Summer Book Bingo may be long over but there is still lots of reading around here. With nothing else inspiring me today, you are about to get a rundown of the 9 books I have finished since Labor Day. Exciting? Innovative? Not really. But you might find something good to read.
- Fast paced and intriguing with an ending that surprised me. Very good and recommended for those who like suspense without blood and guts. 4 stars.
- Going back and forth from the present to the late 1800s this book tells the story of the origins of polygamy and the current state of the practice as well. I enjoyed the fictionalized account of historic events and would recommend it to anyone interested in the topic. 3 stars.
- I enjoyed this book a great deal. The main character evolves from a spoiled and pampered brat into a caring and selfless woman, all in Scotland during WWII. It was a little predictable and some of the Loch Ness monster stuff is a bit unbelievable, nevertheless, it’s ultimately a romance and I’m a sucker for a Scottish romance. Recommended. 4 stars.
- I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s maybe a little longer than it needs to be but it’s satisfying and unpredictable and ultimately gives a message of hope and love in the face of hatred and manipulation. It’s also great to read a book set in a place that’s so familiar to me – Cape Cod and Provincetown. Highly recommended. 4 stars.
- What do you get when you cross Gone Girl with a typical Lifetime movie? This book. It’s good, though, and there are few twists I didn’t see coming. Recommended for those who enjoy this type of story. 3 stars.
- It took a while for me to get into this book and once I did I enjoyed it but it was a little too similar to A Spool of Blue Thread and reading it so soon after I finished that might not have been the greatest timing. It’s definitely not as good as The Dive from Clausen’s Pier but still a solid read, particularly for those who enjoy family dramas. 3 stars.
- This book is for anyone who experienced first love, particularly as a teenager. All of those feelings and emotions are described in such a fantastic way, the agony of being apart, the idea that no one has ever felt this way before, the wonder of it all. There is a dark side, too, though, and that’s what keeps this from being just another teenage love story. Eleanor and Park are two characters that will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended. 4 stars.
- A “what if” story, very compelling, and ultimately a quick read simply to find out how it would resolve. The narrator’s voice is a little stilted at times, perhaps that’s intentional due to the story itself but sometimes it just felt awkward. I pretty much “figured it out” halfway through but then second guessed myself since others had said the ending was hard to predict. I enjoyed the setting of the early 1960s and would recommend the book. 3 stars.
- Set in France during WWII this book is heartbreaking and haunting but also hopeful. Yes, it’s fiction and certainly not high brow literature but it’s good writing and I learned about the French Resistance, the evils of the SS, the horrors of starvation and war, and so much more. Highly recommended. 4 stars.
What are you reading these days?