Ever since I quit my day job (Feb 2017, yea-heh!), I’ve discovered how much more time I have for reading. I’m definitely not as fast as some of my readers who can plow through several books a day, but I read over 70 books last year and enjoyed pretty much all of them. Here are a few from the last few months that you might enjoy, too.
Cleo, Helen Brown
Helen’s son Sam begs them to adopt a tiny kitten. Helen agrees, hoping Sam will lose interest before the kitten is big enough to come home with them. Two weeks later, nine-year-old Sam is dead, and a black kitten named Cleo shows up on the doorstep of a grieving family and helps them to heal.
If you love cats and you want a good cry, then this is your book. I saw Helen speak at the Hawke’s Bay Writers Festival and she’s wonderful and hilarious and kind and so is this book. Read now.
From Here to Eternity, Caitlin Doughty
The second book by the Queen of the death-positivity movement, and just as fascinating as Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. Mortician Caitlin Doughty travels the world looking at different rituals surrounding death in the modern world.
Doughty describes rituals with a sensitive but close touch, creating an intimacy with death and mourning while also avoiding a relish for gory details. This book was infinitely fascinating, and it sparkles with Caitlin’s usual respect and thoughtfulness around all matters concerning death. It’ll get you thinking about your mortal remains. For me, it’s a re-read for sure. Read now.
Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
Nine strangers meet on a wellness retreat in the middle of the
Liane Moriarty is my writer ride or die. I will read everything she writes because she is brilliant. She writes books filled with characters you fall in love with who do horrible things or have horrible things happen to them. I feel like I know everyone in her books and they will make you laugh and cry and gasp. This book is no exception. Read now.
The Guilty Feminist, Deborah Francis-Wilde
Last year I read Clementine Ford’s Fight Like a Girl and, while it was powerful, I didn’t really connect with it the way I do with Deb FW’s Guilty Feminism. The book from the podcast of the same name explores our goals as 21st Century Feminists and the
What I love so much about this book is that it doesn’t waste time demonizing anyone or making you feel as though you’re not good enough or haven’t done enough or you’re not angry enough. Instead, it uses
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, Kathryn Harkup
I got this book originally for research, as I’m writing a poisoning case in Of Mice and Murder. I now know far too much about how to kill a person without being detected. Want to come to a dinner party?
This book is absolutely fascinating and my copy is already riddled with bookmarks as ideas for future books occur. Read now.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Kate Morten
Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love, and loss. This book has all the gothic touches I adore – an artist tortured by love, plots and thefts
Hugely enjoyable, although probably not my
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
The possessive, wild romance of Heathcliff and Cathy is part of our cultural landscape. Wuthering Heights was the first book my husband ever recommended to
I needed to re-read it as research for my new series. Honestly, I don’t much like either Heathcliff or Cathy. The whole book is a haunting, tormented story of horrible people doing horrible things to each other. But damn if that woman can’t write! Everything from the setting to the poetic allegory is perfection. Read now.
Those are just a few of the books I’ve been enjoying. What about you? What are you reading right now?