I read some amazing books in June/July and was so sad when I had to finish most of them. I usually look up online all of the other books by the author of the books I have finished and then end up getting all of them at the library, which is why I always have a list of books to read. I thought I would share my July reads and the ones that I have in my suitcase ready to take with me on vacation.
1. What Alice Forgot- I read this book in one day. (Pretty much all I did was read that day) It is about a woman that fell and hit her head in a gym and when she woke up, she found out she lost ten years of memories. She found out she had three kids and was getting a divorce from her husband but she was very much in love with him during the last day she remembers. It is the perfect book for a summer vacation.
2. The Book of Unknown Americans-This book is a novel about two immigrant families who have ended up in the same apartment building in Delaware. The story is told through various points of view, each chapter given to a different character. The stories draw you in even when they become unbearably sad. No, I won’t tell you what happens. You just have to read this one.
3. Brain on Fire– I know I am a bit behind in discovering this book but at-least I got there. This book is about a 24 year old reporter that wakes up in a hospital room and she has no memory of how she got there. Without giving it away, it’s surprising how well the details of her condition and limitations are shared. It is scary to think of how much is still not known about mental disorders and diseases.
4. The Husband’s Secret– The story of The Husband’s Secret starts from the third person perspectives of three women, Cecilia, Tess and Rachel. At first the connections between these women are peripheral but the secret a husband has been keeping for decades will change them all. I was completely enthralled in these people’s lives from the beginning to the end and was unable to put it down!
5. Everything I Never Told You– This book has such beautifully drawn out characters and is so well written. It is hard to believe that this is Celeste Ng’s first novel. We’re told in the very first sentence of this book that Lydia is dead. It takes time for the family to discover this before her body is found in the lake. It’s fairly evident that this isn’t a mystery. We’re taken into the story of Marilyn and James, and just how they met, married, and raised a family of three, Lydia being the middle and favored child. Each family member has his or her story, but Lydia of course is the central one as we slowly follow her life.It is a very emotional book so if you are looking for something uplifting, this is not it!
6.Updike– I haven’t read this one yet but it is on my list. It is a detailed biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike. I’m usually not the biggest fan of biographies but I read American Author’s J.D. Salinger and Ernest Hemingway’s biographies and loved them so I am hoping this one is just as good!