Fiction-y Finds


Where has the time gone, friends? Summer is just flying by! Despite the longer days and hotter temperatures, I’ve actually been able to get LOTS of reading done, so let’s catch up with each other, shall we?

–Marissa

Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf was a great zip-right-through-it read! Former nurse Amelia lost her hearing in an accident two years ago, and since then has been trying to make peace with her situation, her failed marriage, and her career trajectory. While out with her service dog, she discovers a dead body…and finds herself in the middle of a web of lies and trouble. This was super readable, a great premise, and had a unique protagonist! I loved it!

The Goddesses by Swan Huntley was an ALA advanced reader copy (ARC) score, and has been pretty buzzy, and with good reason. Nancy and her family have just relocated to Hawaii, and in a bid to reinvent herself, she attends a yoga class. Making an instant connection with the instructor, Nancy finds herself pulled more and more into her friendship with Ana, and the lengths we go to as women in friendship – and manipulation. Even though you know how it will end, you can’t look away…. great setting, characters, and slow ratcheting up of suspense! I couldn’t put it down!

George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl was another ALA score, because hello, Nancy Pearl’s debut novel. 🙂 Told in forwards-and-backwards, slightly choppy and disjointed style (which I was fine with), Pearl tells the story of George and Lizzie’s relationship, as well as who came before they found each other. At times irreverant, wry, and of course, well written, I enjoyed this one! (Release date: September 5th)

I also read The Little French Bistro by Nina George, and I swear I can’t see what all the hype is about – I hated it! I also reread All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Grennwood – what a different take from the first time I read it! I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (enjoyable!), as well as The F Word by Liza Palmer (ugh), and The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo (all that for THAT ending?!), and I listened to The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (I liked it!). Whew!

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