My desire to pick up a book comes in waves. I can go months without reading and then suddenly, all at once, feel an urge to power through five novels in four weeks. I always feel really overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a book and more often than not, am totally guilty of judging a book by its cover. I always find myself perusing the book section on Amazon for hours on end, but at the end of the day I tend to gravitate towards easy-reads with murder mysteries, love affairs and humor mushed all in to one paperback.
I find book reviews and suggestions from my peers extremely helpful, which is why I felt inclined to round up a few of my most recent reads this summer.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware — This book was easy, but kept me super enthralled throughout the entire novel. Without giving away too much, it was basically like reading a dark and twisty episode of a Law & Order SVU (my favorite). After Lo’s first night on the cruise ship, you’re determined to figure if someone really was thrown overboard, and how it all plays out while stuck at sea. You’ll be done with the book before you know it.
Big little lies by Liane Moriarty — I don’t know if it was the raw, flawed relationships or the eagerness to find out who in fact had been murdered, but I could not put this book down. You’ve undoubtedly heard buzz of the Big Little Lies HBO series, which was very good, but it did not do the book justice, and I think that speaks to the author’s talent. I highly, highly recommend this book, you won’t be disappointed.
Vacationers by Emma Straub — The Vacationers was a little more juvenile than the first two books, but it was a feel-good read, which I liked. I zipped through half of the book on the flight to Hawaii and had to force myself to put it down so I had some reading material on the beaches. Between the island vibes, the affairs, lies and the dysfunctional family dynamics, this book was light and airy— perfect for a read-it-with-sunglasses-on-
Fly Me by Daniel Riley — This one was hard to get in to. I wasn’t fully invested in Fly Me until after the first 150 pages, which is where I finally began to understand and enjoy the storyline. Set in Southern California in the 1970’s, Fly Me is a politically incorrect book about family struggle, drug trafficking and travel. You won’t be bored, I promise.
How to murder your life by Cat Marnell — I only just started this book, but can already tell that I am going to love it. How to Murder Your Life is a memoir of Cat Marnell, ex-associate beauty editor at Lucky, who struggled between ambition and a prescription drug addiction. Cat is funny and real, and that’s right up my alley.