Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
I never would have picked this book up myself, but Emily Giffin instagrammed it as a book she had picked up, so I figured it was for sure worth a shot! Technically I suppose it’s a crime novel, which is not something I’m really into. But it has just the right amount of crime and creepiness so that it keeps me turning the pages without having to get up and turn on all the lights. It’s right on the same plane as Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Anyhow, the premise is that a big wig lawyer just got a huge promotion and is trying her first murder case, then before you know it there’s all the family secrets coming out here, there and everywhere. There was couple small ones that she threw in there that I almost didn’t notice, then I was like wait, WHAT DID SHE JUST WRITE!?
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
I read Straub’s last book two summers ago and first I have to say that she had THE BEST cover designs. I just want to carry the books everywhere I go and be like look guys! Look how cute this book I’m reading is. The story inside is pretty good too. Everyone raves about the books and they’re certainly good, but if it weren’t for the great cover art I might not seek them out (yes, I know that makes me totally shallow). But I do really like how realistic they are. It seems just like your friend is telling you about the strange thing that happened to her cousin’s roommate or something. And I like that. When she puts finished a new book two summers from now with another fantastic cover design I will totally read it.
Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen
This one was a little slow going, but that’s not always a bad thing. In the world of 6am wake up calls, it’s okay to have a book that you can put down come 10pm. It’s a very honest tale of a small town and its inhabitants. The story is a beautiful rendition of the way heartbreak and hardships weave themselves into life. It follows the protagonist from childhood through late life with windows into the most formative years and an interesting perspective on how everything both changes and stays the same over years of life.
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
I picked this one up based solely on the cover and its setting in a Sonoma vineyard. Anything to take me back. 🙂 It’s pretty solid chick-lit, with some romance and predictable twists and turns. I had a few other books stacked up waiting for me, so about halfway through I read the last couple pages to make sure it ended how I thought it would and moved on. Good for a quick easy read, but I wouldn’t hunt it down again or anything.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Some books are a way to escape, to take an adventure to a new place and explore new ways of life and characters so different from yourself. Other books, like this one, allign with your own world view and you understand the story and characters deep in your soul, like you already know the plot and all the players in it.
Butler depicts the Midwest like only someone who has lived here can. He captures the effects of the seasons so well. I don’t know if we think about it so often, but there’s almost two separate Midwests. The winter one and the summer one. They’re so different–the weather plays a small, subtle part in the story, but such an important one.
I almost always end up loving books about long, deep rooted friendships because it’s something I can relate to so well. The older I get the more I appreciate the stories told long after childhood has passed and middle age begins to set in. Now, I’m far from middle age- because thats what like 45 now? But its so fascinating to me how friendships change and evolve over time and age.