summer reads

readsI’m a voracious reader and since it’s a holiday weekend, it’s time for a summer reads post.  I comb the lists and read 90% of what’s recommended. Thus far, the best books I’ve read have been:

  1. Opening Belle–  The heroine is smart, sassy and hilarious. It’s a fascinating portrayal of life on Wall Street.
  2. The Nest– This book is on every “must read” list this summer and it held up to the hype.
  3. Modern Lovers– I loved Emma Straub’s novel The Vacationers which made this an automatic purchase.
  4. Eligible– As a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, you know what’s going to happen but it’s still  entertaining.
  5. Days of Awe-Life is full of curve balls and the how you deal with them.
  6. and 7. The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Tiny Little Thing are book 1 and 2 of the Schuyler Sisters trilogy.  All three are fast moving, historical fiction novels and they’re wonderful.

Not worth reading (so either check them out in the library and see for yourself or skip all together):

Rich and Pretty– And vapid, as far I’m concerned. Blurgh.

Love in the Lower Case– So, so slow and after reading half of it, I’m still not into the characters.

Finding Fraser– I love a good Outlander novel but this is terribly written.

Masestra– Another day, another bondage book.  BORING.

As Close to us as Breathing– I usually enjoy multi generational stories but this novel did not capture my interest.

Perfect Days-It’s supposed to be a creepy thriller.  It was just creepy and awful.

One with You– I thought it’d be the ultimate trashy novel.  Trashy, yes.  Interesting, no.

My name is Lucy Barton– I can’t figure out why everyone loved this book.  It was dreadful.

At the Edge of the Orchard- I loved all of Tracy Chevalier’s book but I did not enjoy this one.

 

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  1. Hey Jen, this is Hank Webb. Two long but very good books I’ve read this summer are The Mirror Thief by Seay and Barkskins by Proulx. I highly recommend both! Have a great summer!

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