Out of the following 12 books, 6 are historical fiction, 5 are non-fiction ( 1 collection of essays, 2 memoirs, 1 true-crime/narrative non-fiction, 1 psychology), and 1 contemporary romance. Where is the fantasy and contemporary YA and middle-grade? Weird.
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
Keywords: historical fiction, 1947 London, 2016 Toronto, the royal family and a royal wedding, alternating perspectives, love, mystery, embroiderers
First line: It was dark when Ann left work at a quarter to six, and darker still when she reached home.
Last line: Its creation brought me great happiness, and no small measure of peace, and I hope that whenever you see it you will be reminded of my love for your grandmother, the joy she brought to my life and yours, and the friendship I now extend to you, ma belle.
With my affectionate good wishes,
If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais
Keywords: historical fiction, 1993-1997 South Africa, a baby, poverty, love, race, sisters, brokenness, alternating perspectives
First line: A thread of smoke snakes up into the cloudless sky and serves as Zodwa’s compass needle.
Last line: She can only hope that it will be enough.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Keywords: historical fiction, 1936 Kentucky, books, hunger, love, blue skin (not fantasy-completely and scientifically real!), race, father-daughter, bravery
First line: The librarian and her mule spotted it at the same time.
Last line: My heart lifted, and I smoothed down the thick paper with my palm and penned Lovett to my signature with a hope-filled prayer.
Keywords: narrative non-fiction, biography, true crime, narrative non-fiction, crazy, Harper Lee
First line: Enough water, like enough time, can make anything disappear.
Last line: It says only “Nelle Harper Lee.”
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Keywords: historical fiction, alternating perspectives, post-World War II, justice, lies, page-turning, step-mother, detectives, Night Witches
Dedication: For my father-How I miss you!
First line: “Who is she, Dad?”
Last line: “Good flying weather.”
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Keywords: non-fiction, psychology, fascinating, misconceptions, a second look at things
First line: In July 2015, a young African American woman named Sandra Bland drove from her hometwon of Chicago to a little town an hour west of Houston, Texas.
Last line: We blame the stranger.
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Keywords: memoir, rape, justice, suffering, court trial, the Brock Turner trial, survivor, strength, powerful, healing
First line: I am shy.
Last line: I dust myself off, and go on.
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
Keywords: essays, books and reading, what more do you need to know
First line: A few months ago, my husband and I decided to mix our books together.
Last line: “I bought it,” he said, “and took it home.”
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Keywords: YA historical fiction, mid-1900s Spain under dictator Franco, family, secrets, photography, love, bull fighting
First line: They stand in line for blood.
Last line: “It sets us all free.”
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Keywords: historical fiction, American depression-around World War II, Kentucky, traveling women librarians (just like in The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek!), friendship, not fitting in, marriage
First line: It was, everyone agreed, fanning themselves outside the store or passing in the shade of the eucalyptus trees, unseasonably warm for September.
Last line: She would still be thinking about it-and still trying not to smile-when they all arrived back at the library the following day.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
Keywords: memoir, so interesting, the human condition, therapy, multiple storylines, again-so interesting
First line: Have compassion.
Last line: Actually, I’ve got plenty of time.
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
Keywords: forgiveness, firefighters, love
First line: The night I became the youngest person-and the only female ever-to win the Austin Fire Department’s valor award, I got propositioned by my partner.
Last line: I forget.
What are your favorite genres, and do you ever realize that you haven’t actually read anything from those genres for weeks? Maybe I’m just kind of fooling myself about what kind of books are my favorite.
What good books have you read recently?
And yes, I know this is my first post in a good month and a half and that it’s been long enough for my mom to comment she hadn’t read a new blog post in a while.