Well, that sure was a quick month of reading! I find it hard to believe that I’m here typing up what I read in September 2019 and my reviews, but here we are. Last month was definitely quality over quantity with the small amount of books I read, but two of the four blew me away. So, I’ll keep this intro short and get straight into the books!
THE LAST BOOK PARTY by Karen Dukess
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars; a roundabout coming-of-age story that’s overall forgettable. It explores class differences in a somewhat high-society vacation beach town, a young woman that doesn’t yet know who she is (even though she thinks she does) or what the hell she wants, and the all-over-the-place relationships that come about as a result. No subject or character was really explored for that long, and the ones that were provided really elusive details that I guess were supposed to provide an air of mystery. I was mostly bored and left wanting more. My other gripe? It was set in the ’80s, but I kept feeling like it was a period piece. Like, it should’ve been set somewhere between the 40s-60s. Maybe it was the style of writing and the descriptions of everything? Not sure.
THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars; it’s not How to Walk Away, but I loved the cuteness of it all. I couldn’t put it down! This is more romance-heavy than How to Walk Away; I didn’t find there to be the same level of emotional substance as we were given in that book. However, Cassie was really relatable, and I think a lot of women can find different characteristics of themselves in her. I know I did. Really the only ridiculous thing in this book was Cassie learning parkour from YouTube videos and basically mastering it in a month. I mean, c’mon! A little over-the-top.
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
My rating & recommendation: 5 stars; after the first 50 pages, I understood the hype. Equal parts coming-of-age/love story/murder mystery, it all finally came together. The writing is extremely descriptive and can drag at times, but once I put myself in Kya’s shoes I could see the beauty in it. That’s how she viewed and talked about the marsh herself, so it all really made sense. For a horribly lonely, somewhat depressing life, Kya also had a vivid life in the marsh and I think that’s what the author was trying to portray. There’s so many parts/quotes/lines in this book that I’m still processing and know that I will think back on often. I smiled, cried, even got angry and yelled at my book at times, which always tells me that’s a sign of a 5-star book.
A QUESTION OF US by Mary Jayne Baker
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & recommendation: 3 stars; chick-lit with a lot of potential that missed some marks. I loved and enjoyed so many aspects of this book – the group of friends, how ridiculously British everything was, the friends-to-lovers romance. But, there also was so much missing and quite a few things that got on my nerves! The story/plot line was pretty disjointed as a whole throughout, and certain subplots within the group of friends were glazed over as no big deal (when, in fact, the topic matter was pretty serious). Clarrie’s ongoing internal dilemma and quarter-life crisis also got old pretty fast. I understood that it needed to be discussed as it’s a key character-trait throughout the book, but I also didn’t need to be reminded of it on every. single. page.
Bottom line …
Things to Save in a Fire and Where the Crawdads Sing are absolute must-reads!
Currently reading: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella; American Royals by Katharine McGee; and Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
What’s on your reading list for the month?