Today Mama Kat asks:
Book review! What are you reading this summer?
I've heard that many people read more in the winter, when they can snuggle up by the fire and relax with a good book or whatever, but I always read more in the summer time because, HELLO! TV RERUNS! and also because the summertime tends to lend itself to a more unstructured kind of day where I can occasionally banish my children outside for 15 minutes and read a chapter or two before the inevitable "MAMA! Can we have a popsicle?" or "MAMA! I need a band-aid!" happens.
This summer has been no exception. I've been in an absolute, complete reawakened love affair with my nook, and I hate to put it down. I always read, and I'm always in the middle of a book, but what I've been doing lately feels more like a gluttonous, aggressive kind of reading, and I am doing it in spite of the world around me, and at all costs, and at all times.
So here, in no particular order, are the last 15 books I've devoured.
Terrified by Kevin O'Brien - Megan ran away from an abusive husband years ago, and pregnant and alone, started a new life with a new name in a new city. Fast forward 15 years, and her husband is after her again. I typically like Kevin O'Brien's books, but I found myself skimming through most of the middle. Megan wasn't a terribly sympathetic character, and the plot took a few too many weird twists for my tastes.
Second Son by Lee Child - This novella gives us a glimpse into Jack Reacher's history, and tells us of the first crime he solved - at age 13. Farfetched? Sure. A good, quick read? Definitely.
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots - Lorca is a teenaged girl with an indifferent mother, an absent father, and a terrible self image. She spends her days trying to please her un-pleasable chef mother by cooking dishes that will wow her. Her quest for a certain recipe takes leads her to a couple people who begin to teach her that family can sometimes be what and who you make it. Although the final chapter felt rushed and too tidy, the rest of the story was so, so lovely.
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris - I'm almost too heartbroken to even put this on my list. See, here's the thing. I LOVE David Sedaris. LOVE. I'd put his Me Talk Pretty One Day on my top 10 books of all time list, if I had such a list. But this one, it just WASN'T. It wasn't charming. It wasn't funny. It wasn't David Sedaris. I didn't even finish it, and I can barely even talk about it. So, so sad, I am.
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs - I'll admit, I love a good werewolf/shapeshifter/fairy/vampire story, and this seventh in the Mercy Thompson series is no exception. After her husband's werewolf pack is taken hostage, Mercy finds herself enlisting the help of fae, vampire, werewolf and other assorted supernatural creatures. The book is fast paced and interesting, and Mercy is one of my favorite supernatural heroines, just because she is so darn down to earth.
Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline - So this guy gets deployed to Afghanistan, his wife dies in a freak household accident, he finds out she was a) an alcoholic and b) pregnant with someone else's kid, his unit gets bombed, his daughter rejects him, his sister-in-law tries to get permanent custody of his daughter, his arm gets shot off... and that's just in the first third of the book. I really couldn't put it down, not because I particularly loved it, I just couldn't help but wonder what was going to happen to this guy next.
Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris - Oh Sookie, how I will miss you! This final chapter in the Sookie Stackhouse series had all the usual bad guys, surprises and humor that you'd expect, and Sookie finally ends up with... You'll have to read it to find out ;-)
Zero Day by David Baldacci - This book has been hanging out on my nook FOREVER. I'm not sure why I decided now was the time to read it but it turned out to be a good decision. John Puller is an Army man from a long line of Army men, and as a member of the Criminal Investigative Devision, he is sent out to investigate the murder of a family on rural West Virginia. The characters are interesting and the plot moves along nicely. I can see this title appealing to fans of the Jack Reacher series, or even to Tom Clancy fans. I kind of hated the ending, but not everything can be all neat and tidy, I guess.
Six Years by Harlan Coben - Finally! Harlan Coben is back! I rate Tell No One and Gone For Good as two of my favorite mysteries ever, but in my humble opinion, Mr. Coben has been struggling to write anything nearly as good, well, since The Woods, anyway. But I thoroughly enjoyed Six Years. It's about a college professor who falls in love, only to be unceremoniously dumped by the woman he believed to be the love of his life. He stays out of her life for six years... then, well, I'm not going to give too much away, but you should read it to find out for yourself what happens.
So that's what I've been reading over the summer. Have you read any of these? What did you think? Are you reading anything good right now?
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