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The Girls

The Girls by Emma Cline was a nice diversion from the types of books I’ve been reading lately. The main character is a woman who is reflecting back on when she was a girl and the group she became involved with the summer before high school. A group that ended up doing a very horrible thing. It’s interesting and captivating. My only complaint is that there are not really any details about how this has affected her as an adult and that she seems completely fine and normal, which is possible, but not likely considering the memories she is living with and seemingly reliving on a regular basis. It’s also hard to believe that she was never, at all, brought into the aftermath of this horrible event.

The book was still a good read and was hard to put down at the end. Enjoy!

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Opening Belle

Although I am way behind on meeting my reading goal for this year, I’m just going to keep enjoying my books and not really try to catch up. I’ve also been slacking on posting my reads. I finished Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry a couple weeks ago.

It was a good read but not great. In my opinion there were too many storylines. They were semi-related storylines, but it was just too much going on. The main character is a woman trying to have it all – work in a man-filled world of finance and keep a house and two children. She’s also trying to work out some kinks in her marriage while being thrown into a working relationship with an ex. Although I appreciate this story and the details of gross inequality in the working world, the main character was a little disappointing to me. Although she was doing her best, which I can appreciate, she’s a little flaky at times.

Overall, this is a great, easy, and empowering read. For once I actually think the movie – that Reese Witherspoon is working on – might catch me more than the book did. Enjoy!

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The Book of Life

The third and final book in the All Souls Trilogy series (Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night being the first two). It’s been a while since I’ve read a full series like this and I forgot how invested you become in the characters and their “lives”. I was actually sad when I finished the book! It’s also been a few weeks since I finished it, I just kept forgetting to add it to my list and posts.

The Book of Life may have been my favorite book in the series. And it’s rarely the case that the last book in a series is the favorite. Everything comes to a head in this book – witches, vampires, demons, humans. Some friends, some enemies. Some action, some stealth,  and some quick thinking. I don’t want to give anything away, obviously. My only complaint about this whole series is that even though the protagonist is a strong and willful woman, it took a man for her to discover her full talent and potential. There were plenty of women helping along the way, but it was he who initiated the entire discovery. Not completely a damsel in distress situation, but I could have used a little more self-discovery and self-confidence on her part.

Overall, an entertaining and easy read, great for summer, the beach, the lake, traveling, whatever! Now, I need some more quick reads to make up for being way behind schedule to meet my reading challenge for the year. Any suggestions? Or maybe I just need to take vacation and do nothing but read by the pool. Hm….


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Daring Greatly

I love Brené Brown and have read a number of her books, which you can find on my book listDaring Greatly is supposed to be one of her best books and it’s been on my list for a while. Her research is around shame and vulnerability and how they invade every area of our lives – work, family, social life. The greatest thing she does is use this research to make concepts and ideas applicable to anyone’s life. And she doesn’t pretend to be perfect or to have all the answers.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity.”

I can tell you, from personal experience, that being vulnerable is one of the hardest things to do but can have the greatest rewards. Obviously you are not going to be completely open and vulnerable with every single person in your life, but when I am completely vulnerable with those closest to me, the relationship flourishes. I went through college with only a couple friends knowing that I went for infusions at the hospital every 1-2 weeks to treat a chronic blood disorder. To me, this difference was a negative thing and one that would make me weird. But years later, when I opened up about that aspect of my life publicly, the response was overwhelmingly positive. And thinking back, I was silly to think it would be otherwise.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone. It’s a quick read. I will say that Brown can be a little repetitive, and the section on parenting doesn’t apply to my, but I still skimmed through it. Great read for anyone who is in relationships with others – friends, family, romantic, whatever!

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A Discovery of Witches

Wow, it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything! I guess after almost 8 years of posts (my first post was in May 2009), it’s not as much of a priority or as fulfilling anymore. Which is not a bad thing. Priorities change! I still like keeping my reads here though. And who knows, there may come a time when I’m ready to post up a storm again! But for now, I hope you keep enjoying my book list and recommendations!

I’m not sure why it took me so long (a month) to get through A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, but it put me behind for my 2017 reading challenge. I’ll have to find some quick reads to play catch up!

The first half of the story was definitely slow. I know you need to get to know the characters and provide sufficient background information and set-up for the greater storyline, but there was a little too much of that for my liking. A lot of the details in the first half of the book felt unnecessary. But once the story got going it was great, though the lead character is a little annoying at times. She’s a strong female lead, which is great, but she’s a little whiny and unnecessarily defiant at times. The story’s not just about witches, but also other creatures that live among humans and how they all interact, while working to keep attention away. It felt a little like a more adult Twilight. But better. I’m adding the next 2 in the series to my list to read after I get through the few I already have on my Kindle to read next.