What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Hello Readers! It’s been a few weeks since I posted on here, and I wanted to update you with some of the books I’ve been reading lately. I had found myself reading a lot of thrillers and mysteries lately, with darker elements, and I wanted to lighten it up a bit. Something about wishing for spring weather is also making me wish for lighter book topics I guess. After scanning my #unreadshelf, I pulled out a few books I’ve been meaning to read, and really enjoyed them both.

 

Little Big Love by Kathy Regan

I LOVED this book! It was such a feel good read and the characters were fantastic. Plus, it’s set in Britain, which as you know if you read this blog, I love. This is a love story, but not a typical roll-your-eyes, cheesy love story. There is romantic love here, but at the heart of the story is familial love, between a boy and his mother as well as between the boy and his grandfather. This book doesn’t come out until June, so put it on your lists; you’re not going to want to miss it!

Publisher’s Description:

Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: octopuses have three hearts, Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.

When Zac’s mother, Juliet, inadvertently admits that his dad is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides he is going to find him and deliver his mom the happily ever after she deserves.

But Liam Jones left for a reason, and as Zac searches for clues of his father, Juliet begins to rebuild what shattered on the day that was at once the happiest and most heartbreaking of her life.

Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.

Release Date: June 12th

 

 

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

In this book, the main character, Tom Hazard, is a man with a condition that causes him to age much more slowly than the average person. For every 15 years he lives, he only ages 1 year. So Tom has been alive for centuries, but he only looks like he’s about 40. This obviously presents all sorts of problems. (I became interested in this book around the same time that I heard about another, similar story, Eternal Life.  I’m planning on reading that one as soon as my library hold comes in). How to Stop Time was another light, fun read. I enjoyed how the story went back and forth through time to different points in history and in Tom’s life.

Publisher’s Description: 

“She smiled a soft, troubled smile and I felt the whole world slipping away, and I wanted to slip with it, to go wherever she was going… I had existed whole years without her, but that was all it had been. An existence. A book with no words.”

Tom Hazard has just moved back his to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

How to Stop Time tells a love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

 

What I’m Reading Now

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

I’m always trying to add in some non-fiction, which I read way more slowly than fiction. This one has been on my list for a while. I’m only about 50 pages in, but liking it so far!

Publisher’s Description: 

A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world’s densest jungle.
Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn’t until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

 

 

 

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

Ok, so this book isn’t going to be for everyone, but I have been waiting for it to come out for so long! So far I’m about 100 pages in and loving it.

Publisher’s Description: 

Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.

Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.

And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.

The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.


I also got a few other highly anticipated (by me!) books from the library this week, including White Houses by Amy Bloom, and I was Anastasia by Arial Lawhon. So this weekend is shaping up to be a good one for reading!! What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

 

2 thoughts to “What I’ve Been Reading Lately”

  1. I think it’s important to have a good mix between “lighter” topic books as well as some exciting mysteries/thrillers, etc. I have found that a good way to do that is to stick with romantic thrillers! I think it’s a genre that has all the elements that keep me hooked and can make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside too (haha). I do have a book that you might want to add to your May or June TBR list! It’s called “To Have and to Hold” by Ketley Allison and it’s got romance, suspense, mystery and more! Emme has been kidnapped and the reader is along for the ride in a POV style that definitely left me chilled. On top of that Emme’s long lost college love, Spence, is now a prosecutor and determined to find her when he’s found out she’s been taken. There are a ton of twists and turns along the way and some major A-HA! moments (which I LOVE). The author has a few book series and some other books I have already added to my TBR list as well (https://ketleyallison.com/). If you do check out this book tell me what you think! I can’t stop thinking about it.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve read some historical romances, like Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series, but not romantic thrillers. I will definitely check this one out.

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