I love getting book recommendations from my friends and family so I thought it was about time that I returned the favor. These are the five books I read in January.
Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death
By Jessica Snyder Sachs
If you don't love forensic anthropology then this book definitely isn't for you. The author does a deep dive into the science behind time of death from Entomology to Rigor Mortis and everything in between. I found some topics more interesting than others, and this is probably as technical as I would want to go into the actual science of death investigation.
A Spark of Light
By Jodi Picoult
I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it. The story for the most part takes place in a woman's clinic, and I felt the author did a spectacular job representing the importance and divisive nature of such places. The story was well paced and concentrates on its characters, who are both interesting and relatable, despite some serious subject matter.
The Au Pair
By Emma Rous
This is a mystery thriller set in the UK, and that’s usually enough to get me interested. I would say that calling it a thriller is a bit of an exaggeration but it’s decently paced and does manage to hold on to the reveal until the end. I would recommend this for a quick beach or airplane read.
The Wander Society
By Keri Smith
By the same author of ‘Wreck this Journal’, this book is more of a piece of piece of interactive art than anything else. Written in journal form this book explores The Wander Society, a group dedicated to exploring, wandering and Walt Whitman. The Wander society is real and if you look hard enough you’ll find them (and they have an email address).
Vicious (Villians, #1)
By V.E. Schwab
This was a book recommended to me by my husband who tends to read historical fiction or fantasy. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was a comic bookesque story by a female author. If you like dark complicated characters and the X-men then this is a book for you. I loved that the story kept me guessing right until the very end, and I have plans to continue reading the series.
I'd love to know if you end up reading any of these books, and what you thought of them. I'm always looking for new recommendations for future reads so feel free to leave some suggestions in the comments.