Book(ish Odds and) Ends

If you’re not much for rom-coms or beach reads, or you need a different kind of book to break you out of a reading slump, here are some other fiction titles that I have really enjoyed and recommend frequently over the past few months. 

I am indebted to my reader friend and book club convener for her influence in stretching me to be more intentionally diverse both in author choices and genre. 

  • The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb 

If you’re looking for a thriller (BRIAN ROGGIE) that isn’t graphic or gory, this is the book for you! While unraveling the mystery of the stolen violin, we get an education on the world of professional musicians. So many layers to this book that I really appreciated. 

  • Red, White and Whole by Rajani Larocca

This middle grade novel-in-verse is so powerful, beautiful and heartbreaking. Written from the perspective of an Indian American girl, she chronicles her experience of her mother’s diagnosis and battle with leukemia. 

  • African Town by Charles Waters and Irene Latham

Upon hearing the premise (a book in alternating voices, all written in verse), I wasn’t 

sure it would be for me, but I read it in an afternoon. Each character has a poetry style that is used throughout the book. This is a powerful and haunting account of the last Africans brought illegally to the US in 1860.

  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

I had this on hold for a long time and after I began wondered why I waited so long to listen to this heart-wrenching novel about family, marriage, and loss. This was a beautiful book. 

  • Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhorn

A book club pick, our group enjoyed this different perspective on WWII historical fiction. Based on a true story, this book had mystery, romance, and adventure. 

  • We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza

Told in alternating perspectives, this book deals with the impact on a friendship and community when a tragic event strikes.

Published by shergerber

Pastor, momma & home baker in the Shenandoah Valley

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