We’ll just call this the “back to school” edition of Quick Lit. ‘Cause I’m way down on my count for books the first half of this month. Getting ready to go back to teaching after 16 years has left me busy and too exhausted to do much reading.
Still, though. Audiobooks are my best friend. And as always, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit series. Here are some short reviews for the books I’ve read so far this month.
What I’m Reading
Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom
This novel is the much anticipated follow-up to The Kitchen House, and it is well worth the read. It’s been a while since I read The Kitchen House, so it took me a while to place all the characters and figure out who was who. Once I did, it was a quick and thoroughly engaging read. This novel explores difficult and important topics such as interracial marriage, white privilege, the evils of slavery, and the underground railroad. 4/5 stars
We’re All Damaged by Matthew Norman
This was an Audible sale pick, and I enjoyed it. It’s a funny, quirky little romance that I would’ve given five stars. . . but I didn’t like the ending. You’ve been warned. 4/5 stars
Security by Gina Wohlsdorf
This book won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but boy did I race through it! Security is a horror novel, with lots of blood and gore, so if you’re sensitive to that kind of stuff, you’ll want to skip this one. But as for me, well, I couldn’t put it down. It takes place in a new luxury hotel, and the entire story unwinds via the security cameras. It’s crazy and intense, and there’s even a surprisingly sweet love story in the midst of all the mayhem. 4/5 stars
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This is a sweeping novel that starts in 18-century Africa, with horrific scenes of the slave trade, and ends up in present day America. Each chapter tells the story of a different character, all descended from the original two sisters, Effia and Esi, who begin the story. It reminded me a little of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie in style and it was both fascinating and heartbreaking. An important novel and one you’ll be glad you read. 4/5 stars
The Joy of Half a Cookie by Jean Kristeller
I have to admit I only skimmed the last half of this book. I had already renewed it from the library and ran out of time to give it a thorough reading. The topic is mindful eating, and how the practice of mindfulness can help with weight loss. Lots of practical information, but mostly stuff I already knew. A good read for someone who’s never explored the idea of mindful eating before. 3/5 stars