I’m back with more books than the past like 3 months combined almost. It was a nice return to books and I’m now sitting pretty at 78/100 for my yearly goal with 3 months left to go. I’d say unless something drastic happens, like me actually getting a FT job, I’ll easily make it. If you couldn’t detect the sarcasm in my voice just then I’ll come right out and say I’d much rather get a job than meet my 100 book goal.
Alright let’s get to the books.
Hint, the following list is more of a don’t-bother list then an actual book recommendation list. September was a bust with a few bright spots in the book realm. Actually, that’s a pretty accurate metaphor for my job search….ok I’ll stop, here’s the books.
I Am having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum 3-4 stars. I couldn’t decide on how many stars to give this book. On one hand it was a good story about a man who cheated on his wife, then realizes what a mistake he’s made and tries to win her back. On the other hand it had some serious political undertones (slightly anti-American vibes) and that’s just not my jam. Good read if the political agenda was left out of it.
The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen 4 stars. This story really had me hooked even if it was slightly hard to understand the inception level mind work that the main characters could do. However, beware, the dialogue leaves something to be desired. The main female character’s response to everything is literally “bullsh*t.” Examples, “How are you?” “Bullsh*t, you don’t really care!” or “I’m hungry” “Bullsh*t, you aren’t!” A little over dramatic and reaching for substance, but the plot keeps it moving.
Last Orphans by N. W. Harris (meh) 3 stars. The fact that the book opens with very graphic deaths of all the adults in the world, I suggest not reading this one unless the detailed demise by killer bees won’t bother you. It was a good story in theory, but when the answer to the problem is a top secret government cover up that is conveniently located just a few short miles from where the main character lives? You lose a few stars for lack of creativity.
Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand. 5 stars! Of course I love her books so this is no surprise here. I also love reading about weddings, always have, always will. I’m that girl that cries at weddings, watching weddings, thinking about weddings, and reading about weddings. I love love and that’s that.
You Should Have Known by 3 meh stars. I kept waiting for the the action to begin. Like where was the scandal? Where was the action? Where was the conclusion? Unless you want to be bored to death with the occasional glimpse of brilliant writing. I say skip it.
The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson 3 stars. Again, I picked a book that just didn’t seem to quite get going. I just couldn’t relate to the main character and she had the weirdest back story with her high school boyfriend that it really made no sense how she ended up with her husband (who did she ever really like?) I guess that’s the point of the story, but then the author slipped in some under-cover FBI something or other story line that was just out of place.
The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai 4 stars. This book drew me in instantly and had me going all weekend long to finish it. I love the reverse time hop and seeing the connections back generations. I also love history and thinking about the stories behind buildings, locations, geography, etc. It was a bit helter-skelter on the relationships between characters. For example, there was a husband-wife combo that seemed to have zero communication which was a bit odd in the story-telling aspect, but a great book.
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls 2 stars. Ok if this book got published, then so could I. It had good bones, but the author couldn’t quite string them together. The apex of the story happened in a very anti-climatic manner and then just kind of kept going and ended in the strangest way…..If I didn’t feel compelled to finish a book I start, I would have put this one down. I recommend not even picking it up.
The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons 4 stars. Cute story, quirky characters, one was a Kentucky student (go Wildcats), predictable ending. A good palate cleanser. I think it only took me two days to finish it.
Tempting Fate by Jane Green
Here’s where I ventured into audiobooks. Several people have told me they listen as they exercise or commute so I figured I’d give it a try. (ps. I used OverDrive and checked audiobooks out of my library) It seriously took me all month to finish this book which blows my mind. I can read a book in a week but listening to it takes 4. Either I gotta step up my workout game to over an hour a day or put it on other than exercising because I kept forgetting the storyline it took so dang long lol
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline 5 stars. The voice, yeesh. But other than that definitely a book to add to your list if you like thrillers and or books about sociopaths!
So besides a pair of winners, I had horrible luck picking books this month. Although my picks gave me some great hope that pretty much anyone can get a book published. Sorry authors
What have you been reading lately?
Leave me some recommendations in the comments!