What I Read This Week: January 31, 2021

The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

Literary Fiction

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This is a slow paced character driven novel. It focuses on a group of friends who met as children and reconnect in adulthood when one member of the group dies. It’s a heartbreaking story about friendship, love, and loss that’s sprinkled with dark humor. The characters are each unique and fully developed, I enjoyed getting to know them, and the writing is beautiful. I recommend this one for readers of literary fiction. 

Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance

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Book seven in the Knitting in the City Series. This might be my favorite in the series, with book three as a close second. I enjoyed this one so much because there’s been a lot building up to it in the other books. Kat and Dan have had a thing for each other for a couple of years now, and in typical romance novel style, have stayed away from each other due to a big ol’ miscommunication. They find their way to each other when Kat needs help and Dan is the only one able and willing to step in. This is a compelling story about the family one is born with versus who we choose for ourselves in our friends and lovers. I highly recommend this series for readers of romance, start with book one.

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

Contemporary fiction/Audiobook

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I listened to the audiobook, read by multiple narrators. They added personality to the characters that wouldn’t have been there had I read the physical version. As a music lover, this story resonated with me on many levels. This is a story about falling out of love, and also falling in love, and figuring out who you are. It’s also about what it’s like to be utterly moved by someone else’s art. Hornby creates characters with a lot of depth and flaws, then puts them in relationships with each other and lets them figure it out. That means sometimes those characters make poor choices, which happens a lot in this book! Ultimately, they find their way and it was enjoyable to watch their journeys. I highly recommend this novel for Hornby fans and music lovers, as well as readers of literary fiction. 

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

Mystery/Thriller

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This is my book club‘s pick for February and we’re meeting to discuss it on the sixth so I don’t want to post my review yet. I’ll come back and add it after our meeting. I recommend this one for readers of thrillers and those who enjoy retellings of classic stories.

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