What to Read: Book Reviews

Welcome to What to Read by Elementary Connections. I’m Samantha Goodman, a former bookseller with a passion for helping people find the perfect way to unwind. I’ve teamed up with my friends at Elementary Connections to give you some respite from the craziness of life under quarantine. Each week, we’ll recommend books with suggested drink pairings for each title.

The Highlights: The independent reader in your home will become enraptured in solving mysteries along with teen protagonist Nancy Drew.

The independent reader in your home will become enraptured in solving mysteries along with teen protagonist Nancy Drew. Smart and independent, Nancy quickly gathers information and clues to work out the pieces on cases that sometimes stem from her father’s work, attorney Carson Drew, or others mysteries which she…

The Highlights: thrilling novel about systemic abuse at the highest levels of a major corporation and the suspicious death of the main perpetrator.

Drink Pairing: Chardonnay

If you love a good thriller and hate toxic masculinity, then read this book immediately! That might not be the best way to get men interested in this story of systemic abuse at the highest levels of a major corporation and the suspicious death of the main perpetrator, but…

The Highlights: This thriller examines the death of a famous photographer and the woman archiving her files more than 20 years later.

Drink Pairing: Manhattan

This thriller involving the death of a famous photographer and the woman archiving her files more than 20 years later is a gripping descent into depression, obsession, and madness. Miranda Brand was at the peak of her photography career when she died in what was deemed a suicide. Years…

The Highlights: Whether you’re into Dracula or Gone with the Wind, this book has a little something for everyone.

Steel Magnolias meets every Anne Rice book ever written in this page-turner. Based on the title of this, I went into it thinking it would be chicklit with a dark sense of humor. Turns out, I was only right about the dark part (though there were a few humorous…

The Highlights: A young woman, outcast as a child from her community, is accused of murder in a small North Carolina town in 1969

Drink Pairing: moonshine

Review: This book is so beautifully written that you will simultaneously want to devour it in a single sitting and make time slow down to make the experience of reading this book last as long as possible. Kya Clark, known as the Marsh Girl in her small town, has…