With the start of the Spring Season today and the need for everyone to self-quarantine and practice #socialdistancing during this scary and uncertain time, there is nothing better than a good book to take your mind off the anxiety we are all experiencing. I hope this list is helpful and encourages you to sit back, and lose yourself in a good book!
by J.T. Ellison
I had the pleasure of attending an author event at my local book store, An Unlikely Story featuring J.T. Ellison in conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan (one of my favorite mystery writers!). She introduced her newest novel, Good Girls Lie which takes place at a prestigious prep school for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. It examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to protect their secrets. Fast-paced with lots of twists and turns – this book will captivate you from the beginning!
by Kiley Reid
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid is a provocative, multi-layered debut novel about race, privilege and the idolization of black people. Narrated in third person, Such a Fun Age explores the race relations and power dynamics between Emira and Alix, and Emira and Kelley. Kiley Reid is incredibly talented at making us despise and also sympathise for both Alix and Kelley. My opinion of the two characters kept changing throughout the book — are they genuine? are they really wanting to help, or are they pushing their own agenda? That’s the beauty of this book.
by William Kent Krueger
Our book club’s choice in February, we all gave high marks to William Kent Krueger’s
This Tender Land, a wonderful coming-of-age story filled with adventure and many moments where you are left on the edge-of-your-seat, in anticipation for what might happen next to Odie and his gang of Vagabonds as they make their escape down the Mississippi in a canoe.
by Lily King
I chose Writers & Lovers for our next book club in May – haven’t started yet but looking forward to reading this highly acclaimed book, a #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick. Described as an “unforgettable portrait of the artist as a young woman. Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody is thirty-one in the summer of 1997 and still clutching on to something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life as a novelist.”
by Jenna Blum
Jenna Blum, author of one of my all-time favorite books, Those Who Save Us, brilliantly brings to the page a husband devastated by a grief he cannot name, a frustrated wife struggling to compete with a ghost she cannot banish, and a daughter sensitive to the pain of both her own family and another lost before she was born. Poignant, and at times heartbreaking but very satisfying read.