Happy new year!
I took a couple of weeks off to recover from the holidays, but I’m back today with a Quick Lit post! As always, I’m linking up with Anne Bogel over at Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit series. Click on over to see what other bloggers are currently reading.
Here’s are my book reviews for the end of December and so far in January:
What I’m Reading
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
This one’s an intense psychological thriller that will keep you turning pages. My only beef with this book is that it revealed a little too much up front, which made it a little predictable. Still very well written and worth the read, though! 4/5 stars
The Unseen World by Liz Moore
On reviewer called this book “a carefully crafted digital mystery.” I like that description. The book is about the beginnings of artificial intelligence, but at its core it addresses the love between a daughter and father. A really good story and well worth the read. 4/5 stars
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mackenzie
This was a fun read. It’s a quirky little romance between two adorable characters and their equally dysfunctional families. And, oddly enough, a wise prophet of a squirrel plays a dominant role in the book. Fun and deep at the same time. 4/5 stars
The Trespasser by Tana French
French writes well-crafted, tightly-woven crime thrillers. This one was no exception. If crime thrillers are your jam, you don’t want to miss this one. 4/5 stars
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
This book has fantastic reviews. It’s about a reclusive writer, her eccentric nine-year-old son, and the young woman plunged into their unusual world. This novel was funny and relatable, but as the mother of a child with Asperger’s, I found the character of Frank to be a little unbelievable — although always endearing. 3/5 stars
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
A multi-layered novel about two young bi-racial friends, their families, and the paths they each take as they mature. I was hesitant to pick this one up, because I assumed it was about the dance world. It’s not. It’s about friendship, women, race, family, and the choices we make. A worthwhile read. 4/5 stars
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
This is the story of Cora, a slave who escapes a cotton plantation in Georgia via the underground railroad. In this story, the underground railroad is a literal system of tunnels and trains deep in the earth. I loved the imagery of the train and the idea that only by traveling its rails could you see the true story of America. Well-crafted and reminiscent of author Toni Morrison. 4/5 stars
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This light-hearted romance centers around two co-workers who can’t stand each other and are competing for the same promotion. And yet, the air between them is alive with electricity and they find themselves drawn to each other with a pull neither can resist. A hot little love story that had me giddy and tingly all over. I’m a little embarrassed to say how much I adored this one since it’s complete literary fluff. . . but wow, I did! 5/5 stars
Fishbowl by Bradley Somer
Told from the point of view of a goldfish named Ian, who is falling from the 27th floor of a high-rise apartment building, this is a unique and heartfelt glimpse at the lives of the people living in the building. I loved all the story lines, but could have done with a little less crudity in some of the scenes. Nonetheless, it was a whimsical, enjoyable read. 4/5 stars
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
That’s it so far this month. There are a few other non-fiction reads I’ve tucked under my belt, so if you want to see everything I’ve read and am currently reading, send me a friend request on Goodreads. I’d love to connect with you there!
And then what about you? Anything you’ve read that you’re just dying to recommend? I’d love to hear about your recent endeavors!