As always, links will take you to my complete reviews on Goodreads.com and asterisks mark books that are on the FAVORITE shelf. (As in OMG YOU GUYS THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!)
While we’re on the topic of discussing books, here’s a bookish holiday question: are there any books on your Christmas Wish List? If so, what are you hoping Santa will bring you?
The Slightest Provocation, Pam Rosenthal
Not your typical romance! Unexpected depth and tough situations for each character to wrestle with. Might be too serious for those looking for a lighter, fluffier story, but I loved it.
Moloka’i, Alan Brennert
The life of Hanson’s disease sufferer Rachel Kalama is beautifully rendered in a novel as much about life as it is the history of Hawai’i itself. Think Michener but more focused and with better characters.
Mine Till Midnight, Lisa Kleypas (Hathaways #1)
I was “meh” about this before since I thought I had already read it and disliked it a lot. Turns out it was the second in the series that I loathed. This book is much better in dealing realistically with the characters and the issue of being ethnically different in early 19th century British society.
The Places That Scare You, Pema Chodron
Another gem from Chodron for people looking to heal after personal crisis or anyone looking to reframe how they approach life.
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
After putting this book on hiatus numerous times I finally finished it. It is definitely damning this book with faint praise to say that it’s easy to pick up and put down. Well-written, just not all that engaging.
*Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games #3)
If you haven’t picked up this series yet, DO IT NOW. All my YA librarian friends have been touting this series for ages and I am so glad I finally clued in and listened.
The Lost Girls, Amanda Presser, Holly Corbett & Jennifer Baggett
Think a younger, more insightful, better written, far more interesting and certainly less self-centered and whiny Eat Pray Love and you’ll have a general sense of The Lost Girls. A charming and engaging story of three friends who leave NYC behind and travel around the world for one year.