We’re into the second half of the year and I’m happy to be on track with my reading goals. Here’s a quick overview of what I read this quarter.
In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
I wanted to like this book, but I didn’t. The idea of someone exploring and finding their sexuality is a great book premise. There were some great moments at the beginning and I felt that that tone should have lasted throughout. The main characters is very likable and relatable. However, I don’t understand the point of the extreme/abusive relationship that evolves. Having extreme relationships is very common in erotic novels, but honestly it is getting boring. What was the point? What did the character learn from the experience? I don’t want shock value, I want substance and I don’t think this novel delivered that.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
This novel wasn’t what I thought it would be. I was very surprised by the story and journey of the characters. This novel is beautifully written and very descriptive. Reluctant readers may have a hard time getting into this book, but it is well worth the read.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
A sweet and interesting book about relationships. It was easy to relate to this novel from both of the character’s perspectives. I also liked the realistic ending.
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The cover of this novel caught my attention. It is beautiful. Then I read the synopsis and know I had to read it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read and kept my attention throughout. I think this novel will be very popular when it come out. I like the premise of feminine bonding and strength. The middle section of the novel through me for a bit and almost feels out of place. I am still reflecting on the importance of the romance as part of the overall story. Some of the pacing seemed off and several times months were skipped, when I wanted nothing more to read about what occurred in those times. I hope there will be a follow-up to this novel. Although it could work as a standalone piece, I’m very interested in seeing how the relationships grow and the societal shifts that are sure to come.
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
This was an interesting read. The main character is a brain surgeon and each chapter uses a story based on his surgery experience that has a mirrored theme with the events that occurred when he was twelve. I found this book to be beautifully written and loved the themes that arose. The ending wasn’t a surprise, but I don’t think it was meant to be, there were strong hints throughout the novel. I loved the depth of each character and their differing personalities. Very well written, but short. I wanted a little more.
Uncommon Paper Flowers by Kate Alarcon
I thought the tutorials in this book were easy to follow and the flowers included were interesting. I appreciated that this didn’t just reuse the same types of plants found in every other craft book.
Thank you NetGalley for providing digital copies of these books in exchange for an honest review.