What I Read: Jan ’20

The Stone Sky by N K Jemisin: I doled out this final in the Broken Earth trilogy, finished this on New Year’s Day. I loved this so much and really should seek out more of Jemisin’s work because I love her work.

In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson: First, I did really enjoy his Devil in the White City. Second, this was a book club book but there was a slight WWII theme to my January reading! This piece of non fiction was really challenging but offered a true glimpse into what it was like for the family of the American ambassador to Berlin during the rise of the Nazi party.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn: I should begin with my gripes, huh? I found the structure of this novel to be much too much like the structure of her previous work, The Alice Network. Strong female characters narrating multiple pieces of a story that weave together more and more quickly? Yawn. That said – she totally caught me and I was in with Nina and Jordan about a third in and raced to the end.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris: Another book club read – and I am looking forward to the discussion in Feb. It felt a little cinematic to me; we follow Lale during this years in Auschwitz where he instantly falls in love with another prisoner. There is drama there for days! Morris had such a good story to work with, I wish it had been more fleshed out.

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