What Brenda is Reading!

ValentinaValentina by S.E. Lynes

From Goodreads:  When  Glasgow journalist  Shona McGilvery moves with her partner  Mikey  and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.

But with Mikey working offshore, the  frightening  isolation of the Aberdeenshire  countryside begins to drive her insane…

That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.

She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?

As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears…

A hauntingly intelligent, addictive psychological thriller from debut author S. E. Lynes.


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Brenda’s Thoughts on Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial RitesBurial Rites by Hannah Kent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read: November 23 – 26, 2016

Burial Rites is beautiful and moving. I like how the story was told from the changing points of view of everyone involved and how I came to understand the way Agnes’s relationships changed. I like how I learned about what lead up to her conviction. I also liked how I learned about the harsh conditions of Iceland and what it must have been like for them.

I love how I felt the sadness, sorrow and kindness as the story of Agnes was told.

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What should I read next?

I don’t have as many books as Norma does.  I probably have around 100 books and I still find myself buying more too.  Today I spent a couple of hours at the library and borrowed 5 books and reserved 2 more.  I also borrowed 2 E-books and reserved 2 more.  Now my to-read-next-list has changed again.  Here is a list of the books I borrowed.  Any suggestion on what to read next?

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Everything I Don’t Remember by Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Lost by S.J. Bolton

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris


Brenda’s What To Read Next List

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – paperback

Valentina by S.E. Lynes – kindle

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – paperback

The Silent Land by David Dunham – kindle

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – paperback

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen – kindle

The Passage by Justin Cronin – mass paperback