Monday, September 9, 2013

August Reads

August was a great month for me reading-wise. Not working + a week at the lake = reading three books in about 2 weeks. 

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson


I loved this book. At first it was just a good book, but after a bit it really sucked me in. It's the story of three generations of women who have had some major struggles. Ginny, aka Big, got pregnant at 15. Her daughter, Liza, got pregnant 15 years later. Then there's Mosey, Liza's daughter, who just turned 15. Mosey is terrified of following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. But bigger problems are coming to the Slocomb family, in the form of tiny bones found under a willow tree in their backyard. Bones that may uncover secrets buried long ago. The characters in this book are raw and flawed in a way that is heartbreaking yet also sweet. You want nothing more then for the three main characters to be okay in the end, and you get sucked into it. I really couldn't put is book down, and a week later I still find myself thinking about this book... That, to me, is the sign of an amazing book.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld


This book caught my eye when I read the blurb on the back. It sucked me in as the story of the President's wife. However, it took a long time to get to that point. It was basically the autobiography if a fictitious First Lady. At first I loved it and really felt connected to the main character, but then the author lost me. It was too much, too detailed, too long. There were too many pieces of the story and I found myself wanting her to get on with it already. The writing was great, and the characters very real. Some of them I loved, and others I loathed. I just didn't love how much of the story there was. Finally, when you got to the part of the book where she's married to the President.... The book is almost over! Not what I was expecting and possibly why I felt the other parts were too long.

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella


This is one of those fun, chick lit books that you speed through in about a day. There's not much substance, but it's an enjoyable read all the same. It's the story of a woman whose whole focus in life has been building her career as a lawyer and trying to make partner. On the day she is supposed to be announced as the youngest partner at her firm, she discovers a multi-million dollar mistake she made. Panicked and overwhelmed, she leaves the city and escapes. She finds herself outside a beautiful house in the country. When she goes to the door to ask for a drink of water, she is mistaken for the new housekeeper. She needs a place to stay for the night, so she plays along. The next morning she plays a little longer. Before she knows it she's no longer playing, she's actually learning to become a housekeeper. This book was cute because it was full of mishaps and adventures, a little romance and a lot of laughs. Not something to read if you're looking for a deep, meaningful book, but a great beach read. 

1 comment:

  1. I love reading what others think of books. The first books seems like book I will have to read. I have been finding myself reading more and more lately. Which says a lot because I have always been an avid reader.


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