This was another great month for books. So many good ones! It was such a well-rounded month in terms of books. A political memoir that I absolutely loved (if you are an Obama fan it’s a MUST), a great historical fiction novel, a thriller, a novel that really made me think AND a fun, juicy YA read. Lots to share and pretty much something for everyone!
If you’re looking for a book, don’t forget – you can always check out my Book Club Page. I have literally listed every.single.book I’ve read in the past few years…. and you can filter + search (memoir, light read, historical fiction, thriller, etc!) to find exactly what you’re looking for And of course, you can also take a peek at last month’s reading list, which was one of my favorites to date.
AND… (if you have a moment!) Please comment and tell me what you are reading… your suggestions are always my favorite… I literally shop the comments section of these posts (a few of this month’s books were recommendations from you)… you always have such good recommendations for me, which I really appreciate!
* Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, by Alyssa Mastromonaco was the first political memoir I’ve read in a while and I really loved it. I know not all of us share the same political views so if you aren’t an Obama fan go ahead and skip this one but I personally LOVE and MISS the man every day so this was fun for me. I also just took such a liking to Mastromonaco. She seemed like the funny, smart, humble old sister I always wished for. She held so much power as his deputy chief of staff yet manages to be humble and realistic, joking about bathroom problems, splitting her pants, and all sorts of things. I tore through this on my trip to London and Ireland – finding myself inspired, laughing, and kind of wishing I worked in politics. I really loved it!
* The Address, by Fiona Davis (who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors) was so good… if you’re into historical fiction, you’ll love it. (Fiona Davis also wrote The Dollhouse, which I reviewed (and LOVED) back in February’s reading list.) Similar to The Dollhouse, it takes place in a historic building in New York City, alternating back and forth between two different time periods. In this case, it’s the 1880’s and the 1980’s. There’s a bit of a murder mystery going on and it alternates between the story of Sarah Smythe (the “managerette” (what a title) of the building in 1885) and Bailey Camden (a struggling interior designer in 1985). The characters are incredibly likable and relatable and I could not put it down!
* The Silent Sister, by Diane Chamberlain, is a little older (from 2015!) but hadn’t been on my radar until one of you suggested it in a previous reading list. I had read other books by the author (Pretending to Dance) Oh my goodness, if you want a thriller that you won’t be able to put down, this is your book. I stayed up until 4am one night just to finish it. Elements remind me a lot of Gone Girl. The main character, Riley, grows up thinking that her older sister Lisa committed suicide. After her father passes away, further details unwind and we learn that the older sister may still be alive. I don’t want to spoil anything for you but there are tons of great plot twists… just when you think you’ve guessed it, another twist arises. I really, really loved this one.
* The Power, by Naomi Alderman, has me torn. The idea is pure brilliance. Like, I hope they make it a television show. But I felt like the writing could be better. There were a lot of grammatical errors (maybe because it was the first run) and syntax issues. (I feel badly saying this as I couldn’t write a book like this), but the way that it was written took away from the plot. The plot was so good but it didn’t read smoothly… if that makes any sense. This could just be a personal thing but I had to point it out. Anyway, like I said, the plot is such a good one. Suddenly, teenage girls discover this new power inside them… with a flick of their fingers, they can send a jolt of electricity.. hurting, even killing others. The whole world goes into chaos. It alternates between the stories of an ambitious politician + her daughter, a down and out girl from London, a foster child who runs away, and a Nigerian boy who leaves home to document it all. I loved the story, I loved the feminist angle and the way that gender roles end up totally reversed… but the writing just felt a little off for me, especially when some critics are calling it the next Handmaid’s Tale. I just expected more.
* The Dazzling Heights, by Katherine McGee is the sequel to The Thousandth Floor which I read and wrote about last month and LOVED. This trilogy is one of the best YA series I’ve read in a while – I just tear through them. It’s like Gossip Girl, but set in the future, a hundred years from now in 2118. It picks up right where the first one left off (I don’t want to give away too much in case you haven’t read the first one!!) after the death of one of the main characters. I just love it. It’s juicy, guilty pleasure YA at it’s best. Basically a slightly sci-fi, futuristic version of Gossip Girl. If you love YA and/or Gossip Girl you have to get started on this trilogy ASAP!!
Disclosure: With the exception of The Dazzling Heights (the author saw my review of the first one and sent me a copy) everything was purchased with my own money.