Lots of fiction lately, but not much reading went on for most of April and May.
14. Gone Girl – I kept seeing this book recommended, and I was the 25th person on the waiting list at the library. It was a page-turner and I had to find out what would happen in the story as it kept taking turns that I didn’t expect. However, I wish books came with a rating like movies. It would make it much easier! This one had a lot of language, and I’m not sure if I would really recommend it because it was so strong.
15. The Silver Linings Playbook – my book club read this one, but I was on a long waiting list for it, so I didn’t read it with everyone else. I rented the movie one weekend when Thomas was out of town. The book was a lot better than the movie (isn’t it almost always?), but I liked the way they cast the movie.
16. The Orphan Train – this was another book club book that I didn’t get to participate in because I was too cheap to buy the book. It was a really great book, though. I remember reading some books about the orphan trains when I was a kid, and this was a more grown-up version. If you enjoy historical fiction, you might like this.
17. The Lucky One – I know, I know… Nicholas Sparks on my reading list? Summer reading is getting to me, and the library had it on a kindle edition. This was a nice, fast read and I rented the movie when Thomas was out of town for work. Notice a theme here? Thomas is a hard person to watch chick flicks with. This book was okay. It was enjoyable to read, but too predictable and the characters were too cliche.
18. Safe Haven by Nicolas Sparks – I know!!! I read this one in two days while Thomas was traveling. I rented the movie to watch, but ended up being called away to a birth, so I didn’t get to watch it. Oh well, probably for the best. Again, it was about what I expected. A quick read and a nice distraction while Thomas was away, maybe a little better than the Lucky One, but not much.
19. The Winter Sea – This was the July book for my book club. It was really enjoyable.
20. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – We are big fans of Jim Gaffigan’s Mr. Universe show (watch it on Netflix, it is hilarious!) This book covers most of his parenting bits from his act and more parenting hilarity. He is the father of five children, and almost every chapter had me cracking up. I could relate to so much of his experience.
21. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – this is our book club book for August, and I was able to get it from the library early and finish in time. This was a great book. It took me a little while to get into it, but there was so much that I didn’t expect.