• A nice, quiet week = a short, quick wrap-up! Thankfully this week flew by…unfortunately so did the weekend!!
• I finished two books this week – and by this week, I mean yesterday. I’m covering a different department at work while someone is on vacation, so my days have been nothing but a flurry of printing reports, entering spreadsheets, replying to emails. By the time I get home, I’m pooped. So, yeah, all the reading I did this week was done yesterday (and I plan on doing it again today haha). I finished Rhys Bowen’s The Tuscan Child, a dual era novel about a wounded WWII pilot whose plane crashes in the mountains in Italy and his daughter in the 70s who discovers a letter he wrote to a woman and decides to go off in search of her or anyone who might remember her. So lovely! I also tore through Alison Hughes’ Kasey & Ivy, a lightning-fast epistolary novel about a 12-year-old girl who has to spend her summer vacation in the hospital. On the geriatric ward.
• Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington are teaming up to adapt and star in Little Fires Everywhere and I. Am. Ready.
Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
I reviewed this one last March and featured it again in part 1 of my Top Reads of 2017. It’s safe to say I loved this one. A LOT. Lindsey and Andrew had a whirlwind romance and a seemingly perfect marriage..one that quickly turned violent and abusive. Lindsey managed to escape with her daughter and Andrew was sent to prison after drunkenly hitting someone with his car. Eleven years later he’s out of jail and suddenly Lindsey notices little things aren’t quite right: her keys aren’t where she left them, emails she knows she never looked at are marked read. Could Andrew be out for revenge? Thank you, St. Martin’s Press!
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
Last April I reviewed Jessica’s debut, Almost Missed You and enjoyed it immensely (and became a teensy bit biased after learning she’s originally from Pittsburgh)! Her upcoming release looks great too: it’s a rare kid-free night for a group of neighborhood women and they take full advantage. They gather around a fire pit and keep their wine glasses full. With each drink the conversations become more and more personal and by Monday, one of them is missing. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press!
The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
I was sold the second I saw that title. Even better? It’s been compared to The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, a novel I ADORED back in 2014 (it was also included in my Top Reads post for that year – 2014 was a fantastic year for books). The Lost for Words Bookshop is about a woman who prefers books to people (same, girl), and has lines from her favorite novels tattooed on her body. But there are some things she’ll never share with anyone and someone has just discovered something about her past. Thank you, Thomas Dunne Books!