Every so often I go through a book slump. This is the moment when I lose interest in books (yes, it happens, occasionally) and each book I pick up fails to keep my attention. Or it’s the moment when there seems to be absolutely nothing interesting to read. Since I’m more of a book buyer than borrower, I don’t want to spend my money unless it’s going to be worth it. Lately, I’ve been floating among a few interesting reads here and there. Some I purchased; some I borrowed; some I read; and some bored me and got shelved.
Suddenly, however, there seems to be a plethora of books begging for my attention. Their covers intrigue me and their jacket covers pull me inquisitively into their plots. Here’s a few that I have found appealing and will be adding to my to my Reading To-Do List over the next few weeks.
The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
A captivating tale of life, loss, and love…Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy–including the identity of the baby’s father– hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. (synopsis from Amazon.com)
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake. (synopsis from Amazon.com)
The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macalister
The Amazing Arden is a famous female illusionist known best for her illusion to saw a man in half. However, when her husband shows up dead one night after a show, Arden finds herself as the prime suspect. Now a young policeman who has seen her show must decide if her alibi and story are the truth or simply illusion at its finest.
The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag
Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires. (synopsis from Amazon.com)
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This is what happens when a socially awkward genetics professor decides he needs a wife. He develops and implements a plan to find the perfect wife with a sixteen page survey. Along the way he meets bartender Rosie Jarmen, who goes against the every correct answer on the survey. Rosie is on a journey of her own to find her biological father. The reader finds that soon the wife project and father project intertwine to reveal a quirky and romantic love story where the unexpected is to be expected.
The Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
LIncoln O’Neil has landed a job monitoring inter-office emails making sure to report dirty joke emails between co-workers as well as non-work-related messages that clutter up the office email system. The only problem is he has fallen in love with one of the two female employees who constantly exchange emails about their personal lives. How will he ever go from email stalker to potential boyfriend?
I can officially declare my recent book slump is over. Now my only problem is deciding which one to read first!
How about a little help? Which one would you read first?