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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 5/15/23 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm listening to Carley Fortune's newest light fiction about a missed opportunity and second chances, Meet Me at the Lake; I'm reading a book club pick about three young Muslim women and their friendship, Salma El-Wardany's These Impossible Things; and I'm reading S.B. Divya's space opera, Meru.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Meet Me At the Lake by Carley Fortune

Thirty-two-year-old Fern Brookbanks has pinned most of her romantic dreams on Will Baxter--despite the fact that they spent only 24 hours together in their twenties.

A chance encounter blossomed into a glorious connection and a pact to meet up one year later...but while Fern showed up to their romantic meet-up, Will did not.

Now Fern is trying to figure out how she ended up managing her mother's lakeside resort instead of living a glamorous life in the city.

And just guess who shows up, nine years late?

Meet Me At the Lake is narrated by A.J. Bridel & Carley Fortune. I received a complimentary audiobook version of this title courtesy of and Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.


02 These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany

Malak, Jenna, and Kees are best friends and always have been. They're good young Muslim women...and they also know how to skirt the rules, cover for each other, and find some freedom for themselves.

These Impossible Things follows each girls' life trajectory as they experiment with love, sex, difficult truths, faith, and friendship.

As the women prepare to graduate from college, one night of confessions could change their relationships forever.

These Impossible Things is one of my book club's reads this year.


03 Meru (The Alloy Era #1) by S.B. Divya

For five hundred years, humans have been restricted to living on Earth, while posthuman descendants, called alloys, roam freely throughout the galaxy.

Jayanthi is the adopted child of alloy parents, and when the Earthlike planet of Meru is discovered, Jayanthi sees an opportunity to rehabilitate humans' reputation as selfish and destructive, while alloy pilot Vaha jumps at the chance to ensure a future with a successful journey.

While building bonds and problem-solving their way to Meru, neither realizes the mission has been set up to fail.

S.B. Divya is also the author of Machinehood, a book I listed on the Greedy Reading List Six More Fantastic Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Novels.


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