I’m a big fan of Book of the Month. That goes back to my dad, who subscribed in the 80s and 90s. The beautiful hardback books he got from them became my most treasured possessions; so of course I had to sign up.
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Once you sign up, you’ll have five books to choose from. This month, you have these:
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (author of In a Dark, Dark Wood) is a psychological, claustrophobic thriller set on a luxury cruise liner. When Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist and the novel’s main character, witnesses a woman being thrown overboard, she takes it upon herself to figure out what really happened. The twist? All the passengers are accounted for. No one is missing from the ship. Then who was it that Lo saw murdered? Or did she really see it at all?
I think this is going to be my pick, because I got way too excited writing that blurb. But the thing is, all the other novels this month are awesome, too! (I just already have three of them.)
I’m currently reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. Part tough reality of a crime-scarred adolescence in the Midwest, part love-story, this strikes me as a book that fans of Daniel Woodrell could really sink their teeth into. It’s a gritty read. I’m not very far in, and I haven’t gotten to the love story yet, but so far, the book is everything I wanted it to be.
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (author of The Paris Wife) centers around badass lady aviatrix Beryl Markham who was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic from east to west, which required more stamina than going from America to Europe (like Charles Lindbergh did). In 1936, she accomplished this feat alone. West with the Night, her memoir, was originally published in 1942, but it resurfaced in the 1980s because of something Ernest Hemingway had written about it in a letter years before: “She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer.” Damn.
I’ll be honest here that I haven’t read either book yet. Women in aviation is the subject of the novel I’m working on for graduate school. Essentially, I’m really stoked about it. So if you like historical fiction and trailblazing women, this is the book for you.
The next book is one that I loved, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I even reviewed it. You can read the entire review here. Dark Matter is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that gripped me from the first pages. In it, Jason Dessen, a mediocre college professor, is kidnapped and has his life taken over by—Jason Dessen. Wait, what? Part Interstellar, part The Time Traveler’s Wife, with a little bit of The One (Jet Li), and a whole lot of its own flavor, Dark Matter was one of the most engrossing books I’ve read all year.
Seriously, this book was awesome. If you only pick one of these, it should be this. It totally knocked my socks off.
Last but not least, is Siracusa by Delia Ephron. Siracusa centers around two writers, Michael and Lizzie, plus their daughter Snow, as secrets are exposed during their vacation in Italy. According to Goodreads, the narrative unfolds in the style of Rashomon, alternating points of view as “lies and infidelities” boil to the surface.
So which one of these will you choose? Leave a comment below. 🙂
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