Despite reading everything I can get my hands on, my TBR list continues growing apace. Here’s just a few of the books I’ve added recently. Which should I read first?
The Diviners, Libba Bray - I read Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty in high school and was ambivalent about it. But this tale of a young woman moving in with her crime solving, occult-obsessed uncle reminds me of The Girl is Murder, albeit with a supernatural twist.
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith - Considered a classic since its 1948 publication, the novel centers around Cassandra, a young woman living with her family in a ramshackle English castle. Young love, growing up, all that good stuff.
The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller, Shane Kuhn - “Interns are invisible. That’s the mantra behind HR, Inc., an elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins-for-hire, taking down high-profile executives who wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.” They had me at “assassins-for-hire.”
The Night Gardener, Jonathan Auxier - Creepy, crumbling English manor. Abandoned siblings. Ghosts, mysteries, curses. What’s not to love?
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha, Jolie Kerr - I followed Kerr’s “Ask a Clean Person” series on Jezebel and loved her no-nonsense approach to cleaning. Especially the weird stuff.
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast - A graphic novel memoir focusing on the last few years of the author’s parents’ lives, as the family works through the challenges of aging. Promises to be both humorous and heartfelt.
Losing It: How We Popped Our Cherry Over the Last 80 Years, Kate Monro - A collection of stories gathered by author Kate Munro, who asked, “How did it happen for you?”
The Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown - The Andreas sisters love each other, they just don’t like each other much. So when they all show up at home to take care of their ailing mother, the situation can only be described as tense. Can they overcome their long-buried family secrets?