I hate to admit it, but I’m in a reading funk. I have boxes and baskets of new books to read, and I’m just kind of meh about the whole thing. But, not reading would be like refusing to brush my teeth… impossible. I’ve finished six books this month, and despite my lack of wild enthusiasm, I’ve read some pretty good books.
The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty
When a breakup forces Anne to leave her job at a successful restaurant, she becomes the housekeeper for a famous lifestyle blogger and her perfect family. As Anne’s life becomes entwined with the lives of her employers, she struggles to find her place amongst the family’s secrets and her own forgotten past. The Housekeeper is a nuanced family drama that explores what people are willing to do to feel successful and loved. While this isn’t exactly a thriller, the twists and turns of the story kept me reading till the last page.
The Housekeeper was sent to me by BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Jane Austen is my comfort read, and short and clever Northanger Abbey was just what I needed during my reading slump. A satire on Gothic romance, Northanger is an underrated masterpiece that is very different from Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice. When Catherine Morland travels to Bath and befriends brother and sister Henry and Eleanor Tilney, she’s invited to stay with them at their family estate. But, will Catherine’s stay be as horrid and romantic as she hopes? If you’re wary of classic literature, try this movie version, which will tempt you to read the book.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The beginning was great, but then the story headed off in a whole new direction. Purportedly, the novel is about a gifted, female botanist, Alma Whittaker, who inherits her father’s fortune and talent with plants. However, the slow moving story is more of a vehicle for Elizabeth Gilbert to explore naturalism versus spiritualism. It could have been really interesting, but I found it painfully boring and the story forgettable.
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Last year, I won an ARC from First in Line and have just gotten around to reading this. The YA thriller follows Tessa, who returns to Fayette, Pennsylvania after learning her father is dying in prison. But, her return to her former hometown gives Tessa the excuse to dig into her past and search for the truth behind the towns murders and the serial killer she helped put behind bars when she was a child.
Forever Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
In other books I meant to read last year, I finally got around to finishing the Doon series. (See my past reviews here and here.) The first two books were my favorite of the series. The final installment was heavy on fighting and preparation for battle and low on romance. I’m kind of tired of the new girl power movement requiring literary heroines to lead revolutions and fight battles (ahem, The Hunger Games and The Lunar Chronicles). Couldn’t we have a peaceful or at least quick overthrow for once?
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
This was one of Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Unputdownable picks, so I had to snap up the Kindle edition when it went on sale. The story is about grief and bullying and wanting to fit in, but it’s sweet and not heavy. For some reason, I just didn’t connect with this book, and while that reason is probably my reading funk, I just felt like the story was missing something. It’s almost a YA version of You’ve Got Mail, but I’m putting the emphasis on the almost.
What are you reading?
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