My Winter Reading List

Bedside Table Please Don't Judge Me

Bedside Table Please Don’t Judge Me

This time of year I’m hibernating, either we are too cold or we are being bombarded my severe thuderstorms and as my bedside table will attest, I stock up on books. It is a sickness that I blame my mother. As I’ve said before, she fostered my love of reading and I love crawling into bed with a good book. So to those of you that I have that same love let me hook you up.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy is hospitalized with an infection that just will not get better. Her mother, whom she hasn’t spoken with in a number of years, comes to visit and satays with her in the hospital. They gossip about people from her childhood but underneath is the deep pain Lucy has experienced and her desire to escape. In between this story line are stories about her marriage, her daughters and her becoming a writer.

It is different from most things that I have read but once into it you are drawn by the beauty of the writing and will want to keep on reading to see what path Lucy will take.


The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

This is a first novel by Hannah Rothschild and I’m about a third of the way through. The story of Annie, a chef, who has just come out of a long term relationship she begins cooking for two art dealers. However, she stumbled upon a painting at a second hand shop that may or may not be worth a lot of money.

There are a lot of characters because so many people are interested in the painting and whether it really is the work of a famous French impressionist. One thing that caught me off guard, is that some of the chapters are from the view point of the painting, where has it been, where is it going and who is this new owner.

I would love your thoughts on this book. It receives excellent reviews. The jury is still out for me but I’ll keep you updated.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthani

Terms of Endearment on Steroids. If you need a good cry then this is the book for you. There has been much publicity about this book which I’m sure you have all read but how this 36 year old neurosurgeon with a wife and infant could write so beautifully about going from treating the dying to becoming one of the dying is just incredible to me. Truly a beautiful piece of work and despite the undertones of the book, it is a book of inspiration. Reminds me of Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and The Last Lecture by Randy Paush.

Opening Belle: A Novel by Maureen Sherry

My friend Jennifer gets credit for this one. It just arrived yesterday so I’ve only read a few pages but the premise sounds hilarious and what  woman can’t relate who is juggling about a million different jobs  when it all falls on her shoulders.

Belle is a Wall Street star who appears to have it all, a great job, a handsome husband and three beautiful children but underneath is a job that she deals with a bunch of men who don’t think she belongs there, a husband who really doesn’t want to work but the childcare and household chores still fall on her shoulders.

Walks in Henry, the love of her life who she never got over, who becomes her biggest client. On top of that the women in her office want her to join their cause to improve working conditions from the touchy feely men in the office.

Something has to give and the question is what happens when it all goes to h___. By the way the author, Maureen Sherry, used to work on Wall Street and someone forgot to get her to sign a non disclosure agreement.

The Ex: A Novel by Alafair Burke

Ok so I’ve made your cry, now let me get you on the edge of your sheet. I loved Gone Girl and the Girl on the Train. Sleepless nights were had with these two books because I just couldn’t put them down. Fair warning, either have a “light” day or read on the weekend because The Ex is going to keep you up as well.

I’m honestly not going to do this book justice but go order it now. I promise your mouth will stay open because you just can’t believe what is happening next and how the two main characters got here.

Jack Harris is accused of killing three people one of whom is a millionaire whose son murdered Jack’s wife three years prior before turning the gun on himself. Jack had sued the millionaire for not getting his son mental health help but that case was dismissed. Jack just so happen to be near the murder site so he becomes a prime suspect. Jack’s alibi, he met a woman on line and he was waiting to meet.

Enter Olivia Randall, a criminal defense attorney, who just happens to have been his fianance in college until she broke his heart. She takes the case out of guilt and sets about proving Jack’s innoncence but that proves more difficult.

Not going to say anything more just go check it out.

Happy Reading





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