You’ve Got to Read This

And by this I mean a list of very interesting novels that I have had the pleasure of partaking in during this lasting-too-long, y’all-said-would-be-gone-by-summer pandemic. So instead of chilling on the beach or pool side with a good book, I’ve been sitting in my house with said good book. Warning: some of the popular ones on the list have gotten mixed reviews, but I for one loved them. Here’s a brief rundown and I’ll let you be the judge.

1.When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole: This book has been described as gentrification meets Get Out; and I read somewhere that it was an under-developed love story. However, I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit angry and a little frustrated at times, but honestly, I loved the fact that I didn’t see a lot of things coming.

2. Shoeless Child (Detective Kerri Blasco #4) by J.A. Schneider: One of the best whodunits I have read in a long time. The author does an exceptional job of making you suspect everyone but the actual culprit. I may have screamed–or at the very least, gasped–when the bad guy was revealed.

3 and 4. Monday’s Not Coming and Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson: I am in love with the way Tiffany D. Jackson writes. It’s so lyrical and when juxtaposed with the themes of these two novels, it’s an emotional overload that I enjoyed. I was both heartbroken and inspired while reading.

5. The Seven Steps of Closure by Donna Joy Usher: This was a fun read and reminded me of my younger days when I would take a zillion personality, what’s your type, are you afraid of commitment tests on Buzzfeed because the main character takes the advice of a popular magazine to get over her ex.

6-8. Lost Library; Spirited Legacy; and Defensive Magic by Kate Baray: This is three books…technically speaking. Books one and two didn’t end so I had to get the next one up in the series to get resolution. And while I don’t appreciate a series book that cannot stand alone, these were great reads–vampires, witches, werewolves–that were both hilarious and endearing. Something I never would have picked, but so glad the first book ended up in my virtual library.

9. What Has Mother Done? (Thea Browne Mystery, #1) by Barbara Petty: This book was not at all what I was expecting. Most times I can figure out who did it, but I was suspicious of everyone, even the kid! Definitely one you should check out.

10. A Dangerous Road: A Smokey Dalton Novel by Kris Nelson: I picked this one because it is set in Memphis (my current “stomping grounds”). Historical novels are usually more history lesson than entertainment, but the author did an excellent job making the plot a focal point and a critical event for both Memphis and American history an appropriate backdrop of the drama.

If you decide to check out any of these or have suggestions for me, feel free to comment.

Until Next Time,



Published by inilyaspencer

Hello! First, I have to tell you this: I LOVE the smell of books! New books, old books, glossy-paged, picture filled books. I will open a book, hold it to my nose, close my eyes and slowly inhale. Okay, I'm so glad that I've gotten that off my chest. If that doesn't make you uncomfortable, then this blog is just for you. I enjoy writing and I often have to keep my imagination at bay as I meander through my 9-5. Please follow and feel free to share with your friends.

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