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Books I’ve Read Recently

I’ve never cross-posted between GoodReads and here on my blog, but today I was updating GoodReads with some books I’ve finished lately, so I thought I’d put a blurb here as well. Here’s a few I’ve read in the last month or two that I’ve enjoyed:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr:

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was on the wait list a long time at my library for this book. I was getting close to getting it, and then my library switched digital systems, but luckily, I was #2 or #3 on the list for it. I had to use Tim’s Kindle fire to read it, long story. The book itself was very long (for me, my limit is around 400 or so pages usually), and I was initially worried about finishing it in time. I was wrong. The story picked up speed, and mostly, I adapted to his style of writing. I found it hard to put down after a certain point. The writing is very…lyrical, stylized, poetic, I’m not sure how to describe it. It didn’t end the way I would have liked, but I think that’s part of the story. I would recommend it to others, along with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, also a WWII book I read and enjoyed last year.

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The Shepherd’s Voice by Robin Lee Hatcher:

The Shepherd's VoiceThe Shepherd’s Voice by Robin Lee Hatcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another enjoyable read from a reliable author. I found this one available for Prime loan, so this was my book for May. I hope next month the other Hatcher book I found on Prime is still available. I believe these are older books that have been recently re-released. However, since this one was set right after the Great Depression, it’s quite timeless.

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Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me OnceFool Me Once by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was on the wait list for a very long time for the digital version of Harlan Coben’s new book, but it was worth the wait. Once again, he rarely disappoints me. The book was intriguing and hard to put down, true to Coben’s style. I don’t want to give anything away, but I didn’t figure it all out! I read it so quickly and on Tim’s Kindle Fire (since my dumb library switched digital systems and I can no longer download books in native Kindle format, still sore about that!), that I’m going to hang on to it and try to convince Tim to read it. I have a two week loan from the library, so that gives him 9 days to try it. But, he is too busy with golf, so I doubt he’ll read it. Another good one from Harlan Coben!

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I’ve bought 6 books from Amazon recently, two sets of trilogies. I’ve read the first one in this trilogy, The Chicago’s Worlds Fair Mysteries by Shelley Shephard Gray:

Secrets of Sloane House (Chicago World's Fair Mystery, #1)Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of three books I recently bought from Amazon, and I’m so glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery set against the backdrop of the Chicago World’s Fair. Good story and good characters. I look forward to continuing on with the characters in the next book 🙂

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I’ve also read two of three of the Appleseed Creek mysteries by Amanda Flower, A Plain Death and a Plain Scandal. Good cozy mysteries set in Amish country in Ohio.

A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek, #1)A Plain Death by Amanda Flower
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First in the Appleseek Creek trilogy that I purchased from Amazon. Good little mystery set in an Amish community, most of the characters are not Amish, they either used to be or they are related to Amish. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the others in this series 🙂

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  1. Karen Said,

    I have had a copy of All The Light We Cannot See forever, it seems. My mother-in-law passed it on to me. It keeps getting put to the bottom of my pile, but you’ve reminded me to pull it back up to the top again. I’ve heard that The Nightingale was really good. I’d like to try another of Kristin Hannah’s books. Loved Winter Garden, but didn’t care as much for Firefly Lane. The mystery series set at the world’s fair sounds like a fun one!

  2. Michelle Quinno Said,

    Sounds like you’ve read some interesting books lately! I’ve been so bad. I haven’t read anything in so long. I’m so busy with my business at night that I don’t have energy to read when I’m done. I hope to get in a good book during my staycation at the end of the month though! The Harlen book has been on my list for a bit.

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