Because of the move, I haven’t had much time to read lately. Between the actual move itself, starting a new job, and adjusting to our new normal, there just hasn’t been much time or energy to give toward starting and finishing a book. However, I did manage to get a few books read over the summer, so I thought I’d write a quick post to share them with you all. Since I love to give and receive book recommendations, here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I read this book in May for book club. I was intrigued by the premise: a coming of age story of a young girl in an “end of the world” type setting, where the rotation of the earth has slowed and is causing the days and nights to continue growing in length. Since I’m not a scientist, I can’t judge the merits of that part of the novel. The story itself was promising enough, and I found the main character to be likable and relatable. It was a page-turner, as I kept hoping for some resolution to the catastrophic plight of the characters living in this altered world. However, no such resolution came, and the book ended rather abruptly for me. My rating: 3 stars.
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Though I’m generally not a King fan (I have read some of his older books, which were fine, just not my thing), I read this one upon the recommendation of a good friend. I was a little daunted by the length of the book at first (800+ pages), but it was so worth the time investment. I really enjoyed this novel. There were so many things about it that kept me hooked: the experience of history through the eyes of a modern narrator, the power of nostalgia, the Easter egg references to other King works, the compelling plot, a complicated love story, an enticing mystery, just to name a few! I highly recommend this one. My rating: 5 stars.
- Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. From Parenthood to Gilmore Girls, I’m a Lauren Graham fan, so when I heard she’d written a novel, I knew I had to give it a try. The story is one that Graham probably knows all too well: the struggle of a young actress trying to make it in New York City. Most of the characters were charming and witty, and I found Graham’s play on Salinger’s Franny and Zooey to be an unexpected and interesting nuance to the book. My disappointments with the novel were that the plot was fairly predictable and I found the main character to be kind of annoying at times. I also felt it ended too soon. My rating: 3 stars.
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I had never heard of this author prior to the suggestion of my friend Marisa, so I had no expectations going into this book. The main character is a TV writer workaholic who puts herself before the important people in her life, namely her husband. She’s on the brink of the biggest deal in her career, what she’s been working for pretty much all of her adult life, but her marriage is ripping at the seams. After she discovers a magic phone that lets her call into the past, she’s obsessed with the desire to repair the damage she’s done in her marriage. The story is an interesting premise, and though I found the main character to be self-absorbed and selfish (I’m apparently very critical of main characters), I couldn’t put the book down. The subject of a fairly normal married couple growing apart and then rekindling that connection (even across decades) is the meat of this story. My rating: 3 stars.
I’m always looking for good book recommendations, so I encourage you to share what you’ve been reading lately in the comments. Also, if you’ve read any of these books, let me know your thoughts!