- The Lost Man, Jane Harper, thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I love this author. Her first book, The Dry, was one of my favorites a few years ago. The Australian landscape is a major feature in each of her books. This one opens with two brothers standing over the body of their third brother, and explores lots of family dynamics while unwinding the mystery of the circumstances of their brother’s death. It was intriguing and the characters are strong.
- The Islanders, Meg Mitchell Moore, fiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a fun summer beach read. It’s not a super gripping story or remarkably well written, but it’s light and entertaining. I enjoyed it.
I carry you everywhere I go.
That’s just how it works right now – you are part of me. Where I go, you go. I’m more aware of it now than I have been. When I walk down the hallway at school, when I’m on the freeway heading home, when I’m laying in bed at night, I think about how you’re here with me.
It used to feel like carrying a secret, a delightful knowledge that you existed and only your dad and I knew. Now you’re starting to become more visible to the world. I find my hands drifting to my belly more and more frequently along with my thoughts.
I have a sense that this is just the beginning. That even when you’re no longer inside my body, even when I no longer carry you in my arms, I will carry you everywhere I go. You are part of me.
Today is your dad’s birthday. He’s 29 now, the same age he will be when you’re born. I can’t wait for you to meet him. I can’t wait to see him holding you, to watch him care for you, for you to get to know each other. I bought him a coffee mug that says ‘papa bear’ on it and he uses it proudly every chance he gets. He’s been practicing his dad jokes so they’re fully ready for your arrival.
We got to see you with a sonogram a few days ago, and he was standing right next to the screen the whole time so he wouldn’t miss anything. He loves you already – and I can tell you from experience that it’s a privilege to be loved by him. He’s got the biggest heart of anyone I know, and a piece of it belongs to you.
- The Marriage Pact, Michelle Richmond, thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Alice and Jake are newlyweds who find themselves part of a group of people who have committed to protecting their marriages at all cost. I found the premise of this fascinating and it was nice that it was a different kind of plot, but I didn’t love how the storyline developed and I didn’t like the characters. I thought it was interesting, but ultimately disappointing.
- Just Between Us, Rebecca Drake, thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I saw this at Barnes and Noble, read the first couple pages, and then had to leave, so I requested it from the library and waited very impatiently for it to become available. Maybe I’m just burned out on this genre, but I was disappointed by this one too. It’s about four suburban moms who work together to cover up a crime. I saw all the twists coming, and I’m usually terrible at that. The storyline went some strange places and I was never gripped by it. I’m glad I didn’t impulse buy it and waited for the library copy. 🙂
- The Four Habits of Joy-Filled Marriages, Marcus Warner & Chris Coursey, marriage/psychology ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
David went to a conference and heard Marcus Warner speak about the brain science behind joy, and attendees were given this book as a gift. It’s a really quick read, I finished it in fewer than 24 hours. I had more background information than is given in the book because David told me more about what was said at the conference, but I found it all fascinating. The practices they give for increasing joy in marriage seem reasonable to me. They give several exercises to practice with your spouse, and honestly some of them seem like they will be really awkward, but I am looking forward to trying others of them.