This is my very first link up!! Today I’m linking up with The Broke and The Bookish to share 5 of My Most Recent Five Star Reads and 5 Books That I’m Still Trying to Finish!
Five Most Recent Five-Star Reads:
(1) The Cruellest Month by Hazel Holt
This was my first Hazel Holt novel. The inspector is named Mrs. Malory – a very relatable middle aged woman that has found herself in the middle of a very odd mystery. If you enjoy books that center around Bodleian Library and want something light yet fun, this might be one to check out!
(2) The Lake House by Kate Morton
Have you ever read a book by Kate Morton? I am unabashedly obsessed with her novels. If you’re looking for historical fiction, a mystery, well-written characters, and a dash of English charm – anything by Morton will satisfy you. The Lake House is her most recent publish, and it doesn’t disappoint.
(3) A Secret History by Donna Tartt
Cozy college town, classical educations, and murder are my favorite themes. This one has them all! I’ve always wished that I majored in English Literature and novels that are set on college campuses make that desire even more intense; I want to enroll in school, buy lots of pens and notebooks, and start anew. Oh, and it’s kind of creepy, which is a bonus!
(4) The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
I listened to this one audiotape while quilting and I was ridiculously freaked out. Jennifer McMahon has always been able to capture my imagination. Her novels tend to be set in the Northeast and describe the cold and difficult weather so realistically. The Winter People describes a legend that will make your hair stand on end!
(5) I’ll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates
Another set on a college campus (I am so predictable!). The main character in this story is a college student in the 60s that experiences tremendous humiliation and upheaval while there. I could relate. We’ll leave it there for now!
Five Books that I am Still Trying to Finish:
(1) The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston
I read The Witch’s Daughter a few years ago and LOVED it! I waited patiently for Brackston to publish more witchy stories, which she did! I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been able to finish any of the other ones. I started this one in January and really enjoyed it. Then one day, I put down my Kindle and didn’t select this book again! I wish I knew why…
(2) The Virgin in the Garden by AS Byatt
I really want to like AS Byatt. Sadly, I think that she is way too smart for me. She writes beautifully, which requires concentration from me. Concentration is one thing that I am lacking these days!
(3) A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin
I sped through the first three books of this series, and then hit a hard stop. Totally burned out. I’m not sure if I’ll ever finish reading this one!
(4) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Another one that I should love on principle – English manor, hauntings, family secrets – but have had a difficult time getting hooked! I continue to try, because I think that I would love it if I could just get into it!
This one came highly recommended from a trusted friend and seems like it would be right up my alley: Nova Scotia, a wise woman in the form of a midwife, small village gossip. Yet again, I couldn’t get hooked, but still want to! I think I’ll have to try it when I’m in just the right mood to enjoy it.
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