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I DID IT. I READ THEM ALL. I HAVE AN EMPTY SHELF WAITING FOR THE NEW HAUL FROM MIDWINTER!

  • Another Woman’s Husband, by Gill Paul (August 2018) Fascinating dual-timeline historical fiction – one timeline in 1997 in the immediate aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, and one in the 1930s as Wallis Simpson and the future Edward VIII grew more involved. I could pass on the 1997 timeline, but the one about Wallis was totally gripping.
  • Second Time Sweeter, by Beverly Jenkins (August 2018) The ninth in a series called “Blessings.” Ditched without reading. I guess I’m a snob?
  • The Secret of the Irish Castle, by Santa Montefiore (August 2018) An alright end to an alright trilogy. Fun reads, all three. Thirty years ago would have made an awesome BBC television literary adaptation.
  • The Lucky Ones, by Tiffany Reisz (February 13, 2018) Honestly, a better read than I expected. Went in some unexpected directions and included a very funny scene in which adult foster siblings get stoned and have a talent show.
  • Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, by Sara Ackerman (February 13, 2018) Simple and compelling story about Hawaii in 1944 – military presence, racial tension re: the local population of Japanese ancestry, and a missing father. Powerful vision through a child’s eyes.
  • My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (April 2018) I really wanted to like this, but I was already checking the page numbers after 30 pages to see if I’d hit my 50-page “does it grab my attention” mark. Did not finish.
  • The Overstory, by Richard Powers (April 2018) Devastating and totally engrossing. I may never look at trees the same way.
  • Ace of Shades, by Amanda Foody (April 10, 2018) First in a new fantasy series and I enjoyed it more and more as it went along. Now I’m just hoping that book 2 will be available as an ARC at this next conference!
  •  A Necessary Evil (Wyndham, Book 2), by Abir Mukherjee (April 3, 2018) Not particularly complex murder mysteries, but the setting in post-WWI British-controlled India is unusual and vividly described.
  • Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, By Edward Lee (April 2018) Like a rich dessert, I enjoyed the first few bites and then it got to be too much.

DAYS UNTIL I PICK UP THE NEXT BATCH OF ARCS: 0 (ALA Midwinter 2019, January 25-29, 2019)