Spring/Summer 2019 Reads

It’s been a while since I last posted about the books I’ve read but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading whenever possible! Below is quick recap.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer – This was cute. I’m a little surprised it won the Pulitzer Prize but it was lighthearted and funny. Lesson: Be who you are and don’t always fight things because they may be meant to be.
Rating: 3.5/5

Maid by Stephanie Land – Not a huge fan of this one. I get it that it’s really hard working as a single mother without a degree or family support and the system is broken in supporting those people but it seemed like a sob story I’ve heard before. Rating: 2/5

For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt – It was your typical psychological thriller. It was a quick read and entertaining enough but nothing too deep or unique. Rating: 2/5

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – Another psychological thriller but I liked this one more. It definitely twisted unexpectedly at the end. Rating: 3/5

Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food by Rachel Herz – I don’t read a ton of non-fiction but I really liked this book. It was interesting to me. I took a bunch of notes and key takeaways, so I’ll do a separate post on this one. Rating: 5/5

Old Baggage by Lisaa Evans – I bought this book when I was in London because I really like British humor. It was a cute book and had enjoyable, strong women protagonists with personality. Rating: 3.5/5

Normal People by Sally Rooney – I LOVED this book. I felt like I got to know the two main characters and the whole time I was rooting for timing to align and for them to be together. Rating: 5/5

Circe by Madeline Miller – I liked mythology in high school so I figured I’d give this one a shot since it was high on the best seller list and I also surprising really enjoyed it. I got pretty into it and sped-read through it. Rating: 5/5

Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak – It was another psychological thriller but of the other two above, I like this one the most. The first half or even three quarters of the book was really good and I didn’t want to put it down, but then it lost its momentum and the ending was only so-so. Overall still a good book though. Rating: 4/5

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins – I’m pretty sure my mom loaned me this one that she got from Book of the Month club. It is a thriller but personally I thought it was a little slow-going and somewhat uneventful. Rating: 1.5/5

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – Hmm I guess I’ve read a lot of psychological thrillers lately though it’s not my fav genre. This one was actually pretty good but it did seem to draw on a bit towards the end. Rating: 3/5

Recursion by Blake Crouch – I loved Dark Matter by this author so I was really looking forward to this one. I still really liked it though it dragged on a bit at the end. I lent it to Kevin to read since he likes Sci-Fi, but he wasn’t impressed. He said it was too much like a combination of 2 or 3 other plot lines we’ve already seen like Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Rating: 3.5/5

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson – I listened to this one on audio book while we were on a rattling bus for hours at a time in Madagascar and I really enjoyed it. It made me feel motivated to go running and to push myself hearing about all of the studies and personal stories Hutchinson covers throughout the book. Overall it’s a great book on pushing the body to its limits and how a lot of it is mental strength. I know with science it’s all about experiments and theories but that’s the main thing I didn’t like about the book; a lot of the conclusions were like it worked for this person but not proven for everyone kind of thing and I personally love firmer conclusions/takeaways. Rating: 4/5

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – Wowzers. This book was a lot. In more than one way. Not only was the book super long (814 pages to be exact), but it was filled with so much trauma. It was heartbreaking reading it (I literally had a pit in my stomach half the time) and the author did an excellent job of unpacking what happened to the main character, Jude, in his youth and integrating the reader with his very tight-knit group of friends. Despite being a heavy read, I highly recommend it. At one point I did think that the continuing tragedies Jude faced were almost too far-fetched (or maybe he’s one of the most unlikely people out there), but overall still a great novel. Rating: 5/5

Harvard Business Review’s 10 Must Reads On Managing Yourself – My She Runs It mentor recommended this one. Not all of the articles were relevant but overall I’m really glad I read it and I think I took away some valuable lessons/insights. I think almost anyone could take away some good nuggets of info from it so, Rating: 4.5/5

Published by Kayla