my latest library haul.

MYTHOLOGY by Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture–the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works of art, literature, and cultural inquiry–from Freud’s Oedipus complex to Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. Praised throughout the world for its authority and lucidity, Mythology is Edith Hamilton’s masterpiece–the standard by which all other books on mythology are measured.

Back when I was a bookseller, Mythology sold like hotcakes, even decades after its 1942 release. It wasn’t until last month when my book club discussed Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne that I fell down a mythology rabbit hole and haven’t yet climbed back out. I had originally planned on grabbing whatever copy was available at my library – until I saw this gorgeous illustrated 75th anniversary copy.

RAZORBLADE TEARS by S.A Cosby

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid. The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah’s white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son but is devastated by his loss.

Derek’s father Buddy Lee was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy.

Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.

This novel has been taking the book community by storm, a highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s Blacktop Wasteland. Last month I was taking a drive, something I started doing on my lunchbreaks as I was getting some serious cabin fever since I’m still WFH. I had been listening to an episode of Fresh Air and Cosby was a guest. His interview, combined with heaps of praise from readers resulted in this #bookstagrammademedoit library grab!

OLYMPUS, TEXAS by Stacey Swann

The Briscoe family is once again the talk of their small town when March returns to East Texas two years after he was caught having an affair with his brother’s wife. His mother, June, hardly welcomes him back with open arms. Her husband’s own past affairs have made her tired of being the long-suffering spouse. Is it, perhaps, time for a change? Within days of March’s arrival, someone is dead, marriages are upended, and even the strongest of alliances are shattered. In the end, the ties that hold them together might be exactly what drag them all down.

Small towns, family drama, I’m HERE for it. Even better: Swann straight up said this is her riffing on Greek gods and myths. Very relevant to my interests right now!!

APPLESEED by Matt Bell

In eighteenth-century Ohio, two brothers travel into the wooded frontier, planting apple orchards from which they plan to profit in the years to come. As they remake the wilderness in their own image, planning for a future of settlement and civilization, the long-held bonds and secrets between the two will be tested, fractured and broken—and possibly healed.

Fifty years from now, in the second half of the twenty-first century, climate change has ravaged the Earth. Having invested early in genetic engineering and food science, one company now owns all the world’s resources. But a growing resistance is working to redistribute both land and power—and in a pivotal moment for the future of humanity, one of the company’s original founders will return to headquarters, intending to destroy what he helped build.

A thousand years in the future, North America is covered by a massive sheet of ice. One lonely sentient being inhabits a tech station on top of the glacier—and in a daring and seemingly impossible quest, sets out to follow a homing beacon across the continent in the hopes of discovering the last remnant of civilization.

Though Appleseed‘s sheer size (clocking in at just shy of 500 pages) and massive scope and more than a little intimidating, this book sounds fascinating. ALSO, there’s a 100% chance this caught my eye because of its title. For several years I was a Johnny Appleseed nerd.

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

An oldie! But now the trilogy is complete and ready to be binged. This grab was entirely due to book club: several of my friends are big fans of this series and their gushing and love for these books gave me FOMO!

my latest library haul

If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a while, you might remember last year when I first started doing my latest library haul posts. I’m a little ashamed to admit I ultimately forgot about them (whoops!), but my hauls certainly didn’t slow.

As I type this I have two more waiting for me at the library AND an audio on hold. Until the next haul, here’s what I currently have checked out!

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron’s prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family’s tragedy, a woman’s secret, and a man’s lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.

The first Myron Bolitar novel was the March pick for the #HarlanCobenThereReadThat bookstagram book club. …and it was awful. I’m SO glad this wasn’t my first Coben novel because there’s no way I would continue to read his books if this was my intro.

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chen

The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband.

Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy―to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out―it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.

A cozy series set in a noodle shop. Yep, sign me up.

And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder

Kate McGuire’s life was sweet in Manhattan before she lost her restaurant job and fiance both. But sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, and soon she finds herself starting from scratch in the island town of Coral Cay, Florida. It has everything she’s looking for: sunny beaches, friendly locals, and a Help Wanted sign in the bakery shop window. Once she convinces the shop’s crusty owner Sam Hepplewhite to hire her, Kate can’t tie on her apron fast enough. Little does she know that trouble, like warm dough, is on the rise. . .

