Recently Read: Book Reviews

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Whenever a book is hyped up to be awesome and I don’t love it, I start to question myself: did I really not like it? Or did the hype set the bar too high so really THE HYPE is to blame for my abysmal feelings with the whole book? Who knows, but I didn’t love this one. I enjoy when stories jump between character’s stories and perspectives, but this one almost jumped between too many people to make that style work. It was too easy to read a chapter and then put down, because too much time passed between characters to keep my head in the game. The ending to this one just wasn’t quite believable enough to me either, or perhaps too abrupt. That being said, I still might read the sequel. (And don’t just take my word for it, because obviously this series is getting rave reviews!)

 

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Simple Matters by Erin Boyle

Since I’m in a minimalism/simplicity phase (who’s to say if it’s a phase or permanent, IDK) this one really resonated with me. The writing is A+! Her mindfulness of the environment as she makes purchases is so refreshing, and frankly it’s a mindset I wish more Americans would adopt. Less impulse buys online and in big box stores + more thought-out, local purchases = excellent philosophy Erin lays out.

 

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Saints For All Occasions by Courtney Sullivan

Oooh if you want a gripping novel, here you go! I love, love, LOVED this one and am now on a mission to read all of her other books – which seem to have received rave reviews like this one. Sisters Nora and Theresa travel from Ireland to America for Nora to be married to Charlie. The story weaves their lives and choices from the past (circa 1950s?) and the present (2009), showing the repercussions of everything. Catholics, alcoholism, Boston, family dynamics – sounds fairly generic but the writing is GENIUS and oh-so-captivating.

 

Maine by Courtney Sullivan

And here you have it – I wasn’t kidding about wanting to read all of this author’s stuff, because I launched full speed ahead into this one. Hate that the cover makes it look like some sort of provocative sludge, but rest assured it is not. This focuses on the lives of the Kelleher women: Alice, a moody, alcoholic 80-something-year-old who never forgave herself for her sister’s untimely death; her daughter Kathleen, a divorced former alcoholic who now lives on the west coast running a worm farm with her boyfriend; and Kathleen’s daughter, Maggie, a writer living in Brooklyn and trying to figure her life out. I didn’t love it like Saints For All Occasions, but it was excellent writing with a lot of gold lines I could relate to, for sure.

 

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan is one of my favorite writers. If you haven’t read The Middle Place yet, ya gotta. I wasn’t as floored by Glitter and Glue, and I still need to check out Lift. But this one? AMAZING. Laughing and crying and nodding along and couldn’t wait to get back to reading it when I wasn’t – all the things I want in a good book. It was also short and smooth, so if you’re not a big reader or wanting a quick read, here ya go. Loved it.

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