Yes I’m a book worm. In fact at about 9:30 pm last night I was waiting for The Scabs to go on stage only to find out they weren’t going on till midnight. My first thought, “I knew I should have brought my book”. Pitiful eh? I don’t care, I typically have a book with me at all times, not a kindle, a book. An actual paper book, and I like it that way.
So here are my recent worm holes. Books I have absolutely loved and devoured in the last few months.
I devoured this book over Christmas. It’s a bit melancholy, but fantastic character development and story line. The kind of book where you don’t want to put it down because you feel like you’re leaving your friends if you do. If you’re not familiar with Pat Conroy, he’s a southern writer focusing on the Carolinas. He is great at making you feel like you are walking the streets of Charleston with him. Conroy is the author of The Prince of Tides.
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
The sequel to Bean Trees. I would rank Bean Trees above this book, but it did not disappoint as a sequel. I think these books resonate with me so much because of the mother daughter dynamic. Fiercely independent yet strong in their love for each other, I find it to be very similar to my own mother daughter dynamic.
The book begins a few years where The Bean Trees left off. And like her first novel, you feel connected and in love with each of her characters.
Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn
This is the latest in a series, the Lady Julia Gray series. This is not complicated historical fiction, pure indulgent fun and I absolutely love it! The series focuses on the conflict between conventional Victorian England and a very unconventional family, just what modern readers love.
If you like sleuth novels with a strong dose of the Victorian England an a touch of romance these are for you, they make the perfect rainy day reads.
Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
This is the recent in an EPIC series. Emphasis on epic. Gabaldon started this series in the mid 80′s I believe. Those that love this series fully dedicate their lives to it. I suspect she pumps some kind of female hormones into the glue on the binding.
It’s also a great read for history buffs. Starting in the highlands of Scotland in 1745 with Outlander and traveling to the current book which takes place in the American colonies on the brink of the American Revolution. Of course sadly I now have to wait for the next installment.
A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
So here’s the deal. I love series, I love historical fiction. I blow thorough them way to quickly. The problem with that is I’m always waiting for the next in the series to be published. Therefore I scoured Amazon for a new series to fill my time. I stumbled upon these. The first book, And Only to Deceive, was pretty good. A bit bland. But the series is definitely gaining in strength.
This belongs on the same shelf as the Lady Julia Gray series. The writing is even similar.