I hope everyone is hanging in there during this pandemic and reading fantastic stories to keep your mind off of it all. Reading is one way of going on adventures, even if you’re not able to leave your couch or your bed. This list is a bit different as it’s a list of books I’m excited about reading whether it’s a book that is out already, or a book we have to pre-order. Just a reminder, if you’re interested in buying a book (or ten) click on a picture of a book in the reviews section or in this section where it will take you to Amazon and you can order the book, I make a little cash to support the website and it will not affect the price of your order.
I remember in highschool I saw the tv movie version of the book In the Time of the Butterflies with Salma Hayek playing Minerva Mirabel and since seeing the movie I’ve always wanted to read the book. This book is based on a true story of the Mirabel sisters and their lives in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. Three of the sisters were actively involved in trying to overthrow him until they were unfortunately murdered. I can’t wait to check out this book and hopefully read more of Julia Alvarez’s books.
I just bought this for my kindle for $0.99. I definitely want to read this classic and see if its different from the musical, to expand my reading horizons and not to mention I want to read this before the mini-series airs. I recently put up a newsletter talking about the miniseries based on this classic novel.
I’m hearing rave reviews about books by author Chanel Cleeton. The Last Train to Key West takes place in 1935 Key West Florida and is from the point of view of three women. Key West native Helen Berner longs to escape. Mirta Perez and her family find themselves in a dangerous situation after the Cuban Revolution of 1933. Mirta agrees to an arranged marriage to an American in Havana and they go to Key West. Although Mirta falls for her husband, his business dealings are very shady….. Elizabeth Preston is desperate to save her families wealth. These three unlikely women eventually encounter each other. One of my friends is raving about Chanel Cleeton’s novels being excellent and the reviews on Amazon are good so far. Not to mention the cover is gorgeous and the story sounds great! I can’t wait to read it.
Another one of Chanel Cleeton’s books I’m excited about reading also has Cuban roots. Next Year in Havana goes between dual timelines from 1958 to 2017. Family secrets, Cuban culture, and Cubas political climate now, sounds like my type of book. Elisa Perez is the daughter of a wealthy sugar Barron not knowing the political unrest of the time until it is too late and she must flee. Marisol Fererra is a freelance writer in 2017 and after her grandmother dies she must put her grandmother’s ashes back into the land of her birth which is Cuba. Marisol also finds out secrets of her families past.
This time Chanel Cleeton’s main character Beatriz is drawn into the world of espionage. Beatriz wants her old life back in Cuba before Fidel took over and the CIA wants her to infiltrate Fidel’s inner circle. Matters of the heart then get in the way. Beatriz will have to make a decision about her future. One wrong move could cost her everything.
A River in Darkness is biography about Masaji Ishikawa and his experience living under North Korea’s brutal regime. Masaji and his family move their when he is thirteen years old, his Korean father thought it was an opportunity of a lifetime but of course he was dead wrong. Masaji eventually escaped and is currently living in Japan his mother’s native country. It would be interesting to read about a person’s experience under the North Korean regime.
The Girl with the Louding Voice is about a 14 year old Nigerian girl named Adunni who wants more than being a third wife to a man a her father arranged for her to marry and bearing this man a son, she wants an education. Adunni flees her home and runs to the city. Throughout all her obstacles, Adunni doesn’t let this define her. Adunni finds her voice to speak for herself and for other girls. I can’t wait to read this and tell you all what I think.
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon is based on the true story of Nancy Wake. Nancy Wake was an Australian ex-pat living in France, she married a Frenchman and became a part of the French resistance during World War II. I can’t wait to read this one. There are so many unsung heroes out there that need their stories told.
The Library of Legends by Janie Chang. I’m excited about reading this book especially after reading Dragon Springs Road. The Library of Legends also takes place in China but shortly before World War II. In 1937 Japan starts dropping bombs on the city of Nanking. Hua Lian and her classmates and teachers from Minghua University have to flee for their lives and have to take with them, a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends. The storyline hooked me immediately and I can’t wait to start reading this one considering how much I enjoyed Dragon Springs Road.
I’m in many book groups on Facebook where we all post pics of books we’re reading or are about to read. In a group called Book Lovers Cafe was where I found this one called In the Shadow of the Banyan. I admit the cover is gorgeous but the story is also fascinating as it takes place during the genocide in Cambodia Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 to 1979. The story is from the point of view of 7 year old Raami as she clings the the myths and poems her father read to her to hold on to when individuality is stripped away.
. Vaddey Ratner the author of In the Shadow of the Banyan writes another novel about Cambodia. Teera returns to Cambodia after having to flee when she was a child. Teera carries a letter from someone who signed it as The Old Musician who knows what happened to her father in the work camps 25 years before. Years after the war perpetrators and victims of the war live together trying to rebuild their country. The Old Musician will have to share the whole future about what happened how he knew Teera’s father and his own backstory. This seems like a novel of family secrets and forgiveness. I can’t wait to read this novel too. There aren’t many novels written about the war and genocide in Cambodia and its aftermath. Its something to think about, while we don’t want to forget the past we also must forgive the past as well.
