Monday, October 16, 2017

Great Reads from August/September 2017

Not only was I not blogging here for over a month, I also didn't post any reviews on Opinionated Book Lover in September. Luckily I reviewed some great books in August and in early October. Here are the 4-star books I've read lately. (There haven't been any 5-star books lately.)

Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards

Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school's production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together but strings got in the way--family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.

The writing in this book was compelling. It's a decades-long romance that reminded me of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

4 Stars

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

Maeve has thrown herself into her work as a world-traveling marine biologist. But when Maeve returns home, she finds more than just the blood orange sunsets and key lime pies she’s missed waiting for her.

This book is full of family drama, romance, and tons of plot. There's also a sub-plot with a little girl that reminded me of Love Walked In. Also, there's a wonderfully bookish hotel.

4 Stars

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault.

Told from multiple perspectives this book gives you a lot to think about. It's more character-driven than plot-driven, but I still really liked it.

4 Stars

Reading People by Anne Bogel

For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), Anne Bogel has done the hard part--collecting, exploring, and explaining the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. 

This book was a great overview of personality frameworks. It's kind of a mix of self-help and memoir, similar to Gretchen Rubin's style of writing.

4 Stars

The Girl with All the Gifts (The Girl With All The Gifts #1) by M.R. Carey

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

This zombie-like post-apocalyptic story was not at all what I was expecting, but I loved it. I am currently reading the sequel.

4 Stars

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread. Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive.

This book is strange but compelling. I cannot really describe it. Read it.

4 Stars



What notable books have you read lately?

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