My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

by Fredrik Backman 

It was one of the best stories I've ever read. I cried three times reading it and once it got going, every chapter began to surprise me. It was wonderful and I recommend to anyone looking to read a book, similar to a children's novel, with the heart, complexity and life lessons in that of adult fiction. It really is a story about life, love, bravery, dreams, dancing, friendship and life after death too. Backman does a wonderful job of keeping the story light and whimsical when it needs to be and also heavy when it needs to be. It's rare when you come across a fiction book like this. It is smart and appropriate for all ages. I highly recommend you pick this one up! 



The Hopefuls

by Jennifer Close

As someone who loves Scandal, House of Cards and all things politics, I was excited to read this one. The cover art drew me in and the beginning of the story was fun. You really get a feel for life in D.C. through Beth's sarcastic attitude and dialogue. However, as the story progresses, it gets pretty boring and honestly pretty depressing. You start to feel like the characters are whiny and the same story line of an unhappy husband looking to climb the ladder keeps coming up. Of course, Beth and her husband have problems and the plot becomes predictable. I appreciate what Close was trying to do when she wrote this book, but it didn't have wheels for me. I would give this one a 3 out of 5. I don't think it's really worth reading if you are looking for more drama, action and a good ending.