#95- The Selection by Kiera Cass

You had me at Young Adult Dystopian. The Selection is the first of a trilogy, about 16 year old America who finds herself in a competition to win the heart of the country’s prince, Maxon. But will her own low social caste, her sense of justice or the love she left behind keep her from […]

#94-Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

When 13 year old Bee aces her report card and gets accepted into a prestigious prep school, she cashes in her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. This quickly becomes a problem for Bee’s mother Bernadette who is so afraid of people that she has an assistant in India managing  the most basic aspects […]

#92- The House Girl

Recently, I have read several historical fiction novels with a very similar format; where is the past and present intertwine forming two distinct yet connected stories. After reading so many like this, I felt like the tactic was being overused, played out. It became boring to me. That is, until I read The House Girl. […]

#91- Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Another book, I am finally getting around to reading after being told to read it ages ago. Girls in White Dresses is about three friends who try to navigate their twenties, climb the corporate ladders, and avoid heartbreak, all while attending countless engagement parties, wedding showers, weddings and baby showers. I am that annoying girl […]

#90- The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philip Sendker

I am so, so glad that I read this book. It was recommended to me months ago by a co-worker and by my aunt. Upon finishing it, I immediately called them both to rave. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a beautiful story of a young woman, Julia who travels to her father’s homeland of […]

#89- Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

I rated this book two stars on GoodReads.com. Which for me, is practically unheard of, I love everything. There is rarely a book that I truly dislike, but unfortunately, Anatomy of a Misfit, didn’t do anything for me. I was so excited to read this book. It was on a list of books to read […]

#88- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Remember a couple posts ago when I said I read the best characters of the year were in The Paris Wife. I was wrong. I said that before I met Pasquale Tursi and Dee Moray. Dee Moray is a beautiful young Hollywood actress who escapes to a small Italian fishing village, while shooting Cleopatra because […]

#87 Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Fom GoodReads: Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ […]

#86- The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

I am embarrassed to say I never read anything by Ernest Hemingway. After reading, The Paris Wife, that is going to change. The Paris Wife tells the story of Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley as they live in Paris during the 1920’s surrounded by literary, artistic greats: Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson, Scott Fitzgerald. The story follows […]