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Chapter 37 - Read a New Book Month


So anyone who knows me, including you dear readers, knows I love new books. Not necessarily never-been-read before books but books which have been published recently. Sometimes as a reader you get really lucky and find a book that totally sets you on fire - like A Gentleman in Moscow in 2016 or Where the Crawdads Sing in 2018. So far this year I haven't found a single book that I can say is the best book of the year but then we have four more months to go and I'm still hoping. But I have definitely found some very good books which were entertaining and/or thought provoking.

Here then are some 2019 books that are worth reading.

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - From the authors of The Wife Between Us, once again Hendricks and Pekkanen have told another suspenseful tale. In this one, a young makeup artist takes the place of a college student in a paid study to determine how truthful people are. Of course, she is not. This is a quick read and a good tale.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn - Quinn, known best for The Alice Network, has another post World War II story. Instead of looking for a victim of Nazi atrocities, Quinn has three Nazi hunters searching in post-war Boston. As in The Alice Network there were aspects of World War II I did not know.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware - What happens when a nanny with a dubious past takes a job in the remote highlands of Scotland. Add to it, a high-tech house, spooky caretaker and very absent parents for an enjoyable murder mystery. If you have liked Ware's previous books, you are bound to enjoy this one!

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead - After his Pulitzer Prize winning The Underground Railroad I didn't think Whitehead could write a better book. I may have been wrong. Whitehead's story is about The Nickel School in Florida during the 1960's and a young black teen sent to the institution for having been in the wrong place at the wrong time. This fictional school is based on The Dozier School in Florida, and the happenings there.

The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins - Sarah Dove, whose family founded the town of Dove Pond, North Carolina, is the town librarian. This is a fitting job for her as books talk to her. Her town is failing and the books tell her it will be saved. Grace Wheeler arrives in town and Sarah thinks this is the person who will help. Grace wants very little to do with Dove Pond and plans on only a short stay. This is the start of a fun Southern series by Hawkins.

What new book has captured your attention this year? Please let me know.

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