If you’re a regular reader here, it is no secret that I love to read. I’ve written about it here and here. I always have at least one book going, and sometimes two. I’ve always been a reader and have (hopefully) instilled a love of reading in my boys as well. So, I have read lots of books over the years. Today, I’m sharing with you a few recent picks. Maybe you will find one that sounds good to you too. Alright, let’s get this show on the road. 🙂
~ note~ I found all the book overviews at Barnes and Noble as well as the book photos.
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The Madwoman Upstairs
This book was really good; however, I sort of wished I was more familiar with the Bronte sisters so I would understand the references. In the end it didn’t really matte; I was able to keep up just fine. I really like books that in the story also expose you to other things like history, for instance. This book does that. Anyway, the story of Samantha, the Oxford student, who kind of falls for her professor was fun. On the other hand, the story of Samantha as she unravels her past was twisty and mysterious. You’ll have to read it to find out who the Madwoman Upstairs is.
Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. Since her eccentric father’s untimely death, she is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts passed down from the Brontë family—a hidden fortune never revealed to anyone outside of the family, but endlessly speculated about by Brontë scholars and fanatics. Samantha, however, has never seen this alleged estate and for all she knows, it’s just as fictional as Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights.
But everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and long lost objects from the past begin rematerializing in her life, beginning with an old novel annotated in her father’s handwriting. With the help of a handsome but inscrutable professor, Samantha plunges into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by decoding the clues hidden within the Brontës’ own works.
Okay, this book was equal parts drama and believability. The characters and all their issues seemed real enough, but there were parts that felt a little far-fetched. Still, it was a pretty decent read about average people struggling to find themselves or their place in life. You see the struggle with teenagers and middle-agers as well. There were definitely parts I could relate to. I didn’t not like this book, but I would not give it a glowing recommendation either.
What happens to cool kids when they grow up? That is the question Emma Straub poses in this slice of post-hipster Brooklyn life. Elizabeth, Andrew, Lydia, and Zoe were the coolest of the cool back in college in the ’90s—and they had the angsty alternative band to prove it. Now, though, Elizabeth and Andrew are married with a teen son, Harry, and Zoe is married with a teen daughter, Ruby.
After buying out the other band members, Lydia rocketed to fame on one of the band’s tracks before her sudden rockstar’s death. When some Hollywood-types appear wanting the remaining band members to sign off on a movie made about Lydia’s rise and fall, old tensions resurface among the trio. As teenagers do, Harry and Ruby manage to get themselves into trouble while their parents are reliving and rehashing their own youthful dramas. Modern Lovers has its finger squarely on the pulse of Gen X’s coming of (middle) age, and Millennials attempts to make their own mark on the world.
The Light Between the Oceans
I’m sure you know that Hollywood made this book into a movie, which I have not seen. Regardless, the book is always better than the movie, in my opinion. However, I thought this book was tedious and overly detailed. It seemed to drag on forever. Am I the only one who felt like that? It’s not the story wasn’t good, it was ok, albeit a little depressing.
AFTER FOUR HARROWING YEARS ON THE WESTERN Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
The Couple Next Door
You MUST read this book! I could not put it down. A friend recommended this book to me and I loved every minute of it. It is completely suspenseful. It’s a story of a young couple with a baby who go next door for a dinner party. They leave the baby in the crib at home asleep and take the baby monitor with them. When they return home, baby is gone. The story is a wild ride to find out who took the baby and why. It twists and turns until you suspect everyone in the story. I could totally relate to the parents. In all honesty, I would have done the same thing they did. I didn’t blame them at all. The book hooks you from the beginning and won’t let go until the end. Do yourself a favor, go get it today.
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
Well my friends, I hope these short reviews of my recent reads helps lead you to one that you’ll enjoy. I’d love to hear what you thought if you’ve read any of these books. Even better if you have a recommendation to share with me. I’m always on the lookout for the next great read. 🙂 Leave me a comment below.
Until next time~