Saturday, June 10, 2017

3.25s - Still Darn Good and Still Recommended + The Giveaway Winner

All my lists and all the books on my recommendation table are 3.5s and up.  Does that mean we should ignore 3.25s?  Absolutely not.  These are still really good books that deserve to be read.  Here are 21 books from the start of 2016 through May 28, 13 days ago.  Oh, I've got the genre for you too.

Last Bus to Wisdom - Ivan Doig (literary fiction)
Under the Influence - Joyce Maynard (literary fiction)
Princess:  A True Story of Life Behind the Veil - Jean Sasson (memoir/biography)
The Illuminator Rising - Alina Sayre (YA fantasy)
A Taste of Sugar - Marina Adair (romance)
Between Shades of Grey - Ruta Sepetys (YA historical fiction)
Love Me Two Times - Philip Michaels (literary fiction)
Mending Heartstrings - Aria Glazki (romance)
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness (YA)
I'll Take You There - Wally Lamb (literary fiction)
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi (memoir)
Here There Be Dragons - Jeff Rosenplot (dark fiction)
Everything We Keep - Kerry Lonsdale (contemporary fiction)
Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance (memoir)
Dark Matter - Blake Crouch (thriller)
At the Edge of the Orchard - Tracy Chevalier (literary fiction)
The Weight of Him - Ethel Rohan (literary fiction)
The Cherry Harvest - Lucy Sanna (literary fiction)
Your Perfect Life - Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (contemporary fiction)
The Atomic Weight of Love - Elizabeth Church (contemporary fiction)
The Last Breath - Kimberly Belle (contemporary fiction)

And the winner of the mother's promise is...RONDA.  Just email me at and let me know where I can send the book. Congratulations.


  1. I've read a few of these authors but the only book on your list I've read is the Kerry Lonsdale title - I enjoyed it.

    1. I'm looking forward to the sequel that comes out next month. AND, she will be or RBC author for September. That's particularly exciting.

  2. I've loved a couple of those so they shouldn't be skipped! Between Shades of Grey was a very personal story for me since members of my family lived through the events depicted in it.

    1. I bet you've got some fascinating stories about that time period. One of these days I will get to hear them.