July Reads

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Seven months into the year and I have already surpassed my 2016 reading goal! Aiming for 12 books in 12 months isn't anything too crazy (especially compared to my friend Andrea who reads an unfathomable 100+ books every year), but it required me to go through books more frequently than I have in the past. Turns out, it wasn't much of a challenge after all.

I am elated that I've actually stuck with it, and there are still so many more books I want to get my hands on.

Here's what I read this month:

Christine Lucas wakes up every day not remembering what she did the day before. In fact, she doesn't remember what she's done for the past 20-something years. Every night, as she sleeps, her mind erases that day from her memory. And every morning, when she wakes, her husband Ben has to tell her who she is. In an attempt to reconstruct her memory, Christine starts keeping a journal, documenting each day's events – until one morning, she finds that she had written herself a warning: DON'T TRUST BEN.

I am a big fan of books like this – with twists and turns that you don't see coming, trying to guess what will happen next. Unfortunately, I DID guess the ending, which was disappointing. I wish Watson would've taken it in a different direction toward the end. Still, a compelling read, and a good choice for those who like the "whodunnit" type mysteries.

"What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?"

"We both pretended to attach no significance to what had happened
and so revealed just how much significance there was."

"But for how long can I be a visitor in my own mind?"

Rating: 3/5

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school and is doing her best to fit in. She has her guard up, though, because she also has a secret, one that she doesn't want anyone finding out: She used to be Andrew.

It turned out to be more of a love story than I expected. I would've preferred to read more about Amanda figuring herself out rather than her relationship struggles. It almost felt like the ~secret~ could have been swapped with something else and read almost the same way. Despite that, it's a story that I'm glad exists in this world, especially for the YA audience.

Rating: 3/5

Cecilia Fitzpatrick, Tess O'Leary, Rachel Crowley. Three separate women, living their three separate lives. But over the course of only seven days, their paths will cross, and everything will change. And it all starts with Cecilia, finding a letter addressed to her from her husband, to be opened in the event of his death. But he has not died, and Cecilia will wish she never found the letter to begin with.

This. Book. It is great. I've never read anything by Moriarty before but I am in love with her writing style. One of my favorite things was how smoothly and naturally characters were introduced. Nobody called a sibling "sis" – you just understood that they were sisters through their interactions. Events were described in the same indirect but effective way. You get the gist of what's going on without being suffocated with unnecessary details. (It reminds me of the "show don't tell" writing technique I was taught in elementary school.) I loved reading from various characters' perspectives, I loved how their storylines gradually intertwined. Not a single complaint about this one.

"Was it always this bad? It was probably always this bad. It was so easy to forget how bad things were. Like winter. Like the flu. Like childbirth."

"Falling in love was easy. Anyone could fall. It was holding on that was tricky."

"None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe should have, taken. It's probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora."

Rating: 5/5

What books have you been reading lately?

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