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5 Reads Worthy of Your Shelves

08 January 2018
Are you sick of wasting your time on books that are subpar? Here are some books I have read recently, that are NOT a waste of time!

It has been such a long time since I sat down and shared a glimpse into my reading life and I have read some really great books lately. It just isn't right to keep them all to myself. I'll be linking up with Steph and Jana.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Confession, I have never read Ng's debut novel, Everything I Never Told You. I plan on rectifying that mistake as soon as possible because this novel was so, so good. This novel made me examine some of my own thoughts and opinions on family and the whole idea of nature versus nurture.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

I had been hoping to read Patchett's essay, The Getaway Car, for over a year when I discovered it had a home nestled within the pages of this collection, which I could borrow from my local library. That is an excellent essay in and of itself, but this collection as an entirety is very enjoyable. I highly recommend the audio on this.

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

By now, you have likely figured out that I have finally discovered the Book of the Month club. After reading some selection, I am convinced that they can do no wrong. This book is no exception. I usually hate mysteries because I find them to be either too straightforward, in that I figure it out too quickly, or too out there to be even slightly plausible. This book fell in between the two for me. It will take you in many different directions and is very well crafted.

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Don't you just love when fiction teaches you something you never knew? This book will likely do just that, at least it did for me. It alternates between present time and the Tulsa race riot of 1921 and will be the kind of book you will find yourself making time to read.

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

This is the kind of book that makes you feel like your heart is in your throat the entire time. It's a stressful read because it takes you into what is really your worst fear, being caught in the midst of a violent attack with your child.


Are you sick of wasting your time on books that are subpar? Here are some books I have read recently, that are NOT a waste of time!

Did you read and HATE one of these books? Tell me why!

14 comments on "5 Reads Worthy of Your Shelves"
  1. I've been hearing nothing but good things about Little Fires Everywhere. I'm so intrigued!

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  2. i've not read Everything I Never Told You either, but now that i've read little fires everywhere i absolutely will. Fierce Kingdom sounds terrifying. i love book of the month club! so fun. i've gotten like 6 books and read 2 (and little fires everywhere was one of them lol)

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    1. Fierce Kingdom was so stressful. We went to Zoo lights last month and I won't lie, my heart was racing the entire time. Book of the Month has yet to let me down! They pick such great books!

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  3. Dreamland Burning sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

    Little Fires was excellent and I highly recommend Everything I Never Told You

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    1. Dreamland Burning was very good! I can't wait to read Everything I Never Told You!

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  4. Little Fires Everywhere is on my TBR. So is Everything I Never Told You. I quit Fierce Kingdom but not because it was bad. I started reading it right after Charlottesville and just couldn't do it, even though it has nothing to do with Neo-Nazis (or at least I don't think it does). Maybe some day I'll get back to it.

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    1. No Neo-Nazis in Fierce Kingdom, but still a whole lot of crazy. It's a hard read and definitely one that forces you to be much more aware of your surroundings. Part of me wishes I hadn't finished it, because I feel slightly more stressed out when out and about.

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  5. I love BOTMC!

    I liked Little Fires better than Celeste Ng's debut.

    I have Lies She Told on my kindle.

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    1. That's so interesting to hear that you preferred Little Fires more than the debut. Which did you read first? Read Lies She Told!

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  6. I love a good mystery - I'm actually not that great at figuring things out, but then again, I don't always TRY so hard. I like going for the ride. I do want to read Little Fires Everywhere as I hear wonderful things. I've never read anything by the author.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I need to do better about not trying so hard! It definitely can get in the way of truly enjoying a book or movie.

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