Here’s my monthly book report! It includes several books I read this summer and forgot to mention in my other book reports. As usual, these are informal tidbits about the books I’ve been reading lately.
The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough is a massive, sweeping novel about a family in the Outback of Australia. It follows three generations through love, heartbreaks, and follies. It was a good book – solid writing and plot – and it’d make a great option for summer vacation reading. But (in my opinion), if you need redemption and likeable characters, I’d say look elsewhere.
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett is a collection of her best and favorite articles, reflecting on events from her own life and experiences. It reads like a memoir without officially being a memoir. I truly enjoyed it. If nothing else, I recommend reading The Getaway Car chapter, which gives a fascinating peek into her writing process.
The Unseen Guest (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3) by Maryrose Wood – It feels like this series is hitting its stride with this third book. I really enjoyed the return of some characters (Simon, old Madame Ionesco) and the introduction of new characters (you’ll have to read it to find out). There are many questions and little answers but I think that’s part of the fun. This is such a witty and entertaining series.
I started The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon and then ditched it at page 213. The story has a sweet and unique premise – two teenagers meet in NYC on a day that is a major crossroads for them: he’s meeting someone to decide his college and career choice, she’s trying to not get deported back to Jamaica and has one more shot at overturning the decision. The main character, Daniel, is adorable and funny. The story had so much potential, but I was distracted by all the bad language, disrespect to the parents and the inappropriate sexual content.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!