Out of Love by Hazel Hayes: This book starts at the end, the relationship is over and the female protagonist moves on. It felt kind of weird to read a love story backwards, because there is way more focus on the breakup. So even when you read the ‘good parts’, you look for the flaws already. It’s a bit unsettling. TI cannot say if it is the book, which didn’t enthrall me or the way it ways written. But I never really cared about the main characters.


Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan: I’ve read a couple of books by Jodi Picoult already, so I figured I knew what to expect. But Mad Honey just blew me away. A love story between a boy and a girl. Asher and Lily. Then something goes wrong and Lily ends up dead. So far so predictable. But then everything gets turned up side down. In the end though, it’s still a love story and a lot of information about honey. Never knew I needed just that to educate myself.

The Burgundians by Bart Van Loo: While enjoying the beaches in Montenegro I finally finished this excellent book. The story about the mythical kings of the 5th century and later real life dukes from 1363 on was a magnificent read. My only problem was that the author described so many paintings, tapestries, and sculptures that I was constantly looking up stuff in between reading. Once you start that it’s like a rabbit hole where you don’t come out, until you switch off your phone. So of course it took me forever to read it. But what a book, so well written! If you like history, this one is for you!

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe: The story of the Sackler family might not be well known. But everyone knows about the opioid crisis in America and the Sacklers are the family behind Purdue Pharma and with OxyContin. This opioid and its aggressive marketing was the start of the crisis, which deteriorated from year to year beginning in 1996. For a nonfiction book the storytelling was amazing.


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