I’m not sure how it’s even possible that July is half over. And yet it is. We’ve arrived at the crispy days of summer, when going outside to water plants seems like an impossible task.
Y’all it’s hot.
Thank goodness for books and air conditioning!
I’m linking up today with Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick Lit. Here are some short reviews for the books I’ve read so far this month.
What I’m Reading
What She Knew by Gilly McMillan
This one’s a fast-paced, mystery thriller about a child who disappears. I could not stop reading. It was absolutely fascinating, especially the aspect of social media shaming involved in the crime, and the twists just kept coming. A real whodunit that kept me guessing until the end. 5/5 stars
Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
This book is a pick from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2016 Summer Reading List and it was fabulous. It’s about the complex relationships of mothers and daughters, and yet it’s also about love and strength and the power of women. The writing is superb and the separate storylines piece together beautifully. 5/5 stars
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The third installment in The Passage trilogy, this book did not disappoint. All these books are long, and I was a little hesitant when starting this one. I often have a hard time reading a series, because I forget too many details in between books. But Cronin does a good job of reintroducing and recalling, and by the time I was a quarter of the way into it, I was enthralled. The writing is excellent, but it’s the biblical and religious undertones in this series that fascinates me most. 4/5 stars
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Much thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this book. (It’s available for purchase now!) I started it July 4th weekend, and I hunkered down and read the entire thing in a couple of days. Wow! What a ride! The entire mystery unravels backwards and it will have you guessing and second guessing until the end. 5/5 stars
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
Good information, most of which I already knew about the effects of social media, digital connection, and the constant need to be “wired” that are signs of the times. Unfortunately, this book was so redundant, I kept wondering if I had already read certain sections. Would be better as a TED talk. 3/5 stars
Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
Warning: do not read while pregnant.
However, if you aren’t getting ready to give birth anytime soon, this is a quick and intense read. It’s the story of two different mothers-to-be and the thoughts and heartaches that plague them both. It will make you cringe with its raw honesty and its vivid portrayal of childbirth. 4/5 stars
My Daddy — a history and government professor — recommended this book. It’s written by a historian and reads a little like a textbook at times.
The topic, however, completely enthralled me. I always knew the whole idea of a “Christian America” was false, but I had no inkling of where it originated. This book tells you more than you’d ever want to know.
As the Amazon blurb states,
We’re often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the belief that America is fundamentally and formally Christian originated in the 1930s.”
Fascinating history, but I had to take away a couple of stars because of the length and the textbook-likeness of the book. Might’ve been easier as an audiobook.
What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross
Another missing child mystery, this one’s a bit more of a psychological page-turner than crime novel. It’s also heartbreaking and unsettling, because the way this one pans out, there’s just not an easy solution. I liked it but I didn’t love it. 3/5 stars
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
This book is World War II fiction, which isn’t my favorite, but I’d heard great things about this one. I was not disappointed. The characters are portrayed beautifully and are so endearing. Plus despite it being a wartime book with plenty of war-related tragedy, this novel is witty and had me chuckling out loud. 4/5 stars
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Ok, this one’s slightly creepy. I can’t say too much, because I don’t want to give it away, but this book will throw you for a complete loop. It’s about working girls in the 1920s and it explores the underworld of jazz, nightlife, and prohibition. And the ending will freak you out. 4/5 stars.