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. I want to read this one because its about a group of thirty something year old friends who gather in the Scottish Highlands for the weekend. Things go sour when one of them gets killed and one of them is the murderer…. I’m a sucker for a good mystery and this sounds like a good one. I also hear Lucy Foley’s mystery books are a nod to Agatha Christie novels.
The Whisper Man by Alex North mixes horror and mystery together. Tom Kennedy and his son Jake move after the sudden death of Tom’s wife and Jake’s mother. Tom believes this new move to Featherbank would be good for the both of them. The town though has a dark history about a murderer named Frank Carter that abducted and killed 5 residents 20 years before. The murderer would lure his victims out of the windows at night and he was dubbed, The whisper man. As the father and son settle in their new home a boy disappears and its eerily similar to how Frank Carter would abduct his victims. Could it be there’s a copy cat murderer? Or could it be that Frank Carter has an accomplice? Detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before its too late and that means Pete might have to talk to his foe Frank Carter in prison. Whats worse is Jake starts to hear the whispering too……
The Awakening: The Dragon Heart Legacy by Nora Roberts. The Awakening is the first book in a new trilogy. There isn’t much to go on except judging by the title theres dragons obviously. The mini description says parallel worlds clash over the struggle of good and evil. Knowing Nora Roberts she’ll put some romance in it. I’ve always enjoyed at least the first book in her trilogies but what I hate is in the next two books, she makes the minor characters from the first book the main characters and the other characters get pushed aside. Hopefully this time Nora can give equal time to each character. The book comes out on November 24th of this year.
The Bookshop of Yesterday’s by Amy Meyerson is described as part mystery and part family drama. The main character Miranda Brooks hasn’t heard from her Uncle Billy since she was twelve. Years later Uncle Billy dies and Miranda inherits his bookshop which is going in debt. All sorts of secrets come out.
My Dark Vanessa is the story of Vanessa. It starts off when she’s a 15 year old girl at a private school who has an affair with her much older teacher and the year is 2000. Seventeen years later its 2017 and the metoo movement began. A different girl comes out and claims the same teacher violated her and comes to Vanessa for help. Vanessa has to choose between staying quiet or doing the right thing and coming out with the truth.
The Arrangement has the plot of a lifetime tv movie. A struggling art student, named Natalie takes a suggestion from a friend of hers to go on a sugar daddy site. Natalie soon falls for her sugar daddy Grant whose a big time lawyer though he has no intention of leaving his family. Grant breaks off the relationship, but Natalie won’t let go. Soon his dead body is found outside of his Upper East side Apartment and the murder weapon is found in Natalie’s apartment…. This book is on my kindle and I can’t wait to check it out.
Where the Crawdads Sing is about a marsh girl named Mya who is not what she seems. Theres also a murder mystery mixed into this as well. I can’t wait to read this on my kindle. I have seen people say mostly good things about the book and others saying its not their thing. I can’t wait to see how it is myself.
- The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston. The Garden of Promises and Lies is the third book in the Found Things Series. I devoured the first book, The Little Shop of Found Things, and I’m currently reading book two, Secrets of the Chocolate House. As soon as this book comes out on November 3rd it is a must buy for me.
The War Widow by Tara Moss. The War Widow is a mystery novel that takes place in Australia in 1946 a year after the war ended. Billie Walker whose a war correspondent is happy to be back home after her father died in war and her husband Jack is missing in Europe. Billie re-opens her father’s business which is a detective agency. For a while Billie is investigating unfaithful husbands but then the big mystery comes when the son of European immigrants goes missing. Billie and Detective Inspector Hank Cooper reluctantly work together to find out what’s going on. This book has already been released in Australia and Canada, in the U.S. we have to wait til December 29th to read. When I read Amazon’s description of the book, it reminded me of the Australian tv show that was on nettflix called, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries. Only difference is Miss Fisher takes place in the 1920s and Billie Walker’s story in The War Widow takes place in the 1940s. I’m a sucker for a great mystery novel; hopefully it will be worth waiting till December 29th to read.
Lizzie Kitsakis is a prosecutor who think’s her marriage to Sam is the perfect marriage. Things start to fall apart and it open’s Lizzie’s eyes that maybe her marriage isn’t as perfect as she thought. On top of that her friend Zach is in Rikers prison asking for Lizzie’s help. Zach’s wife Amanda was found dead on the bottom of the steps and Zach is the prime suspect. I saw news floating around that Nicole Kidman was co producing the show based on this book. I wan’t to read this before the show comes out.
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. The Paris Library is based on a true story about men and women who dared keep a library open in Paris during the Nazi Occupation. This book originally was supposed to be released in June but unfortunately was pushed back to February 2nd of next year due to the corona virus. I was disappointed because I was looking forward to reading this book, but I understand the reasoning behind it, it’s not safe right now to do all these book tours where a bunch of people will be.