Stewart Lord is a real estate developer with a taste for a different type of dough: the green kind. He knows that he could make a killing by purchasing the Cookie House from Sam, who flat-out refuses to sell. But when Stewart turns up the heat on Sam–then turns up dead after eating a fresh batch of Sam’s cinnamon rolls–all eyes focus on the town’s beloved bakery. When the police arrest Sam for murder, Kate must somehow prove that her curmudgeonly boss is innocent. Enlisting the help of a team of lovable locals, Kate sets out to catch the real culprit with his hand in the cookie jar…before someone else gets burned.

I have an ARC of the sequel and decided to read them back-to-back.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

I’m on something of a Tessa Dare kick. I had already requested a few of her other titles when I saw a blogger rec this one – and when she mentioned how funny it is I knew I had to grab it.

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She’s inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride’s cold feet?
● He starts with flowers. A wedding can’t have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.

● He lets her know she’ll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.

● He doesn’t kiss her.

● If he kisses her, he definitely doesn’t kiss her again.

● When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.

● And no matter what—he doesn’t fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

These last two are part of Tessa’s Castles Ever After series. Over the weekend I shared my TBR stack for March and it included Romancing the Duke, the first in the series. I had such a great time reading that one and can’t wait to read these next two!

my latest library haul 7/16

Rise and shine, it’s time for another library haul post! Interestingly, this time all of my holds are older titles.

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
The first book in the Reluctant Royals series, Naledi Smith, a grad-school student juggling multiple jobs. Raised in the foster system, Naledi quickly learned to take care of herself and spammy emails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince get a hard delete.

As the sole heir to the throne, Prince Thabiso is feeling the weight of his kingdom. Tasked with tracking down his missing fiancee, Thabiso is quickly mistaken for a commoner – and delights in the chance to experience the world without the weight of the crown.

I’ve heard fantastic things about this series and love a good Cinderella retelling!!

Tokyo Tarareba Girls Vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura
Three best friends in their 30s lament their still-single status and are determined to be married by the time the Olympics descend on Tokyo in six years.

I grabbed this first volume on a whim and…it was alright. Manga is always a quick read, so it had that going for it. The story though left me wanting. The art is nice, but I doubt I’ll be continuing with the series.

Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler
If you follow me in instagram or goodreads – or even if you’ve been following the blog for a while – you know I’m a huge nonfiction fan – especially when it comes to pop history. This book instantly went on my To Read list the minute I first heard about it and when I saw it on my library’s shelf this past weekend, I pounced.

Chandler explores the hold the fast food industry has had over American life for the past century, from the dark underbelly of the greedy corporate world to how a teenager’s plea for chicken nuggets became the most viral tweet of all time. Flipping through, I was surprised by how short this book is (under 300 pages – including all the notes!). I’m sure this will be an extremely fascinating and super quick read.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
I’ve only read one of her books, but enjoyed it immensely and have been eager to check out more of her work. The universe works in mysterious ways: one day last week I happened to be clicking around on wikipedia and started reading about the murder of Grace Brown. A young factory worker, Grace soon started up a relationship with the nephew of the factory owner and eventually discovered she was pregnant. Unwed, Grace hid her pregnancy from her family, and agreed to go on a trip with her boyfriend after he promised they would marry.

Her body was discovered near a lake, the boyfriend claiming Grace jumped in herself and drowned. Authorities, however, believed he ultimately murdered Grace and he was eventually found guilty of the crime. While reading, I learned A Northern Light was heavily inspired by – and features – the murder and I couldn’t grab it fast enough!

Trespassing by Brandi Reeds
This is a novel I originally grabbed from netgalley but never got around to it, whoops! In an attempt to finally get around to cleaning up old reviews I’ve decided to make a point to get some of these from my library.

Veronica is slowly losing her grip on reality. Her latest round of fertility treatments have failed, her 3-year-old suddenly has an imaginary new playmate, and her husband fails to return from a business trip. With Veronica’s family’s history of mental illness and her daughter’s insistence that Daddy is dead, Veronica becomes more and more unsure of what’s going on, but underneath her paranoia, she knows she needs to find her missing husband.

