It seems like whenever autumn rolls around, I found myself reading less and less, instead being outside more, and then before I know it, it's NaNoWriMo, and I'm writing a novel of my own, rather than reading that of others.
Once the long nights of December kick in, though, I manage to get the novels rolling again!
Still, I did crank out a few titles since I last updated...let's get going!
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
This is the second in the "Divergent" young adult series by Roth, and continues the story of Tris and Four, living in a alternate universe Chicago. This is a fantastic series, but you definitely need to read the first novel before diving into the second, because Roth just continues on with no review of what went down in the first book. I can't wait for the third title (which fans have jokingly called "Detergent") to see how the story ends. This is a GREAT series to suggest to fans of The Hunger Games!
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
I've been a fan of Giffin's since Something Borrowed, but her last one or two novels haven't been that memorable to me. This one, though...this one I absolutely loved. Marian is living the life she always wanted in New York City, until the night she opens the door to reveal 18 year old Kirby on her doorstep. Giffin just has such a way with words and emotions, and tells this story so capably in alternative chapters voiced by Kirby and Marian. I wasn't sure what I was rooting for in the end, but I was definitely rooting. I actually listened to this title, and really loved the alternate experience of listening to it, instead of reading it. A great read!
And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman
I've never actually read any Lippman before, but I know she's a well respected author of mystery and suspense, and this one sounded intriguing. A madam is found murdered in her home, and raises the eyebrows of a madam living just a few miles away. Heloise has worked hard to change her life and identity, and to protect "her girls", but this event kicks off a series of dominos and surprises in its wake. I liked this novel well enough, I suppose, but a week or two later, I remember absolutely nothing about it, except for thinking that her ways of protecting her business were quite clever. Probably not the most sterling recommendation, eh?
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
Several of us at the library really loved Genova's first two novels (Still Alice and Left Neglected) so I was eager to read her latest, taking place off Cape Cod and involving an autistic boy and his mother, and an author recovering from a divorce. This was a slow paced read, and while it was...fine, I didn't grab me, or keep my attention like her other two did (which were page turners and I highly recommend). Instead, it was all just...fine. Fine.
The Prophet by Michael Koryta
I normally like Koryta's mysteries (most of all his Lincoln Perry series), but I really struggled with getting into this one. I blame NaNoWriMo fully for not letting me focus on this like I should have...
Let It Snow by John Green, et al.
This is a traditional read every December, and contains three young adult holiday romances, my favorite by far being The Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green. Because it makes me laugh out loud. A lot. Every year. :-)
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
I admit it, I'm a shameless Stephanie Plum fan, because who doesn't love an escape for a few hours to the Burg, with Ranger and Morelli, a blown up car and a bucket of chicken for Lula. Some may call it predictable or boring, but I call it comfort food of the best kind - and every single one of her novels has made me laugh out loud at least once. Literally, laugh out loud. Tough to do, but she does it! Love this series!
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