The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
Aug19

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne I almost stopped reading The Ice Twins by S.K.Tremayne three separate times. That said, when people ask me which book they should bring on their beach vacation, I consistently say The Ice Twins. I am not a fan of the supernatural or fantasy at all with the very big exception of all things Harry Potter. Therefore, when I thought The Ice Twins turned in to a ghost story, I became annoyed. And I thought it...

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We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
Mar11

We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

When I noticed We Are Called to Rise, Laura McBride’s debut novel, I heard the words “dazzling” and “unforgettable” and “tender,” and knew I wanted to read it. But then at the bookstore, I read the book jacket summary, shut the book, and placed it back on the shelf. It sounded too sad, too heartbreaking for me. But weeks passed, and a few more friends raved about it, and I returned, pulled it back off the shelf, and brought it home....

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Mar04

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Sometimes I read a book that is so good, it ruins reading for me for a bit. This happened to me after I read Station Eleven, a book that our leader, Jennifer, reviewed here in November. Everything I picked up for the next few months fell flat. I would enjoy a book for a while but then the end would disappoint me. Or I would start a book and find I didn’t much care what happened to the characters next. Or I would read a book with great...

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Aug06

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Anthony Doerr’s masterful novel, set in World War II, is simultaneously about the smallest things – mazes, the tiniest wiring inside radios, and hidden mollusks – and about the most enormous ones – war and peace, identity, love, and light and darkness. All the Light We Cannot See tells two interwoven...

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A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
Feb12

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

  Today, Great New Books team member Nina Badzin shares one of her favorite recent reads, and we are giving away one hardcover copy of A HUNDRED SUMMERS to one lucky commenter, thanks to Beatriz Williams’s publisher, Berkley / Penguin (see details below). A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams There couldn’t be a better time to discuss Beatriz Williams’ excellent historical novel A Hundred Summers than in the middle of the...

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Dec04

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

  THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty In The Husband’s Secret, we first meet Cecilia Fitzpatrick and get a glimpse of her busy life in Sidney as a mom of three girls, one of the top Tupperware salespeople in Australia, and the head of the parent association at her daughters’ Catholic elementary school, St. Agnes. The seemingly straightforward premise of the book quickly unfolds. While Cecilia’s husband, John-Paul, is...

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and a Giveaway
Jul24

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and a Giveaway

  This week at Great New Books, we’re celebrating THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton by giving away 5 copies of the paperback, out on shelves last week. Thank you to Kate Morton’s US publisher, Simon & Schuster, for partnering with us in the giveaway. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton   A few years ago, I discovered Kate Morton, an author I enjoy reading more and more with each new book she writes. With her first three...

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
May29

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

  Intriguing. Exhausting. Frustrating. Brilliant. All of these words describe Life After Life by Kate Atkinson for me. I debated to the last minute whether or not to recommend it, because I have somewhat of a love/dislike relationship with it. I’m not even sure how to recommend this book—I don’t want to insert caveats because that just dampens the deserved interest. I don’t want to gush in full exclamation-mark mode because this...

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Feb13

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Today, at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting our next guest contributor, Lilly Ghahremani, co-founder of FiftyFifty.me and reading advocate. We have partnered with FiftyFifty.me because of our shared love of great books, and hope you’ll check out their challenge (details below). Thank you, Lilly, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today! Lilly Ghahramani, on one of her...

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The Language of Flowers
Jan16

The Language of Flowers

I love reading books based on the recommendation of a friend, which is how I happened to find one of my favorite books of 2012, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I slipped the book into my bag one day thinking I could simply read a few pages and put it down. But The Language of Flowers turned out to be a book of the best and most addicting kind: one with a world so vivid, a protagonist so interesting and real, and a...

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Gone Girl
Jan02

Gone Girl

Sometimes we stick with a book because a character is so dear to us we simply must accompany her to the end. Other times we read for the love of an author’s use of language, a clever turn of phrase, perhaps, or an ability to conjure clear images in our minds. We might read to lose ourselves in a historical setting. Or we read to educate ourselves. We read to grow. Then there’s a book like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which we read...

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