Book Review

It’s that time again. After coming off a bunch of GREAT books in a row, I was definitely on a reading high. You can catch up on my last book binge HERE.

These books were good, they just didn’t grab me like the ones in my last review.

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The Nest / Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

I give it 3 stars.

I felt like I had stepped into an old Woody Allen movie while reading this book. The book follows a group of siblings that are all trying to recover their inheritance lost after one brother’s reckless accident. The cast was unique, but not inherently likable. I believe the author chose to create these characters as flawed and diverse but the writing felt a little shallow. The “gay” one, the “mom” one, the “bad boy”.

I’ve always heard stories of how seemingly normal families can unravel when it comes time to execute a will. Hearing first hand accounts from friends who no longer speak to siblings because money got involved is what drew me to this book. Maybe my family is not dysfunctional enough for me to connect to this story.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton / Elizabeth Strout

I give it 2 stars.

The book was all over the place. It shares the story of a woman who is visited by her estranged mother during a prolonged hospital stay. The stories the mother shares about their hometown are a reminder (I guess) of Lucy’s beginnings.

The author did not delve very deeply into any of the characters. You are left with some stream of conscience memories that are not groundbreaking nor thought provoking.

I would like to think that the unresolved storylines about Lucy’s mother’s life is a literary device to show how Lucy would never really know her mother. But, part of me thinks I am being too generous and that the author just didn’t tie up her loose ends. Either way, I was bored.

The Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins 

I give it 3.5 stars.

I think I am officially the last person to have read this book. In case you live under a rock, this is a story of a women who entangles herself in the case of a missing women after having watched her from a distance on her daily train ride.

What I enjoyed most about this book was that nothing was the way that it seemed. The author continually had me second guessing my assumptions. My only complaint is that it got a little drawn out around the middle of the book. OK, we get it. She’s drunk again.

Overall I enjoyed it. I’ll try to watch the movie as well to see how it stacks up.

I have a nice nice little stack of books from the library to dive into. Hopefully   I can find a few more gems.

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