It’s been awhile since I shared a reading update on here with you all. The spring was such a busy time for me, I couldn’t really squeeze in much reading time. I had such a long list of books to read on my Nook that I just couldn’t get to but when don’t I have a long list of books? Once summer officially rolled around, I had some more time to relax and read a few books. Quick side note – can you believe summer flew by so quick?? I can’t! Anyway, here is what I read this summer.
The Uninvited by Liz Jensen
If you like thrillers, you may like this one. The plot ended up being much different than I thought it would be. It took a few chapters for me to get into it but after about 4 chapters, I was hooked. However, the ending wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. There was no wrap up or answers to what was going on. Children are killing adults and there is never an an answer to why this is going on. The author alludes to maybe aliens are taking the children over but it’s just left hanging and as far as I know this isn’t a book series, it’s a stand alone story.
If you don’t like to be left hanging, I’d pass on this.
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
So I had to go back and scroll through this book because I couldn’t even remember what it was about. Not a great sign huh? A mother loses her child at birth. She’s led to believe her child passed away but a stranger appears at her home telling her the child is alive. It leads the main character on a journey to find out what happened. Her husband wants nothing to do with helping her so she turns to another man to help her uncover the mystery, blah. Kind of damsel in distress which isn’t really my thing. The ending was also kind of predictable. I won’t give it away for anyone who wants to read it but the book’s ending was a little too cheesy and soap opera-y for my liking. I gave it three stars though because until the last couple of chapters I really did want to know what happened to the baby.
Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller c/o Amazon Publishing
This book is a memoir mixed with research. The author takes you on her life long journey to try and achieve the “perfect body”. It’s such an enlightening read for anyone, female or male. Trying to have the perfect body is a struggle so many people go through. What sets so many on this never ending path and why can’t we just be happy with our bodies the way they are? There is no simple answer. Having the ideal body is so ingrained in our society and Miller shares the history and how things have changed over time. This is one of those reads that makes you think and teaches you something you may not have known. Also, it teaches us to be a little less judgy of other’s appearance. You never know the internal struggle someone is going through.
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Why oh why did I even finish this book?? This story wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be a paranormal, fantasy young adult type read. Instead, the paranormal magical aspect was just kind of background filler. None of the characters were likable, even the main girl which I think the author wanted readers to feel bad for and side with? Every character came off as selfish/childish and there wasn’t much depth or fleshing out of any character in this story. Plus it was very slow paced.
Pass on this one unless you’re looking to be bored.
It Happens in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson
I thought this was the perfect book to end the summer with. What interested me was it’s based in the Hamptons and as a born and bred New Yorker, I like to read stories based here. Even though I don’t fully understand the obsession with the Hamptons, maybe it’s because I take it for granted. Anyways, I usually like to read any beachy chick-lit books based in the Hamptons or NYC. The main girl moves clear across the country to spend the summer with a guy she’s just started seeing but starts to have feelings for another guy she meets while in the Hamptons. Turns out the guy she moved for isn’t everything she thought he was. What I really disliked about this book is the author drops every brand name she possibly can and every stereo-type and cliche about the Hamptons is thrown into this book so that’s kind of cheesy and almost trying too hard. Oh and there’s also a relationship going on with a 40 something year old and a 16 year old and the author writes about it like it’s no biggie. Just ugh.
I was only able to read five books this summer and most of them were duds but it happens I guess. Boy do I miss the days of being able to read a couple books in a week. Those days sure are long gone! Follow me on Goodreads to see what I’m currently reading
What did you read this summer?