Thrillers are proving to be the genre that saves me during these endless days of coronavirus. They don’t require a ton of my attention, yet they keep me interested in reading and I can’t seem to turn the pages fast enough. This isn’t typically my preferred genre, so I really need to take advantage of this season and pull more from my shelves in the next few months. I’d love any recommendations for thrillers/mysteries/psychological thrillers you may have!
Anyway, before moving onto some #minibookreviews, here are some recent posts:
- July 2020 Reading Wrap-Up
- #6Degrees: From How To Do Nothing to The Overstory
- My Halfway Top 10: 2020
What have you been reading (and loving) this week?
Last Week’s Reads:
📖 A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
The murder mystery/legal thriller genre is giving me life during this coronavirus stage of life!
Though A Good Marriage is a bit of a slow burn, McCreight introduces so many characters and elements that it kept me turning the pages! Set in Park Slope, NY among an elite neighborhood (which I loved…reading about stoops and brownstones…makes this rural girl’s heart pitter-patter!), the twists and turns kept me on my toes. I had a genuine connection with Amanda and Lizzie and really wanted to see how this one played out. My only critique is that the culmination of the mystery was a bit of a let down (but I also think this is a complaint I always seem to have when it comes to thrillers).
Regardless, it was a page turner that I couldn’t put down…something I needed amongst the hard reads I’ve got going on lately. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
📖 The Overstory by Richard Powers
I’m definitely intimidated with this one – it’s dense and the writing is small. It’s about trees and nature (which doesn’t exactly jazz me), but the reviews make me want to give this a valient effort. When someone says they immediately want to flip to the beginning of a book they just finished and read it all over again, I’m listening! Stay tuned…
📱 *** Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty
Another intimidating book. Reading about a housing crisis in California isn’t exactly a thrill ride, but as much as I’ve tried to ignore this one, something keeps tugging me back in. I’m abnout 30% in (which is about 28% further than I thought I’d get), so we’ll see where this one takes me!
📖 Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Ugh…will I ever finish this one??? The MOST intimidating book of the bunch. I only have one more section left, and while I was supposed to be done with this one in July, it’s proving to be a true battle to finish. It’s not because it isn’t worthy or good, it’s just loooong and also dense and full of history (again, not exactly my forte). I have highlighted the heck out of my copy and I know I’ll need to return to it several times, but it has been eyeopening and educational.
DNF (aka: Not For Me and/or Skipping For Now):
📖 *** The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Maybe this one is a case of wrong book, wrong time, but I just could not get into this one. It makes me so sad because I LOVED The Flatshare last year, but I made it to 47% and just failed to care.