It’s Friday afternoon, and we are all thinking about what we will be doing this weekend. Personally, I love spending long weekend days with lovely books, tea, and Smarties. This post (and more to follow – hopefully every Friday) is a little roundup of what I’m going to be reading this weekend, along with a few suggestions for you, if you’re also looking for something to read this weekend.
Last night I cracked open my Kindle copy of Tess Geritsen’s highly regarded The Surgeon. I’m already 20% in. This is one hell of a catchy book, and features her famous duo, Rizzoli and Isles, for the first time. I’m absolutely loving medical thrillers right now, and haven’t read much by Gerritsen in the past. This will be my page-turner this weekend.
Why You Were Taken by JT Lawrence
I absolutely adore this wonderful book by fellow South African, JT Lawrence.
Lawrence presents compelling characters, a wonderful setting, and a fast-paced plot.
The main character, Kate, is dealing with her parent’s murder, trying to fall pregnant, and drifting away from her long-term partner, when she discovers that she was kidnapped as a toddler and placed with foster parents.
This discovery is the first of many that will destroy the foundations of her life. She discovers a long-lost twin, a heartless corporation murdering people who stand in their path, and betrayal by the man she loves.
But there are bigger surprises that wait in store for Kate.
The events of Why You Were Taken occur in a vividly imagined Johannesburg in the near future. A world of hover bikes, public transport, and dire water shortages. I was absorbed from the first page.
Umbilicus: An autobiographical novel by Paula Gruben
Paula released her book, Umbilicus, last month. She has already received some wonderful feedback. Umbilicus is firmly on my TBR pile, and you may find something valuable here too. This is the book’s blurb on Goodreads:
Charlotte van Katwijk guards herself like a secret. Kids are cruel, and she knows if they find out she’s adopted, she’ll be a bully’s easy target.
When they are fourteen, Charlotte’s best friend’s mom commits suicide. It triggers in Charlotte a sense of urgency to find her birth mother before it’s too late, and the answers to her burning questions are taken to the grave.
Seven years later, a tormented Charlotte comes face to face with her past. Will discovering more about her biological parents, and the circumstances surrounding her relinquishment, be enough to lay her demons to rest?
‘Umbilicus’ is a coming-of-age story set in South Africa’s biggest port city during the dying days of apartheid. The tumultuous zeitgeist of the era mirrors the inner turmoil of an angst-ridden adolescent as she grapples to form an identity and find her place in the world.
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.
In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food.
Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
What are you reading this weekend? Leave a comment and let us know.