The Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata is a short little book about a woman that works in a convenience store in Japan. It was interesting to learn about the Japanese culture. The woman is socially awkward and only feels at home in the convenience store. The author did a good job developing this character. The main character reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel is an older book about a man that finds out that he may have a child with his high school girlfriend. He hits rock bottom in his career and moves back to Florida to find his daughter. He discovers the truth about his ex-girlfriend and why she ran away and never told him about the child. There is some mystery in this book.
It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han is the second book in the Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. I enjoyed the first one more, but these books are a nice light summer read. I loved her other series, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams was a July Book of the Month selection. This was a great summer read about an island where people vacation for the summer. The story was told during a few time periods surrounding one woman and her family. I really enjoyed this historical fiction book and look forward to reading other books by this author.
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey was a slow book for me to get into. I enjoyed the writing style of telling two different time periods. The setting in the 1920’s in India was also interesting. If you enjoy mysteries and historical fiction than this would be a good book for you.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. This YA book was about an Indian American girl who goes to a camp for the summer to work on her coding. While there, she meets Rishi who is also Indian American. He tells her that their parents want them to meet to possibly get married when they are older. She opposes the traditional customs for Indian women and wants to focus on her future career. It was a good YA book and I plan to read From Twinkle With Love soon since I bought it in my OwlCrate.
Luck, Love, and Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert was about a woman who decided to try and play poker to spend time with her husband. It turns out that she loves the game and she starts to play on her own. She has to decide what is truly important in her life and what she wants for her family. I really enjoyed her new book, The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go.
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor was a great summer read. A young woman was bitten by a shark as a child and it gave her a love of sharks. She became a marine biologist and studies sharks. She comes home to encounter her former fiancée and his daughter. She has to come to terms with her past and discover what she wants for her future. I was curious to read a book by Ann Kidd Taylor because I loved two books written by her mom. They are The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick. In this thriller book, a couple on their honeymoon find something that changes their lives. It had a good twist, but also had some unrealistic moments that seem to happen in most thrillers.
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser is a mystery/thriller book that I listened to on audio. I do not know if it was because I listened to it instead of reading it, but it was a letdown of a mystery. A woman and her children go missing and the last people to see them was their neighbors. Her estranged husband is the main suspect in their disappearance. The story is about how the neighbors learn the truth about their disappearance.
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton was a beautifully written story of historical fiction. The story is written in 1958 and 2017 telling about the Perez family in Cuba and how they came to the United States. Personally, this story was special because my in-laws are from Cuba. They came to the United States over 50 years ago and have never returned. It gave me a glimpse of what they experienced there. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han was a good summer book. This YA book was a nice light read. A teenage girl nicknamed Belly goes to the beach every summer with her mom and brother. They stay with friends and there is typical teenage behavior with crushes on boys. The writing style was good and moved between different time periods in the girl’s life. I read it because I loved the series, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris is the third thriller book I have read of hers. They are not my favorite thrillers because they seem unrealistic, but if you like the genre, these are pretty popular. In this book, a woman goes missing and her boyfriend moves on with her sister. Mystery and suspense abound as clues appear indicating that she might be back after being gone for twelve years. A thriller I enjoyed lately was Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.
A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza was a book that needs to be savored. The story has a slower pace and the writing is so beautiful. Part Four told from the father’s perspective was so touching and brought tears to my eyes multiple times. This will definitely be one of my top favorites for 2018. In this book, an Indian family grows up Muslim in America. The family has two daughters and one son. The story is told from different perspectives mostly focused on the impact of their son on the family. Fatima writes in such a deep and beautiful way that shows a talent unique for someone so young. I understand all of the buzz of this book and highly recommend it. Have you read this yet? If so, please share your thoughts in the comment section.
If you enjoyed this story about a Muslim family, I would suggest Home Fire by Kamile Shamsie.
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