Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On My Nightstand | What I've Been Reading Lately

I have traded in my evenings perusing blogs in exchange for reading more books.  I don't watch much TV, unless it is Sunday night (Call the Midwife, The Good Wife and Mad Men - It's like I binge watch my TV for the week all in one night!).  I have a nice hefty list of summer reading already in place, starting with this one.  It's a 900+ pager, and a bit different than my normal books of choice, so I'll have to report back, but so far I haven't been able to put in down.

Here's what I thought of the above recent reads...

The Silent Wife - A fast paced, hard to put down book, along the same lines as Gone Girl.  The story is about two, very flawed, people who's relationship is coming to an end. You know from page one that she murders him but you don't know how and there are some twists.  I thought it was well written and recommendation worthy!

Bond Girl - I'd categorize this as mediocre chic-lit.  It wasn't witty enough or funny enough for me.  I like a little fluff reading every once in a while, but I really have to love the central character and I just didn't here.  I finished it though (not aways the case with me) but kept hoping it would get better. I didn't dislike it, it was just a so-so read for me.

The Husband's Secret - I really enjoyed this one.  Not as good As Gone Girl, but well written and fast paced.  You are dying to get to content of the mysterious letter, but I kind of predicted what it would say.  Sometimes that is a real downer but it wasn't the case with this book. Also, recommendation worthy!

This Is Where I leave You - Excellent read. It is told in male, first person, which sometimes isn't my favorite, but I liked it this time.  It's being made into a movie and the casting is BRILLIANT (except for Phillip, not at all how I pictured him).  Jason Bateman will play the lead and I pretty much love every movie he is in.  Family drama, sad and funny all wrapped in one.  Couldn't put it down.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends - Sorry, Rob Lowe, I still think you are a hottie, but should probably stick to acting.  The book is not well written.  I constantly felt like I was reading one of Andrew's papers and wanted to chime in with editing comments.  If the book was juicer, I could overlook the bad writing, but it wasn't.  I think he held back and I respect that since his sons and wife have likely read it, but it took  the drama away from his story. Other friends have really enjoyed it, so maybe I'm being picky.  He has a new book out too.  I will not be reading it.

Eleanor & Park - A sweet, quirky, story of first love between two unlikely characters.   It's young adult fiction. Well written and one that when you finish you are left wishing you knew more of how their life story enfolds.  Recommend too!

So, how about you?  Any must-reads to add to my summer list?!


  1. I haven't read any of these, but my book club read What Alice Forgot - also by Liane Moriarity - and we liked it a lot. We have plans to read this one as well. I've heard Rob Lowe's book mentioned so many times. It seems a lot of different kinds of people are reading it. Interesting.

  2. Thanks for the book reviews. How do you choose/find new books to read? This year I am trying to spend more time reading too and often don't know where to start with so many books to choose from.

  3. Thanks so much for the reviews. I am JUST reading Gone Girl...I know, I am WAY behind everyone! I will try to read all these this summer!

  4. Thanks for the reviews. I have to suggest the book for my book club next month and I am going to look into some you listed here. My sister recently shared this title with me: "Calling me Home" and I really enjoyed it.

  5. I recommend Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner. My book group loved it!

  6. Most of the books I read are on a Kindergarten level :). I tend to be drawn to self-help and inspirational books. I really liked Love Does by Bob Goff. I'm getting ready to start a fun read called, The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle (popular blogger).

  7. I have to look into some of these! I watch little if no TV and devour books. The Husband's Secret was such an excellent book. I read one review that said the author should have come up with a less cheesier title because it just didn't give the book the recognition it should have had. Still, a blogger in Australia told me that there was a long waiting list for this book at her library.

    I've never read Gone Girl...a lot of my friends were sort of iffy about it. I guess I should just read it. We are a lot alike, I'm sort of all over the place with my reading. I keep my current book on my sidebar.


  8. I keep hoping you will do more of these posts. I really need some good recommendations. I read and loved Wild, The Silent Wife, and This Is Where I Leave You. I'm starting The Husband's Secret, but I don't know what to read after that. Please post more book recommendations! I love these!