Recent Book Reiews…

I thought I’d share my reviews of a few good books I’ve read lately.  Wow, I just realized although these are the 3 highest rated I’ve read recently they are super depressing!  But… they are all really good.  I didn’t include descriptions of the books because there is a nifty link that will take you to descriptions, additional reviews, purchase info, etc.  – Thanks Goodreads!  Next up I’m going to read something fun and happy!  Any suggestions?  Off to find something on amazon…

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just finished The Girl on the Train: A Novel. Loved it. I like characters that are a little bit crazy and devious, this story is that and more… It’s a great mystery and you aren’t really sure what is going on until well into the book. It has its fair share of abuse, loveless cheating relationships, depressing alcoholism – but I still found myself rooting for the main character.

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I gave this book a 4 because Gillian Flynn is honestly such a gifted writer. Her way with words transports you into these characters’ minds and their environments. I found their thoughts and perceptions disturbing and evoking – in my opinion that make the writing very good. That being said… The book is…well… dark. I felt like I needed to shower after reading it some nights and I also felt like I needed to read something light and uplifting when I finished it. I didn’t actually enjoy any of the characters or their stories because they were so grimy and depressing. I read this book in preparation for going to a screening of the film but after reading it, I knew I couldn’t sit through the film… So kudos on the writing and style, I just wish there was a little “light” to the story.

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and LoveWhat Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book…I saw Carole on RHoNY and became interested in her story. Then I had a friend mention how much she loved this book. So I downloaded it and I agree, it is so good. The writing is not great, but I think that lends to the authenticity of the story. It’s not full of prose and elaborate descriptions. It’s real. It’s written more like you are just sitting down with the author and she is telling you her story over a glass of wine. I ugly cried at the end. I knew the ending going in (obviously) but my heart still broke for Carole. I rarely read memoirs and prefer more fiction so this was way out of my general read list. I’m so glad I picked it up. “Bravo” Carole – I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. 🙂

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