I haven’t had a substantial reading list lately, I’ve just been winging it. If I happen to be on Amazon clicking around and find something I like, I just get it.
Not doing any non fiction or self help, just some light summer reading. I finished this in the past week:
Emily wrote Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Love the One You’re With among several others. I first read Something Borrowed and loved her writing style and quickly consumed the rest of her books. I was so happy when Something Borrowed was made into a movie! (plus I love Kate Hudson!)
First Comes Love is a story about a family that evolves over 15 years after the death of their son/brother. It’s written from the perspective of the two sisters, Josie (oldest) and Meredith. Josie is kind of a free spirit and does what she wants while Meredith ended up a lawyer, wife and mother. The story weaves in and out of each of the girls’ lives from Josie’s desire to finally have a baby at 37 to Meredith’s questioning of her own marriage and why she settled down instead of pursuing her Broadway acting career. As always, the characters are well written and even though the ‘secret’ about the night their brother died wasn’t that huge (in my mind, at least), it was a great read and I finished it in just a couple of days. Highly recommended!
If you’re like me, you grew up reading Judy Blume books. I started with Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great and read through all of the “Fudge” books. I still have a copy of Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret on the bookshelf. I loved Forever. I really, really loved it. Once I grew up (ha!), I really loved Summer Sisters. Seeing this book on the Amazon ‘new release’ list made me giddy. I could not WAIT to get my hands on it.
Truthfully, I still haven’t finished it. It is SO SLOW. There are SO MANY characters and I finally understood why there were pages in the beginning of the book dedicated to helping you figure out who all these dang people were. The story is developed around a town where several airplanes crash in the 1950s-60s (?) and details the impact these crashes have on the lives of the residents. Everyone is basically two degrees of separation so there is some intertwining there. I could only read a few chapters at a time, then got bored and put it down. Maybe it was the fact that the subject matter was not quite right for my “summertime fun time reading non-list”? You may love it. I really thought I would love it. I may actually pick it back up another day. Maybe when it’s cold and depressing in the middle of January. Maybe. 🙂
Next on my list:
I have loved Liane Morarity’s books since I first picked up Big Little Lies. Remember when I read Three Wishes HERE? Well, The Husband’s Secret was next, and amazing, and then I read The Last Anniversary. All of them were winners!
From the Amazon description:
“In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.”
I can’t wait to start this one!!
From the Amazon description:
“If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This heartwarming novel features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also get the opportunity to change their future.”
OH I’m sure you’d like a do-over on one thing in life. Maybe more. I feel like this book could be instantly relatable and I’m dying to read what these three ladies would change.
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What are YOU reading??