It’s back to school time! That means fall has officially arrived with all of its cozy sweaters, pumpkin flavored everything, and books under a blanket. Perfect.
My reading this month warmed my heart and relaxed my mind. These picks transitioned me from summer to fall reading with ease—which is no small feat!
In addition to these books, other titles are vying for my attention as Advanced Reader Copies and previews for October’s Diverse Books Club. These books are perfect and I can’t wait to share them with you in the future! But on to this month’s Quick Lit…
The Confusion of Languages lured me with its title, beautiful cover, and interesting themes. I know virtually nothing about military life but I have spent some time overseas and love observing Middle Eastern cultures. This book focuses on the friendship of Margaret and Cassie, two American embassy wives in Jordan, and the circumstances surrounding one fateful event. Overall, I enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down at bedtime. There were some things about the plot line that I wasn’t crazy about but they didn’t prevent me from becoming engrossed in the story and its characters.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Love and Other Consolation Prizes released this week! Jamie Ford is the author of the bestselling historical fiction novel, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I really enjoyed this one and you can find my complete review here.
Rating: 4 / 5
The Invisible Wall is a perfect pick for an audiobook! I listened to this one for my local book club over the course of three weeks and found it completely charming. Bernstein wrote this memoir about his childhood in a small English town when he was ninety three years old. Learning about the day-to-day life of a working class neighborhood through Harry’s eyes was fascinating and heartbreaking all at the same time. The struggles and the setbacks of these families developed a sense of perseverance and hope that I could never imagine. Weaved throughout the story are the themes of division and unity, particularly amongst the Christians and the Jews. The ties that bind them together are often stretched, but ultimately, they never break.
Rating: 4 / 5
I enjoy this series so much! Raybourn’s historical mystery novels center in England during the Victorian Era and feature a fabulous cast of characters. The main characters, Veronica Speedwell and Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (a.k.a. “Stoker”), are thrust into the middle of yet another murder investigation and their usual antagonistic repartee ensues. Veronica and Stoker represent a perfect investigative tag team reminiscent of Holmes and Watson; there is just enough wit and sarcasm to keep you smiling through the entire novel. Also, I currently have book number three in my possession as an ARC and I cannot wait to get started! It releases in January 2018.
Rating: 4 / 5
What did you read this month? Any suggestions for new audiobooks? I love audiobooks and am always up for recommendations!