Day 7 of 12 days of read this! There's still time to enter my giveaway on Instagram: $50 to the Book Depository. Open internationally! I read quite a few good books in July- two five star and a mix of fiction and non fiction.
I Found You | Lisa Jewell | This was my favorite of the month, and ended up being one of my top 3 of 2017. A single mother is doing her best to raise her kids, despite feeling like she's not always the best at making choices. When a man shows up at the beach in front of their house, she eventually goes out to him and realizes that he has no idea who he is or how he got there. She invites him in, and the story unravels from there. This had all the goods: a likable protagonist, a story well told from different viewpoints, a pretty sizable twist that I was not expecting, and a satisfying ending. What's not to like?? Rating, 5
The Good House | Ann Leary | Hildy Good is a successful realtor who enjoys a glass of wine from time to time. Her kids thinks she has a problem, but she works hard. Why shouldn't she enjoy what she loves? There were quirky characters and the story offered perspective as to what it's like to feel like an outsider in the town you were raised in. My favorite part about this was that it featured a protagonist who was in her 60s. I never find myself reading books with an older narrator, so I was happy to get a chance to hear Hildys story. Rating, 3.5
Final Girls | Riley Sager | Final Girls introduced me to a new term: final girl, or the girl who is the last one who is left alive after a mass murder. This was a very addictive read that was pure entertainment. Three girls were victims of separate attacks and the media lumped them together as the Final Girls, despite having never met one another. When the Final Girl # 1 kills herself, Final Girl # 2 seeks out our protagonist, Final Girl #3 Quinn, for reasons unknown. It was a heart pounding race to see if our girl was going to make it out alive, again. Pretty good ride! Rating, 4
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck | Sarah Knight | This book is a spin on Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It's one of those books that I can't believe is actually a book- it really reads more like a blog post. I did like the message- do what makes you happy, as long as you're not hurting anyone else. Stand up for yourself. Stop feeling bad for saying no. This was pretty funny at times, and I could relate in a lot of ways (stop trying to make your MLM happen, Susan) but overall, nothing that I would reach for again. Rating, 2
Every Last Lie | Mary Kubica | Full disclosure: Mary Kubica is an auto-read for me. I think she is technically a thriller writer, and I like that her books are often a lot more literary than straight page turner. Every Last Lie features TOUGH stuff- a woman is breast-feeding her days old son when her husband, who is in the car with their daughter, dies in a car crash. Thankfully, the daughter is safe but she and the mother are understandably traumatized. The daughter keeps saying there was a bad man following them, which causes the young mother's imagination to run wild. Was it truly an accident, or was foul play involved? This was moving, sad, captivating, and thought-provoking all in one. Rating, 3.75
Reading People | Anne Bogel | This was so fun to read! Anne Bogel is a blogger (Modern Mrs. Darcy) and personality nut. She has been studying various personality tests for years and has compiled a lot of the overviews into one place. It's a great way to get an overview into personality typing without getting lost in the detail. But - if you're a detail person, she gives you the references so you can go to the source! Very helpful in helping me understand myself and those around me. Rating, 5
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