I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Although it's been a crazy couple of months, I've kept up my one-book-a-month resolution. Santa brought me a Kindle Paperwhite this year and I can't wait to take my 2014 resolution into 2015. The books that I read over the past three months, a brief description, and my thoughts are listed below. If you've read any of these books or have a recommendation for me please share!
2014 was the year of Liane Moriarty. I discovered her early this year and ended up reading, and loving, three of her books. "Big Little Lies" was no exception. This book is different from the other two of her books in that it's a whodunit. Yet. somehow she makes a book a murder that took place among a group of kindergarten parents hilarious and relatable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a little suspense and a lot of laughter. Genre: Women's Lit Audience: Women in their 20's and above Perfect For: Rating: 4/5 stars
Shortly after I finished Big Little Lies, I joined a book club. Our first book was Lena Dunham's "Not That Kind of Girl". I was really excited about this book because I think the show Girls is hilarious and while I enjoyed some chapters, overall it was a disappointment. I had a really hard time believing that she recalled so many detailed memories from her childhood. I can hardly remember what I had for lunch last Wednesday, nonetheless a play date from when I was 7 years old. Genre: Non-fiction Audience: Anyone Perfect For: Your coffee table Rating: 2.5/5 stars
The second book in my book club was Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I'm a huge fan of her other two novels, Gone Girl and Dark Places so this book had a lot to live up to. While it was definitely a page turner and a bit disturbing, as all of her novels are, I can't say I would highly recommend this book. It was much more predictable than the other two and the characters were even less likable, if that's even possible. But, if you're looking to kill some time and can borrow this book from a friend, go for it! Genre: Suspense/Thriller Audience: Anyone Perfect for: A plane ride Rating: 3.5/5 stars
The last book that I read this year was "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner. I typically don't reach for non-fiction or autobiography's/memoirs but this was another book club assignment. Even though I was skeptical at first, this might be one of the favorite books I've read all year. It's about a journalists' quest to visit the happiest places on earth in hopes of discovering what makes people happy. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes to travel or is looking for a little inspiration. Genre: Non-fiction Memoir Audience: Anyone Perfect For: A rainy day Rating: 4/5 stars
Interested in seeing the other books I've read this year? Check out part one, part two, and part three of this series. If you have any book suggestions I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to comment below or email me.
Look out for a post next week on my favorite books of the year! .