Truly Madly Guilty and other books lately

This year has been full of books. To date, I’ve finished 41 books, and am only 11 books away from my yearly goal. This summer I participated in the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge and am excited to share my thoughts on one of this summer’s bonus books, Liana Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty. While the challenge is coming to a close, I’m hoping to finish one or two more books before the end of the month. I haven’t just been reading for the Summer Reading Challenge though. Here’s a look at some of the books I’ve finished lately.

From YA novels inspired by fairy tales to Liane Moriarty's intriguing Truly Madly Guilty, here's a look at some of the books I've been reading lately.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

I’ve heard great things about Liane Moriarty, so I was eager to read this novel about three families connected by a mysterious event at a neighborhood barbecue. I loved the way the suspense builds with each page. The story flips back and forth between the day of the barbecue and the present. The reader doesn’t discover what happened at the barbecue until half way through the book, and then the fallout slowly starts to make sense.

I really enjoyed this book and will be adding more Liane Moriarty to my To Be Read pile.

This book was sent to me by BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.

The Heirs by Susan Rieger

After seeing this novel described as a book version of The Royal Tenenbaums, I knew I had to read this. However, this quirky family drama lacks the eccentric charm of a Wes Anderson film. The story really dragged for me in places, and it was a book I had to make myself read. The story of Rupert Falkes and his family zigs and zags through time and characters, which was sometimes disorienting and other times distracting. While I have no complaints about the writing, this novel just wasn’t for me.

This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

I picked this up as my birthday book from an indie bookstore and was immediately swept away by this whimsical story inspired by Russian fairy tales. I don’t even want to tell you more about it other than to say that if you like YA novels and folklore, you need to read this book.

Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey

I snagged this short and sweet YA novel as a Secret Story Surprise from Barnes & Noble. This story reads like a fairy tale, but I couldn’t place its inspiration until it was mentioned in the author’s note. I won’t ruin the surprise, but this novel is a lovely way to get a fairy tale fix while avoiding the overdone Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella stories.

What books have you read lately?

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  1. Wow, you read 41 books this year? The year isn’t even over yet Ashley, you put me to shame. I’ve heard about Truly Madly Guilty, I can’t wait to read it, thanks for the fun reviews.

  2. I’m bummed to hear that The Royal Tenenbaum-esque book wasn’t up to snuff. I love Wes Anderson & his characters are pretty unique.
    I just read a Russian fairy tale book so I might need to check this one out, too!
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  3. Truly Madly Guilty is waiting for me on my Kindle! And Egg and Spoon sounds intriguing…I will check it out. You and I are neck and neck on books read this year 🙂

  4. I was thinking of getting Truly Madly Guilty. I started reading Pretty Little Liars, but never finished it and then I lost it. Looks like a good read!

  5. glad you liked Truly Madly Guilty! i’ve read a few of her books and liked all of them, but i heard mixed things about that one. i’m sure i’ll get to it eventually!