December Reading List!!

JacksonSomeone Else’s Love Story:  A Novel  by Joshilyn Jackson

I love all Joshilyn Jackson’s books — they are funny, but always with such interesting characters and deep emotional connections.  I’m excited to read this new one!!

The summary, according to Amazon:

Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, aka Natty Bumppo, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son.

Shandi doesn’t know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It’s been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his world. But William doesn’t define destiny the way others do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in facts and numbers, destiny to him is about choice. Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, making choices that will reveal unexpected truths about love, life, and the world they think they know.


oitnbOrange is the New Black: My Year in Woman’s Prison by Piper Kerman

I recently finished the first season on Netflix, and now I want to read the book to see how it compares.

The summary, according to Amazon:

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.


12yearsTwelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup

Can you believe I’ve never read this book?  The movie reviews definitely put the book at the top of my list.  I’ve got to read it before I see the movie, so I can complain how it’s not nearly as good as the book!

The summary, according to Amazon:

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup is a memoir of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the American Civil War. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, DC, as well as describing at length cotton cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.


sycrowSycamore Row by John Grisham

I haven’t read a Grisham novel in YEARS.  Although he’s a talented author, it kind of got to the point that they were all blending together for me.  But this “sequel” to A Time to Kill is calling my name.  I’m sure I’ll picture Matthew McConaughey the whole time I read it, which is definitely NOT a bad thing.

The summary, according to Amazon:

John Grisham’s A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial-a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?


What are you reading this month?  Did you read any of last month’s picks?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

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    Ruth D says:

    I like a lot of the same books that you do so I’m always interested in what you’re reading. I agree about John Grisham. A Time to Kill is my favorite of his books and I think you’ll be very happy when you get to Sycamore Row.
    If you’re a Bridget Jones fan, the latest is pretty wonderful. Right now, I’m reading Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink. It’s about Memorial Hospital in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. I’m having some fantastic discussions with my son-in-law who’s a surgical resident. I’m only 1/2 way through it but it’s gut wrenching.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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    Lidia says:

    I always enjoy your reading lists, thanks for them!
    I have just finished reading “Afterwards” by Rosamund Lupton. I discovered this author thanks to one of your lists (you had her other novel in it, “Sister”), if you haven’t read this book yet I recommend it to you.
    Have a great 2014!

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    Marie M.C. says:

    Just finished “The Age of Miracles”. Read the reviews at Amazon or Goodreads. Stunning.

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      Marie M.C. says:

      Me, too. Strange, haunting (beautifully written) coming of age novel set in a time of a world catastrophe. Don’t want to tell anymore. Just read it.

      • Marie M.C. says:

        Oops. Very funny. I didn’t even check to see that I had already written something about The Age of Miracles. So I replied to myself. Sorry!

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    Marie M.C. says:

    Just started “Longbourn” by Jo Baker. It’s the “upstairs, downstairs” version of Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite novel. Jane Austen barely mentions food much less how the servants were slaving away, working their hands to the bone. Wonderful to read a novel that takes us “downstairs” to see what the overworked, underpaid servants did in their twelve hour plus days to keep the Bennett family up to snuff. Highly recommend to all Jane Austen fans.

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    Lisa says:

    Hi Kristan,

    Are you going to post a reading list for January, 2014? I always look forward to your great suggestions!!

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