So last month I read 1.5 books so I’m pleased as Harry Potter winning the Quidditch Cup to have completed two whole books in one month. That’s right: 2 books. Sure, my normal average is around 5+ books per month but with my non-existent my reading mojo, I can’t complain. Well, not too much. And yes, I know — #FirstWorldBookNerdProblem and I’d probably feel guilty if I weren’t an American, where being a diva is a right. I take advantage of all my rights, including being a book diva and voting. 😀
The Books I Loved and Liked in August
I read some books and I liked it. Hopefully, I like even more books next month.
The Book I Loved
Love might be a bit strong but I’m just a girl, in search of a book to love, determined to find at least one this month.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Book Description: Beatrice, along with her four former best friends, find themselves stuck in endless loop as they seek answers to their friend’s mysterious death.
Book Review: Night Film by Pessl was one of my favorite books from 2016. It kept me on my toes, never sure what was real or not and scared the bejesus out of me at one point. This book took a hot minute or two to engage me (it starts with a lot of description, which isn’t my jam) but once it did, I was hooked. Imagine Groundhog Day but with five individuals who must solve the riddle behind their friend’s death to escape the endless loop. So yes, you have to buy into the Groundhog Day aspect but at it’s heart, it’s about five friends (i.e. the Breakfast Club) coming back together after a friend dies under mysterious circumstances. It’s YA without being too YA-ish.
To Read or Not To Read: Yup, I really enjoyed it. FYI — it’s not scary or a quasi-horror book like Night Film. Just in case you a scaredy cat like me. But you do have to buy into the Groundhog Day endless loop for it to work.
The Book I Liked
Some day I’ll find it … that book connection … the lovers, the dreamers and me.
Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Book Description: Eight years after breaking Lilah’s heart, Ethan returns home and now she must decide whether she’s ready to forget the past and trust her heart again.
Book Review: I am generally not a huge fan of romance-only books so keep that in mind, please, but all the murder and mayhem in my go-to thrillers are messing with my headspace so hence this book. And it’s okay, which probably means romance lovers will probably go gaga for it, but I found it a bit repetitive. Lilah and Ethan both got on my nerves and I’m a big believer that you gotta root for your main couple to get their happy ending when reading a romance. The old coot in me also rolls her eyes at the common refrain/belief that there can be ONLY ONE true love/soulmate in your lifetime, but I understand that’s what romances sell. I’m just not sure that’s really healthy. I also think that I may prefer romances with more humor/silliness, like Sophia Kinsella.
To Read or Not To Read: Sure. I’m not the best gauge of what’s makes a killer romance but my guess is most romance fans will find this an easy, breezy read.
TL;DR — My Recommendations to You
While I wish that my desire to read was higher last month, the books I did manage to read were good and I recommend them both. Those who don’t mind fantasy elements (hey, they are stuck in dreamworld) will enjoy Neverworld Wake and romance lovers should schedule a date with Good Luck Charm and they should hit it off just fine.
To More Great Reads
I took a planned break from NetGalley and my typically thrillers (Neverworld Wake doesn’t count because it’s not murdery) last month and I plan to dip my toe back in … maybe. Like I mentioned earlier, I noticed that thrillers were starting to affect me in a not-so positive way so I took a break but I also miss them. 😀 What can I say? I’m complicated. Not really, I’m pretty basic: just give me all the good books and I’m happy. Well, under normal circumstances and let’s hope those days return in less than 60 days.
What great books did you read last month?