Updated: Jan 24, 2022
I've been reading a lot lately, and I'm sure I'm not the only one! If you're looking for a few recommendations for your TBR pile, I've got you!
Where'd You Go Bernadette
A really fun, nonlinear story told in a non-traditional way. The majority of the information about the characters and their activities are learned by reading notes, emails, an emergency room bill, signage, receipts, and other forms of communication. Traditional dialogue and narration ties each together, but it is a fun and fascinating way to find out how a daughter puts together the pieces of her eccentric mother’s disappearance. Set in Portland, Antarctica, and a few places in between, you really experience the settings through different characters’ point of view. Full of great characters with humor, complexity, emotion, and reality (and some really great female characters!) this book was extremely fun to read and kept me turning the pages to find out what piece of Bernadette’s life we would uncover next!
I literally read this entire book in one day, which speaks to its ease of reading, it’s wildly interesting plot, and it’s pace of storytelling. Dark Matter explores the multiverse of possibilities that exist all around us using quantum physics as it’s base. The author does a superb job of explaining what I imagine to be some complex scientific theories and experiments in a fun, fascinating, understandable way. The characters have depth, humor, and multifaceted personalities which get to be explored in different situations (in different versions of reality) as we travel through the multiverse. It has enough action without being a “thriller,” enough mystery without being a “whodunit,” and enough fiction without being “fantasy.” It rides the line of each making it a very accessible read enjoyable for just about everyone! Seriously, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
Behind Closed Doors
B. A. Paris
This one is a fast-paced, gripping account of what is happening inside a very private, very secretive marriage of a seemingly perfect couple. Categorized as a “psychological thriller” I would consider this more emotionally wringing because we care so deeply for the main character, Grace, and her sister and cannot believe what we are reading about Grace’s home life and marriage to Mr. Perfect - Jack. Not going to lie, there’s some dark, messed up parts of the plot. If you’re into tv shows like Criminal Minds and Law & Order SVU, this is that kind of story. While there’s no blood and gore, there is some exploration into the darker side of humanity. But the ending - the literal last few sentences of the book - is one of my most favorite and most satisfying endings of a book.