Let’s jump right in…
- Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon, YA fiction
I really enjoyed this story. Madeline is an eighteen year old girl with a disease that doesn’t allow her to leave her house. A boy named Olly moves in next door and they get to know each other. There’s a twist that I didn’t see coming and Madeline and Olly’s story is very sweet.
- Standard Deviation, Katherine Heiny, fiction
This is a run-of-the-mill novel about a couple living in New York City named Audra and Graham. They have a son named Matthew who has Asperger’s and another prominent character is Graham’s ex-wife, Elspeth. I didn’t really enjoy this book. There’s a lot of infidelity and it’s presented as normal, so it’s a little depressing. The only thing I liked was the NYC setting.
- Into the Water, Paula Hawkins, thriller
I really liked The Girl on the Train, so I’ve been really looking forward to reading this and was on the wait list at the library for months. It was a bit of a let down. The narration rotates between what feels like twenty characters, and it was difficult for me to keep track of who was who at the beginning. It was a gripping story, but I never felt like I got as much resolution as I wanted. Also, I don’t think there was one character that was really likable – possibly Josh, but everyone else was pretty awful.
- Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, Susan Mallery, fiction
This book is the definition of chick lit. I was intrigued by the title, but it’s a little misleading. There are sisters and one of them is indeed a tulip farmer. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers so I wanted to read it after I saw that. It was entertaining, but I rolled my eyes while reading several times.
- The Accidental Empress, Allison Pataki, historical fiction
I love historical fiction, especially when it is essentially a biography of a monarch, and especially when it mostly stays true to the historical record. This fulfilled all my preferences. It is the story of Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria. She had a very tumultuous life, but is a gripping character who lived in a fascinating time period. This felt very long to me, and didn’t cover her whole reign, but I enjoyed learning more about her in an interesting way.
- The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, Lauren Willig, historical fiction
Book four in the Pink Carnation series. Vaughn and Mary were the lead characters in this one, and I enjoyed them. AND you finally find out who the Black Tulip is.
Reading Challenge Progress: 65/75 books completed.