Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
This was a cute book, fun and sweet and full of some delightful workplace revenge. I complained to my book club that it was also full of crappy male characters. They helped me see that I might've been a little bit sensitive to that - not ALL of the men in the book were awful. But, I stand by my firm belief that we can have female characters to be celebrated without a backdrop of a continuous stream of men behaving badly. Soapbox aside, I was pleasantly surprised by Lessons in Chemistry!
Pew by Catherine Lacey
Pew is worth reading because it's metaphorical, thought-provoking, and a quick read. Dive into this curious novel that explores what happens when someone of unknown gender, race, and background is found sleeping in a pew at a church in a small town the week before a bunch of shady stuff is clearly about to go down at a forgiveness festival. The ending left me totally stumped, but if you figured it out, let me know!
Gifted by Jorden Templeton
My son has been occasionally dropping into conversation that his friend Jorden was about to be publishing a book - an impressive feat for early high school - and I was excited to give it a read. Gifted takes the reader from high school drama laced with supernatural fun quickly into a wacky magical world full of goddesses and werewolves. While this isn't my typical genre, I enjoyed it and certainly hope that Jorden continues writing and honing her craft. She's already good. She's going to be amazing!
Invisible by Paul Auster
I like Auster, and I will continue to read his novels. I really love his writing style so far (I'm only two books in). However, I didn't enjoy Invisible nearly as much as I enjoyed 4321. There was a brother/sister situation kinda like Flowers in the Attic, except more revolting. Also, why was everyone okay with all of us reading Flowers in the Attic at 13 years old? Anyway, I wouldn't recommend Invisible, but I would still definitely recommend 4321 if you're not afraid of a BIG book.
I'm not totally sure how to go from incest subplots to just wrapping up and wishing you well, so I'll just say this: I have started what I think is going to be a solid FIVE STARS. So I'm going to get back to reading it so I can tell you all about it!
Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.