Just Around The Riverbend: An Idiosyncratic Lit List

April 17, 2014 Idiosyncratic Lit List 33

Ahoy Bookworms!

I’m feeling listy and rather nautical. Being the landlocked lady that I am, I have no access to an ocean. I do, however, get to drive to and fro over the Illinois River on the daily. Remember how much fun we had talking about books linked by wind? Let’s play that again, only this time, we’re using “river” as our linking word. On your mark, get set, ROW! (Ah, I kid. A little river pun for you.)



1. The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway: Time travel romance is totally my jam, so I loved the crap out of this book. You can travel through time (if you’re the right sort of person) on the river of human emotion. Hello, awesome concept, nice to see you! (my review)

2. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton: A glittery society party in the 1920s at a swanky English country estate lead to tragedy. The key to unlocking the mystery behind the debacle may lie in the memories of an elderly house maid. Part mystery, part love story, part servant life, this book has a little bit of everything. (my review)

just around the riverbend

3. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi: I don’t know how often I can rave about this book, but let’s do it once more for good measure, shall we? Trudi Montag is a dwarf living in Nazi Germany. Trudi’s insider view of Nazi Germany on the home front combined with her outsider’s view of society as someone inherently different offer a stunning portrait of society, war, and love. Basically? This book kicks butt. Read it now.

What say you, Bookworms? Any fabulous “river” titles I’m missing out on? 

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33 Responses to “Just Around The Riverbend: An Idiosyncratic Lit List”

  1. Charleen

    Thankfully you’re not getting a song stuck in my head this time, since I’ve never seen Pocahontas.

    The Lady of the Rivers, by Philippa Gregory
    Down River, by John Hart

  2. Wayne

    Hasn’t *Stones From The River* been done before? I remember reading *The Tin Drum* by Günter Grass and seeing the film about the novel quite awhile back. The period of the Weimar Republic in Germany fascinates me with the Freikorps and Communists battling it out in the streets of Munich and Berlin. Not an easy time for Germans caught in ruinous inflation and rage over the treatment they got from the Allies after WW1.

  3. April @ The Steadfast Reader

    I read ‘Stones in the River’ YEARS ago and it’s STILL stuck with me. It might be time for a re-read!

    Also. I was having my nails done (weirdly, for my husband, not for me) and they had a Musak version of ‘Just Around the Riverbend’ playing … it was … different.

  4. Megan M.

    I LOVE singing songs from Pocahontas, especially Colors of the Wind! I think The House at Riverton is the only Kate Morton novel I haven’t read… I need to get to it one day.

    I would add The River King by Alice Hoffman. It’s one of my favorites of hers.

  5. Christine

    I have a few – Peace Like a River by Leif Enger is wonderful, as is The River Why. And, of course, A River Runs Through It is a bit of a classic.

  6. Samantha

    Well, Charleen may not have gotten a song stuck in her head, but I did! (I recently watched Pocahontas, forgot how much I love it.)

    I may have to bump Stones from the River up on my list. I’m pretty sure I added it awhile ago when you were talking about it here. 🙂

  7. Jennine G.

    Love Ursula Hegi! I own and have read everything she’s written I think. And all because I read and adored Stones from the River!

  8. Kelly from Readlately.com

    I think I need to read all three of these! The House at Riverton is the only Kate Morton I have left (and I’m going through such withdrawal until her latest comes out in November) and the other two titles sound fantastic.

  9. Jenny @ Reading the End

    NICE shout-out to Pocahontas. Let me think — Amitav Ghosh’s excellent River of Smoke is one! And I read an absolutely superb YA novel a few years ago called The Rock and the River. But those are my only two additions.

  10. Scott Oglesby

    Mystic River by the always happy Dennis Lehane.

    I empathize. I grew up in Pittsburgh and walked to the river when I needed my water time. Now though, I live on St. Pete Beach and if I stretch my neck from the corner of my kitchen window I can see the aqua marine of the Gulf. The walk is five minutes. Happy days are here!

  11. Melinda

    I can’t think of a title now and if you didn’t list The House at Riverton, I’d probably say that one, because it’s the only title I’ve read with that word in it.

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