Five books to keep me busy

Did you know that today is National Read a Book Day? Well that’s good news because my reading binge is about to begin! I have three NetGalley books to read and two book club titles on the list. No need to procrastinate because they all look good to me!

Here’s what’s in line:


Bunny Mellon – The Life of an American Style Legend by Meryl Gordon –

NetGalley Description

“A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion.

Bunny Mellon, who died in 2014 at age 103, was press-shy during her lifetime. With the co-operation of Bunny Mellon’s family, author Meryl Gordon received access to thousands of pages of her letters, diaries and appointment calendars and has interviewed more than 175 people to capture the spirit of this talented American original.”


The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Excerpts from NetGalley Description

“From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.

Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.”


The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

Excerpts from NetGalley Description

“Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…”


The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

September choice by my book club friend for this month’s literary gab fest!

Excerpt from Amazon description:

“Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. It was a belief that helped shape her own childhood and that of her brother. It shaped her view of her family and their dynamics. It influenced her entire life. Now, more than twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina, cleaning out his house when she finds evidence that what she has always believed is not the truth. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity…”


The Chessmen by Peter May

Book 3 of The Lewis Trilogy and September choice for my library mystery book club. Books 1 and 2 were great so I’m looking forward to this one!

Excerpt from Amazon description:

“Living again of the Isle of Lewis, ex-Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate Fin encounters the elusive poacher and former childhood friend, and bandmate, Whistler Macaskill.

When Fin catches up with Whistler among the windswept hills of the estate, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon–a bog burst–which drains a loch of all its water in a flash, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side…”


Will you be reading a book tonight? What’s on your September reading list?

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21 thoughts on “Five books to keep me busy

  1. A brilliant selection! Louise Jensen is one I’d head to straight away but also very intrigued by Bunny Mellon. I’m currently reading two books…one for daytime as it’s too thrilling for a cosy nighttime read. The books are: I See You by Claire Mackintosh and One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham. Happy September Reading…and yikes, all my NetGalley books piling up!!

  2. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to find out what you think of these books. I am a huge Chris Bohjalian fan and had not heard of this new book The Flight Attendant. So exciting to know that’s in my near future. 😉 I read The Silent Sister a while ago and enjoyed it enough that I read a few more Diane Chamberlaine books. They’re addictive. The Surrogate sounds enticing, but I usually get too scared reading ‘psychological thrillers’ – you’ll have to let us know if this one gives you nightmares…

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