My bedside table holds stacks of the books I intend to read and there is a basketful of books next to my chair in the den. I keep these books ready to read and close at hand along with my Kindle, iPad, and iPhone. I discover books I want to read from my book clubs, from magazine and newspaper articles, from friends, from book talks at the local museum, best seller lists, etc., etc. The more I read, the more my stack of unread books just grows and grows!
My husband reads on his Kindle or iPhone every day. And yet, his bedside table has stacks almost as big as mine. Both of us enjoy reading. (Is that not a gross understatement!)
Here is a reading list taken from one of my book clubs. I hope you will enjoy these books as much as I am.
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Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo – The subtitle of this book is The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto. It is the story of Irene Sendler who took monumental risks to save children from the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw. I have just started this book. The club member who recommended it says she could not put it down after she started reading.
Nonfiction. Published September, 2016. 317 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller – In 1991 in a locale a hundred miles from the Kuwaiti border, British journalist Thomas Benton meets U.S. Army private Arwood Hobbes. The two become involved in an attack in which a young girl in a green dress is killed as they are trying to protect her. Twenty-two years later, they meet again and are offered an unlikely opportunity to redeem themselves when that same girl in green is found alive and in need of salvation.
Fiction. Published January 2017. 336 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg – Something strange is happening at the cemetery in Elmwood Springs, Missouri. A laugh out loud tale and a surprising story of life, afterlife, and the mysterious goings-on of ordinary people.
Fiction. Published November 2016. 402 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell – If you are a Kay Scarpetta fan, this is for you! I like the Scarpetta series and I enjoyed reading this. As the title indicates, this is a chaotic story told in an appropriately chaotic manner. Kay’s niece Lucy helps her unravel the electronic clues left by cyber antagonist Tailend Charlie.
Fiction. Published November 2016. 4oo pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
Let Me Tell You about Jasper by Dana Perino – Dana Perino is a popular host on Fox’s The Five, with over two million followers on social media, but Dana knows who the real star in her family is: her Vizsla, Jasper – A.K.A. America’s Dog. Here are the stories of friends, family, and how America’s love for a dog named Jasper is a place where even political opponents can find common ground. I am a dog lover and I can’t wait until my turn with this book.
Nonfiction. Published October 2016. 260 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook, audio CD.
Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes – Unadventurous Nell is twenty-six when her boyfriend fails to show up for a romantic weekend in Paris. Alone in Paris Nell meets a group of carefree friends including the mysterious Fabien. How will Nell fare all alone? Another beach read!
Fiction. Published February 2015. 106 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – I enjoyed this book because the characters are memorable and beautifully described. The scenes are vividly set. There is humor, poignancy, despair, happiness. It is a book I could read again. Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel in Bolshevik Russia and, as the story unfolds, the Count passes years living a life of purpose in confined circumstances.
Fiction. Published September 2016. 462 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
Night School by Lee Child – Are you a Jack Reacher fan? Reacher is the character we want to come save us from the bad guys and this is his next adventure. Night School takes us back to 1996 when Reacher is still in the army. From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, the story moves with terrible speed through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and formidable enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law. Sounds like the kind of exciting, action-suspense novel I like.
Fiction. Published November 2016. 384 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross – This is #18 in the Miss Julia books and, like the other seventeen, it is a light, easy-to-read adventure in the life of Miss Julia. In this volume Miss Julia is executrix of an acquaintance’s estate resulting in a mystery to be solved and an adventure to be had. This fun read is a nice break from more “serious” reading. It’s another good beach read.
Fiction. Published April 2016. 308 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
The Whistler by John Grisham – Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. When she begins an investigation into a shady lawyer, a crooked judge, and a casino on Native American land she does not know how dangerous and deadly the investigation will become.
Fiction. Published October, 2016. 384 pages. Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook.
What Are You Reading?
Do you have any beside books? What is on your to-be-read list? Leave a comment at the end of this post and let me know what is on your reading list. Let’s share our beside book stacks!
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