Fargo Mom Reads: August Book Recommendations & Reviews

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We’re introducing a new series called Fargo Mom Reads!

Each month, we’ll highlight the books some of our writers are reading, from non-fiction and biographies to mysteries and romance. Hopefully you will find some book recommendations that pique your interest and to find at our local libraries! Today, Fargo Mom writer Leah Tennefos shares what books have been on her nightstand lately.

I love reading and have had my nose in a book from the time I was a little girl. In college, I majored in English and devoured all the books, stories, and poems that came my way. So, reading has always been an adventure, an entertainment, and an escape for me. Now as a stay-at-home mom, my passion for reading remains. I love finding new books to read!

Here is what I have been reading lately (including a few book recommendations). 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This novel takes place after a pandemic has taken out much of the world population. The survivors must fend for themselves while a group of artists create the “Traveling Symphony.” They bring music and culture to those who remain. The symphony creates meaning and connection between its members in a time wrought with danger and the unknown.

The author weaves a story through past and present. The characters are revealed in their lives before and after the collapse of civilization. Subsequently, they are linked and their connections are slowly revealed. This dark, imaginative story is a bit on-the-nose to read during the current state of the world, but one that had my attention from start to finish.

Check out reviews on Goodreads here

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

A story of jealousy, betrayal, and murder, this book is a good choice for anyone who enjoys the mystery/thriller genre. It features a cast of vibrant characters thrown together at a wedding on an eerie, isolated island off the coast of Ireland. Above all, the numerous suspects, motives, and the twists and turns in the plot drew me in. I read late into the night to finish this book and it kept me guessing up until the very end.

Check out reviews on Goodreads here. books to read

Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar by Steve Murphy

This non-fiction book is about two DEA agents who were involved in the capture of drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. It takes the reader through the early years in the agents’ careers and follows them into the center of the cocaine trade in Medellin, Colombia. In short, this book gave an inside scoop into the lives of the DEA agents and the sacrifices and danger they went through to bring Pablo Escobar to justice. Although a bit slow moving at times, this book contained a great deal of information about the cartel operations in Colombia and how the people of the country are affected. This book provided insight into the “War on Drugs,” ending in a riveting account of the capture of Pablo Escobar.

Check out the reviews on Goodreads here. 

The Lake House by Kate Morton

This novel is a compelling tale about the disappearance of a young boy in the time just after World War I and the quest to discover the truth of what happened 70 years later.

Detective Sadie Sparrow stumbles upon an elegant lake home that had been uninhabited for decades in an idyllic part of England. The deserted home and the dark history of a missing child who was never found captivates her. The disappearance involved an elaborate party, the wealthy Edevane family, and secret motives that are brought to light. Several narrators provide different perspectives, notably Alice Edevane, who becomes a famous author of murder mysteries. The events of the past and guilt regarding her involvement haunt her.

As a result, this novel jumps from past to present telling the complex history of the Edevane family and the plot keeps moving. It explores the bonds and burdens of marriage and motherhood. This was a story of love, loss, and truth that I raced through.

Check out the reviews on Goodreads here. 

You can check for these books to read from our local libraries via their online card catalog, linked below.

Fargo Libraries          West Fargo Library          Moorhead Library

What book recommendations do you have for us? Tell us what books to read and review!

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