Books I Love

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I’m Densie and I love books. There, I said it. And I love sharing them. I don’t have a rating system here—stars, points, thumbs up, frogs. Just know that if it’s here, I loved it enough to want to share with anyone who drops by.

 

Noah Hawley, novel and TV-writer (Fargo) extraordinare is awesome. His novel, Before the Fall, is now on my favorites list. It jumps from present, to near past, to distant past, providing layers that kept me hooked on these people’s lives and what was left behind.

An awesome debut novel, The Good Girl (not to be confused with Gone Girl) was a fabulous read from beginning to end. There’s a kidnapping, a hostage standoff and an unexpected love interest. Full of questions that make you keep reading to find the answers.

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I may be late to the party, but I recently finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and it blew me away. (The HBO series by the same name was pretty awesome as well.) Vivid characters, unpredictable plot twists and a surprise “who done it.” Set in Australia, it tells the complicated tale of a group of women, who have only one thing in common at the start—their children all go to an expensive private school. Love it, love it, love it. Hope you’ll love it too.

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One of my heartbreaking favorites is Bel Canto by Anne Patchett. It’s more literary than a lot of books I read and I have to admit that when I first started reading it, I thought it was slow and wondered where it could possibly go. But by the time I got to the end, I was there and emotionally devastated (in a good way). A takeover of a diplomatic residence by a group of rebels is the unlikely setting. But at its heart it’s a story of deep, abiding love and heartache. I heard Ms. Patchett speak recently at a book reading/signing and she was just as smart, just as emotionally rich as her writing. I have her other novels on my TBR list. You should too.

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I recently finished Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It’s the story of a young woman who must face the sudden death of her adoring husband (This isn’t really a spoiler; it happens right away and is revealed on the book jacket) and come to terms with her loss, while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother. Keep tissues at the ready. I hear it’s going to be made into a movie with Dakota Johnson of soon-to-be, Fifty-Shades-of-Grey fame.

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An all-time favorite of mine that I often take out and reread sections at random is The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. It’s literary women’s fiction and it’ll stay with you, as many of her other books do. Shriver also happens to be the author of We Have to Talk About Kevin, which was made into a not-so-good movie. Kevin is a very different (horrifying) kind of book. Post-Birthday World is the story of how a woman’s life would be different depending on which of the two men in her lives she chose. It’s not a happily ever after kind of book, but the writing is spectacular and I found myself tearing up for days after finishing it for the first time. I’d say “enjoy,” but somehow that’s not the right word for this one.

 

 

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