I have stacks of review copies of books coming out way into the New Year, many not until spring. I chose THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR by Susan Meissner from the top of my stack. How do I choose? Good question. The cover has to call me. Sometimes it’s the author’s name. The first chapter simply must jump right off the page. I don’t have time to fool around.
Look at the cover of this one. I think it’s good. And I love the author. Meissner had a winner last year with AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN. I remember many of my book clubs being intently interested in that one. Hoping this new one coming in March will be just as engaging. I will keep you posted.
WHAT DID I JUST FINISH?
Alyson Richman is one of my favorite authors. THE LOST WIFE and THE VELVET HOURS were both great. I had high expectations for THE SECRET OF CLOUDS. And they were met. Since this book will not be available for sale until February 19, I will be posting my review closer to pub date. Those of you who have booked me to speak at your clubs will get an early review.
WHAT I’LL BE UP TO THESE NEXT WEEKS.
I don’t do speaking engagements during the month of December. It does give me time to read and wade through the stacks. I am super busy mid -January straight on through end of season.
I am preparing a gift list for the holidays which I will post in stages according to genre. I will also post Maurice’s Top Books for 2018. This year is going to be especially challenging since there are so many great ones!
I hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving with all the trimmings and family visits. We sure had a houseful. Even took the time to visit Disney World with my daughter and her two children. Very busy. So many riding contraptions and strollers. Disney is a petri dish of germs. Sadly, both kids were sick with a stomach virus. But have completely recovered.
The holidays are stressful. Families each have their own angst. So many blended families. So much pressure. I am taking a deep breath and pushing through. Since I always have something amazing to read, it’s a nice diversion. I hope you all have some great books in your TBR pile. I will keep you posted through the next few weeks about the best books to read right now.
Don’t forget to keep an open mind. You never know: a great book might just fall in!