Summer-Fall 2018 Reading

I’ve read a ton of new books since my last book blog post. Below is a quick recap. As you’ll see in many of the pictures, Boots is never too far away while I’m reading.

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

This was one of my Book of the Month picks. I really enjoyed it so I sent it to my mom to read right after and she liked it as well. It’s a love story but not too mushy and annoying. A man and woman meet and have an instant connection and then he, as the title alludes, ghosted her.

My rating: 3.5/5

Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

I picked this one up at a local bookstore. I saw it featured at bookstores before and I know it won some awards but the synopsis never jumped out to me. I’m glad I read it but it wasn’t one of my favs. The mother made me so angry because of how selfish she is and I don’t understand why she had a second kid when she’s not even nice to the first one.

My rating: 2.5/5

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

My cousin Jade loaned me this one. I saw this book displayed in many bookstores in the past but the description didn’t jump out to me. I thought it would be too much of a fluffy, frivolous read. I’m glad I finally read it though because it was a hoot. It was a really quick read and I liked the quirkiness of each character. I had some LOL moments and had fun reading this light novel.

My rating: 3.5/5

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

This was one of my Book of the Month selections too. It sat on my coffee table for a while but once I got a few chapters in I couldn’t put it down. I don’t normally like love stories but this was a good one.  It had me rooting for the protagonist which is always a good sign of investment in a story and strong characters. I recommend this book.

My rating: 3.5/5

The Power by Naomi Alderman

This was one of Kev’s book club books and he recommended it to me after reading it. I thought it was going to be a kick-ass women empowerment type of sci-fi novel but it was kind of weird. Women get a “power’ where they can zap other people. It was interesting seeing the ways in which the power transformed from a defense mechanism to a weapon and the story line was unique, but it was still missing something for me.

My rating: 2/5

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinbourough

This was one of my Book of the Month picks. I wasn’t looking for anything too heavy. This book was just okay. I liked the beginning but then it lost me. The story line wasn’t believable enough and it got too far fetched.

My rating: 1/5

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

I LOVED this book. I picked it up on a whim from an airport book store. I like Tallent’s style of writing and for a dude he did a great job narrating as a young girl. He described the setting wonderfully and I felt like I was in nature exploring with the protagonist.

My rating: 5/5

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

My cousin Jade sent me this one too (she’s the best). I saw it on NYT best seller list for a while but thriller/mystery/suspense isn’t usually my first genre choice so I never picked it up. I’m glad I read it though, it was pretty good. It was a quick read and entertaining.

My rating: 3.5/5

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This was yet another one loaned to me by my cousin Jade. She said she had a hard time getting through it but I actually liked it. It definitely isn’t one of my favorite novels, but I think Plath does a good job of getting the reader in the mind of the main character, Esther, as she starts losing her mind. One part of me thinks that Esther is actually bonkers but the other part of me thinks that the feeling of being lost, not knowing her purpose, and having a ton of intense conflicting emotions is something normal that many college-aged people go through. Since the book is set in 1953, people during that time may not have recognized what she was going through as depression and just put her in a psych ward.

Plath actually committed suicide at age 30, so it’s interesting drawing parallels from Esther to her own life. It was a good book but overall it was a little anticlimactic and dull at times. I do give her props though for writing about a subject matter that was probably considered a little taboo at the time.

My rating: 2.5/5 

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

This was one of my November Book of the Month choices and I loved it. I sped through it. It was fresh and interesting. I really liked the main character, Maurice. He is a scoundrel and I want to describe him as an unaware villain yet he is so calculating in every step of his career, he has to know what he did is wrong. In fact, as I’m writing about Maurice, I realize that he fooled me too because despite the many horrible things he did throughout his life, i’m trying to justify his behavior, and that’s how he got away with what he did in the first place. He is a charming but unreliable narrator which makes the story all the more entertaining.

My rating: 5/5


Bermuda

A few weeks ago I took a much needed mini-vacation to Bermuda. Since I worked through the summer and didn’t take any time off, I decided I needed a long weekend to relax and reset before the craziness of work and the holidays in Q4. Bermuda is only 90 minutes away, so it was a really easy flight and going through customs was a breeze.

We got in late on Thursday night and stayed at the Fairmont Southampton. We unfortunately did not enjoy our stay there. There was a wedding that weekend so the bar lobby was loud and obnoxious and the check-in line was long and slow. We didn’t have a view and the walls were also thin. We stayed there primarily because they have a dive shop on the property. Bermuda has a ton of ship wrecks so we did two dives close to the resort in the morning. The beach was beautiful and the cove area that we left from was picturesque, but the diving itself was boring. I’ve done a few ship wreck dives before so while they’re cool to look at, it gets boring after a few minutes. The wrecks also weren’t that old, so there wasn’t a ton of growth or activity on or near the ships. There was also a disappointing number of fish. Where were all the fish?! There was hardly anything to look at.

Luckily after that, our stay only improved. After our dives we grabbed our bags and headed to the resort we were staying at for the rest of the weekend, Rosewood Bermuda. I am SO happy that’s where we stayed for the remainder of the trip. It’s a 5-Star resort that I was somehow able to get a great deal on. I loved our room. It was clean and roomy. I loved the bathroom the most which had a huge bathtub that I took advantage soaking in every night we were there.

Rosewood Bermuda is beautiful and well-kept as you can tell from the pictures below. There were three pools and beach access. The resort is about 1.25 miles from the beach, and while they provide shuttle transportation, Kev and I enjoyed a scenic run there and back one day. The food was also tasty. There are a few different restaurants at the resort with several vegetarian options, so we were very content. They also had a gin bar which was totally up my alley. I enjoyed a few gin and tonics and Kev and I even enjoyed afternoon tea there one day.

Overall we had a great trip and I would definitely like to go back. Next time we will play a round of golf and go into the town of Hamilton to explore more. It was just the kind of mini vacay needed to get me through our next vacation in December.