What I’ve Read Lately

Looks like the last time I did a book review was in March, so I have some catching up to do!

Rating system:
1 ★ don’t even bother
2 ★★ it’ll be a struggle and probably not worth your time
3 ★★★ not the worst, but not my favorite
4 ★★★★ kept me intrigued – you should read it
5 ★★★★★ I would read it again (maybe even buy it) – you should definitely read it

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Franny is a struggling actress in NYC who is coming up on the last days of the deadline she gave herself to “make it” in the acting world. There are many highs and lows, but Franny’s humorous and quirky take on things makes for an enjoyable read. I did feel like I was reading part of Lauren Graham’s autobiography.

 Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
In this psychological thriller, Grace and Jack seem to be the “perfect” couple. But we quickly learn that Jack is not who he seems to be. While I have to warn that the content is somewhat disturbing, I always find it fascinating how depraved humans can be.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
This was another quick, hilarious read of Mindy’s. She talks about actor and director life, food, relationships and everything in between.

The Chemist
by Stephenie Meyer
Some of you might recognize the author from the Twilight series (which I have never read), but this novel has nothing to do with vampires. An ex-agent is on the run from her former employees, but when she agrees to take on one more job for them, things don’t exactly turn out as agreed. Definitely a page turner that had me finding every spare moment to read.

Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman
As I prepare to bring my first child into the world, I was fascinated by this French take on pregnancy, childbirth and child raising. Pamela, an American mother living in France, discusses how French children sleep through the night very early on, don’t throw food and generally eat whatever is put in front of them.

Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch
This alternate-universe science fiction novel is not a genre I typically read, but someone recommended it, so I picked it up on a library run. Jason Dessen is knocked out and wakes up on a gurney in a world he isn’t familiar with. As he tries to get back to the life he knows with his wife and son, he must overcome several obstacles and open the right door.

Love and First Sight
by Josh Sundquist
A quick and easy read, this story focuses on blind-from-birth Will Porter and his transition from a special needs school to a regular high school. When the opportunity for an experimental surgery that could give him his eyesight arises, Will decides to take the chance and have the surgery. Recovery is not what he expects it to be, but the new friends he’s made help him through the transition.

What have you been reading lately?

February Book Review

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
I’m a huge fan of Gilmore Girls, so when I saw that Lauren Graham wrote an autobiography, I couldn’t wait to read it.  She writes about her life growing up, her journey to becoming an actress and then one day while filming Parenthood questioning if she “made it”. This was a fast read (maybe because I read it in her fast-talking voice 😉 ) and I enjoyed reading all her funny stories.
4 out of 5

Little Deaths by Emma Flint
In the middle of the night during a hot Queens, NY summer, both of Ruth’s children go missing and are eventually found dead. The police suspect her, but one reporter, Pete, is convinced she is innocent and determined to clear her name. But what is she really hiding?
The first part of this book was pretty interesting, then I felt like it was moving too slowly and not getting anywhere, even though Flint takes a unique twist on crime drama and you don’t really know who did it until the end.
3.5 out of 5

What did you read in February?

January Book Review

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
I had read all of Liane Moriarty’s books and couldn’t wait for this last one to come to our library. All of her books are set in Australia, so sometimes I read the conversations in my head with an Australian accent. I’m weird. Moving on.
Something drastic has happened at a summer barbecue and created a rift between two friends. Moriarty frustratingly drags on the revelation of the traumatic incident, going back and forth between the present and “the day of the barbecue.” This wasn’t my favorite book of hers, but I kept reading to find out what had actually happened.
3.5 out of 5
Orphan Train by Christina Baker
Janssen recommended this book so I grabbed it on a library run. The story  juxtaposes between the lives of Molly, a 17-year-old foster child who has been passed around from different homes and Niamh, a little Irish girl who was put on an orphan train in the late 1920s. Their paths eventually cross and they end up impacting each others’ lives in a way neither one of them expected.
5 out of 5
Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
I’ve read a couple of Hilderbrand’s books, and all the ones I’ve read are set in Nantucket. Makes me want to take a summer vacation there someday!
Here’s to Us is about the 3 wives (past and current) of celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe. Generally, they try to avoid each other at all costs. But Deacon’s death brings them all together under one roof and they have several decisions to make.
3 out of 5 stars
What have you been reading lately?