What I've Read Lately

My goal on here was to start including book reviews. Obviously that’s gotten ahead of me and I’ve yet to include one. Well at least recently. So, I decided I would include a listing of some of the great books I’ve read recently.

If you weren’t aware, I’m trying to hit my goal of 100 books read this year. I’ve been very close in 2012 and 2013, coming just shy each year, but I’m determined to make my goal this year. Unfortunately, I’ve only read around 60, and with 4 months left to go, I’ll be trying to bust out as many books as possible. Stay tuned!

Eryn’s Favorite Reads of 2014 (So Far!)

1. Me Before You: A Novel – Jojo Moyes: I discovered JoJo Moyes purely by luck with ‘A Last Letter from Your Lover’ last year, and instantly fell in love with her. Me Before You might very well take the top spot of the best book I’ve read so far this year. I won’t tell you much, except that it’s an incredible example of two people coming into each others lives and essentially, ‘saving’ each other. Except neither of them realized it. Read it. You will not be disappointed.

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2. The Interestings: A Novel – Meg Wolitzer: This was one of those books that was appearing everywhere. It seemed like everywhere I looked, The Interestings followed me. Needless to say, the description sounded good, and the cover was lovely. So I bought it. And then couldn’t put it down. I love stories where they follow several different characters, and how their lives intertwine, and this one did not disappoint.

3.Orphan Train: A Novel – Christina Baker Kline: A 91-year woman who has a past as an orphan-train rider, and an 18-year girl who is just months away from being forced out of the child welfare system due to her age, end up meeting and learning about their similar orphaned pasts when the teenager is assigned to help her for a community service project. I could not put this book down. It’s a harrowing story written by a gifted storyteller, and brings light to something in our history that I did not know existed.

4. The Rosie Project: A Novel- Graeme Simsion: I had been eying this book for months on Barnes & Noble. The reviews of it were mediocre and to be honest, it just sounded… blah. I was wrong. From the second I started reading it, I was able to picture Don Tillman in my head. I could hear his voice in the book. I felt like I had jumped into the story. And thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this awkward love story.

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5. Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel – Kimberly McCreight: Heartbreaking, heart-wrenching, and completely amazing. No parent ever wants to hear the words ‘There has been an accident involving your child’, and even more so, to find out that you’re child has died. But this mother goes beyond her grief to find out what really happened after receiving an anonymous text that says ‘She didn’t jump.’ If you don’t read anything else this year, read this book.

6. A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)- Deborah Harkness: If you like a good romance, read this. If you like history, then you definitely should read this. If you like witches, vampires and demons, they you must read this. If you like all three, and haven’t read this, then you need to go buy it immediately. Along with the two that follow it.

7. The Perfume Collector: A Novel- Kathleen Tesoro: One of my fun Barnes & Noble finds. I’ll be honest. I had really low expectations, purely because I hadn’t heard much about it. Boy was I wrong, and pleasantly surprised when I had the hardest time putting it down. And I had such a book hangover when it was over. Also, I always thought I wasn’t a big fan of historical fiction. Turns out, I’m a huge fan. I love it.

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8. Where We Belong- Emily Giffin: I loved Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed series, so I knew I would really enjoy this as well. Her ability to tell the story of a 30-something advertising exec in NYC who is stunned to find her biological daughter at the door one night, is remarkable. It’s a quick, easy read, and totally perfect for those last couple of summer days at the beach!

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