As a kid, I always looked forward to visits to the library, where I'd wander through the stacks, relishing the choices like a person with a sweet tooth at a desert buffet. I still do that, but now with all the ebooks available, I often find myself searching online at Smashwords.com for independent authors or on Amazon for convenience. With all the books available, sometimes it's hard to select a book to read!
So if you're looking for some book recommendations, here are a few:
Just for Fun
Any Witch Way But Wicked, by Amanda M. Lee ****
I found this book on a free Book Bub deal. It's Book 2 in the Wicked Witches of the Midwest series, set in a fictional town in Northern Michigan (Hemlock Cove) with a family of witches that manage to get into all sorts of trouble. It's light reading, with a fast moving plot, snappy humorous dialogue and a mystery that finally unravels in the end. I'd read another in this series.
In Tune with the Times
Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides *****
This strange and unsettling story is told with bits of humor, intelligence and insight. The story recounts the "roller-coaster ride of of a Greek American family in an odd but believable story of Cal Stephanides, raised as Calliope. I read this several years ago with a local book club and in addition to being a gripping story, it was also my first insight into the problems a transgender individual faces.
Animal Cracker by Andi Brown ****
I try to support new authors whenever I can. I received a review copy from Andi after messaging her on Twitter. It's an enjoyable book -- the author leverages her non-profit background to create a believable setting and the characters are quirky and well developed. The story begins as Diane, the main character, takes a new job and has to deal with the narcissism of her boss. It's quick reading, humorous and has a happy ending.
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