This was a busy month of reading (just the way I like it!) Three thrillers, an old-Hollywood style memoir/mystery, and a satire… it was a good month! If you read one thing from this list make it The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – so, so good! I can’t stop thinking about it. As always, for more recommendations you can check out my Book Club page, where you can filter all of my favorite books by genre… and also take a peek at last month’s reading list!
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… you guys have such good recommendations!
* Party Girls Die In Pearls by Plum Sykes was a reader recommendation. I had been in the mood for something fluffy and juicy and while this one was that (it’s a fun Nancy Drew style mystery set in the eighties at Oxford), it was more complex than I had anticipated. It was a really fun read, and I could not put it down. And, I didn’t guess the ending which has been happening quite a bit lately. In the beginning I had a hard time following along (all of the characters – mostly aristocrats had funny nicknames, so it was a bit confusing) but once I got them all straight, I was hooked!
* The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid may have been the best book I read all summer. I can’t decide, as that’s a rather grand statement. But it’s literally nothing like what I thought it would be and I absolutely devoured it – reading it in all of 24 hours. Evelyn Hugo is an aging old Hollywood star and commissions a rather unheard of journalist to do an interview with her. Her story is a wild one – heart warming, glamorous, deceitful at times… you won’t be able to put it down. As her story unwinds, it becomes obvious that Evelyn + Monique (the journalist) have intertwined lives. I can’t say enough good things about this… I still get chills just thinking about the plot!
* Startup by Doree Shafrir (a long time Buzzfeed editor which makes sense) is best explained by one of my best friends (and former BaubleBar co-workers). It isn’t a great book, but it’s good… and if you’ve ever worked at a startup or tech company, you will get such a kick out of it! This one didn’t remind me of BaubleBar which was (lucky for me) female-founded and a very girl-power culture… but after attending so many panels and networking events in that space you (I may get in trouble for writing this) become so weary of many of the men in that world. The overinflated egos and self-importance.. yuck. So I loved this story which involves a young female journalist who essentially manages to take down the (overconfident, egotistical) founder of one of the big NYC startups. It’s satire at it’s finest… you may not appreciate it if you aren’t familiar with the startup world but if you are I think you will love it! It’s funny and empowering.
* The Lying Game by Ruth Ware is a book I’d been really excited for as my aunt raved and raved about it, and I loved The Woman in Cabin 10 (read my review of that here). This one is about four women who were high school best friends and endured a traumatic event during boarding school. Something happens that brings them all back to the town they went to school in, and a little Agatha Christie-style mystery ensues. I really enjoyed it and read it in two days. I will say that I liked The Woman in Cabin 10 a little better, but this is definitely still a great followup. Ruth Ware is definitely becoming one of my favorite authors in the thriller/mystery space!
* The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad came HIGHLY recommended from several of you in previous reading lists. I will be honest, it took me a little while to get into. The author’s style of writing is less fluffy than other thrillers. He writes very descriptively with a lot of details so you can’t just read it in a day or two – it takes longer. That isn’t a bad thing, but I can be really impatient when it comes to my thrillers… I want to devour them, whereas this was a little slower to read. That being said, I really enjoyed it. The plot line is extremely gory… more horror story than thriller and there are several little subplots and mysteries that keep you going. It centers around a detective (whose sister was brutally murdered years and years ago) and a string of ultra grotesque murders that seem to be connected. I finished it on Sunday and can’t stop thinking about it!