June 2017 Reading
After having been at this for a few years (I started blogging and keeping track of my reading habits in May 2014), I've noticed a distinct correlation between my running/outdoor life and my reading/blogging life. There have been plenty of ups and downs (mostly downs) since my running injury in early March; my reading choices tend to reflect my inability to focus on anything too serious while I'm in mourning over the loss of my friend.
Thankfully, the month of June began with an exciting vacation to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; I was able to get a little more reading in than usual, thanks to travel time!
On to the books...
Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan - In 2011, Sullivan's sophomore effort, Maine, was named in several Best Books of the Year lists; often one to fall for big reading buzz, I hopped on the bandwagon and really connected with her writing. With the exception of Commencement, her debut novel, I have read all of her novels and I have to say that Saints is the best one; it will likely be one of my faves for the year. A great book club pick!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - Often compared to The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, which I loved, and recommended by a couple of book lovers that I follow, I decided to take a chance on this debut. While Eleanor's "quirks" are certainly entertaining, it's her story, and her response to her life experiences, that really resonated with me. Through this character, Honeyman reminds readers of the significance of unconditional love, in spite of inevitable human flaws and resistance. Highly recommend!
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green - A new release by Green is, for me, synonymous with the beginning of the summer season. While my all-time favorite continues to be Jemima J, I've yet to miss any of her novels and they never disappoint. I read this one during my vacation and it was perfect!
The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder - After having seen so many different outlets share praise for this sure-to-be-summer-blockbuster, I picked up a copy of this one and expected to be blown away; unfortunately, this one fell flat for me and I could hardly wait to get through it. The People We Hate may have fallen prey to a poor marketing blurb, which seems to happen more and more these days; my expectations were headed in one direction and this story was headed in another.
Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt - When Sarah (of Sarah's Book Shelves) tells me to read a book, I do; I'm so thankful to her for this recommendation because I'm not sure whether I would have discovered it on my own. A fictional, yet very realistic, account of a young man who is thrust into the world of professional tennis through the expectations of his father; an eye-opening perspective, even for those who are not fans of the sport.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan - During a particularly troublesome reading slump last year, Catherine (of The Gilmore Guide to Books) recommended Kwan's debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians; I was immediately hooked. Rich People Problems is the third installment in what has become a series about a highly entertaining, flamboyant group of prominent Asian families and their nonstop shenanigans. It's like Real Housewives, only much better.
In other news...
I finished the third and final season of Bloodline, a Netflix original; if you've not tried it, you should check it out. Certainly not for everyone, its rather dark, mysterious vibe had me hooked from the first episode; it doesn't hurt that Coach Taylor (for fans of Friday Night Lights) is a lead, along with Sissy Spacek.
Rachel Lindsay is killing it as The Bachelorette and, even though I read spoilers and already know how this will all play out, I'm excited to continue watching over the next few weeks!