I have talked about my reading problem before, but I have a book addiction. I limit how much I go to the library, because I don’t just read books, I become engrossed. Meaning, I usually finish books within 3-4 days.
Meaning, I am having a hard time remembering all the books I read this year. Yeah, it’s that big of a problem.
I will try and give a recap of 2015 so far…
Last Letter from Your Lover Jojo Moyes
It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply “B”, asking her to leave her husband.
Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper’s archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie’s search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance.
I liked this book. It was definitely not as good as Me Before You (her other book I have read), but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was slow moving at first and a tad redundant. After the first half, it definitely picked up. I recommend this read!
Here I Go Again Jen Lancaster
Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn’t understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped…beloved…feared. Present day, not so much. She’s been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband, and kicked out of her condo. Now, at thirty-seven, she’s struggling to start a business from her parents’ garage and sleeping under the hair-band posters in her old bedroom.
Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was. Her present is miserable because of her past. But it’s not like she can go back in time and change who she was…or can she?
This book was a quick and easy read. But it wasn’t all that good. I have loved many of Jen’s books, and was excited when I found this. However, it was sort of dumb. Not at all as fun as Bitter is the New Black.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky Nancy Horan
At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a better life for all of them, and to pursue her own desires. Not long after her arrival, however, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets a lively Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the earthy, independent, and opinionated “belle Americaine.”
This reminded me a lot of The Paris Wife. Only, more dull. It was very slow moving. Great book to fall asleep too.
The Silver Star Jeannette Wells
It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.
I thought this book was really good, and would recommend it. It is not an easy read, as it touches on tough subjects. However, I really enjoyed it and read half of it in one day.
Chasing Harry Winston Lauren Weisberger
Meet Emmy, Leigh, and Adriana. Best friends since college, each has seen her share of career foils and romantic foibles over the past decade. Now, as they approach thirty, they’re looking toward their future…but despite all the success and luxuries they’ve attained—they’re not quite sure they like what they see.
I loved the Devil Wears Prada, and was hoping for a book at that level. However, I actually almost stopped reading this book. I don’t ever do that. Definitely at the bottom of my list for the year.
What are some of your favorite books? I need to add some to my “must read” list.