Five books I want to read

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Empty Mansions:  The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune – Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Update: this is a fascinating story of a wealthy heiress who spent the last twenty years of her life in a hospital – by choice. A contentious lawsuit followed her death. Highly recommend – see my review here!


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Dogfight:  How Apple and Google Went to War
and Started a Revolution –
Fred Vogelstein

Update: Still want to read this one. Here’s a description from Amazon:

“The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the industry of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play out not just in the mobile marketplace but in the courts and on screens around the world.”


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The Interestings:  A Novel – Meg Wolitzer

Update: I loved this book about teenagers who meet at a summer camp in the 1970s. Highly recommend! Check out my review here.


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Life After Life:  A Novel – Kate Atkinson

Update: One of the best books I’ve ever read. I can’t gush about this one enough. Set in England and beginning in 1910, this story spans both World Wars, but focuses on the period during World War II and the heavy toll it took on Europe. Atkinson explores the “what if” question for characters and world events. Read my review here.


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Sea Creatures – Susanna Daniel

Update: with great skill, Daniel connects themes of love, marriage, family, death, art, weather and the sea and the disabling effects of sleep disorders and selective mutism. Much of the story takes place in Stiltsville, a community in Florida of about a dozen stilt homes, built on sand flats about a mile offshore. Read my review here.

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9 thoughts on “Five books I want to read

  1. Reblogged this on Book Club Mom and commented:

    It’s always a bold move to announce what you plan to read. Things happen and sometimes you don’t get to the book you said you couldn’t wait to read! I was worried when I clicked on this post from 2013, but happy to see that I’d actually read 4 out of 5. I guess I’d better make good on the one I didn’t read!

    Have you read any of these? Life After Life is on my all-time Top 10!

  2. A lovely list of books. I also publish a list of 10 at a time but it takes a while because I get waylaid all the time with other reviews. I am making progress and it does keep me focused.

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