The Forever Summer

Written by Jamie Brenner The last time I visited my sister, she gave me a stack of books.  No, really.  A stack.  I slid a few in my suitcase, a few in my Harrods tote, and had to come back for the rest.  I feel bad because I keep reading stuff she wouldn’t like (Nonfiction,…

Beartown

Written by Fredrik Backman I learned my lesson long ago.  Used to be, I’d find an author I loved and read everything they wrote right away.  But then the inevitable depression and angst would set in as I tried to find some other book that would measure up.  Now I space them out, the literary…

Emma

Written by Alexander McCall Smith I’ve never been Jane Austen obsessed.  i enjoyed her books, and never minded reading them in school.  I understand that she was making social commentary in the only manner available to her, and I can appreciate that.  But at some point, it felt like the same theme in a different…

The Dry

Written by Jane Harper You know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover?”  Well, I almost did.  I was in a hurry that day at the library, and decided to just grab the first four books I could find from my Goodreads list.  My dog was in the car (it was cool out,…

The Lady in Gold

You may have seen the move Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. I watched it before my trip to Vienna, and I love it even more now that I’ve returned. I knew nothing about the story, and in fact didn’t even know it was based on a book until my grandmother handed it to me. I’m so glad she did because this book provided more detail and insight into the whole situation.

Beyond the Call

There’s a little coffee shop in Waco called Bru.  It’s located in an old elevator, all brass and crimson and Deco, just to the side of a marble lobby in the Praetorian building.  The setting is amazing, and the coffee is the best I’ve ever had.  But, I keep going back because one of the girls who works there is delightful.  We talk about books and writing and coffee, and she always asks me what to read.  I was reading this book when I realized that World War II seems to be my 2017 theme.  I told her I needed to shift topics, and she told not to apologize for reading what I want.  So I won’t.