Another Kindle post with random photos interspersed, solely for color! Most of them are of food I was eating while reading.
Don’t worry- I will discuss the best and most beautiful wedding of all time, but I’m a little frazzled at the moment and need to give adequate time to that post. So in the meantime, get reading!
Freakonomics by Steven J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt. Getting some non-fiction in! Makes me seem smarter, right? See below for beach reads. The GS actually recommended this to me, because I peer-pressured him into listening to an audiobook. It’s basically about correlations between everyday things that you may think are unrelated, and how data can be interpreted in real life. I found the beginning super interesting and then it got less exciting, but still recommend. Especially if you’re a math nerd (ahem, Kelly.)
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty. Okay, Liane. Start writing more books. I think I’ve read them all now. I just can’t say enough good things about her writing style. Big Little Lies is still my favorite. They are turning it into a mini series which is SO exciting except Sheila and I are beyond angry that Nicole Kidman was cast as Celeste. She is way too old for that role, and in no way does she look “naturally” beautiful. I would have chosen Rosamund Pike, personally. Moving back to reading.
Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan. I mentioned in my last post that I was planning to re-read this, because I loved it so much when I read it about 5 years ago. Still couldn’t put it down. I forgot that there is some gritty stuff in there about female sex trafficking, but the story lines of the four characters are so great and I just love how realistic they are. It almost made me wish that I went to an all-women’s college. Almost. #loyolaforever
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. I listened to this one and LOVED it. Loved it so much that even if I was only going to be in the car for 5 minutes, I would turn it on. I’m not even sure I can tell you what it’s about without giving too much away, so you’ll just have to trust me.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand. This is definitely a YA novel, but pretty good. I read it on the plane to and from Tulsa. It’s about a 16 year old boy who commits suicide and it’s told from the perspective of his older sister. It got 4 1/2 stars on Amazon, which leads me to believe that most of the reviewers are in high school. I would give it closer to 3.
The Beach Club and The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand. More Nantucket novels. I didn’t love either of these- I think they were both earlier books of hers. I just really hated the main character in The Blue Bistro and I’m fairly positive that wasn’t Elin’s intent, so that one was tough to get into. I still have to get my hands on her new one (The Rumor) but obviously I need to wait until it’s free through my library. God forbid I give Amazon another $7.99 of my hard-earned money.
Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont. Wah wahhhh. What a downer. I was SO excited to read this because I randomly really liked the cover (??) oh and it has all that New York Times hype. And the first chapter or prologue thing was really intriguing but then it’s just.. depressing. There’s also this weird part in the middle where she flashes forward and tells you everything that happens to the characters later on in life. Which really only works because it basically doesn’t have a story line. Do you think the New York Times wants to hire me to review books?
Dare Me by Megan Abbott. Okay true life, I didn’t read this book. I downloaded the audiobook after I saw it on one of those Pinterest pages like “If you loved Gone Girl…” I need to stop believing those. I listened to the first hour of it while I was doing yoga on the dock (the whole meditating to the sound of the waves just doesn’t do it for me), but it’s about high school cheerleading sooo… enough said.
Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes. Came from the same “Gone Girl” teaser mentioned above. I actually read this whole book but should have invoked some kind of percentage-to-ditch rule. Just… no.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. I gave the highest of praise to The Rosie Project in my last kindle post, so I was suuuuper excited to get into the sequel. I loved it. I wouldn’t say it was better than the first one, but definitely a solid sequel. I want more.
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. I raved about Still Alice in an earlier Kindle post. This wasn’t quite as good as that, but I still really liked it. It’s about left neglect, which I learned about as an undergrad in speech-pathology. If you don’t know about left neglect (or even if you do) it’s a really interesting read. I think I also liked it because I identified with the narrator, who is a massive overachiever crazy perfectionist multi-tasker.
Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova. This one is about Huntington’s and ohhhh my goodness it’s so sad. And not in a cliche way that you would expect a book about Huntington’s to be sad. I loved the story, even though the end sort of leaves you hanging. Highly recommend.
As always, let me know if you have any other recommendations!