Thursday, March 26, 2015

Keeping up with the Jones's, Spring 2015 Edition

Obviously, after 350-something posts here in the last four years, I love to talk about books. And the question I get asked most, in various ways is: "What is everyone reading right now? What's the hot new book? What are you reading right now?" So I figure I can help you out on this score, if you're curious about what your friends and neighbors are reading right now (or about to get their hands on!)--and here's a surprise--some of it isn't just what's on the New York Times' Bestsellers List. Here are the big ten right this very minute.

1. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. This year's Gone Girl. After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

2. Mightier Than the Sword, by Jeffrey Archer.  Book five of Archer's hugely popular Clifton Chronicles. Yes, you really should read them in order. Start with Only Time Will Tell.

3. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. An epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. This is what I am reading right now, at the urging of a friend and fellow book-lover, and I'm so glad I listened to her! You can catch my full review next week in my March recap.

4. A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler. A novel that takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.

5. Every Fifteen Minutes, by Lisa Scottoline. Want to get ahead of the curve? Place your hold now!  It'll be out in just a couple of weeks, and the anticipation among suspense readers is intense! Want to know more about it? Check out my preview here.

6. Memory Man, by David Baldacci. Here's another chance to get in ahead of the pack. Bestseller Baldacci's latest is slated for a mid-April release, and you do not want to get left behind!

7. Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant. Diamant (The Red Tent) is a major favorite among readers, and this latest is continuing to please, following the life of a girl, Addie Baum, born in 1900 Boston to immigrant parents who were very unprepared for the New World.

8. Private Vegas, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Patterson (with some help) publishes nearly every month lately, to keep up with voracious reader demands. This is the eighth in the Private series, here concentrating on the hunt for two criminals through the city of sin.

9. Still Alice, by Lisa Genova. Still Alice has been a reader favorite since it's publication in 2009, but last year's Oscar-winning film adaptation starring Julianne Moore has caused a resurgence in popularity. A Harvard professor realizes that the increasing confused thinking is something more than just stress.

10. Crash & Burn, by Lisa Gardner. A great entry in Gardner's newest series featuring private investigator Tessa Leoni (first seen in Love You More, 2011). I read this earlier this month and while it's a slower start, by the midway point, all readers can do is hang on for the ride to the finish.

I'm back next week to share what I've been reading!

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