Krista R. on Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: It isn’t often that I care about every single character and what they’re doing/thinking/feeling/breathing on. This is such an enjoyable read. There are so many new love vibes jumping off of the page that it’s contagious. I love that Casey McQuiston can somehow make politics enjoyable and hilarious in a very different way than I’ve ever experienced. I completely appreciate the way she doesn’t hold back.
Laura B. on Lost Restaurants of Baltimore by Suzanne Loudermilk: You can’t read this book without craving a meal in one of Baltimore’s old restaurants! What a walk down memory lane. Of course we all remember the meals but what about the history? The author covers that completely. Just wish the book included recipes!
Dana R. on The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat: Absolutely fantastic book about members of the British Navy protecting convoys during WWII. Great character development and absorbing plot. It is a wonderful diversion from the difficulties of the present.
Meredith T. on A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: Loved this book! The writing was beautiful! Even though the setting was largely confined to the interior of a hotel, it became an entire world.
Matthew K. on Cane by Jean Toomer: I have a 1920s project I’ve been working on, which is just to read books from the 1920s as they are turning 100 this decade. I picked Cane as my next choice for this project due to the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s a Harlem renaissance classic I never read before. It has amazing form and structure with powerful language. Very lyrical and poetic, but also haunting and difficult. Excellent, amazing book. Totally recommend if you like a challenging read.
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