We Were Liars E. Lockhart – Have to love the YA books. This was a one night read. Well written, great character development and an interesting twist in the end. Perfect summer read.
The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd – It got so many great reviews. It is certainly an interesting book following two women of the same age yet one is privileged and the other is her slave but the book was long and was just too epic for me.
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel Susan Jane Gilman – At times I laughed and at times I cried and at times I grimaced. I hated and loved the main character at the same time. A little long but a good read.
Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace Michael Morton – I read about this book in an editorial for the NY Times. I started the book and stayed up until I finished it. A wrongful conviction an an incredible story. The travesty and perhaps too much of the reality of the Texas penal system.
The Book of Unknown Americans Christina Hendriquez – A novel about the immigrant communities who come to America for more reasons then just one. Would be a great book club book.
Reeployment Phil Klay – An incredible read. A real insight into the realities of war. A book that should be read.
I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller Terry Hayes – Could not put this down. A page turner from the first word.
My Struggle Book 3 – I can’t get enough of these books. Serious masterpiece.
Still-Alice-Lisa-Genova – A brilliant woman who also happens to be Harvard Professor finds out she has early age Alzheimers at 50. What happens, what goes through her head (and doesn’t), how people around her react, how the family deals with it and all the heartbreaking issues surrounding an incurable disease. Quick read.
Orphan-Train-Christina-Baker-Kline – A page turner about a time in history when children were picked up by the Childrens Aid Society and shipped out to random families with hope that it would just work out. A roof above their head. Doesn’t always work that way. This book goes back and forth from the past to the present about two women who although years apart have in many ways shared the same history. A good beach read.
My-Struggle-Book 2: A Man-Love – Second installation of the 3700 book written by Karl Ove Knausgaard and I can hardly wait for the book 3.
The Splendid Things We Planned : A Family Portrait Blake Bailey – Page turning memoir about a mans life and his doomed brother. No matter how much you love a person and try to help a person they sometimes do not want to help themselves. Great read.
My Struggle: Book 1 - Karl Ove Knausgaard – I loved this book. There are 6 books to complete this series. One of the most incredible books I have ever read.
Helen Oyeyemi: Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel – I wanted to love this book. There are 3 sections. The first one pulled me in but I found that the second and third were not as interesting. A topic worth writing race issues is interesting but the book rambled. Alas.
Andrea Portes: Bury This – A 25 year old unsolved town murder inspires a group of college kids to make a documentary around it with the belief that with the tools we have today that it can be solved. The writing is unique. Rapid short sentences that keeps the reader engaged. Super sad story.
Susan Minot: Thirty Girls – This is based on a true story of a group of young women who were taken by the Kony LRA rebels in Africa while living and studying at a church. We follow a journalist and her experience on reporting about the girls who have survived by escaping. Learning about their traumatic experiences is heartbreaking. How and why this continues to go on in Africa is mind-boggling. I would have preferred Minot to spend more time with those girls than getting inside the journalists head. Regardless I really am glad I read this book. It is an absolutely worthy read.
Anna Quindlen: Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel – A simple story about life, love and art. A 60 year old woman still evolving and finding herself. Really enjoyed it.
Jean Hanff Korelitz: You Should Have Known – This book comes out on March 18th. The book moves fast with lots of twists and turns. A psychiatrist who has just written about how you should have known you were in a bad relationship finds her husband to not be who she thought he was. The perfect beach read.
Bill Bryson: One Summer: America, 1927 – My sister recommended this book. What happened that summer from baseball to Lindbergh and aviation to Henry Ford, Calvin Coolidge, Hoover, prohibition, Mt Rushmore, talking movies, theater, Al Capone and the first ponzi scheme. A great historic read.
Kim Malone Scott: Virtual Love – Not sure how I stumbled on this book but I am glad that I did. The book is about a woman trying to figure out her life. She was an entrepreneur and closed her company. She moved to SF to work at Google and run the Ad Sense division. She is in bad male relationships and needs to figure out why so she can get in a good one. There are a lot of thoughts bouncing around her head in regards to her personal struggles. Truly enjoyable well written insightful book.
Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland – I had read both the Namesake and Lahiri’s short stories and I felt both of those books were so much better than the Lowland. There was not on character I liked. None of them lived in the future or the present they all lived in the past. Their lives were just utterly depressing. Also the book was way too long. It is certainly a saga about the turmoil in Calcutta in the 60′s and the havoc it wreaked on one family in the post. Perhaps if they all had sought therapy then their lives would have been happier. Would not recommend.
Liane Moriarty: The Husband's Secret – This is a great book for vacation reading. I read it in a day. Engaging characters who are living real lives and each come with their own baggage. I won’t give away the premise of the book but I really enjoyed it.
Kate Atkinson: Life After Life: A Novel – I have read most of Atkinson’s books. This was an interesting concept. The book mostly takes place during the world wars yet a bit of a challenge to read. It took me a long time to get into the book and then I decided to soldier through. Many of the chapters are essentially redo’s of the characters life so that in one chapter they end up dying where in another chapter they continue to live due to a few shifts that take place. Each small decision you make has to do with the life you end lead. Interesting but did not love the book as much as I wanted to.