First up was The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons.
What's the bigger question, how many books can be written about a bunch of old friends with significant baggage who reunite at the beach and uncover secrets about each other, or how many of those books will I read?
The answer is likely all of them.
So, this book was about a bunch of old friends with significant baggage who reunite at the beach and uncover secrets about each other. It wasn't brilliant literature, but it kept my attention and made me feel like I was spending a summer week on a barrier island off the South Carolina coast. I would give it 3.5 stars.
Next up was another Anne Rivers Siddons, called Sweetwater Creek.
I loved this one. It's about a young girl whose mother has been missing for years. She lives with her father and brothers in the South Carolina lowcountry and they breed and raise hunting spaniels. There are a lot of quirky characters and unexpected turns and difficult relationships in the book, and overall it had a melancholy feel to it, but it was beautifully written. I'd give it 5 stars.
I shifted authors after that one, and read Body Surfing by Anita Shreve.
I started another book of her's this month, A Wedding in December, and I couldn't get into it. It never picked up. Body Surfing was good though. The main character is 29 is has already been divorced and widowed. She takes a summer job as a nanny for a girl whose family spends summers in their oceanfront cottage in New Hampshire, so you know I was all in. Even though she's trying to avoid love for the summer, it finds her anyway. This was a good one, 4 stars.
My final read was a non-fiction, called the 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders.
The title contains two things I don't really enjoy, 5 AM, and breakfast. I am historically not a morning person. My husband and family are nodding their heads. I don't like to wake up super early, and even when I'm awake, I'm not really happy until about 9:00 or so. I'd heard about this book on podcasts so I picked it up at the library with the hopes that perhaps I could transform myself into a morning person. The book had some good tips for time management, but I think I need one called the 7:15 Miracle.