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People are always asking for book recommendations, right? I mean, we’re all so busy. We don’t have time to wade blindly into a book only to find out that it’s a dud. We want to know, or at least presume, that it will be an enjoyable experience. That’s why we ask. I don’t know about you, but I have 2-3 “book gurus” who I rely on to give me recommendations. If they give a book a thumbs-up, I’ll order it, sight unseen! Browsing in a book store is always a fun outing, but even then I rely on staff recommendations and my handy Goodreads app to search reviews and star ratings before I commit.
Let me be your book guru today. Here is a list of books that I have either recently read, am currently reading, or plan to read in the near future. Enjoy!
Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato
Published just this year, Edgar and Lucy may just be my favorite book of 2017. It encompasses so much! Family history, past tragedies, current edge-of-your-seat plot, and a glimpse into the afterlife. Edgar reminds me of an Owen Meany type of character… without the Messiah complex. He’s small, old for his years, and tends to bring out the best in everyone around him. You’ll love this saga! I think it would make a great Father’s Day gift, too, if you have a reader for a dad.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
This has been on my list for a few months, but as my book club has picked it for June, I’m finally getting around to reading it. Why did I wait so long? I’m only a few chapters into it, but am thoroughly enjoying it so far. The writing is impeccable. I love Russia and Russian history. (I know that’s a touchy subject right now, but there you have it. Please don’t send any American supremacists to my door!) The main character is so likable. Have you ever watched Rupert Everett in The Importance of Being Ernest? That’s who he reminds me of. Highly recommended so far!
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I haven’t read this one yet, but it gets good reviews. A mystery on a luxury cruise ship– I’m intrigued already! I’m saving this one for a vacation read. YOU could get it in the book contest– see below!
Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen
I typically have some sort of parenting book on the docket. This one spoke to me because I’m trying to find methods of responding to tense situations with my children with humor. That is not a natural reaction for me. Some days I feel like all of my buttons are right there on the surface with such easy access for little developing humans! I’m such a proponent of positive parenting rather than punitive, but the execution of that is a constant learning experience.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
What an amazing title, right? One of my favorite books last year was A Man Called Ove by the same author. I’m excited to read his other books. This one chronicles a task given to a young girl by her dying grandmother: to make amends with a whole list of people by delivering a series of letters. I can’t wait to see what interesting scenarios that leads to! Backman’s books aren’t full of fast-action plot, but his characters and writing are delightful.
That’s it for now! Oh, wait— a book contest? Are you waiting for information about a book contest? Well, you are in luck. I’m so excited to introduce my first giveaway contest! This one is sort of small-scale. A test run, if you will, to make sure I’ve got the process figured out. Click the link or the image below to enter for your chance to win THIS NEW BOOK PACKAGE:
I’m going to wrap it all up in a beautiful canvas New Yorker tote bag. You are lucking out on this one… I love it so much that I came really close to keeping it for myself. 🙂
How to enter? Click the link or image below and follow the directions on the page to enter your email. BONUS! Once you enter, you’ll get unlimited opportunities for multiple contest entries, just by getting your friends to enter, too. Don’t wait! The contest closes on June 16, 2017.
So sorry! This contest has ended. There are more coming, though! Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter to be the first to know.