You guys never make it easy on me for Tell Me What to Read – there were SO many good suggestions and picking just three felt like a pretty impossible task.
I maxed out my library holds (when we moved here, the librarian at the circulation desk told me she didn’t think there was a limit on the number of holds you could place . . . it took me about 4 days to discover that was NOT the case) and then picked three to officially read.
Here are the three I’ll be reading over the next three (ish) months. Fine, probably the next six-ish months.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Several members of my children’s lit book club were raving about this back when it came out in the fall, so this is a great excuse to read it. Mia Tang is ten and while her immigrant parents clean hotel rooms, she runs the front desk. The reviews on Front Desk are killer and it just won the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature.
Still Life by Louise Penny
I won’t lie – I’m a little nervous I’ll never sleep again (wimp alert!) but I’ve heard so much about this series, especially from Modern Mrs. Darcy that I’m going to try out the first in this wildly popular mystery series.
Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate by Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries
If you tell me this is Malcom Gladwell-type non-fiction? There’s no way I’m going to pass. Plus, after selling our house last summer and then buying a new house in a booming area in the fall, I’m super interested in this one.
If I LOVE them, I’ll review them in here in detail, but no matter what, I’ll keep you posted over on Instagram and InstaStories. I’d love it if you read along with me!
P.S. I’d read some of the books that recommended and I’ve listed those ones here, along with a link to a review if I’ve talked about it on my blog!
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (mini review here)
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (included on the 2017 summer’s reading guide)
- Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- One Day in December by Josie Silver
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
- All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (full review here)
- A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
- Relish: My Life In the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
- The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (full review here)
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (full review here)
- Where’d you Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
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You have nothing to fear about Still Life. It won’t keep you up at night — well, maybe from a page-turning perspective, but not from a gruesome-murder perspective. Plus, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the characters. Enjoy!
Janssen Bradshaw says
Oh good! This makes me feel better.
I’ve done two Louise Penny’s. Neither are gruesome or scary. I guess the ending of the first one could be considered a little scary. But not to keep you up at night.
Yay! I’m so glad you picked Zillow Talk! Can’t wait to hear what you think about it. 🙂
Jessica L Holman says
I do not enjoy crime fiction, but I do like the Still Life series, I enjoyed book 1, but books 2 and 3 were so-so, then the series really gets great in book 4.
Zillow Talk sounds amazing, I loved Walkable City brings out the city planner side of me. I recently discovered the limit on how many you can check out at the library. When I asked the circulation desk about it they were like “it’s some crazy high number so you’re probably fine” I then said “is it 250? Because I hit it😬”
Oh my gosh! You haven’t read Louise Penny yet? I hope you love it! They are definitely not grisly or scary! Page-turning, but not a thriller. I read an interview with Penny ( or maybe MMD shared it) that she uses the crime as a way to examine human personalities and characters. They are so good! I’m savouring the series and just finished number 10
Janssen Bradshaw says
Ooh, I can’t wait!
Awesome pics! I have never heard of the Zillow book! Louise Penny is amazing. It took me until book 3 or 4 to fall in love but now I am obsessed!
I love Louise Penny’s books SO much and I’m so glad to hear you are going to give the first one a try!! They are such a study of human character and the mystery element is there but not too gory or anything. I love them on audio – just something to consider! 🙂