July 30, 2018

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I haven’t done one of these posts in so long that I have so many books to review. I’ll start with a few today and try to do another book review post soon. I was in a reading rut for so long. I think I put down 5-6 books in a row. But now I’m back to my old self.

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I finally read it! This book made me want to homeschool my future children! Seriously, the world of moms and kids and school has scared me ever since I was a Girl Scout Leader. I was in charge of kindergarteners and from what I saw, that book is pretty realistic when it comes to all of the drama that parents get into.

I enjoyed and I want to watch the series now. However, I thought that it didn’t live up to the hype. I recommend it, though, if you’re curious about it or like mysteries. The ending was a bit underwhelming, but it still made me happy.

2. How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage by Jo Piazza

My Hawaii Book Club read this book and we had the most amazing discussion from it! Most of us are military spouses; all of us are here in Hawaii because of our partners' jobs. The book led us to a discussion about feminism, marriage, careers, money, and more. 

Jo Piazza is a travel writer who spent the first year of her marriage using her travels to find out how marriage works in different cultures around the world. Although I didn’t care for her and I didn’t think the book was particularly groundbreaking, it was fascinating to read about the way marriage generally works in different cultures.

This book gave me a lot of food for thought. It’s a quick read worth checking out from the library. I also think it makes a great book club book.

3. Copycat byt Alex Lake

I was browsing at the library book sale and found this book. I bought it based on the cover and it turned out to be a pretty good, quick thriller! I really liked the premise and then it got a little weird, but overall it was a fun read. I definitely recommend it to my thriller fans.

Sarah finds out that someone has created a fake Facebook profile in her name. Not only that, but she also has photos of her on there that Sarah has never seen before and certainly hasn’t taken herself. The book alternates viewpoints between her and her stalker, which I really liked. After Sarah finds the profile, things start to get weirder. Sarah’s stalker creates a fake email and starts making plans with her friends, acting as her. Books start showing up at Sarah’s house that she hasn’t ordered. And from there it only gets weirder.

4. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

This book raises the big questions about fate, death, choice, and chance. 4 siblings meet a psychic who predicts the date they are going to die. The book is then divided into four sections, one for each sibling. That day changed each of their lives and the book follows them as that encounter shaped the way they live their lives.

This book was incredibly moving, sad, heartbreaking, and wonderful. I highly recommend it.

5. The Dinner by Herman Koch

I made my Hawaii book club read this one because I was fascinated with the premise, but it turned out flat for me. I hate when books are super hyped up and then they aren't that good. It's a quick read, but it's one you can skip.

What are you reading? I'm always looking for recommendations.

7 responses to “Recent Reads”

  1. Nadine says:

    I have the Immortalists on my TBR and I really need to get to it. I have tried to read The Dinner and have quit it twice. I just cant get in to it. I loved Big Little Lies.

  2. Carly says:

    How to Be Married sounds really interesting…. though The Knockoff was a DNF for me because I couldn’t stand it, so I’m wondering if I would enjoy nonfiction by her. I haven’t read too many books this year but The Immortalists has definitely been one of my favorites!

  3. Laura says:

    That book about marriage sounds amazing!

  4. Sarah says:

    I loved the mini series of Big Little Lies, you should watch it! Although now I guess it’s just a regular series, as they are going to make a second season. Personally I thought the first season was so good they should’ve just left it like that!

    Also I’m kinda glad you didn’t like The Dinner either… I started reading that for the online book club and I couldn’t get through it!!

  5. Lauren says:

    You’re going to love the Big Little Lies series! They did such a good job with it! I felt the same way about The Dinner. I didn’t understand the hype.

  6. Audrey says:

    Everyone review I’ve seen for The Dinner has fallen flat. I love the cover, though.
    Big Little Lies and The Immortalists are on my tbr list. I think I’m the only person left who hasn’t read them… Hahaha!

  7. Ashley says:

    I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one that didn’t love The Dinner. It just seemed like it took forever to read! And definitely check out Big Little Lies, but probably give it a while before you watch it, otherwise you’ll be like Chris and not like it that much because it doesn’t follow the book exactly (kind of like HP). And I’m adding Copycat to my list! That sounds like a fun thriller!

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