I can’t believe that November is already over! Christmas is just around the corner! How are you doing on your Christmas shopping? I have been buying like crazy the last couple of weeks. Now is the time to actually see what I have! I think that I am getting pretty close to being done. Now is time for the wrapping! I just purchased this Gangsta Wrapper t-shirt to get me in the gift wrapping spirit!
Travel and Thanksgiving break allowed me to have some quality time reading. Most of the books I ready this month were pretty good. Here is a breakdown of what I read and what I thought about it. I also included the next couple of books on my “to read” list in case you want to join me.
The Power was out book club choice for this month. I have to admit that I have mixed feelings for this book. The premise is: in the world now, women have immense physical power. The story is told through the lens of several different characters. While I typically love these character driven novels, I felt that this author did not stay true to each characters voice while telling their story. As a reader,I was left frustrated and at times confused about whose story the author was telling. While the concept of this story was intriguing: women having all the power, I was disheartened about how women chose to use their Power. While this was not my favorite book, it made for a really compelling book club discussion.
Laine Moriarty is one of my favorite authors. I count her books as some of my favorite of all times. I admit, I could not wait for this book to come out this month. The premise is that nine strangers come to a posh spa for a ten day wellness retreat. Each character has their own reason for coming: weight loss, ended relationship, death of a loved one and marriage difficulties. As you might imagine, things don’t go exactly as planned. (That is all I can say without giving the story away). Moriarty is a master both at story telling and character development. I have to admit, this wasn’t my favorite of her books but I had a hard time putting it down. If you are looking for a light, compelling read for the holidays, this book would be great for you.
This one of those books that kept coming up as a “must read” in all of my lists. I have to admit, it lived up to the hype. The story is of a girl who meets the “perfect” guy with only one problem…his mother. This book was the best kinda creepy. I had a hard time deciding if the main character Emily was a saint or crazy out of her mind. I have to admit, I would never had put up with all of the stuff that Emily did…even for Mr. Right. I read this book in a weekend because it was that compelling. There is an amazing twist to this story that I did not see coming (and I am pretty good at predicting endings). It is a definite thumbs up for me.
Family Trust was the last book that I read this month. It did feel a bit like Crazy Rich Asians (though more modestly rich) meets The Nest. The story follows a Chinese-American family in Silicon Valley as they learn the patriarch of the family is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This too is a very character driven story. The author did a great job of making her characters real and raw exposing how crazy money (or the promise of money) can make you. It was a solid book and it kept my attention though I am not sure that it lives up to its early reviews.
This book has been on my next to read list since the summer. I am so happy that my book club picked it for next month. It is the first book release on Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint.
A reader friend of mine claims this in her top five of best books ever read. I am going to give it a try. I’ll let you know what I think.
Want to read along with me? I would love to hear what you think about the books your read. I am also looking for my next book to read! Let me know what you are loving now.