Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly: Despite this rather fresh looking cover, the book must be from the ’60s. I mean it was written and also set in that time. Angie is ready to go to college and is enjoying her summer after high school. Jack was the typical high school jock but starts to work for his father’s bakery after school. Why these two even get together despite having nothing in common is beyond me. There is no spark, no wit, or any conversation skill. These two are rather bland and boring.
Red Notice by Bill Browder: I bought this book for my flight back from Orkney. Never would I have thought that it would become relevant in such a short time. Reading about the state sanctioned corruption in Russia under Putin and the violence which goes in hand with it, leaves one rather with a lot of food for thought. No need to think what is allowed then during a ‘special operation’ aka the Russian invasion and war in Ukraine. A hell of a story and a must-read to understand what is going in Russia today.
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller: the paper palace by miranda Cowley heller: loved the story about Elle, jonas and Peter. But it’s more than a love triangle. It’s about family and choices that one b makes and the impact they have one every one around. There is so much in this book to unpack and discuss, more than enough to fill an evening. The book reads like a charm and sucks you in right from the start. Loved reading it!
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart: ‘Shuggie Bain’ is a story that tugs at your heartstrings. Especially when you come from a one parent family. Growing up in the 80s in Glasgow with a single parent and siblings must have been hard. Money was tight and nothing was every easy. Despite a lot of love, alcohol was the driving factor behind a lot of decisions Agnes made. That, and being unhappy in love. Reading about Shuggie and his difference to other boys shows the pains of growing up clearly. Childhood isn’t always easy, especially when the child feels responsible for the parent. It’s a remarkable story of resilience and love.
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