by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection
Recently I asked the Aha! subscribers what they recommend as my next books to read and got a lot of great suggestions!
From the following list, I chose two:
- “I Have Some Questions For You” by Rebecca Makkai. It’s a wonderful murder mystery couched in the me-too movement. Lots to think about! ~Catherine Lautenbacher
- “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks ~Jennifer Petritz
- “The Echo of Old Books” by Barbara Davis ~Kathy Manos Penn
- “The Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. ~Kathryn Brown
- “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver ~Bonnie Bryson
- “Redeeming Love” by Francine Waters ~Becky Copper
- “A Woman of No Importance” by Sonia Purnell ~Marg
- “Born A Crime” by Trevor Noah ~Robert Slater
- “The Hiding Place” by Corrie TenBoom, Elizabeth Sherrill, & John Sherrill ~Peggy’s daughter just finished this and Peggy is starting it!
- “Run, Rose, Run” Dolly Parton & James Patterson. Gets better the more you read it. Last book- The It Girl-Ruth Ware. Best book I have read in a while-The Housemaid’s Secret-Freida McFadden ( suspense with all kinds of twists and turns) ~Clara Tolusso
Thanks to Robert Slater and Catherine Lautenbacher for recommending “Born A Crime” by Trevor Noah and “I Have Some Questions For You” by Rebecca Makkai. Let’s give one of each to two lucky Aha! subscribers!
I’m not a late night TV kinda gal so I never saw Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. I didn’t really know who he was or anything about him. I listened to his book via Audible. Noah’s father is white and his mother is black and he was born during a time when interracial sex was illegal in South Africa…therefore he was “born a crime”. He narrates in his beautiful South African accent and, although growing up in South Africa during Apartheid was certainly not funny, Noah weaves this story in and out of his childhood so incredibly well. I laughed deep belly laughs several times while listening. I also cried real tears and was horrified to learn what growing up “colored” or black was like for South Africans. The ending to Born a Crime is one of my favorite book endings ever. Seriously. I adore Trevor’s “mum”.
Although, I didn’t really LOVE the ending of I Have Some Questions For You”, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I was wondering who the murderer was until the very end. As Catherine said when recommending to me; “It’s a wonderful murder mystery couched in the me-too movement. Lots to think about!” The author does an excellent job letting the main character figure out the murder of her high school friend while reminiscing about the past, dealing with marital issues in the present and discovering how different she thought about things as a senior in high school versus now…20+ years later.
Leave a comment and let us know which book you’d like to win and we’ll randomly choose the winners on Friday!
Please also leave a comment to let me know what I should read next. I’ll update the list Friday with everyone’s suggestions.