All kinds of enjoyable reading has been happening around here the last few months. Here's a look at what I read in August and September:
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah | Started, stopped, and started again because I really wanted to get to the end. This one for me was a struggle to get through and I think it had to do with pacing. I appreciated learning about the migration to CA and what life looked like at that time for so many families but it just didn’t do it for me overall. I am a super fan of her last book The Great Alone and found that one super hard to put down.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yea Gyasi | This is one of the books in my pile that I started, stopped (for no other reason than I got distracted by another story), and then came back to and I’m so glad I did. I really liked her first book (Homegoing). I appreciated the thread of science + faith and how the main characters life was impacted by the choices of others in her family (and the choices she was faced with along the way).
The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer | Swallowed this one over a couple days. Decent pacing. The kind of book that always seems to launch me into a reading a bunch of books in a row. Solid but not amazing.
Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena | Super fast read. All plot, no extra stuff. Satisfying vacation read for sure.
What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad | I need some friends to read this one so we can talk about it!
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins | Not my favorite. I had a hard time picturing the characters for some reason and sometimes had to reread to remember which one was which. It was just okay for me.
Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay | I really enjoyed this thriller + the twists + turns. Couldn’t put down.
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney | Totally satisfying thriller. Nothing wasted.
Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology + The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Atler | Listened to this one (something I don't often do but am starting to do a bit more especially for nonfiction) after deciding to take a month-long IG break. I was looking for something to fuel some of the changes I'm wanting to make in my life + the content in this book supported those changes.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell | Found this one to be interesting + challenging.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir | It took me awhile to get into this book mainly because of all the science. I’m so thankful to a friend who encouraged me to keep going. Totally worth it.