What I’ve Read: January

My New Year Goal of reading 2 books a month is underway! A new Kindle and a beach vacation gave me a great jump start on my resolution. So far I’ve quickly devoured 3 books on my Kindle and absolutely love it for beach reading- no pages blowing in the breeze, plus it’s so lightweight!  So, here is the book review rundown:


The Privileges

The first novel I’ve read by Jonathan Dee did not disappoint. An atypical tale of the Masters of The Universe, this Wall Street piece of fiction was surprisingly beautiful. In a world full of wealth, greed, and betrayal an interesting story of loyalty and love is revealed. Yes, the pieces of great wealth are included- the car services, live in help, and desired private schooling; but there is much more to this tale. It touched my heart (while also touching on a bit of envy at what money can by). Get it here.


The End of Normal

Continuing with the Wall Street/Master of The Universe theme I decided to dive deep into this intimate look at The Bernie Madoff scandal– told from the perspective of Bernie’s Widowed daughter-in-law, Stephanie Madoff. I can’t say enough about this book and the amount of true emotion it evoked. I can’t imagine what it may have been like to be the son of a man so esteemed and looked up to to only find out he created  the biggest lie in America’s financial history. How do you deal knowing your father is responsible for $56 billion dollars of loss? Mark Madoff was repeatably accused of knowing the truth about his father’s ponzi scheme and adamantly denied those accusations until the day he killed himself. The story is so powerful, but I still can’t decide what to believe. It’s so hard to know who is telling the truth- Stephanie herself admits the lies weaved through her whole life as a Madoff. She sets herself as so relate-able; and I couldn’t help but put myself in her shoes and grieve with her over the loss of the love of her life.  If there is one book you read about love, loss, wealth, and greed- this should be it. Buy it here.


Dead Reckoning

Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels are a serious guilty pleasure of mine. I started out hooked on the show- True Blood, but no longer have premium cable to keep up with it. The reading is light- sometimes embarrassingly so, but I just can’t walk away. This series is my one vampire obsession and I’m okay admitting that. If you haven’t read the series I recommended starting it- it’s naughty and full of sex, blood, and the supernatural. Trashy novels like these have to be a main reason the Kindle came to be- no need for public embarrassment for less than high brow literary entertaining. Pick up book 11 in the series here.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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