Summer Reads

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My reading habit has been slacking a little bit lately, mainly because there were a few books I started and ending up giving up a quarter of the way through because the story wasn’t getting better and keeping my interest. I hate abandoning books because I always feel like it will get better and I could end up loving it, but if I dread reading something I’ve now decided that I just have to give it up. Sharing my thoughts on a few of my recent reads.

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll: I loved Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive so I was really looking forward to her next book, The Favorite Sister. I did contemplate giving this up a few times because I felt the book really dragged in a lot of places and I really disliked all of the characters. What kept me reading was I really wanted to find out how the mystery in the book played out and I felt like the ending was just so rushed.

The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen: I felt this was such a depressing book! I get the premise was not happy, Josie finds out that her husband Frank is cheating on her, but the story could’ve been told in such a better way to prove how strong Josie can become when she finds out this news. I also expected so much more from the ending.

The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan: My favorite read of the summer and as of now, my favorite of 2018! One of my favorite books is Summer Sisters by Judy Blume which this book has been compared to and it definitely moved me as much as Summer Sisters did the first time I read it. Laura and Casey have been friends since high school until one night changes everything and as quick as their friendship began, it comes to an end. Now 17 years later, they reunite over a weekend with a scavenger hunt with clues to what really happened the fateful night that ruined their friendship. The little mystery that was built into the story with other characters would seem like it wouldn’t work, but as confusing as it was at first, it worked out perfectly in this story. The Summer List was the kind of book that had a great ending, but it still left me wanting so much more because I just enjoyed reading it! I’m definitely looking forward to what Doan will write next.

The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall: This was a very Fiona Davis-like book and I was looking forward to it since I loved Schnall’s The Balance Project. It was a good, quick read, I just found it a little too cutesy at times. It definitely was interesting to learn about the Miss Subway contests that actually took place decades ago in the five boroughs and to see how far women have come today.

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner: I was warned by two people not to read it since they thought it wasn’t Brenner’s best work and I definitely should have listened! I kept giving it one more chapter to get better before abandoning it and then after a while I was like I’ll just stick it out because the story line sounded so promising. The twist in the book was too easy to figure out and the ending made the book just slightly better.

Sociable by Rebecca Harrington: Adding on to the books I disliked this summer, I think this was the one I hated the most. All of the characters are so hard to like and the main character may just be the worst of them all. When I finished the book, I actually could not believe that the ending I had just read was the ending because it was so bad.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen: Pekkanen redeems herself with this book after I suffered through The Ever After. I really thought this was going to be your typical husband leaves wife for mistress book, but the twists in the book keep throwing you for loops. The first twist was easy to figure out if you read enough psychological thrillers, but it left me still wanting to know what happened, but the last twists I have to say, I definitely never saw coming.

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman: The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are definitely guilty pleasures show I love to watch and I was intrigued to step behind the curtain and see just how manipulative reality TV can be. Is this book going to make me stop watching these shows? No, half the time I watch them you can tell how fake some of the things being said. It was interesting to learn how cut off from the outside world contestants are while they are being filmed and to really know why the person everyone loves to hate makes it as far as they do.

The High Season by Judy Blundell: I couldn’t wait to finish this book because I did not like it and wanted it to be done. It takes place on the North Fork of Long Island, my favorite place, but even that couldn’t save it. The book didn’t hold my attention, Ruthie the main character was too annoying as were most of the other characters.

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