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
Another nonfiction and one I’m VERY curious about. Exploring both Sandra’s own life (as she made the transition from a husband to a wife) and her job (the person who cleans away all sign of death), everything about this book sounds interesting. I’ll admit I don’t really know much more about it, but it came highly recommended from a blogger I trust, so I’m absolutely looking forward to diving into this one.

Flirting with Pete by Barbara Delinsky
Casey never met her father, though that didn’t stop her from following in his footsteps and becoming a psychologist. Upon his death, Casey inherits his Boston town house, complete with maids and a gardener. She comes across a manuscript in his belongings and while she’s unsure if it’s the beginnings of a novel or a case study, Casey soon finds herself engrossed by Jenny’s story and, convinced the story is true, she begins digging deeper into this woman’s life.

Other readers have praised this one as an excellent psychological mystery and I’m definitely on board!

Objects of Desire: Design and Society Since 1750 by Adrian Forty
Nerd alert! One final nonfic and possibly the most nonfic of the bunch. A few weeks ago I devoured a fascinating book about the post-war kitchen in America and this book was mentioned a few times. It explores consumer goods since the introduction of mechanized production and I know I lost about half of you there :)

Really though, I’m sure this one will be an interesting read.

my latest library haul 4/20

In February roughly a million holds all came in at once at my library and I decided to do a library haul post. I had so much fun with it that, in March, I shared another haul. Since then I’ve been pretty good about getting a handle on my requests, but now I’m back with a new edition of a feature that’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine!

Over the Fence by Mary Monroe
It turns out this book is a sequel to last year’s One House Over, which I haven’t read and I’m hoping that won’t hurt my enjoyment! 1930s, Depression-era South. Milton and Yvonne found a better life via bootlegging. Gone are their days in poverty – now they’re in a respectable middle-class neighborhood…with a very interesting couple next door. It turns out Joyce and Odell aren’t as perfect as they’re letting on and in order to keep his own secret hidden, blackmail is looking mighty tempting to Milton.

The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr
“A post-mortem photographer unearths dark secrets of the past that may hold the key to his future.” Um, yes please. This one is being compared to Wuthering Heights and The Thirteenth Tale – as if I wasn’t intrigued already!

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters
I hadn’t heard about this one until I was browsing upcoming titles in my library’s online catalog. The SECOND I saw it, my eyes flew to the word raven and I pounced. Edgar Allan Poe as a teen in a world where muses exist as terrible creatures that ultimately lead artists “down a path of ruin and disgrace”. YES YES YES.

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
“In the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra doesn’t see his life flash before his eyes, but his life’s work.” Having just missed winning the Nobel Prize (again), Professor Chandra wants nothing more than to jump right back into his work – but his doctor has other ideas: if he doesn’t want the stress of his work to kill him, Professor Chandra needs to take a break. I am all for curmudgeons and this Professor Emeritus in Economics is calling my name.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Totally random grab here. I rarely read YA and even less Fantasy YA. At the Medio School for Girls, young ladies are trained for one of two roles: upon graduation they will either run their husband’s household or raise his children – both promising a life of luxury. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student…as long as no one finds out her life is a lie. Identification papers were secretly forged so she could rise from her lowly station and now, with graduation drawing nearer, Daniela has to fight to keep the truth hidden or risk being thrown back into a life of poverty.

Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children by Therese Oneill
I really enjoyed Therese’s debut, Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners, and now she’s back with a new book detailing what comes after the marriage: raising children the Victorian way.

The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
I love WWII novels and went on a bit of a spree recently. During that mini-binge I came across this 4-book collection: a fictitious diary written by a disaster-prone lady in the 1930s. She details her attempts at keeping her house from falling into chaos, there’s her grumbling husband and mischievous children, and don’t forget the servants who always manage to one-up her. Originally published in the 30s, I’m so excited to dive into this highly-rated collection!

my latest library haul 3/17


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Last month I shared a library haul post and it was so fun I’ve decided to make it a thing here!

Today I’m sharing my most recent batch of holds that have arrived!

