Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What I’ve been reading lately



Summer has just flown by and as much as I'm ready for some lovely Fall weather, I'm trying to avoid thinking about Winter following close behind.  Summer doesn't tend to be a great reading season for me, but all of these are definitely worth a read.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
This is a very strong book that didn’t fully connect for me.  That may be partly by design.  Marin, the MC, is dealing with a heavy dose of grief (and several other emotions that aren’t revealed to the reader until much later in the book).  I felt the portrayal of grief was accurate, but it made it hard for me to connect with Marin. 

The Dry by Jane Harper
Reese Witherspoon acquired the movie rights to this book in October 2016.  The book wasn’t released until March 2017.  I really enjoyed the book and for what it’s worth think it will make an excellent movie.  Excellent mystery, good characters, and probably the strongest sense of place I can remember feeling when reading. The setting felt tangible
I read Grave Mercy several years ago and really like it, so it’s surprising that it took so long for me to return for Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart.  Both of these books held up to my expectations from Grave Mercy.  I would say that Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph felt like YA Historical fiction with just a touch of Fantasy Mythology.  Mortal Heart was much heavier on the Fantasy Mythology element.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!  I started this on audio read by Kathleen Wilhoitte (Luke’s sister Liz on Gilmore Girls) and was immediately drawn into the story.  It’s part eccentric, suburban mom drama / part disappearance mystery, but mostly it’s funny.  I switched from listening to reading about 90 minutes in because I had to finish that day.  There was no way I was going to sleep until I knew what happened.
American War by Omar El Akkao
Very dark novel set 50-75 years into the future.  Global Warming caused the oceans to rise and the fallout resulted in a second US civil war. This book mostly follows Sarat Chestnut as her family is displaced by conflict to a refugee camp.  As dark as this novel and concept are, the tone wasn't grim and it didn't overuse foreshadowing. The author doesn't care if you know the end - what's important is the journey and I found it interesting and thought provoking.

What have you been reading lately? Answer in comments or if you have a blog post you can link up at Modern Mrs Darcy.

2 comments:

  1. I keep hearing good things about The Dry and I haven't read Bernadette yet. Guess I should get them both on my list!

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  2. I loved Where'd You Go Bernadette too! Such a funky story! I lived in Seattle for 2 years, so all the references to the city were much adored as well!

    Here are my recent reads: https://elle-alice.blogspot.ca/2017/07/july-book-reviews.html

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