Summer is in full swing. Hip Hip Hooray!! Unless, the swift passage of time and yet another summer upon us bums you out even just a little. But, at least we can all escape into a good book, maybe even on a beach somewhere or by a mountain stream. If that doesn’t take the sting right out, I don’t know what will. I have read a few not so great stories this month and though I do try to remain respectful in my reviews, I always promise an honest one.
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. JUNE BOOK OF THE MONTH! This collection of short stories depicting the complexities of a woman’s mind and heart are written with a clear lens pointed towards their innermost thoughts. There are prevailing themes of brutal abuse, sex, love, and male dominance weaving their way in and out of these tales. BRB Rating: Read It.
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller. Publication Date: 2/7/17. Ingrid is just twenty when she meets Gil, twenty years her senior and a writing professor at the university she’s attending. She has grand yet rather vague plans for her future but after falling hard for this crazy eccentric and somewhat absent-minded man with terrible judgement, Ingrid finds herself married, pregnant and utterly alone as Gil continues his cavorts and conquests. BRB Rating: Read It.
Wait, What? by James Ryan. Publication Date: 4/4/17. Five essential life questions are the theme for this mega short, commencement speech-cum book that addresses the art of asking the right questions in order to get the best answers. A bit too Cap’n Obvious. BRB Rating: Skip It.
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. Tension remains high throughout this dark ride through the world of competitive gymnastics. BRB Rating: Read It.
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel. I will admit that what attracted me initially to this book was the title. After reading the inside of the jacket, I was intrigued by the prospect of a story that centered on a couple in their early thirties who were both from very wealthy families and did not have to work for a living or want for anything…until the money ran out. BRB Rating: Skip It.
Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki.Publication Date: 5/9/17. Art, baggage, and inappropriate relationships. BRB Rating Read It but only if you’re a die-hard reader.
Find Her by Lisa Gardener. Flora was a young college student enjoying spring break on a Florida beach when she was abducted by Jacob, a sick twisted sex offending serial killer. A victim/survivor’s tale. BRB Rating: Read It.
The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich. Scott and Elise are as disturbing a young married couple as you can imagine. Both are severely underemployed, uncaring, unfeeling individuals who are living in Elise’s terminally ill father Victor’s house in the Hamptons while waiting for him to die. It might sound intriguing but the story takes a very strange turn and not in any good way. BRB Rating: Skip It.
Home by Harlan Coben. Myron Bolitar is back, this time to help find two boys who were kidnapped ten year prior. The story takes a dark and sinister turn and true to Coben’s style, things are definitely not as they seem on the surface. Bonus: Myron’s best friend Win narrates several chapters giving us the treat of greater insight into his character. BRB Rating: Read It.
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