Five Books I Liked, and One I Didn’t

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

I haven’t been going through books as quickly as usual this year. I blame it on Serial (which by the way they haven’t released an episode lately and it’s k i l l i n g me), Netflix, working, and working out.

Currently I’m reading Life with Picasso to try to get ready for my trip to Spain since there are several Picasso museums in Spain. I should have also read up on Gaudi and Goya as well, but will still enjoy all the art and architecture regardless because I don’t think I’ll have time to read about all of them in depth in the next two weeks.

But of the books I’ve read so far this year, I liked most of them. One though, not so much. I’m curious to hear what you thought of it.


5 BOOKS I’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR — that I’ve liked:

The Lake House, by Kate Morton

This book was good. I had no idea where it was going, and it ended in a way I totally didn’t see coming, which I like. I thought it was a great story and unlike any other I’ve read. Which I think is hard to do as a writer.

After You, by Jojo Moyes

I already wrote about how much I loved Me Before You. After You was a great book, but it was really hard to beat Me Before You. However, I loved to see where Moyes took the characters after the initial story. I always want to know more.

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

LOVED this book. Loved the foreword and the epilogue written by Paul’s wife Lucy. Definitely tugs on your heart strings. I love learning about how doctors think about death. Maybe it was this article that made me so fascinated by what doctors think of death, but I do find it very interesting. This story was beautiful and Lucy’s words at the end made it even better. A must read.

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

I really liked this book. I wouldn’t say that I loved it thought. I felt like it lacked a climax and some sparkle of interest. It was a fine story, but if I have to critique it a little I’d say that it’s just slightly on the boring side. However, I did like it, and do recommend reading it.

Room, by Emma Donoghue

I must say that I liked the story of Room, and would like to see the movie — which I heard was great — but I do NOT recommend listening to this book as an audio book. Definitely read it. I didn’t realize that the child would be talking half of the time, and honestly, listening to the kid’s voice (or someone playing the kid) for 11 hours drove me up the wall. Maybe it’s just because I’m not a mom, I don’t know, but the second I heard that voice I was like, ugh. It was too drawn out and over acted and bothered me the entire book. Great story though.


1 BOOK I’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR — that I didn’t like:

Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff

The cover of this book is so gorgeous I couldn’t resist it. I buy a lot of digital books and listen to some on Audible, but I literally could not resist the beauty of this book cover. Unfortunately, I just didn’t love the book itself. The first half seemed so slow and a little strange in the way it was written. The second half did get better, but not enough to save the first half. Honestly, I just wasn’t a fan of the writing at all. But a lot of people thought differently so I think you should read it and form your own opinion. If you have read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

What books have you read so far this year?


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