For the past few months I have found myself in a terrible book slump. I have started a few, only to become disappointed and quit reading. I have also ordered some books and not been inspired to pick them up. I am not sure what my problem has been. Thankfully, that appears to be over now. I visited Amazon yesterday and realized that loads of my favorite authors have put out new books and I have a whole list of lovely novels that I cant wait to dive right in to. Here are a few of them:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I know Liane Moriarty is very well known for having written The Husband’s Secret but my favorite book from her is What Alice Forgot. I found it really relatable. I hope Big Little Lies is just as good! I downloaded it to my iPad last night and I am counting down the minutes until I can start reading on my commute home.
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg. I don’t know a huge amount about Ms. Von Furstenberg except that she is successful designer with an incredible sense of style and she used to be a fixture at Studio 54 back in the day. I am hoping she includes some juicy details into this tome!
Saving Grace by Jane Green. I have been a Jane Green fan for years and have read all her books. Her last novel, Tempting Fate, was totally vile. I found her characters annoying, whiny and totally unrelatable. I am hoping that that was just a one-off and she returns to writing books as enjoyable as Jemima J and Bookends.
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella. I love this whole series. It is very whimsical and fun. Perfect beach read. I just wish I were actually on a beach reading it instead of suffering during these 19 degree NYC days! Brrrrr!
The Carrier by Sophie Hannah. As you can tell by my list of books above – I tend to gravitate towards the happy, girly stuff. This one is different. This is a crime novel featuring two detectives and it will be dark and dirty and impossible to put down. Sophie Hannah’s stories remind me of Gone Girl. The characters are not always likable but you are so intrigued by the story that you have to keep reading to find out how the book ends.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about books (which is a shame because reading is one of my favorite hobbies). I have a two hour commute to work every day (one hour each way) on a quiet express bus. It is perfect for getting lost in a good book. I used to be unable to read in a moving vehicle because it made me extremely nauseous but for some reason I can do it on my iPad without a problem. Here are my thoughts on some of the books I’ve read lately:
Tempting Fate by Jane Green. I usually love Jane Green. Jemima J., Bookends and Mr. Maybe are amazing. If you have not read them, you definitely should. That being said, I wasn’t wild about Tempting Fate. Gabby is the main character and even though we have things in common (we have both been with our spouses for many years and have daughters) I didn’t find her terribly relatable. She was extremely flighty and superficial. We are told throughout the book that she is loyal, smart, dependable but her actions show her to be the opposite time and time again. Also, her husband is a kind and caring man and a wonderful father and she betrayed him throughout the book in both big and small ways. It was difficult to root for her. I almost stopped reading because I really did not care for her and was not interested in how things turned out. I would pass on this one.
Little Face by Sophie Hannah. I learned about Sophie Hannah in February and I have totally binged out on her books since then. I usually can predict the conclusion of a mystery novel in advance and then when I get there I am a little disappointed that I was right. Sophie Hannah is so talented at adding in bits of information that are misleading and changing the direction of the story throughout that I never know how it will end. She has fooled me in every one of her Spilling CID novels so far including this one. The premise is: Alice Fancourt leaves her new baby in the care of her husband, David, for the first time since giving birth. When she returns home she realizes that the baby sleeping in Florence’s crib is not hers. It is a different baby. Her husband swears it is the same child. This book is compelling, twisted and I couldn’t put it down. I definitely recommend it and the rest of Ms. Hannah’s books.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Cecilia Fitzpatrick, has a great life. She has three beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband. While he is away on business she discovers a letter addressed to her that should be opened in the event of his death. The contents of the letter rock her entire World and change the lives of Rachel and Tess, even though they barely know Cecilia. This book tells three stories at once that intersect at the end. I was reluctant to read it at first due to all the hype but it was fabulous. I couldn’t wait to see how everything turned out. I am now reading another Liane Moriarty book, What Alice Forgot, and I am totally sucked into it already.
What are you guys reading? Please share your thoughts on the books above or any standout books you wish to recommend!