The War Bride’s Scrapbook by Caroline Preston
This 2017 release was a completely random grab that caught my eye while browsing one day. Lila Jerome has a few extra pounds, a passion for architecture, and has spent her life playing second fiddle to her more glamorous (and svelte) younger sister. Her mother deemed her time at college a failure because she returned home without the most important three letters attached to her name: Mrs. While Holly has found a wealthy young man and immediately started a family, Lila works for her father’s insurance company. And it’s there she first runs into Perry.

A few years later, their paths cross once more. With only a handful of weeks before Perry ships out to fight overseas, the pair have a whirlwind romance – one that results in marriage mere days later. The scrapbook that follows is Lila’s way to not only pass the time until Perry returns, but to also keep his memory alive. I’ve already read this one and loved the fun formatting!

Belonging by Nora Krug
Subtitled A German Reckons with History and Home, this graphic novel is the author’s attempt to confront her family’s past in Nazi Germany. Though she was born decades after the war, Nora grew up not really knowing anything about her family’s ties to it: all four of her grandparents refused to speak about those years.

It’s while living abroad that she decides to finally seek the answers to all of her childhood questions. She returns to Germany to visit archives and interview family, hoping to uncover their story.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
If there was ever a book Instagram made me read, it’s this one. I’ve seen it everywhere lately and the praise has been extraordinary.

I don’t really even know much about it, apart from the fact that 1, it’s the first in a trilogy and 2, it’s a fantasy that’s based on African history and mythology. I’ve heard the opening pages are exceptionally gruesome and gory, so we’ll see how it goes! I also want to point out that I’m shocked my hold has already come in. From the posts I’ve been seeing, I expected this to be a book EVERYONE wants to read and honestly wasn’t thinking it would be in my hands anytime soon! (Okay, scratch that – I just checked my library’s site and clearly I must have put in a request at the perfect time. There are currently 119 copies in the system and they’re all checked out with an additional 27 people on waitlists).

I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers
Because I sorely needed A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations hahaha.

Sarah (a liberal) and Beth (a conservative) are the hosts of Pantsuit Politics, a podcast I’m thinking I might need to check out! Despite being on opposite ends of the political spectrum, the pair provide insight into having calm, respectful, grace-filled political discussions and, I’ll admit, I’m really curious about this one. Also, it’s worth noting this one has a whopping 4.5 rating on GoodReads! So many of the reviews are singing its praises!

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
1967, four female scientists have been working together to build the first time machine. Just before they debut their creation, however, one woman suffers a breakdown. To protect their invention, the other three exile her from the team – effectively writing her contributions out of history. Fifty years later, time travel is booming. Ruby knows her grandmother was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. It’s not until Granny Bee receives a newspaper article from the future detailing the murder of an unidentified woman that Ruby becomes obsessed. Could the future victim be her grandmother? And who would want her dead? More importantly, is there a way for Ruby to stop it?

The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick
Two confessions: I received an e-ARC of this one but never got around to it (whoops!) and I had NO idea this was part of a series. I’ve read the previous two novels, House of Shadows and The Phantom Tree, but assumed they were just standalone, time-travely reads. Oops!

Bouncing between 1765 and the present day, The Woman in the Lake tells the story of a golden gown and a murder. Lady Isabella Gerard orders her maid to destroy her new gown, its beauty tainted by her husband’s actions of the previous night. A few months later Lord Gerard stands at the lake’s shore, staring down at the body of a woman in a dress, realizing she was not his intended victim… Two centuries later, a stolen dress finds its way back to Fenella who finds herself enchanted all over again and delves deep into the gown’s history.

Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Another book I’ve already read since bringing it home. This bite-size book is a compilation of tweets, all adorably illustrated, each one making me smile bigger than the last.

Daily Rituals: Women at Work by Mason Currey
Another totally random book that caught my eye. This one explores the day-to-day of 143 women from Zora Neale Huston to Tallulah Bankhead to Eleanor Roosevelt. Painters, writers, dancers, composers, while flipping through these pages I realized more names are unfamiliar to me than ones I knew and I’m looking forward to jumping into this book!

My latest library haul


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Not gonna lie, the most exciting part of my day is when I get a notification from my library saying a hold has come in. …and the another. And another. Without fail, no matter where in the waitlist I am, somehow all of my holds come in at once!

