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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 8/14/23 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey Selingo; I'm reading Peter Heller's newest suspenseful novel, set in Yellowstone National Park, The Ranger; and I'm listening to the second in an irresistible historical fiction series from Sherry Thomas, A Conspiracy in Belgravia.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey Selingo

I have a rising high school senior, so maybe it's time to read the stack of college admissions-related books I've been using to collect dust?

In Who Gets In and Why, Jeffrey Selingo takes readers behind the scenes of three college admissions offices during the course of a year: a selective private university, a large public flagship university, and a liberal arts college.

He lays bare some of the mysteries of college admissions--aiming to offer some sanity to those of us geared up about the pressure and the unknown of it all, as well as offering tips as to how to evaluate whether a school might be a match for a young person looking toward the next steps of their educational journey.


02 The Last Ranger by Peter Heller

Peter Heller's newest novel, The Last Ranger, centers around Ren, an enforcement officer in Yellowstone National Park.

He spends his days protecting tourists from the wild animals who live in the park, stopping drunken fights at campgrounds, and serving as mediator between wealthy vacationers temporarily in the park and the working-class full-time residents of the neighboring town.

When he investigates a local poacher, he begins to unravel a complicated web of conspiracy theories, renegade heroism, secrets, and danger.

Heller is also the author of The Guide, The River, and The Painter.


03 A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women was the first book in Sherry Thomas's gender-flipped Sherlock Holmes mystery series. It offered not only an irresistible heroine, but a fascinating examination of gender in Victorian society--and what happens when women blow up expectations.

I'm listening to the audiobook of the second in Thomas's Lady Sherlock series, in which Charlotte Holmes returns in all of her feisty, unconventional, clever glory, despite the significant constraints on women and their behavior in Victorian England.

Charlotte is faced with an unexpected client: Lady Ingram, the wife of Charlotte's dear friend and benefactor Lord Ingram. Lady Ingram is seeking confidential answers to the mystery of the disappearance of someone revealed as her one true love--who also happens to be Charlotte's illegitimate half brother.

Charlotte is torn between her duty to assist her client and her duty to reveal the hurtful truth to her friend as she dives into solving this complicated mystery--with the help of her wonderful partners Mrs. Watson and her independent-minded niece.

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