It is TIME to check out the new book releases that come on Tuesdays.
Today I downloaded two new ones…and maybe there will be more.
Look for Me (e-book, D.D. Warren), by Lisa Gardner: In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and Find Her‘s Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl’s life…or bring her to justice.
By the Book (e-book), by Julia Sonneborn
An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.
Until I can begin these newer books, I am reading The Wife, by Alafair Burke. Loving it!
From New York Times bestselling author Alafair Burke, a stunning domestic thriller in the vein of Behind Closed Doors and The Woman in Cabin 10—in which a woman must make the impossible choice between defending her husband and saving herself.
Early Monday, I started reading Fates & Furies, by Lauren Groff…and I had really wanted to read it, too….sigh. But I abandoned it at 40%. Why? I’m not quite sure. It is, after all, a prize-winning book with more than 1800 reviews. But they weren’t all rave reviews. They range from 5 star to 1 star…with 35% on the high range. Some said “pretentious” while another one entitled her review “tedious.” I found my thoughts leaning toward the tedious side….but I may pick it up again later, if I’m in the mood. Meanwhile, I realized that I didn’t care about any of the characters…caring about them is key to my enjoyment.
The lesson here is that we all have our favorite styles and genres…and even books that get a lot of buzz might not be our cup of tea. I need to pay more attention to those instincts about what I will love.
How do you pick your books? Does the buzz compel you, or do you stick to what you know and love? What draws you out of your comfort zone?