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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
If you like novels featuring contemporary families, alternating viewpoints, family secrets, and multiple generations, this may be the book you’re looking for! The Blessings by Elise Juska is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Taking place over the span of about twenty years, the book covers the lives of a large, extended family living near Philadelphia. Each chapter focuses on a different family member, so as you read you’re getting numerous viewpoints about pivotal events. I was hooked on this novel from the very first chapter, and I’m anxious to read more by the author.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
There was a lot of buzz about The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach when it came out a couple of years ago, but I have the feeling that a lot of people didn’t pick it up because they thought it was a novel about baseball. Yes, baseball does play a role in this book, but it’s actually just a backdrop for a great story about five people affiliated with the fictional Westish College. It’s hard to summarize the plot of this book because there’s a lot going on, and at a bit over 500 pages it’s definitely not a quick read–but I’m about halfway through and am really enjoying it so far. If you like novels set in schools–especially colleges–I’d suggest giving this book a try even if you’re not a big baseball fan!
I’ve been hearing about The Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin for months—it’s billed as a book for book lovers, and I’ve read a lot of great reviews about it on many blogs. I just started it a couple of days ago and I’m only a couple of chapters in so far, but I can already tell that I’m going to love it. And really, what’s not to like here? There’s a bookseller with tragedy in his past, a missing book, a mysterious package, an abandoned child, a somewhat eccentric publisher’s sales rep, “insider” talk about books and the book business— if you like books and reading (and of course you do!) I think you owe it to yourself to pick up this book!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
As usual, I have absolutely no idea! I’ve got a stack of recently purchased used books sitting on the floor by my bed and I’ve got several holds waiting for me at the library. The only thing I’m sure of is that whatever mood I’m in, I’ve got a book here somewhere that I’ll want to dive into!
How about you? Have you read any of these? What have you been reading lately? Please share!