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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

I don’t know what I am doing differently but I am rocking it in the reading department these days. I am in the middle of my eleventh book since the beginning of the year! I haven’t read at this pace since Connor started high school five years ago.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert The Night Child by Anna Quinn
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Tarnished City by Vic James

With Melissa Albert’s novel, I now have the first book I want to put on my Best of 2018 list. It is a fantasy/fairy tale lover’s delight – dark, ambiguous, ambitious, atmospheric, and fun. It says that it is the first book in a series. Please let the wait for book two be short. Please!

Anna Quinn’s novel is dark, dark, dark. It should come with a trigger warning on its cover because the repressed memories that Nora struggles to remember are heinous. Ms. Quinn pulls no punches in any of her descriptions. This makes the story more real but I can see a lot of readers not being able to finish reading it as a result. Still, the novel is not about traumatic childhood experiences so much as it is the body and mind’s ability to protect itself and heal when the time is right. It is about hope in the face of tragedy. I loved it for how much it made me squirm and for what she has to say.

Talking about traumatic experiences, Heather Morris’ novel details the true story of Auschwitz’ tattooist – the poor soul deemed worthy to permanently etch those damning five numbers on inmates’ arms as they arrive at the camp. It is a remarkable story of love and survival amid some of the worst conditions humankind has ever faced. Originally written as a screenplay, it does have that feel to it – as if each scene was blocked and staged for viewing. Yet the story told is fascinating and surprisingly hopeful amid so much misery.

The sequel to Vic James’ amazing series about class and privilege and people’s rights is heavy, heavier than I expected it to be. There is a lot of politics and intrigue going on in the book, which I hope means the next one will involve more action. However, you could not ask for a more timely story when talking about a resistance movement against a ruling class that sees those without as less than human.




Only Child by Rhiannon Navin


White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Yes, I am still working my way through this one. I love when I get the chance to listen to it. Those chances are not very often these days.


February Review Copies:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones How to Stop Time by Matt Haig Mrs. by Caitlin Macy Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson The One by John Marrs

So, what are you reading?

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