Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What I've Been Reading Lately

I've been on a reading kick lately. Don't get me wrong I love a Netflix binge as much (or more) as the next girl. But, often after a long day of staring at the work computer all day I need a break from screen time.  I still read some on my Kindle Fire which is a screen but it's just different than watching TV or browsing Pinterest for hours. 

Here is a roundup of the books I've read in the past couple months. I've also included in my opinion the ranking on a scale of 1-5.  I keep up with all my books on Goodreads so be sure to follow! 




On the face of it, Emma and Nina have very little in common. Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds her confidence is fading fast. Nina--sophisticated, generous, effortlessly in control--seems to have all the answers. (Goodreads)
I stayed up past my bedtime last night finishing this one up. The subtle suspense and mystery of this book truly makes it stand out. It's honestly kind of creepy. The structure is very Gone Girl-ish in how the narrative switches back and forth between the two main characters.

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.  Then Bernadette disappears. (Goodreads)

This book was just strange to me. I understand that it is written as a satire but I just couldn't get into it and honestly had to force myself to read it. I've read several reviews of the book trying to figure out WTH was going on and apparently if you like other books by Maria Semple you'll also like this one. It just wasn't for me. 


Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. (Goodreads)

Liane Moriarty can so far do no wrong in my book. I first fell in love with her writing when I read What Alice Forgot and have since read several other of her books. Her books are the perfect light reads but also combine a sense of intellect, mystery, and glimpses into society. Keep it up Liane Moriarty--I want to see more! 


An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems. (Goodreads)

This book is so engaging that I finished it in just a few days. It's a suspense in every sense of the word because nothing is as it seems until the very end. I highly recommend this one if you like mystery/suspense.

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Your turn! What have you been reading lately?




28 comments:

  1. I just started The Good Girl! So glad to hear it's that good!

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  2. I read the good girl recently! I want to check out Her.

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  3. I think I'll get to that Liane Moriaty book soon. I've read a couple of hers already and they haven't been bad. I'm reading a YA series now called The Selection and I love it! Trish - tales from trish

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  4. A great one for you to read this weekend in HHI is "On the Island" by Tracy Garvis Graves. I have read it twice.

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  5. I read The Good Girl and really liked it - especially the surprise ending! - but her next book, Pretty Baby wasn't as good in my opinion. I read On The Island, too, and liked it.

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  6. I'm such a huge fan of Liane Moriarty, all her books are amazing! And I felt the same way about Where'd You Go Bernadette. I rated it a little higher but it was definitely a bit weird.

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  7. Ooooh I have been wanting to read The Good Girl, glad to hear it was good!

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  8. All of these but the first are on my to read list. Her looks interesting, I added it to Goodreads!

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  9. I can't wait to read The Good Girl! It sounds so good!

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  10. I love to read and I haven't read of these yet! Thanks for featuring them!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  11. Ooh, Big Littlw Lies sounds good! I read We Were Liars a few weeks back. Woah. Talk about a twist!

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  12. ohhh 'big little lies' sounds interesting! i just read "where'd you go bernadette" and i liked it! it could be because i'm actually traveling to antarctica in november (i can't tell if the book made me more nervous or helped me) and i live in portland so much of the 'seattle freeze' they talk about happens here. basically...i'm biased :)

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  13. Sociology was one of my majors and I could literally write a thesis on Laine Moriarty. One of our best contemporary authors today. I have not read this one yet but a copy is on our end table as we speak! Love it when an actual person not a professional reviewer gives us honest thoughts!!! Thank you!! ;-)

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  14. I read the Husband's Secret recently and really liked it. I'll have to check out the good girl, that looks good!

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  15. I can't believe you didn't just love where'd you go Bernadette!!! that's one of my favorite books!! So strange! But I love big little lies even more.

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  16. I'm a big Liane Moriarty fan and just finished a 3rd book by her (What Alice Forgot). She's now one of my favorite authors! Last night I started Judy Blume's new book, In the Unlikely Event.

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  17. Ooh! All of these look like great options! I'm reading Scary Close by Donald Miller right now. It's not a novel or a beach read, but definitely a good one!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  18. I would be sure to read Her since I loved Gone Girl. Girl on the train of Paula Hawkins was similar to Gone Girl. It was a very interesting read.

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  19. I'm all about the trashy romance novels. You should really try Kate Graykowski sometime.

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  20. I'll have to pin to this post because I'm always on the lookout for good reads... the creepiness in Her and Scandals in Big Little Lies sound appealing! :o)


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today’s Post: Blue Porcelain Print Dress

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  21. The Good Girl was such a good book. I loved the twist at the end! I wasn't expecting it at all.

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  22. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who didn't care for Where'd You Go Bernadette. I had heard and read such good things about it, so I was excited to read it. But I was quite disappointed. I don't even think I ended up finishing it because I got to a point where I felt like I didn't even care what happened next.

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  23. I Loved the Good Girl (so much better than Girl on the Train). I'm doing more reading for my work life now but need to create my list for later. I keep forgetting that Liane Moriarity wrote What Alice Forgot (which I loved). I'm putting her on my To Read list.

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  24. I felt meh about The Good Girl most of the book until the end (which I liked). I knew a big twist was coming but it seemed to take forever to get there! Big Little Lies is on my list to read, I've heard such great things!

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  25. I'm starting Big Little Lies for my book club next month - looking forward to it!

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  26. Big Little Lies was one of my favorite summer reads last summer. Where'd You Go Bernadette was also one of my favorites, though, too! I never saw the end of The Good Girl coming. I didn't love her second novel as much, but it had interesting psychological insights.

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  27. Your description of Her makes me really want to read it! Now to wait for the library loan. I agree with you on the other books, with the exception of Bernadette. Loved that one! But I can see how Maria Semple can be polarizing.

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