Whenever I’m back east visiting family for a month at a time (usually in May and October), I seem to find consistently good books, back-to-back-to-back reads that I devour and can’t wait to recommend. Is it because I have more time to read? Or is it because I go to one of my favorite indie bookstores, R.J. Julia, at least three times a week?!
This trip east (CT, Maine, NY) doesn’t disappoint. Here are my recent reads and reccos:
Little Bee, Chris Cleave – full review coming out shortly in Women’s Adventure Magazine. I can’t recommend this book enough! Read slowly and savor the writing, the characters, the story. Mmmm…. “Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means, this storyteller is alive.”
The Story of a Marriage, Andrew Sean Greer (just out in paperback) – witty, poignant, sharp and bound to be forever relevant. “How hollow, to have no secrets left; you shake yourself and nothing rattles.”
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson – good beach read/mystery for more serious readers who snub mass market mysteries (guilty as charged!)
Genesis, Bernard Beckett – wow! I need someone else to read this so we can DISCUSS!! “Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear, and by suspicion.”
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne – quick young adult read; creative tale, but nothing trumps The Book Thief as far as stories on WWII Germany.