–Since these are posted a bit later than usual, you get a freebie! Was there a previous T5W topic you are bummed you missed? Now would be a good time to do that topic!
February 21st: Favorite Romance Novels
— Romance as a genre is very under-appreciated in lots of circles. So recommend your favorite romance books. These are books where romance is the main genre, not a secondary one.
Published by Pamela Dorman Books on August 23rd 2016
It all started at a dinner party. . .
A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
I am getting really tired of the whole, “If you liked Gone Girl.” Or “if you enjoyed Girl on the Train.” No. Just no. This book wasn’t terrible…but it had a shit-ton going on. Almost too much. In fact, there was a whole side drama thing going on in the background that didn’t need to be there. I think it was meant to throw the reader off of the whole “who done it?” but it just annoyed the shit out of me. And I didn’t really like any of the characters. All of them were pretty shitty and made pretty shitty decisions. The only reason I even remotely enjoyed this book enough to give it 3 stars was the mystery aspect. But I feel it was more a mystery and less a thriller. Honestly, the more I think about it I feel that if I reread this book, it will get a lower star rating. If you like “who done it?” books, give it a try, but I don’t think it’s going to rock your socks off or anything.
Published by Ballantine Books on October 11th 2016
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.
I love the difficult topics explored in books by Jodi Picoult. I was a little nervous going into this one as it’s not an own voices novel. But I felt that Picoult handled this difficult topic with great care. The story is told with three perspectives, the nurse, the lawyer and the white supremacist. At first, I was annoyed because I did not want to listen (I listened to the audiobook), to the white supremacist chapters of this book because obviously, I hated him, but his story was just as important because it helped me understand how someone gets involved in so much hate.
I loved all the characters, even the ones you love to hate. I felt the “twist” was pretty good. I feel like Picoult is as well known for her twists as M. Night Shyamalan. The only reason this book got 4 stars instead of 5 from me is that I felt the end was kind of rushed. There was more I wanted to know that I felt could have been included in the end. There was no reason to really rush the end and leave me with some questions. But overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
— Who are your favorite ladies loving other ladies? (Note: this isn’t specifically cis lesbian couples, but also applies to couples that include bi women, trans women, pan women, ace women, etc.)
- Marin and Mabel (We Are Okay)
- Idgie and Ruth (Fried Green Tomatoes)
- Trisha and Rose (Rose of No Man’s Land)
- Various female characters (Wild Beauty)
- Various female characters (The Upside of Unrequited)