Hi, my name is Grace and I really like to read. A lot. Possibly too much, if reading too much can be a thing? I am from the camp that people need to read more, but I may possibly be a dying breed. So, last month, I mentioned my disappointment that The Widow was a great read… but had no twist. I found the book enjoyable, but you just can’t call something “The Next Gone Girl,” if there is no plot twist. That’s just torture and mean, especially for those of us who like to get our adrenaline rush via the printed page. Fear not. This month, I picked up three realllllly good books (one of them recommended in the comments here) both, having epic twists. Without further adieu, here’s what I read + loved this month.
Truly, Madly, Guilty is the latest from Liane Moriarty, one of my all-time favorite authors. Okay, hear me out. I have read all of her books and this is her worst one. But it’s still really good. I ended up really enjoying it, but it took me a very long time to really get into it. I had a hard time relating to the characters until the plot got juicy (which was about 40% through the book). That being said, I still liked it. It deals with three couples that hang out at a BBQ. Something terrible happens. You see how they all cope, then you find out what happens, then things get resolved, and you learn a few more juicy bits. Her portrayal of the relationships between both the couples and the female friends are very real. I just wish it didn’t take so long to get to the good part.
Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld, took me all of one day to read. Literally. It was a cloudy Sunday afternoon and I was supposed to be working on my blog. Instead, I was reading this. I couldn’t put it down. I just loved it so much. It’s a modern day telling of Pride & Prejudice which wasn’t particularly compelling to me, but I love the author’s work. She does such a great job describing the dynamic between families (especially sisters) and the love stor(ies) involved are also very raw and real. I had to know what happened next and kept reading right on through til the evening, which to me is the sign of a great book.
The Woman in Cabin 10 might be this summer’s big thriller (everyone I know is raving about it!) and I will say that it completely lived up to the hype (with a big twist… yes!) I will say that it’s extremely dark. I got to a point where I couldn’t read it before bed as I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep (I live by myself). But I loved it, everyone loved it, it’s kinda just mandatory that you read it to talk about it!
The Light Between Oceans will break your heart. It is a great book (and an older-ish one, though the paperback just came out) but I picked it up because I had been invited to an advanced screening of the movie, and I always read the book before seeing the movie. I wish I didn’t… it left me in tears. Then again, the movie is pretty heartbreaking as well.
We Were Liars really threw me. It’s a shorter book (and from the Young Adult section), and I only picked it up because one of you recommended it in July (THANK YOU, Marisa!) It started out so innocently, detailing a wealthy family’s charming existence on a family island off of Martha’s Vineyard. And then everything sort of just goes to hell, and there is this massive twist. I had the misfortune of reading it right before a party and was so distraught over the ending + twist and had no one to talk to about it!!!
The Girls was another reader recommendation and was so creepy! The actual plot isn’t something I would choose for myself (it deals with a Northern California cult in the sixties and a murder). What stood out to me about this one is the way it was written. The author, Emma Cline, has a really beautiful way with words – you’d never believe it was her first novel.
I Let You Go was sent to me by the publisher after last month’s reading list and oh my gosh I am so glad they did. It was funny and thoughtful of them – the publicist noticed my disappointment in The Widow (also one of their books) and said that based upon my feelings there, I absolutely had to this! Anyway… it really kept me on my toes with one crazy twist and then another. The first twist is in the middle and completely threw me off my game. The second came later. I highly, highly recommend this. As I write this, I wish I could re-read it. If you loved Gone Girl and/or all of the Liane Moriarty books as much as I did, you will love this! Order immediately.
PS – Want more? Check out my June, July, + August reading lists! And as always, let me know what you are reading in the comments. Please! I don’t want to beg or anything but I really love your recommendations and usually find myself spending a million dollars on Amazon based upon the comments section of this post.