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The doctor is in!
We all have that book we turn to when we need a break from the stressors of the real world. The real world is offering an abundance of stressors lately, so I thought I'd compile a list of books that offer some respite from the uncertainty, fear, and boredom we're all dealing with right now. Most likely you've read a lot of the books on this list; these are old favorites, books that radiate warmth and comfort to help us get through this pandemic together -- from a safe distance.
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A deliciously wicked crime novel from the author of the Harry Hole series. Roger Brown is Oslo's top headhunter, when he recruits you for a job, you're as good as hired. But Roger Brown is also Oslo's most prolific art thief and he's about to learn what it's like when the hunter becomes the hunted.
The Dearly Beloved is the story of a friendship between two couples over many years. The men are both pastors. One of the wives is a nonbeliever and the other is the daughter of a minister. I love a book with characters that I can care about and want to follow. The Dearly Beloved is exactly that book. There are plenty of discussions about faith and doubt, but this novel is really about friendship and marriage and allowing others to be their true selves. I am a nonbeliever myself, but I do believe in the power of kindness and this book reaffirms that belief.
It's hard for superheroes to make the leap from graphic novels to regular-flavor novels, but VE Schwab makes it look easy. In this world, superpowers come at a steep price and those who receive them are often cursed more than they are rewarded and no one seems to be better off for them. Vicious is a classic Good Vs Evil tale, except it is never quite certain who is good or evil or if, at the end of the day, it matters at all.