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April 06, 2017


Sandy Lawson

Read Neal Stephenson's Seveneves. Takes you to a different place and time. So real that when I would go outside after finishing the book I would look up. (it's verrrry long but totally worth it) Also Penelope Lively's The Photograph.


I listened to The Underground Railroad. I had read his books before so knew what to expect and thought this was his best, but I share your revulsion at the descriptions of the cruelty of slavery.


I haven't read any of the books on this list, but have jotted down the titles of a few to check out. I always enjoy reading your reviews.
I've read mostly murder mysteries in the last few years, but am trying to read other genres of fiction. You introduced me to the Helen Simonson book "The Summer before the War" that I enjoyed so much that I went on to to read (or rather listened to, the audio version of) her first book "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand". Loved it also.

Tracey Holzer

Nine more books?! It amazes me as to what you get done! I've read most of the last batch of books I bought off amazon from your last review and right now, I am 90% through the Olive Tree. I didn't order any of the available Sisters series, but I think that I will. I still have Florence Grace and the Little Stranger left to read. Thanks for all these recommendations, Nicole.
I was hoping to see your BH block!! Have a good day.

Barbara Anne

Interesting - thanks!!

I'm reading the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd: mysteries set just before and after WW1 with him as a detective from Scotland Yard. Sometimes a bit dark but the plots are excellent.


Mary Kastner

Thank you so much Nicole. I so appreciate these book reviews and I faithfully use them to stretch myself a bit.

rose appel

where you find the time for all the beautiful quilts , baskets and reading .amazing. I only wish I could be half as organized with my time.
As an avid reader also, I will check out a few of these books .
The second Mrs.H sounds very good .
I love your blog and always look forward to seeing whatever your working on at that particular time. thank you.


I always love your book reviews there're a few books I can put on my 'must-read' list now. I'm with Barbara Anne the Ian Rutledge series are great I'm just rereading them because no other books in the library are so interesting right now.


Thank you! I am so limited in time I get to read that I love to have someone's opinion before I pick a book. I've only read one of these so now I have a list to take to the library! BTW, I read Our Souls at Night in one night and would recommend to you and your readers, especially as it is about to be released as a movie on Netflix starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, two favorites!

Loris Mills

Thank you so much for sharing these reviews. Last Bus to Wisdom is going to be my first to read :-)


I totally agree with you about Underground Railroad - I couldn't finish it either. How can human beings treat other human beings this way?!

Looking forward to reading some of your other recommendations, though. Thanks; I always enjoy your posts on books to read.

Diane Linford

Code Name Verity--one of the best written books and stories I have ever read. If you're in a book group, it's a great one to review.

Linda Kay

I wholeheartedly agree with you on Code Name Verity. It was really different and I didn't guess the outcome. I had mixed feelings on A Gentleman in Moscow. I enjoyed it through about three fourths of it and then I just sort of ran out of steam and couldn't seem to finish it.
Thanks for the recommended books as I will give some of these a try.

Anne Simonot

Burial Rites was very good. Sad, but so well-written. I need to find The Second Mrs Hockaday; I keep seeing great things about this one.

Susan Ramey Cleveland

I’ve read several of these. I’m going to check out some of the others that I haven’t read. Thanks.

Jennifer in Indy

Love your reviews and have added a few from this one to my list! I just finished The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty...did you recommend that one a while back? It was a good read.

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