Monday, December 4, 2017

Amazon First Reads December Picks

Hello Fellow Readers!

So it's been a while but I have hit a major reading slump, got a new petchild added to our family, and have been sick. This has resulted in not reading as much as I like, which results in slowing down in blogging. I'm trying to ease back into reading and blogging.

Amazon changed their prime first reads name, it used to be kindle first, now it is Amazon First. They probably realized that not everyone who has prime has a kindle and vice versa.

Let's see the picks!
Genre: Memoir
Author: Masaji Ishikawa
Title: A River in Darkness

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just thirteen years old, and unwittingly became members of the lowest social caste. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by promises of abundant work, education for his children, and a higher station in society. But the reality of their new life was far from utopian.

Genre: Children
Author: Lindsay Ward
Title: Don't Forget Dexter

When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder. But when Jack still doesn’t appear, Dexter starts to wonder. What if he’s being replaced by another toy? It can’t be—after all, he can STOMP, RAWR, and CHOMP! Right? Right?!

Genre: Suspense
Author: Randall Silvis
Title: Only the Rain

When family man and war veteran Russell loses his job as a quarry worker, his life suddenly seems more like a waking nightmare than a chance to finally live the American dream. Facing bills, a new baby, and a bone-dry bank account, he’s got nothing left to lose. Russell comes to the rescue of a naked stranger dancing in the rain, and what was supposed to be a straightforward good deed turns into a spiral of danger. When Russell finds an enticing stash of money in the woman’s house, he knows the cash could be his only hope. Taking just a handful will save his family’s future.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: Aimie K. Runyan
Title: Daughters of the Night Sky

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she’s dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

Genre: Literary
Author: Naima Coster
Title: Halsey Street

Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She’s accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It’s also unforgivable

Genre: Thriller
Author: Kylie Brant
Title: Pretty Girls Dancing

Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life—a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It’s ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.

All of these picks look good, but I think I am going to go with Pretty Girls Dancing. I need a change of pace and a thriller seems like such a good idea. I need to break through my slump and to do that I need to read different genres and authors. I hope this will inspire me to read. 

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