If there was anything I accomplished on my lengthy things-i'd-like-to-do this summer list, it was getting through some of the books I've wanted to read for while. I didn't make it to the gym daily or cook all of my meals from the farmer's market like I thought I would but I did read. a lot.
we were liars by E. Lockhart I'll admit I did not think I would love this book as much as I did. I don't tend to get behind young adult novels as much as other people I know but we were liars didn't disappoint. The story follows a wealthy family's summers on an island off a Massachusetts. After a tragedy one of the children tries to piece her life, memories and family back together. She knows she was involved in a traumatic event but doesn't remember what happened and no one will tell her. I couldn't put this one down.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn I loved Gone Girl so I don't know why it took me so long to pick up Dark Places. With a movie release date of November 2014, I wanted to finish it this summer. At times I found myself getting lost in the very dark and often disturbing story other times I grew bored waiting for something to happen. If you don't mind some gory murder details and are looking for a mystery to flip through, I recommend this book. However, if you haven't read Gone Girl yet, start there. I thought it was much better.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Full disclosure: I couldn't finish this book. I'd read, put it down, pick it up again. Repeat. After about a third of the way through I laid it to rest. Life After Life explores the many possible paths a life can take and while I found that concept interesting, the story didn't hold my attention.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg This book has already had its moment but I still think it is an important read for women and men. Not a typical summer page turner but I flew through it in a couple of days. If you have the chance, pick it up.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Do you have any summer reads I should fit in before summer is over? (noooo I can't believe it's almost over)
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