Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Lesliereadsalot

Lesliereadsalot

Joined July 2021

Former restaurant owner, doer of all kinds of puzzles, constant reader, cookie baker, family gal
review
Lesliereadsalot
post image
Pickpick

Love this author! Good story, beautiful writing, interesting characters, many of them narrators. Highly recommend this book and also his first two books.

review
Lesliereadsalot
post image
Pickpick

This one‘s a gripper…read it in one day! Two sides of one story told by a husband and wife, with a famous recluse author and a scary woman living in the middle of nowhere, thrown in the mix. Really kept moving with lots of twists and a good ending. Here‘s my to do list.

review
Lesliereadsalot
The Husbands | Chandler Baker
post image
Bailedbailed

Maybe it‘s me. Could not get into this book about a lawyer investigating an arson and murder. The characters have no life to them.

review
Lesliereadsalot
post image
Bailedbailed

Four of the most boring people you‘ll ever meet.

KristiAhlers I wasn‘t a fan of this one either. I tried reading the first chapter at the library and bailed before I even checked it out. 1mo
2 likes1 comment
review
Lesliereadsalot
Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
Mehso-so

This book does keep you guessing til the last page. Who murdered the wealthy couple? Lots of possibilities, lots of motives, lots of shady characters. But still just another murder mystery.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Matrix | Lauren Groff
Mehso-so

The words are flowing and beautiful in this book about nuns in the twelfth century. I had a hard time getting through it, as the story didn‘t interest me all that much. But the author is such a significant writer that I read to the end. Worth reading for the lavish words alone.

review
Lesliereadsalot
The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
Mehso-so

Here we have the love relationship between an autistic violinist and the guy who falls for her. It‘s an interesting story but I didn‘t love it. Not that much happens.

review
Lesliereadsalot
The Stranger in the Mirror | Liv Constantine
Mehso-so

Another one of those girl has amnesia books. Perfect husband who she ran away from two years earlier. Great boyfriend now. When old husband finds her will she return home? Sorry to say I didn‘t really care.

review
Lesliereadsalot
The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
Pickpick

Elle‘s life unfolds over fifty years against one 24 hour period when she has to decide her future. Her history is fascinating and detailed. The characters are developed so well and you will feel all of their emotions. Loved this book.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Mehso-so

This is the story of Alice and Mattia, two people who meet as children in Italy. As their lives progress, each one is better as a person alone than with someone else. They come in and out of each other‘s lives as they grow to adulthood. An interesting book, but ultimately left me feeling only sad.

Nute I remember buying this book because of the title and the picture of the peas on the front cover. That was years ago. I haven‘t gotten around to reading it yet. 2mo
1 like1 comment
review
Lesliereadsalot
Breathe: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
Mehso-so

365 pages of Joyce Carol Oates saying good-bye to her husband who has passed away. Almost bailed on this one but I‘ve loved many of her books and she‘s a terrific writer. But this one….it just goes on and on. It‘s really an in depth look at someone whose spouse is dying and how it feels to be the person left behind.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Fierce Little Thing | Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Mehso-so

Three stories are told simultaneously by one narrator: what happened when she was a child, her life on a commune when she was a teenager, and her present day self. Lots of mysteries and all the answers at the end. A story that will stay with you and seems so realistic you have to remind yourself it‘s a novel.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
Pickpick

Don‘t know how I forgot to review this book! Can‘t even describe the story about a man trapped in a surreal world of floods and statues. It‘s one of my faves.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

How does famous actress Evelyn Hugo wind up with seven husbands? Believe me, you‘ll be fascinated. A really good story with well developed characters trying to find their truth. As we all should.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Mehso-so

A boy is kidnapped by his father and comes home six years later. I figured out the plot twists early on and didn‘t feel as though the boy had much depth.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Panpan

A group of friends and relatives gathers in Portugal for a wedding. Who‘s sleeping with who? Who‘s a kid‘s real father? I‘m still not sure what happened at the end.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Panpan

A girl is trapped in a car with a serial killer for one entire night. But is he a serial killer? Hard to say because she is constantly blanking out and she can‘t tell if real things are happening or she‘s in a movie inside of her mind. Almost bailed, but kept reading to the end. At least I found out If the guy‘s a serial killer.

review
Lesliereadsalot
The Turnout | Megan Abbott
Pickpick

This one‘s a thriller. Two sisters and one husband run an inherited ballet school. Lots of secrets, twists and a good ending. I couldn‘t put it down.

3 likes1 stack add
review
Lesliereadsalot
Mehso-so

A murderer, a reporter, an actress and a guardian angel travel through time, meeting each other in different worlds. Lots of hype about this book, and I liked the story, but I felt like the characters were one-dimensional. You might see this one on tv sometime!

review
Lesliereadsalot
Mehso-so

Here we have a 40 year old woman and a 20 year old boy band star falling in love with each other. It‘s an interesting premise, but doesn‘t really deliver any kind of emotional jolt. Lots of sex though!

review
Lesliereadsalot
Phase Six: A novel | Jim Shepard
Mehso-so

This is a story about a little boy in a small village in Greenland who contracts a dangerous disease that turns into a world wide pandemic. Where have we heard that story before, right? I would have liked more about the kid and less about the technicalities of fighting this thing. Having read so much about COVID, I might not have been in the mood for reading about another pandemic.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Falling | T J Newman
Mehso-so

A far-fetched story about a pilot who has to decide between crashing his plane or choosing his family to be murdered. It took me days to read this book as I just didn‘t believe in any of the characters. Plus I figured out the bad guy right away.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Dream Girl | Laura Lippman
Mehso-so

This is the kind of book I read in one day, just to get to the end. We have a writer laid up in a bed in his apartment with scary stuff happening to him. I won‘t be able to recall the plot in a week. This book screams beach read.

