I haven’t done a reading lately post in awhile, so I wanted to share three titles I’ve recently read. They are all VERY different from one another, and gladly they all got (at least relatively) good reviews from me!
Obsessed with this print from Etsy!
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close – I’d seen this book pop up on Amazon and Goodreads a lot, and I’d also read a few reviews on it so when it was available from the library, I decided to give it a go. Overall, my review of it is decent (3.5/5 stars) – but I definitely had mixed feelings on it once I finished. This is a book about a young married couple who moves from New York to DC so that the husband may follow his political aspirations. You follow their life and particularly read about their friendship with another young couple. I will say that while I was reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the story and genuinely wanted to know what happened. But, after I was finished with the book I realized that the characters (in my opinion) were very frustrating and that not a ton actually HAPPENED in the book. Because I was enjoying it so much while reading it, I would cautiously recommend it to people – but all in all I did not get a ton out of the read.
Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris – this is another book that I raced through, but I have a better review for it overall. This book has gotten a ton of attention and after hearing about it on my favorite podcast, I knew I had to read it (for the purpose of full disclosure – I tried starting it on a plane ride after the holidays, but was too distracted and tabled it until a couple weeks ago). Anyways, I really liked it. This is a fast-paced and riveting story about a woman who meets a man, has a whirlwind romance, and marries him. Without giving too much away (because I think that’s easy to do with this book), let’s just say he wasn’t the man she thought the was. While this book wasn’t as scary/spooky as I thought it would be, it was still really twisted and kept my heart racing until the very last page. I highly recommend if you are a fan of books like The Good Girl or The Couple Next Door.
Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens – I learned about this book through the 2016 NPR Book Concierge, and it seemed to have earned plenty of rave reviews, so I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. I will say, I was a bit nervous because I am squeamish and wasn’t sure how gory this book would be as it shadows a woman in the process of giving birth. It was NOT overly gory or graphic, so if you have a hard time stomaching things like that (as I do), not to worry. This was a very short book but, in my opinion, was well written, told, and weaved together. It switches perspectives from the woman giving birth to that of the labor and delivery nurse, who is pregnant but not yet showing. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it if you’re looking for something short but meaningful.
Up next I am starting Nutshell by Ian McEwan – which I am really excited about! Follow me on Goodreads to see everything I’ve read and rated.