Not my best reading month in terms of numbers. If I’m being perfectly honest, it’s because I’ve really opted to just sit in bed and needlepoint and watch TV. (I brought an old TV upstairs a couple of weeks ago and hooked up the Apple TV to it… turns out it’s just as terrible as you’d imagine it to be… I’d much prefer to watch something than read now 😂 Giving it another weekend before I put the set up back in the basement!!)
So these were al
IN FIVE YEARS: 4.5/5 STARS
I thought this was an excellent, very modern love story. The main character is in a committed relationship but has a dream-type experience where she sees her future in five years– and she’s with a different guy. There were some parts that fell a little bit flat for me writing wise, but overall I really enjoyed it. My mom read it too and loved it.
One reason why I think this book has been so popular lately is that it’s written by a contemporary and it’s very clearly written for late 20s/30s women right now. Other than the the brief moment of time travel, the characters and plot feel very real and normal. Like people I would know in real life.
MY DARK VANESSA: 4/5 STARS
Ohhhhhkay. Where to start with this one? I started this without knowing what I was going to be reading. Turns out it’s about a teenage student who ends up in a forbidden relationship with her teacher at her boarding school. It’s EXCELLENTLY written and lives up to the “hype.” However, I was not in the right mindset to tackle this very heavy book. Maybe save this when we’re not in a pandemic? It’s very Lolita meets Three Women. Dark and disturbing.
I will say this could be a good pick for a book club. I think it brings to light a lot of issues and would lend itself to fantastic discussions. My friend Riley and I texted about it for hours. And just when we had nothing else to add, another topic would come to mind and we’d end up going down the rabbit hole yet again.
ASK AGAIN, YES: 4.5 STARS
My favorite book of the month! The ultimate portrayal of family drama. Neighbors, mental illness, forbidden love, lasting love, major life-altering events over the course of many decades. If you love Ann Patchett (my favorite author), you’ll love this book by Mary Beth Keane. I don’t think this one is for everyone as it’s slow-burning. However, I couldn’t stop. The writing is wonderful and I felt like I really knew every character. I hate and love when I get to the end of a book but want it to just keep going and going.
THE HEIR AFFAIR: 4/5 STARS
I received an advanced copy of this from the publisher and I could not WAIT to dive in. It’s the sequel to The Royal We which I absolutely loved when it first came out. I had a hard time getting into The Heir Affair and I think it’s because I didn’t re-read The Royal We. I wish I had– I definitely would have enjoyed the beginning more. That said, it’s a super fun read while still being whip-smart. Like, it’s a “beach read” but clever. It’s funny that The Royal We (a fan fiction re-imagining if Kate Middleton was an American) came out in 2015, before Harry and Meghan got together. So a lot of has happened in the real royal family and I was having a hard time separating fiction from reality. If you haven’t read The Royal We, read that and then get ready for more of a ride with The Heir Affair and if you have read TRW, you’ll love revisiting your old friends and their misadventures.
PS I started using Bookshop.org which is an easy way to help support independent bookstores! I’m going to try to keep this shop updated and need to go through and make more lists too!
PPS Please please please recommend some can’t-put-down-but-can-still-follow-with-pandemic-brain books 🥰