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,…

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.