• Erin Zaranec

2018 Reads: Books 41-45

Wow, wow, wow. Nina Riggs' was an amazing writer, storyteller, wife, friend, mother, I could go on...

She writes through a battle with cancer with such grace and dignity - it's almost hard to swallow that this is a piece of non-fiction.

Riggs writes so honestly about such a brutal disease. She writes about life before cancer, life during cancer, and the life she imagined before cancer even became a thought.

After reading this book, I searched out any more pieces by and about Riggs. Read this book and then listen to Kate Winslet read her New York Times piece in the Modern Love podcast. Learn more about her husband's life in the aftermath of her death or read some more of Nina's words.

What would you do if you found our your husband - your high school sweetheart - confessed to you that he is gay?

Caroline is in that exact dilemma and is now transforming her life from a life of "we" to a life of "I". She loved her love story... but now has to rethink it all.

It's a cute read, a quick page turner with a light-hearted feel.

Twelve scars on Samuel Hawley's body tell the story of his life. Twelve bullet wounds tell the stories of his criminal past - stories that he doesn't want to spill into his daughter's life.

Loo, Samuel's daughter, struggles with the mystery of the man who is her father and the loss of her mother. She loves her father, but doesn't know some of the secrets that haunt them both. This book is an amazing coming of age story, a bit of a thriller and a must-read story.

This book is cute. I wish I liked it more than I did... but... it fell kind of flat for me.

Rory finds herself in the prime of her life... but she also finds herself single, going back to work, and adjusting to a life reporting to women who are younger and less experienced than she is.

It's a pretty standard 'chick-lit' book and a quick read.

So... honestly, when I went to write this - I actually could not remember a single detail of this book for the life of me.

Harold Silver lives a detached life in his brother's shadow. After an act of violence by his brother, George, Harold finds himself moving from an uncle role to a parenting role with guardianship of George's kids.

The book is... odd - but not in a bad way. It's a book about sibling rivalries, domestic life, family dynamics, and more.


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