My goal this year is to read 57 books and Goodreads tells me I'm on the way. Here's what I've read over the past month!
A Little Life | Hanya Yanigihara
This was by far and away my favorite book I read this month. A Little Life follows 4 friends throughout their lifetime, but the story centers on the most eccentric character, Jude. I loved that it was set in New York. I loved that we get to see these characters evolve and that stories from the past get unpacked very slowly. I will say, it is a SAD book. There are so many wonderful parts but there were a lot of parts that made me cry and that were hard to read. I, however, don't shy away from that sort of thing, as long as it's well done and contributes to the development of the characters. It's a long one at over 800 pages, but I read this in just over a week. It's been about a week since I finished and I have a serious book hangover. I can see myself coming back to this one often. 5/5.
I Let You Go | Clare MackIntosh
I Let You Go opens with a tragedy- a young boy and his mother are crossing the street and the boy breaks away from his mom and gets fatally hit by a car. Not a spoiler- this literally happens within the first 3 pages. The story then details what happens next. We get to hear from many viewpoints, including from the detectives who are investigating the hit and run and from the killer. There's a big twist about halfway through and the book takes a turn toward the dark. However, I thought it added to the story and I read the second half a lot faster than the first. It was a good book, a page turner, but probably not something I'll need to read again. I just thought parts of it were too brutal and too unlikely. 3.5/5
Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
This was my Book of the Month pick and was one of my favorites of the year (so far)! Its tagline is #WTFThatEnding and the book is aptly suited to it. Louise is a single mother and on a rare night out meets a man. Things abruptly get cut off and she comes to find out that - surprise!- he is her new boss. She also ends up running into David's wife Adele, and the two start to develop a sincere, if not bizarre, friendship. Adele is strangely afraid of and controlled by David, and Louise will do anything to find out what is really going on and to help her friend. I really thought I had a grip on how this was going to end, but I was wrong. It was fast paced, well written, and very entertaining. I've never read a book quite like this. 5/5
Caraval | Stephanie Garber
Admittedly, Caraval was something that I picked that was a little out of my wheelhouse. I tend to read psychological thrillers, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, historical fiction, etc, so for me to grab a new release YA book was a bit of a departure. However, I saw the cover of this book all over Instagram so I thought I'd pick it up. I really like YA when it's done well (like in the Lunar Chronicles). Caraval was fine. It's about two sisters who are captivated by this magical carnival-like scavenger hunt that takes place every year. Scarlett is the older and much more conservative sister who is set to marry a man she's never met. Tella is the carefree daredevil who takes as many chances as she can. Scarlett has been writing the enigmatic grand master of the event, Legend, for years and finally gets her invite to play the game. She is coerced by her sister and ends up attending (just for one day!) but finds out that the entire hunt revolves around finding Tella, who's been kidnapped. I really wanted to love this book, but I found that I did not care about the characters. Scarlett was boring and too insecure. The father was unnecessarily and graphically cruel. Tella was unlikable and arrogant. Yet somehow... there is a small piece of me who hopes that things will pick up in the rest of the books in the series, and I know I'll end up reading book 2. I'd rate it a 3/5, but if you're someone who loves YA then you might like it more than I did.
The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress | Ariel Lawhon
This was a cool little book. What drew me in was that it is a fictional account the true disappearance of Judge Crater. Crater was a prominent judge in the 1930s who mysteriously disappears after having dinner with his mistress one night. The story is told in flashback and the reader gets to hear from (you guessed it!) Crater's wife, his maid, and from his mistress. It was interesting to see how this story worked itself out and I liked the ending. I thought it came together really well and the author did a good job setting up the story in this period of time while staying true to the facts of what actually happened. I also found out, after reading the book, that Ariel Lawhon is a founder of an online book club, She Reads. Happy to support a fellow book blogger! Rated- 4/5.
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