and famous through her cultishly popular vegan food line plays a holistic hippie for the cameras, but is perhaps the most ruthless of them all when the cameras are off.

I really liked the premise, especially since I am an avid watcher of The Real Housewives franchise and I always love an unreliable narrator! The author has a great writing style and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!