What I Read: June 2019
I got a library card in June and I have not stopped reading since! I read constantly growing up but once I got into college and grad school reading for fun was thrown to the side. Well, those days are done. Not only do I love reading itself, but I love the walk to and from the library – it is somehow therapeutic and I really look forward to my stroll there each time I get an email notification letting me know I have more books to pick up. Growing up in Florida there was a ‘Sunshine State Standard’ that each child read a minimum of 25 books a year and while I am starting halfway through the year, I am challenging myself to get as close as possible to this as I can. At the rate I’m reading, I truly believe I can do it!
BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty– I know EVERYONE watches this show, but I haven’t yet and wanted to read the book before I started the show. Big Little Lies follows three women, all in different positions in their lives in a scenic Australian town. Big Little Lies takes on everything from ex-husbands and second wives to the relationships between mothers and daughters and schoolyard scandal. I thought the book might be a little too ‘mom’ for me since the main characters are all moms and the story focuses around their meeting at their children’s school, but you soon see how the little lies we tell can turn lethal. If you love a twist you won’t want to miss this!
THE CACTUS by Sarah Haywood – Okay, I technically finished this the first week of July, but it fits in well with the other two books, so I threw it in! If you read and liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, then you will enjoy this. Susan Green, the main character reminded me of a much more serious and logical Eleanor Oliphant. She was hard to like at first but by the end of the story I had come around to her because of the way Sarah Haywood developed the character. Susan has no time for emotions when faced with loss, a fight over inheritance, and an unexpected pregnancy, learning to let go and open might be just what she needs. This is a great by the pool/holiday easy read. If you have any trips coming up, make sure to throw this one in your bag.
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple– This was so unexpectedly good and by far my favorite of the bunch. I usually hate books that are told partially through email correspondence and then jumps back to the narrator, then back to the emails but it was such a critical part of the storytelling to fully appreciate the bigger story here. Bernadette’s daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, but Bernadette is about a big of a homebody as you can get. After a school fundraising event goes terribly wrong (but so funny), Bernadette disappears leaving her family to figure out where she has gone. A movie is due to be released in the States in August with Cate Blanchett playing Bernadette. Be sure to read this one before watching the movie. From the trailers I ‘ve watched it looks like they are going to do the book justice.
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