JHSiess I enjoyed it. 4mo
2 likes1 comment
review
Lesliereadsalot
Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny
Pickpick

I liked these characters. They felt like people I might know: a school teacher, a guy who sleeps with everyone, a man with some disabilities. And they all come together as a family. A nice story.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Mehso-so

How did three woman come to have the same Godmother? And which of the three will inherit the big house in Martha‘s Vineyard? I stopped caring about midway through although I read to the end.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
Mehso-so

The story is about two school kids and their friendship, based on being outcasts. The author gives the characters a lot of depth, but I found the story of their bullying not really going anywhere.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

Family secrets come out when a great aunt appears. A book with a great ending.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

A woman‘s true story about finding out that her husband was an adulterer before he passed away. Her journey will resonate with all women.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

A very funny book written by the producer of the old tv show Family Ties. You‘ll be laughing out loud.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

Translated from French, three people‘s lives intersect: a concierge of a small apartment building, a brilliant young girl who lives there, and a Japanese man who moves in. A stunning ending!

PhyllisH One of my favorites. 5mo
4 likes2 comments
review
Lesliereadsalot
The Girl She Used to Be | David Cristofano
Pickpick

Here we have a 26 year old woman who has been in witness protection since she was 6. She evolves through her relationships with the agent who protects her and a member of the family who‘s connected to the murder she saw. Terrific ending!

review
Lesliereadsalot
Love Walked in: A Novel | Marisa de los Santos
Pickpick

This is the first of two books with the same characters. The second book is Belong To Me. The main characters are a woman and a young girl, both in unsettled places in their lives, and brought together in unusual circumstances.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Labor Day | Joyce Maynard
Pickpick

A story about a 13 year old boy, his mother, and an escaped convict who they befriend. I had tears in my eyes at the end.

review
Lesliereadsalot
The Unit | Ninni Holmqvist
Pickpick

A futuristic story about a woman‘s life once she turns 50. A must read for all women.

review
Lesliereadsalot
The Language of Flowers | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Pickpick

I loved this book about a girl in foster care who communicates through flowers. Not only a good book, but you will learn a lot about flowers.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
Pickpick

A girl goes missing on an island holiday and her sister spends her life trying to solve the mystery. Many plausible scenarios, several interesting characters, and a mystery until the end.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Return to Oakpine | Ron Carlson
Pickpick

A story about four guys who played in a band together when they were growing up in Wyoming, and how they connect years later. A beautiful book.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

Intertwined stories of a Dutch painter from the 17th century and a modern day woman who forges one of her paintings. If you like some historical fiction, this book‘s for you.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Valentine | ELIZABETH. WETMORE
Pickpick

This book takes place in a small town in Texas. A girl is attacked and it‘s about the reactions and repercussions of other women in the town. Great character development and a very satisfying ending.

review
Lesliereadsalot
The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
Pickpick

All women should read this book about a family of women and the one man in their lives. Each of their journeys is unique as they have been brought up in an unimaginable place. A one of a kind story.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Dear Edward: A Novel | Ann Napolitano
Pickpick

What happens when one child survives a plane crash? A touching story that will have you rooting for this kid.

3 likes1 stack add
review
Lesliereadsalot
Monogamy | Sue Miller
Pickpick

The narrator is married to a bigger than life man. It‘s not only their story, but also her story and his story, and the other people in their lives. Well worth reading.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

What a family this is. Narrated by a young girl, we get to know her sister, her mother and her uncle. All well-developed characters and a good story about her navigating all these relationships.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

A story of a marriage, told from both perspectives. Beautifully written . One of those books you don‘t want to end.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Katherine Carlyle | Rupert Thomson
Pickpick

A young woman goes on a journey to the middle of nowhere, following the death of her mother. She has a complicated relationship with her father, and all men actually. I could never decide if I liked her or disliked her or just felt sorry for her. But she has an interesting story to tell.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

A young woman is hired as a tutor for a boy for a summer. It‘s about the relationship between them and the others in the household. One of my favorite books ever.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Imagine Me Gone | Adam Haslett
Pickpick

This story is told through the eyes of three siblings and each parent. It‘s about one of the children, a character who is in the world very differently from everyone else. Beautifully written and so memorable.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Glass Hotel | Emily St John Mandel
Pickpick

One woman‘s journey, intertwined with white collar crime, life in a hotel, and characters who are connected but not immediately. It had mixed reviews, but I found it fascinating.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Aquarium | David Vann
Pickpick

This book is about a little girl who hangs out at her local aquarium. It‘s about her relationships and feelings and I loved it.

review
Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

This is the kind of book that is always so-so, but not in this case. I couldn‘t put it down. Hubby disappears leaving newish wife with step-daughter. Interesting story, brave women, good ending.