I wanted to write a blog post with my Summer of '18 Reading Recommendations. But then I got busy. Now it is almost Fall. Oh well.
Here are some of the top reads for the summer 2018.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I love a narrative about families and the dynamics that make them fucked up but special. This resonated for me, cuz there's the rich family and the single-working-mom, getting by. And there is a wild child. And a story of adoption. I know nothing about being a single working mom...but the rest? I've got that!
Look, some of the parts about the well-off family - they made me cringe. They hit a little close to home. I have someone who helps me cook dinner (by "help" I mean she does it all) and pick up my kids. Ok, my KID. Only one left at home. Some of this she does so I am freed up to get a bunch of work done. And some of this she does cuz I'm not cooking shit. And, I do hate waiting in the car at the pick-up circle when it's 115 out. I'll pay anybody anything not to trigger another hot flash. #estrogen
But I digress. Being the mother of two adopted daughters, I felt incredible anxiety during the push-pull between the birth mother and the adopting family. Not main characters, but the telling of this story got into my fragmented brain and under my skin.
I loved it. I'll give it a 9.
I felt duty-bound. Like this was an important, highly written about book and I needed to read it. I don't love a period piece.
BUT - the story of the young woman who wants to become a diver with the military...those parts are sooooooo compelling. The stories of the underwater dives? Holy Moley - I loved them.
Still missing some dynamic character development or fast enough narrative. I felt like I was wading a bit. (Yuck, yuck - get it? Wading?) I did learn something new and experience something through writing I would never understand otherwise. But still not enough to call this book a top read. I think there are things that are more compelling on my list. Which I haven't created yet. But I'm sure there will be.
I will give it a 7.
Really - after almost 25 years of marriage? What could be wrong with a book with this title? It's my kinda book name.
And I liked it. The plane goes down. Her husband is on it. But his story doesn't match up? Was it her husband? Or is her (over-the-top fantastic, perfect husband) a fraud. Fast paced, mystery-thriller. About a marriage built on lies. Great beach read.
I'll give it an 8 for readability. Even though I am a contemporary literature snob.
This was reviewed in Time Magazine as a must-read for people who have been married 20 years and have hit a rough patch.
I bought it, downloaded it and never read it.
I give it a 2 for it's lack of desirability.
I LOVED this book. And, I remembered what it was about!!!
Four teens, NYC, the early 70's...they go to a fortune teller who tells each of them how and when they will die. Then we watch as their adult lives unfold. It was riveting and I loved it.
Can I give it a 10? Well, it wasn't super-serious and important literature like Solsenetzen. So I will give it a...nope, still a 10.
Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk
Well, I do love a story about college girls in the 80's. Cuz it resonates. Cuz that was my time. And I was a college girl. And I remember the product-tampering Tylenol scare.
I loved the struggle between the girl with means and the girl without means. This makes me think of another great novel about a young woman, first her family to go to college and the challenges of the transition. Of course, I can't remember the title. But I'll look it up. Well, I will probably forget that too!
I will say there is a coldness to the characters making me give this a 7.