The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. There was something intriguing about the back cover description of this book that caused me to start reading immediately. “It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.” (amazon.com)
Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi. So while I’m excited for the change of seasons, I’m not as excited for the welcome of fall and winter root vegetables and copious amounts of soup. Being a vegetarian is a little trickier in the cooler months, and this year I’m motivated to be more creative in the kitchen. Looking forward to picking up Ottolenghi’s latest bestselling cookbook with more than 150 vegetarian dishes.
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. After Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shoots her father while he was asleep, she is enlisted by her new foster parents to help catalogue items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past. As Izzy pieces together the story of the unopened letters, she is compelled to re-examine her own choices – with shocking and unexpected results.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Almost immediately after finishing Flynn’s Gone Girl, I picked up Dark Places hoping for another intense, climatic journey. What I got was creepier, and more disturbing. Recalling the plot of when Libby Day was seven and her mother and two sisters were murdered, testifying that her fifteen-year-old brother was the killer and then being tapped twenty-five years later to uncover details that might set him free send chills down my spine.