In my update post yesterday I mentioned that my 'reading life' has been a bit (or more than a bit) sparse. It's also been very annoying to me that I've been unable to focus on my 'happy place'. Honestly, if I'm unable to read, that crosses over into other aspects of my life and I feel very out of sorts all the way around. Reading is my refuge, my escape, my joy, my hideaway. My husband and daughter would both tell you that if Kay isn't reading, she's not herself. At all. It's improving - that part of my life - but it's still not 'normal'. However, I'll share a little about the last two books I've read and then praise a couple of podcasts that I enjoy:
I really like Jane Harper's writing. I've read all her books up to now and really liked them all, especially the ones featuring Aaron Falk. No, I haven't seen the new TV movie adaptation of The Dry. Have any of you seen it and was it good? Her latest book is The Survivors and it's another stand-alone, set in Tasmania. I liked it very much and enjoyed the beach setting, the description of the caves and shipwreck and all aspects of small town life in Evelyn Bay. Kieran and his wife, Mia, have brought their baby girl home to help Kieran's parents pack up their life and make big changes. Kieran's father has dementia and his mother needs assistance as things have gotten a bit too tough to deal with. The story also includes some past trauma, missing girls, a murder, and secrets. Lots of secrets. This definitely held my interest. I always look forward to what she'll write next.
I also liked Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman. This is the first book by the author or first using this name. She's also writes cozy mysteries under the name Leslie Budewitz. Bitterroot Lake is set at a lakeshore lodge in Montana. One weekend 25 years ago, Sarah, her sister Holly, and two other friends were at their family's lodge, along with three guys. A tragedy occurs, someone is killed, and things were not ever quite the same. Sarah comes back to Whitetail Lodge after her husband dies from cancer. Sarah's mother has encouraged her to come and help the family figure out what to do with the property. As it turns out, the four friends all return to the Lodge and they must dig through secrets, lies, and some curious family history about Whitetail Lodge. Oh, and there is another death. And some spooky dreams. Another book that held my interest and I'm hoping that Leslie/Alicia continues writing some suspense novels. I'd enjoy that very much!
I'll also mention a couple of podcasts - I really like Anne Bogel's What Should I Read Next? and am finally caught up on back episodes. I also really enjoy some of the author discussions that the Poisoned Pen Bookstore share on their podcast. I'm not interested in all of them, but many are with authors that I love or books that I'm curious about. Links attached and I encourage you to check them out.
Now I'm off to see what I can find to read next...