Today I wanted to share my latest batch of holds – these are all books I’m SO excited to read. Let me know if you’ve read any of them & let me know what was in YOUR latest library haul!

The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands edited by Huw Lewis-Jones
I can’t be the only one who loves when a book has a map and this huge coffee-table read has a ton. Alongside the maps are essays – Philip Pullman recounts drawing a map for one of his first novels, there’s a piece detailing the challenges of creating the Marauder’s Map for the Harry Potter films, naturally The Hobbit is mentioned! There are maps from nursery rhymes, childhood classics, great works of literature, fantasy novels, even comics. Tell me this doesn’t sound like the coolest read!

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
EVERYONE is talking about this book and I’ve been dying waiting for my turn in line! Back in 2012, The Age of Miracles was one of my first 5-star reads as a blogger and I’ve been recommending that book ever since. AND anxiously awaiting Karen’s next book! Well it’s here and I can’t wait to set aside some time to jump in. In a tiny, isolated California college town, a freshman falls asleep in her dorm…and doesn’t wake. Her roommate is unable to wake her, paramedics and doctors are at a loss. Then a second girl falls into the coma-like sleep, then another. The town quickly descends into chaos and uggghhhhh why am I not reading this one right now??

No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen
2017’s The Vanishing Season was an end-of-the-year surprise hit that left me wanting more – in a good way. As a girl, Ellery made headlines as the sole survivor of a serial killer and now lives a quiet life as a police officer. I first mentioned No Mercy in my January releases I need to get my hands on post – Ellie is now on involuntary leave from her job and is forced to attend a group therapy for victims of violent crimes. Instead of getting in touch with her feelings, Ellie finds herself digging around where she shouldn’t: she’s convinced a fellow group member helped to convict an innocent man of a crime years ago and a woman who survived a brutal rape pleads with Ellie to find her attacker.

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman
A new Instagram book club chose this one for their first pick and sadly I wasn’t able to join in. BUT I’m still exciting to read this one! Two estranged sisters, each harboring a secret, reunite at the Springfield Armory at the beginning of WWII. While one sisters lives a life of relative ease as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and the resentment the two have held all these years only strengthens – particularly after a figure from their past reemerges.

A Year with Nature by Marty Crump
Marty Crump, herpetologist and natural history writer, celebrates the wonders of the natural world with this almanac, each entry detailing an event from a given day. The birth of Lord Byron (January 22), timeouts and penalties during the Puppy Bowl (February 7), the premiere of Jurassic Park (June 11), International Sloth Day (October 20), A Year with Nature presents odd and fascinating tidbits about our world and this one is right up my alley.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Darcy met the love of her life when she was 8. Unfortunately, her brother Jamie claimed Tom as his best friend, making Tom firmly off-limits and leaving Darcy to relish in the 1% of him that wasn’t completely loyal to Jamie. Now grown, Darcy has three months to get her life in order before her brother sells the run-down cottage their inherited from their grandmother. Tom just happens to be a whiz at DIYs and Fixer Uppers and Jamie has sent him to the cottage to give it a massive overhaul that will result in an even more massive bundle of cash once the cottage is sold. For the first time in a decade, Tom is single and, to Darcy’s luck, he’s on her porch. No longer content with just 1% of Tom, Darcy’s determined to have the other 99%. Okay, I’ll be honest, I’m a teensy bit worried – some bloggers I follow said they weren’t thrilled with this one!!

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
A Cold War novel inspired by the real life Thomas Sankara “Africa’s Che Guevara.” It’s 1986 and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer for the FBI. She might be brilliant, but she’s also a Black woman in an ages-old boys’ club and her career has plateaued. Eager to break away from days spent filing paperwork, Marie leaps at the opportunity to join a secret task force aimed at undermining a man whose Communist ideology has put him in America’s sights. I love historical fiction that focuses on real people and this one sounds so, so good.

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
I first heard about this wisp of a novel on NPR and they have yet to steer me wrong! For two weeks, Sylvie and her family are living as ancient Britons, living on the knowledge and tools of the Iron Age as part of an anthropology course. The ancient Britons built ghost walls – barriers meant to enemy invaders topped with skulls on stakes. As the group sets out building their own ghost wall, they begin to feel a deep, spiritual connection to the past – deep enough for human sacrifice?