Alrighty! The final reading update for the summer of 2015!
My final total will be six books read since Memorial Day (I started my seventh book a couple nights ago). I knew that when I set my summer reading list back in May, that 10 was a lofty goal, so I’m pretty pleased with how many I did actually read this summer. If you missed my first update where I talked about The Andy Cohen Diaries, We Were Liars and A Hundred Summers, you can find it here.
This book was DARK. It begins with a crime against a young girl in a typical southern neighborhood and as you read on, you learn more about the suspects and the hidden demons that reside in many of the residents of this Louisiana street. In true mystery book fashion, we only find out who the perpetrator of the crime was in the last pages of the book.
Now having a young daughter, this book creeped me out because the narrator has an unhealthy obsession with his 15-year-old neighbor, Lindy, who had recently been the victim of a sex crime. There were moments of the book that were uncomfortable for me to read, but in the end, the story is really about how adolescent experiences shape and define your future. And while many of those experiences may be dark and disturbing, they don’t always mean that they will shape your future in a negative way.
I wouldn’t exactly call it a thriller or suspenseful because there were times when I kind of forgot that the underlying storyline was trying to determine who committed the crime against Lindy. You do get wrapped up in the various storylines of the characters and want to see how their story will end, but I think the “thriller” part of the story was really built up in the reviews I read and I was disappointed that it didn’t live up to the hype in that way. In the end, you can’t deny that My Sunshine Away was incredibly well-written and I give it major props for that.
Talk about a thriller! For whatever reason, I never thought I would love Dan Brown books, but I do. I’ve now read all of the Robert Langdon books except for Da Vinci Code, which is still on my “to read” list. I mostly read this book at night after Cecilia went to bed and right after her middle of the night feed; probably wasn’t the smartest thing because I was spooked for most of the book.
Rome is one of my favorite cities and I LOVED that that is where this book takes place. I have been twice and walked around a TON each time, so I feel like I know my way around the city center fairly well, so I knew exactly where the characters were at each step of the way. I also knew from the clues that Robert was going to end up at the Bernini fountain in Piazza Navona which is where I spent my last night in Rome while I was on my honeymoon. My husband and I have pictures of the exact fountain mentioned and also have a photograph of us in front of it.
Like all other Dan Brown books, this one had so many twists and turns and I did not see the end coming at all. These books are long, but really are a fast read since the chapters are so short and you want to read it so fast to see what will happen next! I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing the movie and reading Da Vinci Code when I get a chance.
I really liked this book and highly recommend it. While it may sound and be a bit soap opera-y, it really made me think.
In this book we follow Alice and her family. At the beginning of the book we find Alice on the floor of her gym (she fell badly during a spin class) with a head injury and amnesia. The last thing she remembers is being married and pregnant with her first child which we soon find out was 10 years in the past. Now Alice is trying to piece together what she does remember from the last 10 years and finds that things are completely different — she now has three children and is the middle of a messy divorce. This book really made me think about my life, how I would feel if I couldn’t remember a huge chunk of it and how everything around you can change so rapidly. All of the characters were developed very well and the story was complete. This was one great summer read!
So, there are the last of my summer reads! What was your favorite book this summer?
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