by Tall Poppy Cathy Lamb
I turned in a novel in December and told myself I would read like a fiend, and I have. I was wiped out and burned out and I knew that reading would restore my tired and befuddled brain. As it was too rainy/cold to garden, I curled up on my couch with my books and my chocolate and read through one book, after another, on my kindle, on audio…reading, reading, reading.
In the spirit of book addicts everywhere, here are a few of the books I particularly loved. As I like reading short reviews, I have endeavored to keep it short and sweet here for you, too.
Cheers and happy reading.
1) The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin. Plane crash. Utah. Middle of winter. Two people live, now they have to find their way through the snowy mountains and back to civilization, with one critically hurt. This is their story of strength and survival and it’s incredible. If it had been me on that plane, I would have been clueless about what to do. Twist at the end. If you want to escape from life, this one is the one to choose.
2) The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn. Anna Fox is trapped inside her New York apartment. Why? Well, I can’t give that part away. You’ll be glad I didn’t! But using her camera Anna spies on all her neighbors, zeroing in right through their windows, then she sees something…she knows it happened. Will anyone believe her? Is she more crazy than she realizes? What will her husband and daughter think? There are many levels to this book and each level gets deeper as you read further and further.
If you want to read about the author, and his personal struggles, read this New York Times article. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/books/aj-finn-the-woman-in-the-window-daniel-mallory.html
3) Sula by Toni Morrison. I walk a lot and I love to listen to books. I especially loved listening to Toni Morrison read her own book, Sula. If I was pressed to name the top five living American authors, she would be on that list. Sula is heartbreaking, the story of friendship and betrayal, race and poverty, families and enemies, endless discrimination and love. Set in Ohio in the small town of Medallion in the 1920’s, wrapped around a terrible secret, I kept walking and walking to listen to one more chapter.
More on Sula.
Cathy Lamb drinks too much coffee and daydreams endlessly. That’s how she writes her books. She is the author of many novels, including 2016’s The Language of Sisters.