Why does summer feel like the best time to read? I don’t know. But I’ve been busting my way through a bunch of books. Some I loved. Some not so much.
by Tsh Oxenreider
I’m a fan of Tsh from The Art of Simple. She and her family recently took an almost year long journey around the world, and while I’m not sure that’s something I want to do, I admire her adventurous spirit. I loved the personal stories in this book, and how Tsh and her family experimented with different ways of life and strategies for living until they found what worked for them. Tsh and I live very different lives – and her goals are not my goals. But this book encouraged me to think about what I’d like for my family and how we can accomplish those goals.
by Laura Moriarty
I’m obsessed with Liane Moriarty, so after I finished reading all her stuff, I searched around on Amazon under that “people also bought” category and stumbled upon Laura Moriarty, Liane’s sister. I totally loved this book. It’s such a rich story with deep character development. The story follows Cora, a seemingly stereotypical 1920s housewife, as she chaperones teenage Louise Brooks from Wichita, Kansas to New York City for the summer. The relationship between the two women and the secrets they carry pose interesting questions about family, history, sexuality, societal pressures, and what makes for a wonderful life.
by Herman Koch
Whoa. This book. It’s dark. Twisted. And disturbing. But also super engaging. This story is about two brothers and their families. Each family has a 15-year-old son, and these boys are tied together by a horrible act they committed. What appealed to me most about the story was how the parents reacted to the incident, and it got me thinking about the lengths parents go to to protect their children. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters, and my opinions of each of them changed as the story went on and I gathered more bits and pieces about them. Definitely an engrossing read.
by Paula Hawkins
By now, everyone and their uncle has read this book. And they liked it. Or they hated it. I liked it. If you like Gone Girl (which I did, but Sharp Object is my favorite), then you’d like this book. The main character, Rachel, commutes into the city each morning and at one particular stop, she sees this couple she names Jess and Jason. She starts creating a story about their life and looks forward to seeing them each morning. Then one morning she sees something shocking. And that sets off his weird, entangled relationship with the husband and Rachel’s ex-husband and his wife and the obsession with the wife. I love a good “who done it” type of book. And I like books where you learn little bits and pieces about the characters that shine a light into who they really are, and this book accomplishes that masterfully.
by Kayla Aimee
I am so honored to know Kayla. I’ve been following her blog for years, and my heart broke for her and her family when her daughter was born at 25 weeks. Fortunately, her daughter is a spunky four-year-old, and Kayla has turned her grief into a beautiful and heartwarming story. Never fear. This story is not a downer. Kayla write with love and a sense of humor that will speak to anyone who has ever walked through grief. (To learn more, check out my podcast with Kayla.)
What did you read in August? I’m always looking for recommendations, so let me know what I should read next!