Weekend Reading- my book picks for August.
The Perfect Neighbors– Sarah Pekkanen. Quick, easy read- a mystery (sort of) about a family living in a “perfect” neighborhood and trying to fit in.
Truly Madly Guilty– Liane Moriarty. So…let’s talk about this one. I am an avid, loyal Liane Moriarty fan. I have loved all of her books over the years, and like many other people, was anxiously awaiting this new release. But I have to tell you, this wasn’t her best in my opinion. It’s slow to get going, but does (thankfully) pick up about half way through. (its worth pointing out that this is a long book, so the half way point takes awhile to get to) The formula is the same- a mystery with a twist like her previous books, but somehow Truly Madly Guilty doesn’t pack the same punch. I didn’t love the characters as much as I normally do, which may have been the problem since her stories are always so heavily centered around them. She has created characters in the past who I didn’t particularly like or that I couldn’t relate to, yet I still found them/their situation intriguing or interesting in one way or another. For whatever reason, I just didn’t find much appealing about this group of people.
So then why am I including it in this post? Fair question. Even though I wasn’t wild about it and it was far from my favorite of Liane’s, it was still worth the read. Like all of her books, it provided food for thought. It’s hard for me to say much more without ruining the book, but when you finish the story you find yourself thinking about what you would have done in that situation, or how you would have reacted, and it provides some insight and perspective on a topic that (hopefully) you haven’t had to deal with.
If any of you have read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Did you enjoy it?
The Assistants– Camille Perri. There were a couple of reasons I loved this book. Tina is a 30 year old woman working a corporate job as an assistant to an executive, just trying to get ahead. As a woman in today’s male-dominated workforce, I found myself relating to her on a couple of levels. Secondly, it made me laugh. A lot. She finds herself in a situation that I thought was intriguing and thought provoking and got so wrapped up in it that I finished it in a day.
What have you read lately? Any good recommendations?