Attached by Amir Levine. This is all about the science/psychology of attachment, specifically in romantic relationships. It’s interesting but I personally prefer The 5 Love Languages if you want to do a deep dive into your relationship.
Long Bright River by Liz Moore. This is about a young female police officer in Philadelphia whose sister is a heroin addict/sex worker. She tries to keep an eye out for her sister while not revealing to the force that she has a relationship with her. Then women start getting strangled and she’s concerned that her sister, who seems to be missing, is going to show up dead. I could not put this down and can see it being turned into a series for Netflix. That I would probably end up being overly critical of. Must read!!
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. I feel like I waited a long time for this book which may have contributed to my disappointment. It’s about a plane crash where only a 12-year-old boy survives. It follows him after the crash, and the other chapters are stories about the other passengers leading up to the crash. It sounds good in theory but I felt like it was slow, and also couldn’t decide whether it was supposed to be YA or not. So when I got The Farm, I quit.
The Farm by Joanne Ramos. This, I LOVED. On the surface it’s about a boutique surrogacy business for the uber-rich. But it’s also about race and class and feminism. Like an elevated beach read, if you will. I think it would be a great book club book and I couldn’t put it down.
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal. This is like the Pakistani version of Eligible aka one of my favorite books of all time. My mom recommended the audiobook and I liked it! Not as much as Eligible, of course, but it was still cute and a quick listen.
Defending Jacob by William Landay. I read this book probably 5 years ago and loved it but when I saw they had turned it into a miniseries on Apple TV +, I decided I wanted to re-read it. It really delivered again (somehow I had forgotten completely how it ended) and we are also really enjoying the show so far!!
Stories We Never Told by Sonja Yoerg. I picked this as my Kindle First book for April and I couldn’t get through it. I think I even quit before 40%. Sorry Sonja.
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. This is absolutely wild. It’s told from 3 different perspectives and involves a creepy family cult and some other crazy stuff and was a very entertaining listen for a day trip to VA Beach.
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner. This is a little beach-read-trashier than her usual vibe, but I liked it. It’s about an Instagram influencer who is asked to be the maid of honor in a “celebrity” wedding- the bride was her friend in high school but they haven’t spoken in years. Quick listen, not amazing but I enjoyed it.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. A woman in her late twenties who has it all in 2020 (amazing job, apartment, fiancee) has a very realistic dream/premonition about being in a different amazing apartment with a different guy in 2025. It’s… not as bad as it sounds. Despite the two main female characters being named Dannie and Bella. It was entertaining enough that I finished it (and I actually really liked the ending) but definitely borders on cheesy.
Expectation by Anna Hope. I was hoping this would be like Commencement which is one of my favorite books. Similar theme, flashing between female friends in their early 20s to their mid-30s and 40s. But it was just kind of boring and depressing. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Tell me all your quarantine reads! I’m excited for Rodham, The Jetsetters, and Pretty Things!