Vacation Reads

I am back from vacation and a little blogging break. I had the best time in St. John and already can’t wait to go back. It was incredibly beautiful and relaxing.

One of my favorite parts of vacation is having tons of time to read. I always try to save books I’m really excited about for vacation. This trip, I read six books! We had a ton of travel time, especially on the way home, so that added tons of time to read. Here is what I read (I ordered them from the ones I loved the most to the least):

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal – one of my friends recommended this book to me a while ago and I finally got around to reading it. It was amazing! Just like she told me – such a great story. I loved the writing voice that the author used throughout this novel. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to experience a unique and interesting story.

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain – I really enjoyed this book and was totally engrossed in it. I read this on the plane ride to St. Thomas and could not stop reading! This is a complex story about family that has tons of twists and turns. Now I want to find more Diane Chamberlain novels to read – so feel free to pass along any recommendations!

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins – I’d had this book on my Kindle for a while and finally read it while traveling. This was a pretty quick and easy read and the theme of the story was light. But, it was interesting and a sweet story…I enjoyed it. I always love Kristan Higgins’ books.

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty – this is another book I read on the plane. I was describing it to a friend…because my experience while reading it and after was strange. I couldn’t stop reading it while I was traveling, but afterwards I could not pinpoint why I liked it so much. It was definitely a good story…but not much really seemed to happen within the novel, so I felt a little conflicted. Nonetheless, like I said – I couldn’t put it down.

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin – I was very excited to read this book after I saw it in the new release section at Barnes and Noble the weekend before I left for vacation. It wasn’t a bad read, but it was not as good as I expected. I thought that different parts of the storyline were underdeveloped and that the characters could have had more to them throughout the book. The plot was interesting and kept me engrossed, but I do think that the details and characters could have been developed further in order to make the book better overall.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – this is another book that I was excited to read because it had received so much praise since coming out earlier this year. However, I didn’t totally love it. First of all, it was very short (read it in about an hour), so that was kind of a bummer – I’d wished it was longer. The underlying themes of the book were good and had a lot of potential, but this is another book where I felt like it was not fully developed and could have been better had further plot line and detail been provided.

I am already excited for the books Happy Family, First Comes Love, and Here’s to Us to come out so that I can save them to read on summer vacation!

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