Hello hello dearest bookworms!
It’s been a crazy few months. I’ve had trouble updating the name of the blog on the Facebook page. So, as of right now, it is still called “Read G-Rap”. Facebook didn’t allow it, and I appealed, and the powers-that-be on Facebook denied my appeal and request. So for right now the WordPress blog — here — will be Lupita’s Reads, and the Facebook page will be Read G-Rap. I’m seriously considering creating a new Facebook page with the updated name, and closing down the current page, but I’m still figuring out the process if this would be feasible.
Anyway, I have read many good books lately, as you’ll see on the right-hand corner under my Goodreads widget. But, I’d like to showcase some of my new favorites. Thanks to my new job as a librarian (I’ve been here over a year already, oh my!), I now have more access to readily-available new books, get book reviews through work, as well as book recommendations for book clubs. So, take a seat, grab a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee, and get reading the following new favorite reads!
The first book that really got me turning the pages is a non-fiction, current events book, and this may be to your liking depending on your personal political views. But, I’ll take a chance and put this title out there. The book is Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Trump Win, by Luke Harding.
Harding is the same investigative writer/reporter that wrote about Edward Snowden, in The Snowden Files, as well as A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin’s War with the West. Luke Harding’s book about Snowden was turned into a film. His book Collusion reads like a political thriller, and it definitely opens one’s eyes into what really went on during the 2016 presidential election.
The second book is one that’s not quite well-known, it’s very underrated, but it’s one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read in the past year or so. It’s called The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. If you’re a Hitchcock fan, you’ll love this one since it’s reminiscent of the book by Patricia Highsmith titled Strangers on a Train, and made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. The story begins with a man and a woman — both strangers — who meet at a bar in London Heathrow Airport; Ted Severson meets the mysterious and alluring Lily Kintner at a bar, and they begin to talk about their lives, and how unhappy Ted is about his marriage, and the fact he’s pretty sure his wife is cheating on him, and how it would be nice to kill her.
Lily, on the other hand, jokingly advises him that she can come up with the perfect plan for murder. But, nothing is at it seems. What secrets does Ted have? What secrets are hidden in Lily’s past? And is Miranda — Ted’s wife — really cheating on him, or does she have a double life? You’ll be turning the pages quickly into the night, and you’ll enjoy the surprising plot twists, especially the ending. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers.
The third book is another one that wasn’t as well-known, but it is very good. It’s called The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger. This one is more of a political/conspiracy thriller that moves fast like the jet-setting characters the book introduces us to. It starts with a crash of a small plane in the Swiss Alps, and an American banker at Swiss United, a prestigious Swiss bank in Geneva, is killed, along with a VIP banking client.
His wife, Annabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, and continue her life as a widow, except that at the time of her husband’s death, she was told he was in a different city, and starts to unravel the secrets he kept from her, including an encrypted laptop and a “shady client list”. On the other side of the world, in New York City, there’s Marina, a talented investigative reporter who is engaged to the son of a New York billionaire — and US presidential candidate. She begins to investigate Swiss United, and her investigation, and Annabelle’s search for answers cross paths, and will ultimately uncover a Pandora’s Box of epic proportions. If you know of the famous Panama Papers worldwide scandal, then you’ll enjoy this ride!
The next book is a crazy, twisty, psychological thriller filled with sex romp. You’ll have your jaw dropped to the floor, and have your eyes go wide as saucers. The title is Verity by Colleen Hoover. It was first available as an e-book only, but thankfully it went into print, and now it’s available in a regular book format, and most likely available at your local library. Going back to the book, the book starts when Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer, gets an offer that, as the good Godfather would say, she can’t refuse: to finish the world-famous writer Verity Crawford’s famous murder mystery series, since Verity had a serious car accident, and has been in a vegetative state ever since. Because of her financial hardships, and because it involves a famous writer, Lowen takes a chance and moves to Verity Crawford’s home in New England to work on finishing the series using Verity’s notes and research.
But, within Verity’s office Lowen finds a strange manuscript that’s written as an autobiography of the famous Verity Crawford; instead of working on finishing the series, she begins to read the manuscript, and she begins to learn shocking things about her, and at the same time she begins to hear strange noises from Verity’s bedroom. What is going on? Is Verity really in a coma? Is she in perfect health? Is the house haunted? Also, another thing that plagues Lowen’s head is the fact that she falls head over heels with Verity Crawford’s handsome husband Jeremy. This book is crazy good, and it was a fast read because when you read this all you want to do is turn the pages to know what happens next. This is definitely becoming a cult favorite among social media book club groups. If you read this, you will enjoy the crazy ride.
The last book is a more well-known book among book club circles and it’s called Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It’s one of those rare books that contain a little bit of everything: romance, mystery, intrigue, suspense, and it’s all rolled into a well-plotted story about Eleanor Oliphant, a simple woman of simple means, just trying to survive everyday life as a thirty year-old office worker in Glasgow, Scotland, until she meets the new IT guy at her work — Raymond, and her everyday routine — same clothes for work, same lunch for work, same schedule everyday — changes, and it’s up to Eleanor to realize that change is good, and meeting new people, going to new places, and doing different things is what makes life worth living. This is an endearing and humorous read that you’ll enjoy. I have recommended this book to everyone, and another good thing is that there is a film in the works, so we’ll see what actress will portray the lovable but socially awkward Eleanor. But, in the meantime, read the book before it comes out in theaters.
Other books I’ve enjoyed, in no particular order, are
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
- Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
- A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
- Recursion by Blake Couch
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Finally, I’m currently reading Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, and it seems it’ll be a new favorite. Watch this blog, or on Facebook (Read G-Rap) for a book review. Here’s the cover if you want to check it out!
That’s it for now, thanks for your support, and keep on reading!
Cheers from a hot, humid, and rainy Florida!