Though I read books all year, there’s nothing like indulging in reading a good book during the summer (preferably on a beach or in a park!). I’m sure other book lovers can relate. Since the summer is winding down, here are my thoughts on books I read during the month of August.
Me Before You – I almost didn’t open this book after reading the rather sad premise. But I’m happy I gave it a chance. This is the story of a young woman named Louisa Clark decides to take on a job as a caretaker for a wheel chair bound man names Will Traynor. Will is having difficulty adjusting to life in wheel chair after being a high powered executive with an active, international lifestyle previously. Will is resistant to Lou’s kindness at first but the pair eventually begin a tentative friendship. But despite their developing friendship, Will isn’t sure he can go on with his physical limited capacity which is so different from his past. But Lou sets out to change his mind and as a result, his life. It was overall a good read.
Astonish Me – Ballet. Drama. Secrets. Romance. This book is definitely filled with all of these things. Astonish Me is the story of Joan, an aspiring professional ballet dancer who through a series of events ends up helping a talented Russian ballet dancer, Aslan Rusakov defect to the U.S. in the 70’s. A love affair ensues and later heart break and the realization that Joan will never make it beyond the corp de ballet to become a soloist in a ballet company as she has always dreamed. What happens to Joan? Under what circumstances does she end up meeting Rusakov years later? Read the book to find out. As someone who took ballet for 10 years growing up, I liked the detail about professional ballet that this book provided. This was a great absorbing book to take with you on these final summer days before fall officially arrives.
The Husband’s Secret – Though I didn’t expect it to, the plot of The Husband’s Secret pulled me in quickly. But it did and I read it pretty quickly. If you like stories about family drama and marriage, you would likely enjoy reading this book. This story has a cast of characters, but one of the major plot lines revolves around Cecilia Fitzpatrick a highly efficient wife and mother of three who thinks she has a perfect marriage until her world comes to a halt when she finds a letter from her husband in which he request that she read it only upon his death. This is strange in itself because her husband is very much alive. The contents of the letter has major repercussions that the remainder of the book delves into.
Landline – The cover of this novel drew me in, but the story kept me reading. Landline is the story of Georgie McCool, a wife, mom and comedy writer for a sitcom tries to balance competing obligations during the holiday season. Georgie has to meet a deadline with her writing partner at the expense of spending the holidays at her in-laws with her husband, Neal and her kids. Ongoing friction in her marriage don’t help matters. But strange things start to happen to Georgie in the midst of her work and family issues: she discovers a way to communicate with her husband in the past. Based on the book title, you can guess what the mode of communication is. Landline goes on to there explore how Georgie tries to mend her relationship with Neal. I liked the quirkiness of the book’s premise. I’d definitely pick up another Rainbow Rowell book in the future.
What have you read this summer?