The Charmed Wife

Jane’s Pick: The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin At a glance, The Charmed Wife is a modern retelling of the Cinderella story. Cinderella and Prince Charming have now been married 13 years, and all is not so happily ever after. The Charmed Wife is such an unusual and original book and saying too much about…

Black Buck

Cori’s Pick:  Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour Mateo Askaripour’s Black Buck is why I love debut fiction.  It is brimming with energy and grit, and a very strong point of view.  Askaripour has an important message to deliver and this hilarious satire gets the job done. The book centers around twenty-two year old Darren who…

Better Luck Next Time

Cori’s Pick:  Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson Back in 2017 I reviewed Be Frank With Me, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s debut that was published in 2016, and it was one of my very favorite books that year.  And as all book lovers do, I have waited not-so-patiently for her next novel, and the…

The Searcher

Rebecca’s Pick: The Searcher by Tana French Cal Hooper is a retired Chicago detective who, after a divorce from his wife, moved to the countryside of Ireland in search of peace – something he hasn’t experienced in a long time. He purchased a nice plot of land in the rural mountain town of Ardnakelty where…

Fifty Words for Rain

Cori’s Pick: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie In Asha Lemmie’s emotional and twisty debut, Nori Kamiza is a half-Black girl born illegitimately into a noble Japanese family in 1940.  The saga begins with Nori’s mother dropping her at the steps of her grandparents’ Kyoto estate.  From there, we learn that Nori’s dark skin…

Love and Other Words

Cori’s Pick: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren Back in early August I reviewed Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners.  It was the perfect beach read with lots of much needed laughs.  So naturally, I picked up a few of her other titles including this one and fell in love with Christina Lauren all over again! …

One of Us Is Lying

Cori’s Pick: One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus I came across this title as it was being compared to The Breakfast Club movie of 1985.  I’m a product of the ’80s so, SOLD!  (also, I just noticed that The Breakfast Club is rated R….it’s been a minute since I last watched it but…

The Vanishing Half

Cori’s Pick: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett This second novel by Brit Bennett (The Mothers was her debut) focuses on twin sisters, Desiree and Stella Vignes.  They were raised in the fictional small town of Mallard, Louisiana that became an exclusive place for light-skinned blacks, thanks to their great-great-great grandfather.  The small town’s prejudices…

The Authenticity Project

Cori’s Pick: The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley It’s the first of June and the start of summer is just a few weeks away.  I’m counting on it for a fresh start – anyone else?  In my book preferences I’m still bouncing between deeper literary reads, non-fiction, and books like this one that just make…

Normal People

Cori’s Pick: Normal People by Sally Rooney This book was published April 2019 and I don’t recollect a ton of buzz about it back then.  But then a couple of months ago, I started hearing about it more and more.  Come to find out, it was released as a Hulu original series in April 2020. …