Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What I Read Wednesday

Back to work and busy busy, but I managed to squeeze this in before Wednesday ended!

Three Graves Full
Jason Getty has a secret. There is a body buried in his backyard, and he's responsible. Over the course of a year, he's learned to live with this, but after a landscaping crew discovers one body in his front yard and police unearth another, Jason is forced to live again with the fear of discovery. As Jason tries to stay one step ahead of the police, he delves into the past to explain how he became a haunted man. This was engaging. I love a good mystery type novel that I can just lose myself in.

Oxygen: A Novel
This was very much a Jodi Picoult type book, but it was what I needed to enjoy the last little bit of summer. Marie is an anesthesiologist who is enjoying her career. She loves her work because she gets to be with patients at their most vulnerable, but when something goes wrong during a surgery and a child dies, Marie faces losing it all through a malpractice suit. In the midst of this, Marie has to face that her aging father needs help and with forced time off from work, she is able to handle that issue--plus others that crop up as the trial progresses. While this book was easy to follow and the plot twist was identifiable very early on, it was still a good summer read.

Palisades Park
Palisades Amusement Park is the place to be in the early 1900s in New Jersey. Diving girls, amusement park food, a saltwater swimming pool, one could spend every day at Palisades and never be bored. At least, that's how it is for Toni who grew up with her parents running a french fry stand in the park, surrounded by her dreams of someday becoming a high diver. In the midst of this, times goes on, the Great Depression and Pearl Harbor loom, casting a shadow on the park. I loved this book. The story of Toni and her family was engaging, along with the background of the amusement park. Definitely a well done period piece.

What are you reading?


Barb Ruess said...

I finished a book just last night - just in time to post on your blog :)

Birdsong: A story set primarily in WWI but with an added element of a few glimpses into the life of the grandchild of the main characters in the 1970s. I enjoyed the war accounts, the romance storyline and watching the granddaughter put pieces together for the whole story. Good read!

Now to pick my next book!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I'm reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and a couple parenting books for work.

One crazed mommy said...

I literally just started the third chapter of All The Light We Cannot See - I started it over 2 weeks ago, and back to school shopping, and orientation, and (you know the drill) has kept me from my night time reading. Although I did finish Wonder with my son! I think that should be mandatory reading for all upper elementary school kids!!! Such a great story with such a wonderful message. Loved it!!

Lyndsay W said...

I read "Our Souls at Night" and was so sad to finish Haruf's novels.

My pile now includes Orhan's Inheritance, Lisa Genova's newest, In the Unlikely Event, and Home is Where My People Are (I think? too laze to get up and check).

Unknown said...

I am having the best time reading These Is My Words. It's reminding me of how much I enjoyed the Little House books when I was a kid. LOVE it.

Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph said...

I just finished The Book of Speculation the other day (I think I read it because of one of your previous what I reads) and loved loved it. Now I'm reading The Children's Crusade. And I kind of want to stop so I can start reading the new Fredrik Backman book but I am going to be good and read it next!