End of Summer Book Report.

It’s been a little over a month since I completed my nanny position and ever since then I could summarize my daily happenings in one word: books. I’ve mentioned before that Marty and I don’t have a television so it makes it much easier to sit down and read for hours upon hours. While I do miss working (I’m serious); it’s been great to have some additional time to spend reading.

Book Collage

Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve enjoyed (or disliked)…

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline // I was excited when this one finally became available at the library (I had had it on reserve for a good two-three months!) Well-written, heartbreaking and engaging. Loved all of the historical detail that Kline weaved into the story (a subject that most modern readers probably haven’t even heard of.) I also really enjoyed the characters that Vivian met along her journey. Prepare to lose yourself in this story – it’s quite the emotional roller coaster ride!

Big Little Lies by Liane Morarity // I couldn’t put this down. Seriously. It’s close to 500 pages (I typically won’t read anything over 400 pages) and I finished it in three days. Liane Moriarty has done it again (I think I enjoyed this even better than The Husband’s Secret!) Told from several points of view – I thoroughly enjoyed reading the thoughts of each character. From insecurities to cattiness to marital interactions, this book nails the realism angle. A captivating page-turner to say the least!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // This book began in a creepy, exciting and intriguing way; however, it took a downhill turn about 1/3 of the way into the story. Such a wonderful, eery setup but the story fell flat. One thing I really enjoyed was the addition of the black & white photographs scattered throughout the book. A perfect addition to an unconventional tale. I can’t critique Riggs too harshly though; I did enjoy reading this book and it so obviously stems from a place of great creativity.

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl // This is how you pen your first novel! I highly recommend this book to foodies who enjoy a mix of mystery, history, and romance! There is something in this book for everyone. Also, I’m dying to try the recipe for Gingerbread Cake at the end of the story.

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol // One of my favorite books I’ve read this year. The story is delightfully engaging and clever, with multiple story lines that keep the reader wanting more. The characters are diverse and well-developed; the reader can resonate with their emotion and growth. Katherine Pancol is a well-known French author and TYEOC is her first novel translated into English. I really hope to read more of her!

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum //I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars (it just wasn’t quite a 4 star!) I had trouble putting this book down despite my frustration with the main character, Richard Haddon. Self-centered and pretentious but I was secretly rooting for him and his marriage. We see/read so many stories of failed marriages and, despite Haddon’s major indiscretion, I wanted he and his wife to make it through!

Life of Pi by Yann Martel // One word: intense. This book took me a couple of months to get through. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I saw the movie a couple years ago but hadn’t gotten around to doing so. The plot deserves to be praised for it’s originality and I thoroughly enjoyed the writing; however, I just didn’t care for it. I didn’t find the book to be uplifting but quite depressing. There were several parts that made my stomach cringe.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes // This was my first Jojo Moyes book and I can’t wait to read more. I loved the characters and wished their stories could continue on. While the plot was – at times – a bit predictable, this in no way diminished my enjoyment of the book!

Other People We Married by Emma Straub // I really enjoyed reading Straub’s ‘The Vacationers‘ and decided to go back and read some of her previous work. Although I LOVE books of short stories, I found this one to be a disappointment. While there were nice moments here and there, I just felt like Straub focused on the buildup of her characters with little payoff in the end. Just as I’d be settling into a story, it would end abruptly leaving too much left unsaid. I’ve read some really notable short story collections. This isn’t one of them.

The Fever by Megan Abbott // I absolutely hated this book; it was nothing like I expected (especially when considering the cover.) I was looking forward to a well-written, fast-paced thriller and was left with a dud. I almost abandoned this book altogether; however, I felt that too much of my time had been invested and I needed to see what ‘the fever’ was all about. Ultimately, the explanation of the illness was an incredible letdown. I want to message each individual who rated this book 4+ stars just to see if we read the same book. It’s that bad people. If you’re looking for a high-quality thriller, look elsewhere.

So tell me…what are you reading? …have you read? …what should I read next?! I am currently reading 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino; however, I am always looking for more suggestions!!

Some more fun reads…
6 Reactions Book-Lovers Have to People that Don’t Like to Read <I move back and forth between confusion (#2) and judgement (#3)!
Did you love Harry Potter? Here is the next book triology you should read.
Quiz: How Well Do You Know Classic Literature?

12 thoughts on “End of Summer Book Report.

  1. Oooo! Thanks for sharing! I’m waiting for the Liane Moriarty book from the library, and I’ve been wanting to read delicious too. One Plus One was such a good book, but I hated it a little too. But it was so good, I couldn’t help liking it. I think The Girl You Left Behind is my favorite book of hers. Loved Orphan Train too!!

  2. Oh man, I envy all your reading time. I was thinking last week how much I’d love to take a reading sabbatical and just take a couple weeks off to read! The last book I read was Ruin & Rising (Leigh Bardugo). Just fluffy, fun dystopian stuff from the YA section, but a lovely escape from the stress of work. After reading your reviews, I’ll be checking out Delicious and Big Little Lies!

  3. Wow!! Good for you girl!! Seriously! You read so much! I love it 🙂 I’m not a huge reader… it’s always been difficult for me, so it’s not my fave. …but when I do find books I’m interested in, I love reading them (as long as I have the time!)! Great job with all your reading!

  4. No TV? I missed this tidbit. What about hulu, internet…Netflix? I’m trying to find time to pick up The Golden City which is the final installment of The Dark River Series. I HIGHLY recommend the previous two books. It’s a little Sci-fi, which I didn’t think I would like but I enjoyed the books so much I had my dad read them too (we’re very close and similar). Basically, the world is under the watch of big brother, but we don’t know it. The people who could stop it are being wiped out. It’s hard to explain but it sucks you in.

  5. i loved the husbands secret and your review has convinced me i need to read more of Liane Morarity. I read me before you by Jojo Moyes and really liked it a lot. i would recommend that one, since you liked one plus one.

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