by: Joshilyn Jackson
My take: Sweet Home Alabama meets The Ya Ya Sisterhood.
Combines two locations I know well... the deep South and Chicago! This book captures you right from the start. Here's the opening line:
"THERE ARE GODS in Alabama: Jack Daniel's, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus. I left one back there myself, back in Possett. I kicked it under the kudzu and left it to the roaches."
The Memory of Running
by: Ron McLarty
My take: fyi, not about running (even though the word is in the title ;) But, I fell in love with this story. Just imagine Forrest Gump... but, instead of taking off and running across the country, this guy is on a bike... and substitute depression for Forrest's mentally challenged state. Such an interesting book, and you'll grow attached to the main character.
The Wonder Spot
by: Melissa Bank
My take: Such a fun book (reminded me of Bridget Jones Diary). This story follows Sophie Applebaum through 3 generations of her life. At points, I found myself laughing out loud. This author also wrote, A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing.
by: John Grisham
My take: It's by Grisham. You know the style. Great book... interesting plot involving a Presidential Pardon, high tech security infiltration, the CIA hiding a guy in Italy... yup, it'll be a movie soon.
The Fifth Vial
by: Michael Palmer
My take: Oooh, page turner for sure! It's a medical thriller.... People stealing organs to save the World's elite. And, to you my triathlon friends, the main character is a fictional ex-Olympic track hopeful. They actually do talk about her running career, how it ended with an achilles injury, and how she got back into running.
*Above are the 5 books I completed over the Holidays. Some good reading here folks!