I’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:
- Opening Belle– The heroine is smart, sassy and hilarious. It’s a fascinating portrayal of life on Wall Street.
- The Nest– This book is on every “must read” list this summer and it held up to the hype.
- Modern Lovers– I loved Emma Straub’s novel The Vacationers which made this an automatic purchase.
- Eligible– As a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, you know what’s going to happen but it’s still entertaining.
- Days of Awe-Life is full of curve balls and the how you deal with them.
- 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.