I’m half way through my reading goal for the year! Or according to Goodreads, I’m ‘One Book Ahead of Schedule’. I’ve being doing these ‘reading lately’ posts this year to keep track of my reading and to hopefully inspire some of you to read as well! I’ve got some really good books in this batch, so if you’re looking for something new to read, keep on reading!
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
This book was a shocker. I didn’t really know what it was about before I opened it, but damn was it good. The Rules of Survival is from the perspective of a teenage boy in the style of a letter to his younger sister about events that happened a few years prior. The mother is a psychotic, drug abuser, alcohol abuser, and just over all crazy, terrible mother. Some aspects of the book are actually quite frightening. I love books about crazy people, and that’s why I loved this. I read it super quick and really felt immersed in the scary and troubling lives of these young children.
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I love to read classic books as well as contemporary books so I have a well rounded library in my head. This old copy of This Side of Paradise was actually my dads and has his name written in the front cover (aww). I quickly grew to love reading this as the main character, Armory, goes to Princeton for college. I grew up near there and found some of the descriptions of Princeton to still ring true today. I loved the style of Fitzgerald’s writing. It felt quick witted and personal. We follow Armory from his teen years through his mid twenties as he tackles love, school, jobs and a little bit of prohibition. If you liked the style of The Great Gatsby, this is Fitzgerald’s earlier (and actually first) work, and is inspired by his own life.
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
My sister is always suggesting books to me but she’s a much faster reader than I am so it’s hard to keep up! Where’d You Go Bernadette was a suggestion from her like a year ago, and I finally read it. Oh and I read it in probably a week. A great summer read! This book is technically from the perspective of a 14 year old girl, but is mostly a combination of letters and emails exchanged between the characters. I loved that style for a book because it felt more like I was a part of the story, not just being told it. Bernadette (the narrator’s mother) is a bit of an…eccentric…woman. (I REALLY like crazy people, okay?) It’s hard to say why I loved this book so much without giving too much away. The characters are fun and there is a bit of a twist that made me actually say ‘oh my god’ out loud!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
You’ve probably heard of The Girl on the Train because it’s this years hot new book. I’d been seeing reviews everywhere and needed to give it a go. I read it in just a few days, and would have read it faster if I hadn’t been busy last weekend. If you read Gone Girl, than I definitely think you would like this. There’s murder mystery, strong characters, and some interesting twists. I think I liked Gone Girl better, but that’s probably just because I read it first. The main character is a sad, alcoholic, divorced, jobless, broke woman. (Girl power…?) It’s written from her perspective as well as her ex’s new wife and a woman who goes missing. I love getting different perspectives and putting them together. I wasn’t completely shocked by the ending, but still really loved the story!
Have you read any of these books? What’s the best book you read recently?