Thursday, August 26, 2021

ON MY SHELF :: What I Read This Summer


I'm chatting today about the books I have read this summer.  I did start others that I could not get into and I am not including them here.  I made it a priority to read this summer and I hope to continue this trend through the Fall.
Without further ado, let's chat about these books.

1.  The Wife Upstairs (5/5)

A clever thriller, this is the story of Jane, a dog walker in an affluent neighborhood.  Jane spent part of her childhood in foster and group homes and desperately wants to fit in and make something out of her life.  She happens to meet Eddie Rochester who has recently lost his wife Bea in unexplained circumstances.  Bea's best friend Blanche is also missing.  Jane slowly integrates into the community and falls in love with Eddie all while managing to keep her past hidden.  As their relationship develops, Jane starts doubting their relationship and questioning what really happened to Bea and Blanche.  

2.  The One You're With (4.5/5)

Beautifully written, this book tells the story of Mac and Eddie, a seemingly perfect couple, and their kids.  Their lives are turned upside down when a young woman walks into Eddie's pediatrician's practice one day.  Mac and Eddie are forced to face a secret from the past and reconsider the choices they made.  Their journey is remarkable and worth a read.

3.  Are We There Yet? (4.5/5)

The title of this book caught my eye because, as a Mom, I get asked this a lot.  Moms, I'm sure you can relate!  This is the story of Alice, a high-achieving Mom in an affluent neighborhood, trying to navigate parenting her middle and elementary school children.  It also brings into perspective some of the struggles that young kids face in school in the age of technology and social media.  Alice's Mom reveals a secret she has kept most of her life and her world is turned upside down.  She will have to learn to adapt and accept her new reality.  In the process, she also realizes that she needs to focus on herself more. 

4.  The Last Thing He Told Me (5/5)

An absolute page-turner.  If you read any books from this list, pick this one!  I read it in 2 days.   I just could not put it down.  Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to get a note to his wife Hannah.  The note reads "Protect Her".  Owen is referring to his daughter Bailey who wants nothing to do with her stepmother Hannah.  As Bailey and Hannah set off to find out what happened to their Dad and Husband, they will realize that nothing is what it seemed.  In the process, their bond flourishes. The last chapter will leave you gasping.  Seriously, put this book on your library list!

5.  Golden Girl (4/5)

I almost didn't finish this one.  It took me a while to get into the story.  Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors so I couldn't not finish it though.  This is the story of Vivian Howe, a famous novelist living in Nantucket.  She is killed in a hit-and-run accident near her home one day while she's on her morning jog.  Vivian ascends to the Beyond and is assigned to Martha who will try to guide her.  She's granted 3 nudges to help her family on Earth.  She will watch the chief of police investigate her death and her children learn how to navigate life without her. It is a book unlike any other I have read.  If you struggle at the beginning like I did, keep going.  

6.  Where The Grass Is Green And The Girls Are Pretty (5/5)

Lauren Weisberger is another of my favorite authors.  I have read all her books!  I really like her writing style.  This is the story of Peyton, a well-respected news anchor who seems to have it all.  Her sister Skye was meant to do something great with her education but is now a helicopter parent searching for meaning in her life.  Peyton's daughter Max is struggling to figure out her identity and feels choked by her demanding parents.  Their lives fall apart unexpectedly one morning and they all go through a journey of self-discovery and growth as a result.  I was not expecting the ending.  

I hope you read one of these!

Now tell me, what's books have you read and loved this summer?

Thank you for reading this post!

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