Thursday, March 29, 2018

Book Recommendations

reading and knitting
March 2018
I can't remember whose blog post recommended Donna Tartt's book, The Goldfinch, but I liked it. It is a compelling and sometimes dark story. The plot gets bogged down in several places with unnecessary explanations: in my opinion, large sections could have been cut without changing the story. Be aware, that this book uses the "F" word liberally.

Sewing and knitting are wonderful accompaniments to audio books: another pair of socks will soon be finished.

Books that I have recently read and recommend:
  (books with ** are highly recommended)
** The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
    Lie in Wait by Eric Richstad
    The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
** A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman
    All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
** The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate
    The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
    Split Image by Robert B. Parker
    Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
    The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
    Sleeping Tiger by Rosamunde Pilcher
    Voices in Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher
** Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
    A Single Breath by Lucy Clark
    Deliver Us from Evil by David Baldacci
    My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

What book(s) do you recommend that I add to my book queue?


  1. Wow! That's a lot of books recently. Good for you. Interesting to read your recommendation of The Goldfinch - I had seen so many negative reviews of it. I enjoyed Circling the Sun by McLain. her new one is supposed to be quite good as well (Love and Ruin).

    If you have not read "The Woman Who Smashed Codes" by Jason Fagone, I highly recommend that. I'm in the midst of "The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin and really enjoying it.

  2. In addition to being a talented quilter, knitter, and are a voracious reader! Thanks for the book recommendations. The only one I've read = "A Man Called Ove." I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  3. Great book list Nancy! There a few there that I will download to my Kindle. I am an avid Baldacci fan and loved Deliver Us From Evil!

  4. I'm a big Baldacci fan too but haven't read that one yet. It's on my nightstand however, just waiting. I also like most anything by John Sanford, Clive Cussler, Nevada Barr, and Michael Connolly.

  5. I have an audio book that I have not finished Lincolns Bardo it is pretty strange and the language is something else. Just not enough time in the day to listen:)

  6. Have you tried any of Louis Penny's novels. Very good. I've listened to quite a few of them. They are set in Canada in a small town. They are murder mysteries. Well done and enjoyable. I also like the Anna Pigeon novels -- that's the character's name not the author. (I can never remember the author's name!) She a National Parks Ranger specializing in police work. Each book is set in a different national park. Sometimes the stories are very intense so I haven't read too many of her newer ones because of that. Hope you find them and enjoy them.

    1. Ha! Sara above is recommending Nevada Barr who writes the Anna Pigeon books.

  7. Love the color of those socks. I list to Audible our library doesn’t have a lot of selection to choose from. I use my phone or iPad to listen.

  8. Thank you, Nancy, for the book recommendations! My husband and I just finished listening to 'A Man Called Ove' and it was wonderful in every way! We laughed, we cried (well, I did!), and at the end, we wanted more! That's a good story! We are hoping we can find the other two Backman books you listed on audio. Listening in the car seems to be the only time we have to 'read' a book! We're so grateful for audiobooks, and for great recommendations! Thanks!


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