It’s been awhile since one of these posts went up. I skipped December and now the list of books I’ve read since then is rather lengthy. To save time, I’ll just mention the books books I actually enjoyed recently.

As Good as True by Cheryl Reid. I did not expect to like this one as much as I did. The book centers around Anna, a woman living in segregated Alabama. She lets the black postman into her home for a glass of water on a hot day and then all hell breaks loose.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. This one is about Sam, a girl just trying to get through high school. Except Sam has OCD. She hides it well, but the effort to hide it is wearing her down. When she makes a new, non-popular friend, Caroline, things start looking up. Caroling introduces her to a new crowd and a hidden room in the school called the Poet’s Corner.

Everything is good until it’s not. This book has one hell of a twist that I did not see coming and thoroughly enjoyed. I recommend.

The Fog Seller by Dan Daglow. This one is a little different, a little odd. And I loved it. Steve works on a ferry in Sausalito. He’s framed for a double murder. Not only did he not do it, but he’s never even heard of the victims. Steve helps the police try to find the real killer, and along the way you meet all the other characters – Leonard the Human Statue, Eli of the Coral Reef, The Lady With the Joke Book in Her Purse, The Astronomer Who Does Sunsets the Right Way, and Liam the Fog Seller. Among others.

This book also has a big twist that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. This is the best book I’ve read in ages. It’s the true story of the women watch-dial painters during WWI and the Depression. Watch-dials were made glow-in-the-dark by radioactive radium. Women, with their small hands and precision, painted the dials by hand. They kept their brushes sharp and pointy by sticking them in their mouths and licking them to a point.

This story follows women from factories in New Jersey and Illinois as they are first envied – the radium powder literally makes them glow from head to toe, and they make more money than most of their fathers do – and then as they begin to fall ill.

I’ve read a bunch of books in the last two months, but those are the best of the lot. (But seriously, read The Radium Girls.)

See you later!

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