Recent Reads {Summer 2014}

I’ve been really into reading lately, and had a few books I can’t seem to put down. Our library system has a great selection of ebooks, and I’ve been reserving them on a regular basis so I always have some reading material. Unfortunately, my system has now backfired on me and I have 6 books to read in the next 3 weeks! I always love seeing what other people read and enjoyed, so I thought I’d share my recent reads with you!

The One & Only

The One and Only by Emily Giffin – Goodreads description here

I love Emily Giffin as a writer and have read all of her previous books.  Her writing is easy to read and she has great storylines.  I liked the writing here, as usual, but the story is a little unusual and could make some people uncomfortable.  I won’t reveal more since that would give it away!  Grade: B

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – Goodreads description here

This one was a fun, easy read.  I got sucked into the characters and really loved how it was written.  This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last!  Grade: B+

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Goodreads description here

This one may make you hate me… I didn’t really like it.  I liked the story, and the writing was okay…but I was expecting so much more from this book.  I think if there hadn’t been so much hype about it, I might have liked it more.  I just felt way too much teenage angst from it (I mean, it is a YA book).  I feel like there are other YA books I’ve read that get the teenage experience across better.  I have heard that this is an instance where the movie is better than the book, so I’m hoping that holds true since I’d still like to see it.  Grade:  C

I Don't Know What You Know Me From

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer – Goodreads description here

Another easy read.  You probably know Judy Greer from playing the sidekick or best friend in a lot of movies (one of my faves is as Katherine Heigl’s best friend in 27 Dresses).  She’s played a lot of different roles in a lot of movies, but hasn’t been the star.  It’s full of lighthearted stories and will make you laugh in lots of places.  Is it the most interesting book by a star?  No, but it’s a great summer read to take out of the library.  Grade: B

All Fall Down

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner – Goodreads description here

Quick disclaimer – Jennifer Weiner is one of my favorite authors, so I’m predisposed to like any book she writes.  That said, I LOVED this book and think it’s one of her best (my other favorite of hers is Good in Bed).  The story sucks you in, you get concerned about and invested in the characters, and it’s one I really couldn’t put down…like to the point I ignored my husband and daughter while reading it.  Grade: A+

The Husband's Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – Goodreads description here

I heard tons of good reviews on this book, and for good reason.  I loved the way this story alternates between three families and their problems, and you see how they’re all interconnected.  To be honest, I figured out the secret myself pretty early on, but it definitely didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.  It’s very well written and you definitely get invested in the characters.  Grade: A

What have you been reading lately?  Anything to add to my list of library books?

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  1. How did you figure out the secret?!?! I didn’t! And I agree, The One and Only made me really uncomfortable…. well written but I wasn’t okay with what happened!

  2. I always love to see what people are reading. Some of these books are on my list to read.

  3. I read The Fault in our stars years ago before all of the hype which is why I think I loved it! I could see it not living up to the hype it’s getting right now. I need to pick up that Jennifer Weiner book- I haven’t read one of hers in years but the rest of those I’ve read.
    Here’s a trick to keeping library books on your Kindle- turn off the wifi- make sure you download all the books and then turn the wifi off and you can read them as long as you want 🙂 I discovered this a few years ago, it’s the only way I can get through library books.

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