This summer, the majority of the books I read rank up there as beach reads. Usually I’ll mix it up and do like a psychological thriller in between, but for the most part I just wanted some quick, not much thinking books to read while enjoying the warm weather.
No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts: I was really looking forward to this book, it is being hailed as an updated version of The Great Gatsby, and I could not believe how much I disliked the book. I didn’t see the similarities at all to The Great Gatsby. I found all of the characters unlikable, there was no one I could even root for a teeny tiny bit. I struggled with finishing it, I was going to abandon the book, but I held out hope thinking it would get better. Sadly, it did not.
Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza: Cute read, definitely goes in the beach read category, but in my opinion not really memorable. I had to look up the book description before writing this, because I really didn’t remember what happened.
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn: Full disclosure, I added this book to my to be read list without even reading what it was about since there were so many reviews saying how good it was. It was a good book, not as great as everyone was raving about it, but then again I seem to hate every book people rave about. The one thing I think the book did so well is how they treated Lucy and Owen’s autistic son, it was the most believable part of the book. With Lucy and Owen’s “arrangement,” the character of Izzy annoyed me basically after she was introduced and of course you fall in love with Ben. Throughout the book other characters are introduced who find themselves questioning their marriage and staying faithful and I think that took away from the real story of Lucy and Owen.
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave: I’ve read two other books by Laura Dave, Eight Hundred Grapes and The First Husband and I loved the both of those so I could not wait for her newest book. Eight Hundred Grapes ranks as one of my all-time favorite books, so I think I was hoping this book would blow me away and be a favorite as well. It’s not that I didn’t like it, because I did, but compared to her other books that I’ve read, this would be my least favorite. This book reminded me a little of another book I’ve read The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller, I liked the story better in that book. With that said though, I still love Laura Dave and will read anything she writes!
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple: Started and stopped this book three times before finally reading it the whole way through and at that point was just trying to finally put this book to rest. At times the story jumps around all over the place which makes it a little hard to follow things. I’m realizing now after reading three of her books that I should stop reading Maria Semple’s stories since I haven’t like anything since Where’d You Go Bernadette.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: This book was definitely not what I had expected. I had read a previous book by Colleen Hoover, November 9 and I liked it so I figured I’d start making my way through her other books. It is a pretty heavy book about domestic abuse, which I didn’t get from the book description. Hoover explains at the end of the book how she was able to tap into the source to write it the way she did, where you not only feel the emotions of the character but it educates you as well. I could have done without the epilogue though, I feel if the book ended with the final chapter and didn’t have a neat wrap up, it would’ve made the story even more powerful.