New Month, New Book

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATechnically I started this book towards the end of last week but it’s the only one I’ve been focusing on this weekend. What am I talking about? Journey To Munich by Jacqueline Winspear.

I’ve been a fan of the Maisie Dobbs series for years and have enjoyed all books. Although mysteries I find that these are much more about the character, the setting and the time period. The last installment was a bit of a disappointment to me because I felt like I had missed on some major turning points in Maisie’s life because the story takes place after major events have happened but still I’m here for this latest adventure.

Maisie has now been recruited to help the British Secret Service to bring back a bookseller from a Nazi prison. She has to go undercover and of course it’s a very scary situation. I’m about half way through the book and I’m really enjoying this one.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this weekend. I did go to the bookstore yesterday but unfortunately didn’t make it to one of our Indie stores. I got a morning bike ride in and now countdown to vacation has started, which is what I’m most excited about!

Hope you all had a great weekend and let me know what new book you’ve started.

Month In Review

MonthInReviewI don’t know about you but I feel like April just zoomed by and here we are at another month in review post. So let’s get to it.

This month I read three books: River Road by Carol Goodman, Blood Salt Water by Denise Mina and While the City Slept by Eli Sanders. By far the most powerful read was While the City Slept. I don’t think I got around to mentioning that I was reading this book but it was really good. Normally not my type of read as it is a true crime book but it made me sad and angry and just stayed with me for days.

I currently have five books I’m reading so I would like to focus on those before adding any new books but I’m so tempted by new stuff on my shelf and Kindle.

National Poetry Month is almost over and I didn’t get a chance to go to any spoken word events but I tried to read at least a new poem a day, which was easily accomplished by the daily emails I got from Poets.org. I also started reading a collection by Sonia Sanchez but unfortunately had to return it back to the library before I could finish it. I do know that I’ll be going back to this poet at a later time. I really enjoyed her work.

Looking forward to May I think I’m going to be relying on a lot of comfort reads as I have quite a lot of stuff going on but luckily vacation will be around the corner. In the meantime, did you know that Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day? I was planning to dedicate my weekend to organizing my house a bit but a trip to one of our Indie bookstores might be in the works. I’ll keep you posted.

Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend and I would love to hear how your month was. Any big reading plans for May?

River Road

riverroad“This place. How many lives had it taken? I should have been driving slower. But there was nothing I could do now. I should have been watching, but the deer was probably okay. I should just go home.”

River Road
by Carol Goodman

Nan Lewis was attending a holiday party when she finds out that she’s been denied tenure. There are confrontations with other faculty members and a scene witnessed by a student so Nan leaves the party with her emotions in turmoil.

On the drive home, her mind is muddled by the drinks she had and the upsetting news, so when she sees a flash and hears a thump she knows she must have hit a deer. She parks her car and starts to look for signs of the hurt animal but doesn’t find anything. She eventually sits and waits in the cold as the snow starts to fall.

She finally makes it home after not finding the deer and is woken up the next day to find a police officer at her door with the news that Leia Dawson, one of her star students, was killed in a hit and run on River Road. Nan’s car is found to have damages consistent with the accident and the officer takes her in for questioning. All the while, Nan is certain that she didn’t hit Leia and besides how could she have done that when she knows what it is like to lose a loved one like that. It’s been more than six years since Nan’s own daughter was killed in a similar fashion.

Through the process of finding out what happened to Leia, Nan will learn more about herself and how she must change her life. She realizes that she has let herself become consumed by the grief of her daughter’s death but she’s been spiraling down for years and she needs to change before it’s too late. It will be a startling find for all of those involved in the investigation to know that the tight-knit community of the university also has it’s share of secrets.

I have always found Carol Goodman’s novels to have almost a dream like quality to the settings and this is no exception. The snowy days, the cold that seems to seep through every layer and the lonely campus all work to create an atmospheric thriller. Perhaps because I had not too long ago read a book with an unreliable narrator due to her drinking, it was a bit hard to feel much compassion for Nan. There were some elements of the book I didn’t care for too much o perhaps not my favorite Goodman novel but I don’t doubt I’ll be up for whatever book she publishes next.

Source: Advance Review Copy