I always think I’m going to have way more time to read in the summer but it didn’t really happen so I only have a few books to share from the last couple of months. All I would recommend and all very different!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – 4 stars
I went into reading this a little unsure because I heard such mixed reviews. Girl on the Train was such a hit that this book had a lot to live up to but it was completely different and definitely deserves to be evaluated as such. I really enjoyed it. Yes, there were way too many characters and points of view to read from, I could have done without a few and just read their stories secondhand. There also was no real protagonist I could get behind, no champion. Regardless, it was a really quick read and served it’s purpose of me not wanting to put it down. I also kind of like the supernatural aspect to the novel that I haven’t seen in a psychological thriller. Overall, I would recommend it to any thriller lovers.
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand – 4 stars
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Hilderbrand writes the best beach reads! This was the second novel I’ve read of hers and I love how her books are all connected by being set in Nantucket with the same residents. But each story is completely different and you can jump right into any one. The Castaways follow 4 couples who have been best friends for years, one couple dies tragically in a sailing accident and the remaining friends lives and secrets begin to unravel afterwards. I had a soft spot for all of the characters, they were all endearing in different ways and that’s unusual I think. It had a very nostalgic theme that I loved.
This has sold me on historical fiction – I did not think I would like it as much as I did. Although, it’s clearly romanticized and the authors took a lot of liberties, the life of Patsy Jefferson was fascinating. I listened to it on Audible and I think the colonial accent of the narrator made the storytelling even better. It’s very long but worth getting through the slower parts. I learned so much just because it inspired me to do some google searches about that revolutionary period and the Jefferson family as I was listening. Some parts of the book were quite tragic and the gender inequality at times infuriating but I think that was true to the time and made for a great story. I think anyone could appreciate this.