Hello and welcome. It’s the time of the month to link up with Show Us Your Books. I love seeing what others have read and finding new books to read, so I like to share what I’ve read in return.
I had a hard time really digging into and getting into anything, so some of the books I read and listened to were books I had started before March and finally got finished. Let’s get right to the reviews.
The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni- I read the last book in this series last year and decided I wanted to read the series from the beginning. I don’t think it’s necessary but just what I want to do. I found a hardback copy of the first book in the David Sloane series at the thrift shop. It’s even autographed by Dugoni. Goodreads says I started this book in October 2020. I know I picked it back up in December 2020 and then started making a bigger effort to finish it in February. I finally finished it in March. Don’t let my speed of reading reflect on the book. It’s actually very good. I just don’t have a lot of time for reading and I keep several books going at one time. Attorney David Sloane “receives a package from a White House suicide victim and is forced to rely on strangers in order to expose an insidious government conspiracy.” He also discovers some previously unknown parts of his childhood and puts together the meaning of some nightmares he has been having. 4 stars
The Giver of the Stars by Jojo Moyes I listened to the audio version on audible. It’s been in my que for quite some time, probably back from a free trial of audible. It took me a solid month to listen to this one. I thought it was a little slow but then I got hooked. What book lover can’t like a book about books and libraries?
A team of women deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library. The leader, Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. She is joined by Alice and three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. This is the story of each of the women and of them together. Each one has some issue to resolve over the course of the story, particularly Alice and Margery. 4 stars
Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn– Since I was struggling to get into any of the books I tried or had going, I decided a mindless rom com would pass the time. Caleb and Zara agree to let their parents pick dates for them from a dating app, both for different self serving reasons. Neither is really interested in the dates, just getting them over with. They agree to five dates with rules that there would be no feeling and no touching or intimacy. Bwah haha! Their rules become extremely hard to follow as they genuinely connect with each other. Warning: there is some sexually explicit content and foul language, but it’s otherwise a cute, funny story. I enjoyed it more than I expected. 4 stars
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler Read on Kindle and listened on Scribd. “
“In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son, Xavier, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans―a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter―raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.
With little in common except a property line, these two families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie’s yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.”
I liked the story and was shocked by the ending. I was really rooting for Xavier and Juniper. I was quite annoyed with the way the story is told- largely from the third person point of view of “we”. “What we know” about … was a common repeating line but it’s never revealed who the heck “we” are/is. I’m assuming a member of the community. The characters could have told the story themselves without the help of “we” and the “we” commentary. I still gave it 4 stars because it’s an amazing story that sheds light on racism and the blending of communities.
The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman- This is a book to put on the shelf and refer to over and over. I read this on Scribd as a daily devotion, reading a chapter a day. It’s an easy read and full of so many good nuggets. It’s helpful whether you have to make major life decisions or day to day ordinary decisions. Sometimes we want the big answers right away, but they don’t come. Freeman teaches you to just do the next right thing in the process and trust God along the way. We can keep going even if we don’t know the end result yet. “You told Abraham to leave his country, his people and his father’s household, but you didn’t tell him exactly where he was going.” Referring to Jesus and his instructions that often included only one next thing to do, “Perhaps he knew something about our addiction to clarity. He knew if we could somehow wrangle a five-year plan of him, we would take it and be on our merry way.” You can currently read it for free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription 5 stars
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If you missed it, here’s What I Read in February 2021.