I went to my book group last night and we discussed Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo, which is probably going to go on my list of favorites of the year. I’ll try to post a quick review tomorrow but I will say that one of the great things about this book is that I feel like I have a whole new picture of France.
I’ve read my fair share of books set in France – specifically, Paris so I feel like I’ve always had this more romanticized and glamorous image of France in my mind. The art, the wine, the good food, etc. but reading this novel set in Marseilles was a whole other look at France. It is just a more complete picture I would say.
Next up we have books to read by Stephen King, Andrew Kaplan and Robert Crais. I’ll be looking forward to those.
Now you are probably wondering about the BookPage pictured here with my book and that’s not the latest issue but I’ve been in major organizing mode and found it underneath stacks of TBR paperwork. Glad I did because we are off on vacation soon and I need to plan which books to take with me. I want a good combo of mysteries, fiction and maybe a classic for good measure.
While I was at Barnes & Noble I did find a couple of books that caught my attention but as I was meeting my group I didn’t really have a chance to make a choice on any of them. Here’s what I found:
- A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel. A mother-daughter story set in 1898 amidst the backdrop of the violet industry.
- The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon. A story of first lovers meeting again after more than 30 years.
- The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck. I’m a Frida fan so this goes on my list. Viva la vida!
- Blame by Michelle Huneven. This book seems to have won or been nominated for lots of awards. Not that that’s a requisite for me but I feel like I hadn’t even heard of this book.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these. I have a coupon for B&N so I may have to put it to good use this weekend.