Quick Lit | September 2016
Time to take a look back at the books I've been reading this past month! I always have to laugh, because the books that I say I'm going to read for the month rarely end up being the ones I read. I blame it on the library and all of my holds inevitably coming in at the same time.
Tiny Little Thing | Beatriz Williams
It's safe to say that I am firmly a fan of Beatriz Williams. Tiny Little Thing is Book 2 in the Schuyler Sister series and it did not disappoint. The Schuyler Sister series is a group of 3 books that tells a story from each of the sisters' perspective. The series starts with curious and outspoken Vivian as the protagonist. Tiny is the lead in Book 2. She is Vivian's perfect little sister, who seemingly has it all. She is (you guessed it), tiny, smart, beautiful, and married to a man who is on the fast track to becoming president of the United States. This book had a twist that I definitely was not expecting, and I ended up being very happy with the ending. It’s a story told from multiple viewpoints but isn’t hard to follow. I think it's so interesting that Williams is able to create these characters that have voices that are so different from one another, yet clearly come from the same family. I recommend this series if you like books with likable characters and strong female leads. The series is set in the 60s but it reads very modern. I immediately picked up book 3 and proclaimed my love for the Schuyler Sisters to the author, Beatriz Williams, on Instagram, and she replied with this:
Can’t wait! And I love an author that interacts with her fans. Rating: 4/5
Don't You Cry | Mary Kubica
This was a pleasant surprise, ya'll! I've written about this book and author more than once here. I LOVED the first book that I read of hers, The Good Girl, and borderline despised Pretty Baby (I find that the further away I am from a book that I didn't like... the stronger my feelings become. Anyone else?) Don't You Cry is definitely in the same vein as The Good Girl. Don't You Cry starts out as the simple story of two roommates in Chicago. One morning, as the hot mess roommate is recovering from a night out, she realizes that her type-A, reliable roommate is missing. She waits for her to come home, and waits, and waits. And she doesn't come back. We are also introduced to a young busboy living in Michigan. To be honest, the two stories seemed to be completely at odds with one another, but unraveling the mystery was part of the fun! I would recommend this book for anyone that likes a psychological thriller. Nearly all of the loose ends were tied up (but there was one still one very small piece that made me run to Goodreads to see what others thought about it...). Still, I was entertained and read this very fast. 4/5.
Valley of the Dolls
If you saw my last post, you know that I'm a giant fan of Valley of the Dolls. It was a book that was so ahead of its time and I loved getting to read about each of the ladies' lives. It's a touch cheesy and campy and that's why I love it. There were a few parts that surprised me and I loved watching the women make it, and then lose it... I'm going to read this one again and again. I see why it's on Amazon's list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. 5/5.
Ready Player One
I can't wait to write a full review on this one! Ready Player One was one of the best books I've read this year. (39 books in to the year... I think that's saying something!) I first heard about this book from Modern Mrs Darcy's podcast. Let's be honest... it's where I hear about a lot of my books. Ready Player One had SUCH an interesting premise. Basically, it's the future and we've used up all of the fossil fuels. A mad genius (who gives me Steve Job vibes) has created this virtual reality where most people spend the bulk of their time. The genius dies... and instead of having a traditional will vows to give his entire fortune to anyone who can solve a series of puzzles and find a very well hidden Easter egg in the world he created. There are a ton of 80's references, so you will especially like this one if you are a fan of the 80s and/or a dystopian buff.
That does it for this one! I think I'm starting on the beautiful Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert next!
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