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What I read: The Summer Sun Edition

BOOK COUNT FOR THE YEAR: 58

  • January: 14
  • February: 5
  • March: 12
  • April: 8
  • May: 7
  • June: 12
  • July:
  • August:
  • September:
  • October:
  • November:
  • December:

WHAT LITTLE BUN READ

If anyone can give any other book series recommendations, let me know! As long as they’re fun and interesting.

WHAT I READ

SOMETIMES I LIE

[ MENTAL THRILLER, MYSTERY, FICTION ]

I was both scared, thrilled and happy I found this author because she is so skillful at getting the characters to come out at you, plus create a mystery. I really enjoyed this. I was guessing right until the end.

HIS & HERS

[ MENTAL THRILLER, MYSTERY, FICTION ]

I was guessing again, until the end. I did not know WHO and WHAT was going on. What a thrilling book. I need more of these.

HOLIDAY SWAP

[ CHICKLIT, HOLIDAY, TWINS, FICTION ]

It is .. okay. I mean it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. The characters were not deep and interesting but they were not terrible either, so much so that I would have quit halfway through.

HUNGRY HEART

[ MEMOIR, WRITER, AUTHOR, LIFE ]

All about Weiner, one of my favourite writers. I cannot say I’d recommend reading it, I did not find it that interesting to be honest, but it was a nice look into her life.

FINDERS KEEPERS

[ MYSTERY, ABDUCTION, THRILLER ]

I have a hard time reading books like this where I imagine Little Bun as the character, but I made it through, and it was a good read. Very rich, and full of twists and turns right until the end.

DIRT

[ MEMOIR, FRANCE, LEARNING TO BE A CHEF, COOKING ]

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I enjoyed learning how he learned, where he learned, what they taught him and what he did.

THE BEST WE COULD DO

[ AMERICAN-VIETNAM WAR, MEMOIR, GRAPHIC NOVEL, WAR, IMMIGRANTS, CLASH ]

One of .. the absolute best books I have read in a long time. It is such an easy, raw way to learn about the history of something. This should be mandatory reading for every child in school versus dry history textbooks talking about how the Americans “liberated” Vietnam. Truly, I felt it.. and of course, cried, while reading it.

ATLAS OF THE HEART

[ SELF-HELP, CAREER, FINDING YOURSELF ]

I enjoyed reading it. It helps you figure out what you really want in life. And what you should be doing. I really think those who feel lost, should read this.

MURDER AT MADINGLEY GRANGE

[ MYSTERY, DETECTIVE ]

I enjoyed it. It was an interesting mystery, but not gripping, if you know what I mean. A nice diversion into the world of detecting.

THE PARIS DIVERSION (BOOK 2)

[ THRILLER, SPIES, INTERNATIONAL, FRANCE ]

His books are stunning. This was SO WELL WRITTEN. His work is the perfect mix of thriller and mystery. I enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the spy / espionage piece of it all. I will read anything by Pavone.

THE TRAVELERS

[ THRILLER, SPIES, INTERNATIONAL, HIDDEN ]

This is really not his best work. His Kate Moore series is great, but this one was unnecessarily complicated, in my opinion. I was sort of lost. I liked all the characters, the development, the writing, but 2/3 of the way through I was about to throw in the towel until it finally got interesting and I couldn’t stop reading the last third of the book. I devoured it.

TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON

[ THRILLER, SPIES, PORTUGAL, HIDDEN ]

So far, the mystery is very… abrupt. I mean, it gets more interesting as you read it, but it wasn’t well set-up from the start, to be honest with you. And having visited Portugal, it was interesting to read about the spots.

2 Comments

  • SarahN

    I read The Expats by Chris Pavone in the past week or two, and I whipped through it, but I always read Goodread reviews (the negative ones) and I could sort of agree with them. I was annoyed by so much ‘route talk’ I don’t need this street by that street – it’s usually no use to the STORY! And the whole husband tickling her hand as a secret sex signal was a little overdone, cause he felt rather one sided as a character. I think he was all about story and a little less about depth of the characters? I don’t know

    • Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Yes he was definitely more about the story and less about the characters. I find the main character lacking in terms of actual depth and interesting insights. I still feel like I don’t know Kate. At all. She’s completely foreign to me, just a character in the book that happens to be this person. But I did enjoy the mystery part of it…

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