I decided to try something new for the blog today, and I'm joining my first ever Show Us Your Books link-up with Stephanie and Jana to share the books I read in June!
The Chic Site, and had been dying to read her books for quite some time. Party Girl is the first book in the series, and I read it in a few long porch sitting sessions over the course of a weekend. The book is based on the author's life, and how she got her start as a Hollywood party planner. I was rooting for the main character the whole time, and the book was fun, light, and made me laugh. Which is something we could all probably use these days.
The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica: I've heard that this is similar to Gone Girl, but I didn't read that so I can't speak to the similarities. It was about a young woman who disappears, and the chapters are each written from the point of view of a handful of characters related to her. Each chapter is written from the particular narrator's perspective either before, during, or after the disappearance. This was a little bit confusing, and a few times I had to flip back to the chapter title to see the time period, but overall it was an effective way to tell the story. The story itself was gripping. I couldn't put it down and just when I thought I had the plot figured out there was a major twist. In one chapter I'd find myself liking a character I felt like I should hate, and hating one I felt like I should like, and then in the next chapter I'd change my mind completely. Five stars.
The Shop on Blossom Street, by Debbie Macomber: I read this in a few hours while I sat on the beach, and it was a perfect beach read because I didn't have to concentrate too hard on it. I could read a few pages, people watch, read a few pages, people watch. It was totally predictable from the first chapter, but it made me want to move to a tiny town and open my very own yarn shop.
And I don't even knit.
The Bright Forever, by Lee Martin: Well, I think I've met or exceeded my annual quota for books about people who disappear. This one was about a little girl who rode her bike to the library, and never came home. The book details the investigation and I felt like I was watching an episode of Law and Order: SVU. It was sad and to be honest, the end got weird. I work in the child welfare field, so reading a book about a missing child and the people she should've been able to trust but who didn't protect her when it mattered wasn't enjoyable for me. I'm glad I finished the book, but I wouldn't recommend it, and it made me want to pick up lighthearted Party Girl again.
This weekend I finally joined our local library, so I feel like I have the literary world at my fingertips. I got three books this weekend, and two audio books.
And none of them are about mysterious disappearances!
Any suggestions for me?