Three months in row linking up for Show Us Your Books with Stephanie and Jana! It's becoming fun to keep track of what I'm reading this way, and get some new ideas! Here's what I read this month...
First up, Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell
I swore I wouldn't read any more books about kidnapping, but this was a book club read. There was a little twist to the standard kidnapping novels, but it was still very predictable. But maybe that's because this is the forty seven thousandth kidnapping novel I've read. The basic plot is that two girls were kidnapped when they were young, and now they are in their thirties and one is a writer and one is an actress. The writer authors a book turned screenplay about their kidnapping, and the actress is chosen for a starring role, so they meet again! What are the chances? It wasn't awful, but not my favorite.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
I LOVED this book. Five stars. The story was unusual, and the characters were so quirky and likable. The story centers around a widower who owns a little bookstore in a vacation town. He leads a solitary life, until one day a little girl is abandoned in his shop. He adopts her and his new little sidekick makes him take a closer look at some of the relationships in his life, including those with an agent from a publishing house, and his brother and sister-in-law, and why some things turned out the way they did. I didn't want this book to end.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I don't usually read books like this, but I've seen so many rave reviews that I thought I'd give it a try. And here I am with my unpopular opinion- I did not care for it one bit. I had to force myself to finish it. It was 300 pages of navel gazing.
Irish Eyes by Marykay Andrews
This was my first Marykay Andrews novel and I loved it! It was the perfect weekend read. I went ahead and judged this book by the cover, and assumed it would be a light read. But it centered on a retired detective who now runs a cleaning company with eccentric employees. She witnesses a shooting and even though she's retired from her detective days, she can't help but solve the crime. In doing so, she uncovers some underground police organizations and learns people aren't always who they seem to be. There's a whole shelf of Marykay Andrews books at the library, and I can't wait to get another.
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
This was another winner. It was about a woman who owns a bookshop with her best friend. She goes to sleep one night and dreams she is living another life, the life she would have if just a few things in her life had been different. As the days go on, the dreams get more realistic and it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate between her real life and her dream life. It reminded me of It's a Wonderful Life, and I loved it.
Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
I'd read some novels from this author in the past and enjoyed them. I enjoyed this one too, but it was so sad. I haven't read Me Before You, but I saw the movie and it's a similar story. A man is dying, and the main character becomes his caretaker and falls in love with him. She wants him to fight, and he wants to die. It was a good book, but a downer, and the day I finished it, I was in a bad/sad mood the rest of the night.
Next month's goal is some cheerful stories!