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…

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.

Gold

I recently had a mini-rant about buying books from the bargain section of Barnes & Noble.  In the interest of fairness, I need to take that back.  I read three bargain books in a row that were quite good, and this was one of them.  In fact, I’d even say that Gold broke my streak of choosing bad fiction books.  Thank goodness.