I finally got my library card this June and this past summer has just been a whirlwind of interesting reads! I know Summer isn’t ‘technically’ over, but September usually ushers in the cooler weather and the changing leaves of Fall. So here is what I’ve read this summer, along with quick reviews!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This was an interesting read, and I wanted to read it before watching the TV adaptation. I’m glad I did, since I thought the book was much better (isn’t it always that way?). Gaiman brought forth so many different deities from all over the world and brought them to America as real people, fighting a war against the new gods we Americans have created. Bring in some human characters, and this made for a good read.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
I’m no stranger to Alice Hoffman’s novels, and this one didn’t disappoint. Two characters from different worlds: Coralie, who lives with her father in a Museum of Curiosities, and Eddie, who left his family to pursue his dream of being a photographer, grow and come together against the backdrop of early 1900s Manhattan. The amount of growth these characters experience is awesome, despite what they have lived through.
After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
I was skeptical about this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t the best book I read this summer, but it was much better than I expected. A small-time gangster disappears before his trial, leaving behind his wife, three daughters and a mistress. The novel depicts the aftermath of what these four women live through after his disappearance. This book goes back and forth in time through the eyes of different characters, which made it a bit confusing at times, but I managed to pull through it and I enjoyed the storyline a lot.
American War by Omar El Akkad
I really wanted to love this book. It had all the makings for a fantastic story, and it really hit home in regards to our current political situation in America. There was just something about the characters and the story that made me super sad. Set in a dystopian future where the southern United States is once again attempting to secede from the North, we are focused on one main character who has experienced such tremendous loss in her life due to this conflict. I guess you just have to be in the right mindset to get through it.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
LOVED this book! Check out my in-depth review here.
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
I really enjoyed The Possessions. I follow the Book of the Month Club and this was one of their choices this year, so I managed to find it at the library. It focuses on a young woman who works as a ‘body,’ who uses her body for possession of deceased loved ones for her clients. There’s a murder involved as well, and the ending, although it was a bit predictable, was still satisfying.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
This is my second Neil Gaiman, and although it’s not an original story (it’s a novelized version of the tales of the Norse Gods), this book really hit home for me. The bulk of my genealogy is Norwegian, whose ancestors told these tales of Norse gods throughout Scandinavia, so I was super excited to get to experience the stories of Norse mythology in a book form. Neil Gaiman found a home and a voice for these long-forgotten mythical stories and I loved every minute of this short read!
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
Another amazing read! You can find my in-depth review here.
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
This one isn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it was worth the read. I will be posting my in-depth review tomorrow, so be sure to check it out!
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskers
I picked this book at random from the library shelves and, although it had the makings for a wonderful story, it was a bit of a dud. There was way too much going, with too many subplots for my liking, and the ending was way too predictable for me. It’s about a college student who chooses to write a biography on an elderly man who once served in Vietnam and then went to prison for rape and murder. There was serious potential in the story, but it fell a bit short.
Right now Reader’s Block has hit me (if there is such a thing…?) so sitting down and getting involved in my books is difficult. I’m hoping that will pass within the next few days since I have SO many books on my TBR list!
What did you read this summer?