Katie is a long time reader, book blogger, book clubber and was once even on the Reading Team in high school (don't know what a Reading Team is? Go ahead and ask her, because she loves to talk about it!). She currently helps run the Fountain Bookstore Book Club (which you can find on Meetup). She reads a mix of Young Adult and Adult, and especially loves thrillers and magical realism.
Lizzie Borden took an axe... or did she? Sarah Schmidt takes us inside the Borden household before and after the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. Schmidt's writing is so good that you can feel the pressure building in the house, taste the sweetness of the pears and sharpness of tainted mutton on the tips of tongues, imagine the smell as the hot summer days weighs heavily, suffocatingly on the inhabitants of the Borden home. Did Lizzie simply snap, did Bridget the maid hack her way to new employment, did Lizzie's uncle intervene to protect his nieces, or was it a stranger? Prepare for sharp-edged read!
This book is a cheeky romp! Please believe me when I tell you that I don't use those two words together very often, but they describe this book perfectly. There's impeccable manners, roguish behavior, unrequited love, theives and scientists, and all manner of chases and saucy quips! If you're a fan of audiobooks, than I definitely recommend the narrator.
Unputdownable! Full of secrets and revenge and temptation, this is a book that has layers of dark, murky mystery. Literally everyone's a suspect, even main character Leah Stevens, who's keeping plenty of secrets or her own. I came for the twisty thriller, but stayed for the small town intrigue, the heated romance, and the haunted pasts. Watch out for papercuts, because this is a page turner!
A must for all The Princess Bride fans!
Shattuck is a talented author, and the audiobook was wonderfully narrated. The buzz around this book is well earned. A fascinating look at three very different women in post War Germany. Marianne- Nazi resistor and widow, is determined to keep her promise to look after the widows and families of her fellow resistors who were executed when their plot against Hitler fails.
This is a book for Readers with a capital R! Will Schwalbe delights and details the pleasure and necessity of reading. Every chapter features a different book and something that the author got from reading it- Slowing Down, Choosing Kindness, Recharging, Losing, Mastering the Art of Reading (of which I personally underline most of the chapter) and so many more. In fact the only times I put this book down was to write down my own feelings on what I had just read. A perfect book for any bookworm, and one that I'll be sharing with my book club friends!
I am awed and devastated by this book. I feel the urge to rename my hometown Weep.
Laini Taylor makes magic with her words, and the story of Strange the Dreamer and the Godspawn is like a gorgeous dream that flips to nightmares now and then. The description was so vivid that I felt like I was in it. If you haven't read her Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet, you should!
Even better than We Should All Be Feminists!
Forget Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Move over Big Little Lies and The Woman in Cabin 10. Because Fingersmith has one of the best jaw dropping, plot twisting, Oh-My-God-Did-That-Just-Happen moments that I've ever read.
Every reader has been asked that impossible question "What's your favorite book?". I used to dread that question, knowing I would have to pull out charts listing my favorite authors, and narrowing it down to their best books. Pie charts and math were involved. Until I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it finally answered the question of what was my favorite book of all time. Full of magic and beauty, it makes my heart ache with longing, because it's a world I would love to visit. If you get the chance, I'd also recommend this one on audio because it's narrated by the talented Jim Dale.