Recent Reads Vol. 10

May 15, 2017

Back with another edition of Recent Reads! I feel like I've been reading up a storm lately. Click "See More" to find out what's been on my list and whether I'd recommend or not!

She's Not There. I found this book by accident when looking for a different one with a similar title. It's the suspenseful story of a woman whose daughter went missing as a child in Mexico. Now, several years later there's new information that has come out in the case and Caroline is having trouble dealing with it. This book would make an excellent beach read. I tore through it in two days! Would I recommend: yes, if you're into the Gone Girl-style suspenseful thrillers. This one is pretty tame as far as the genre goes. It won't be the best book you've ever read, but it's easy to whip through.

The Language of Flowers. I absolutely loved this book until about 3/4 of the way through. The main character, Victoria, is a girl who grew up in the foster system, so she's had a rough life. She's pretty unlikeable actually. One of her foster mothers is really into gardening and teaches her the language of flowers, i.e. what each flower's meaning is. Ten years later Victoria is still in love with the language of flowers and uses it to communicate with others, even though they might not know it. Like I said I loved this book up until pretty much the end. The main character makes a decision that I didn't love. Would I recommend: yes, I would still definitely recommend even though I didn't love the ending. It makes you want to go look up what all of your favorite flowers mean (hint: probably really sinister things)!

American Wife. OMG you guys, I adored this book. I think I talked about it already in a post but it deserves a spot on this list too. This book is loosely based on Laura Bush's life. It's about a librarian who becomes the wife of a fairly unsuccessful president who she doesn't really agree with when it comes to politics. I'll be honest, I didn't know anything about Laura Bush before this book but even though it's not a biography I still feel like I learned a lot about her. I kept googling things to see which parts were true. Would I recommend: definitely yes!

The Ramblers. This book tells the story of several people living in New York over one Thanksgiving weekend. They're all intertwined (my favorite) and all dealing with their own issues. It may not sound like the most interesting plot but I really enjoyed it. Don't let my description deter you! It felt very real and the characters were all relatable. Would I recommend: for sure. It's again not the best book you'll read all year but it's easy and enjoyable.

The Singles Game. I felt like I had seen this one on everyone's reading lists about a year ago and I just got around to reading it. I'd never read anything by Lauren Weisberger (I know, I know, I've never read The Devil Wear's Prada) and I really enjoyed this book by her. It's about Charlie, a young professional women's tennis player. In the very beginning of the book she gets injured so it's all about her rehab and road to recovery and hopefully winning a Grand Slam. I loved this inside look into the tennis world (not sure how accurate it is, but enjoyed nonetheless). It sounds insanely difficult and grueling. The whole book isn't just about tennis, it's also about Charlie's relationships with friends, family and dating interests and how tennis affects those relationships too. Would I recommend: yes yes yes. I really loved this book. It's the perfect summer read!

It's been a good couple of months on the reading front! I also read Hamilton: The Revolution and Nutshell. I would recommend the Hamilton book if you're into that phenomenon :) I would not recommend Nutshell. Warning that the plot is extremely bizarre and disturbing. I did not enjoy it and am not really sure why I stuck with it to the end, but oh well. Next on my list is Good as Gone. Would love to know what you're reading and if you have any recs!

Xo Catherine

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