It Ends with Us by: Colleen Hoover
I can see why this is a NY Times Bestselling Novel. It is truly devastating, tragic, traumatic, and a bit hopeful. This was the not my first Colleen Hoover novel, and it certainly won't be my last. Coming from my own experience, I had to stop reading this several times mid chapter. While having a slight panic flashback sobbing, I was constantly shaking my head at Lily - Because I remember what it felt like as well, thinking "How could I be so stupid". In the time it took me to read this book - which was in one sitting, My Husband would come into the room and ask why I was crying - FOUR SEPARATE TIMES. Not being able to explain was hard.. what could I say? I am crying because of past trauma? or.. A book made me cry! I mean sure that is a good enough explanation. And, Although my husband was super understanding when I told him I didn't know why I was crying.. "I just was". He understood why. When people say "Why won't they leave then, if they are getting abused." A person truly can not understand it, until they have been put in the same (or similar ) position themselves. And knowing that this novel is loosely based on her own Mother's story, made it all the more real. - Veronica
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker is a marvel, beautifully written and tragic. Duchess is a great Narrator. Tough and Thorny - Full of Rough edges. She had me rooting for her from the start. She never wavered in her outlaw status or the defense of her family.
Reading through layers of this book to its heart wrenching finale, leaves me with the feeling that this book needs to become a classic that is read by everyone. I highly recommend. - Christine J.
The Readers of Broken Wheel
by Katarina Bivald
I picked up this book intending to read just a few pages. It's description intrigued me! A correspondence between two book lovers, a small town setting, quirky characters and a dilemma of epic proportions. Well, nearly 400 pages and four hours later I had read every word of it. I never put the book down, even to drag my sleeve over the tears sliding down my face. this gem is full of heart and humor, wit and some really good good recommendations. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with Sara, Amy and all the residents of Broken Wheel. I identified with, sympathized with, was entertained by, and loved them all. This book would be my recommendation for readers who loved Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by beth Hoffman, A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman, A redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. p.s. Have your tissues ready for this one. I mean this in the best way! Christine
The Good Girl
by: Mary Kubica
Intriguing with a plot twist. The ending was definitely the cherry on top, and goes to show that you can never truly judge a book by it's cover. You don't really know a family until disaster hits and you don't always know a person like you thought. Veronica
A Man Called Oveby Fredrik BackmanI don't know how to describe this book featuring a fisty curmudgeon called Ove without using the word charming. I certainly didn't set out thinking that this person, so ridgid and set in his state of grumpy old-man-ness, would resonate with me like it did. Watching this thorny guy thaw throughout the book (entirely without his intent or permission) was sweet and perfect. I So recommend this debut novel by Swedish author Backman, and look forward to his next book "My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry". Christine
The Martianby Andy Weir
Andy Weir's "Real" science fiction novel The Martian skips readable and amps to devourable in light seconds. Stranded on Mars with limited food and water, Mark Watney could easily throw in the towel and O.D. on the morphine. Someone as intelligent, resourceful and downright MacGyver-ish as he couldn't call it quits that easily though. Hey! a major life-threatening upset crops up, solve it with ingenuity, recycled poopie and duct tape, just like you would (mostly) on Earth. I don't usually like to use the term "Nail Biting" Suspense ( I thought I broke the habit years ago), but nails got bitten as the story roared along to a spectacular end.Weir opened my eyes to a genre that was previously unfamiliar to me: He could "Fly me to the Moon" any time, just let me download some not so Disco music first. - Christine's Pick
For the last 25 years, I have been reading a Course In Miracles in an attempt to understand and practice CIM. A Course of Love continues CIM and it answers the questions I had about CIM immediately. It opens the door wider for me. I have just started it and I love it! Debby's Pick
OK, I admit it. I like my books like some people like their food, spicy enough to cause a little bit of discomfort! Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is hot with a side of jalapenos. If you like a book that you have figured out in three chapter .. Don't Read this one. This darkly compelling, twisty as hell book will keep you guessing to the very end. It turns everything you think you know about dysfunctional characters on it's ear. And if you are as intrigued by Gone Girl as much as I was, be sure to check out Flynn's other books; Dark Places and Sharp Objects. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy the Burn ...
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Read this for a bird's-eye view of one of the most unreliable narrators in recent fiction. How do you trust a character when what you see is the bleary eyes of a black-out drunk? Is she obsessively stalking or voyeuristically imagining what she is seeing? Told from alternating viewpoints, the suspenseful story draws you in, unfolding very quickly to a satisfying conclusion you just may not have seen coming.