It’s raining…grab a book

I have a bookshelf on the way to the guest room. You only get a spot if you’re a book I want to re-read and re-read and you’re a book I want everyone else to read.

The other day I caught someone taking a picture of it so they could have all the titles immediately available on their phone.


I’m always on the lookout, but lately a book I truly love has been hard to find.

Homegoing tells the story of two sisters and their lineages through 300 years of African and American history. It’s really good, but the very device of moving from generation to generation (which is so brilliant and well done) ultimately kept me from fully investing in any one character.

The Nightingale is yet another novel about the french resistance, but way better than most. It’s a really exciting and compelling, a little romantic, and also an easy read, perfect for a wintry day.

The Nest is about inheritances…or rather the inherent danger in waiting on inheritances. It’s a very smart read that entertain, pays off, and makes you think…

All good reads, but only one book this Fall earned a spot on the shelf:

You may have guessed, but I loved The Cursed Child. I can’t talk about it without crying, I was so moved. This review in the NYTimes says everything that’s in my heart, but so much better…Here’s to the boy who lived to middle age and to the writer who so vividly brought him to life!



5 Responses to “It’s raining…grab a book”

  • Dave in Stanwood Says:

    YAY! I’m so happy to see Mrs. Piggle Wiggle on your shelf! If I had to pick one I’d go with Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Magic, because of “The Waddle-I-Doers.” When I was little I was so in love with the idea of a treasure hunt on a pouring rainy day. Also, my wife has read Discovery of Witches probably 15 times since you first recommended it!

    • JenAndrews Says:

      As C.S. Lewis said, ““A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” (also on the shelf: Fancy Nancy)

  • Dana Says:

    I read Ready Player One because of you and loved it!

  • Lisa Says:

    Good to hear from you, Jen! Always excited to see your book recommendations.

  • Sandy A Says:

    Hi Jen,
    I had to comment because I was glad to see your post! And because I’m reading such a wonderful book right now that I’d love to add to your list of recommendations. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr won the Pulitzer, and it’s the most spellbinding novel I’ve read in a long time. So descriptive I imagine it in my head like a movie. It’s haunting, and sad, and insightful, and hopeful. Set during WWII, the two main characters are kids, a French blind girl and a German boy. It’s just lovely. I can’t wait to see how it ends. It’s long, and takes a bit to get going, but the chapters are bite-sized making it easy to find a good stopping place, and by the half the suspense is building…

    P.S. I also read Ready Player One on your recommendation and loved it 🙂