Monday, August 11, 2014

Sit Back, Relax and Read a Book

I love reading. I'm one of those people who, when I pick up a good book, I can finish it within 24 hours, no problem. My favorite time to read seems to be during the summer, when I can take a book outside and read while soaking up a little bit of sunshine (while drinking my iced coffee, obviously). I haven't been able to read as much as I would have liked to this summer, but currently am looking to change that with a long list of books waiting to be read. So I decided I'd share a few books that I have read recently, and one's that I'm looking forward to reading soon.

My first big read of the summer was a fantasy novel, a popular bestseller, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.When I first read the description of the novel (about a romance between a witch named Diana and a vampire named Matthew) I was filled with dread that this would just be a more adult version of the Twilight series, but luckily I was proven wrong. The novel starts off when Diana, a witch who has tried to stay away from the magical world of witches, daemons and vampires, comes across a manuscript, Ashmole 782. After discovering the manuscript, she is suddenly thrust into the magical world, and forced to confront her history whether she likes it or not. The novel had some strong points, and was a fun summer read. Overall, it was not exactly what I expected, and unfortunately I found that it dragged quite a bit in the beginning (seriously, how many scenes can there be of Matthew and Diana drinking tea or wine? It seemed like there were approx. 4,323). That being said, once I get through all the other books on my reading list I would be interested to pick up the sequel, because the first novel left off in a spot that I think could lead to some interesting stories.

Most recently, I just finished the book The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty, and I can truthfully say that it is one of the best books I've ever read. I genuinely couldn't put this novel down, and found myself finishing it within a day's time. Moriarty is a wonderful writer (as I type this, I've already begun her newest novel Big Little Lies) and manages to write a novel that's a blend of suspense and mystery all while taking place in a grounded world with flawed characters. The novel tells the tale of three women - Cecilia, Tess and Rachel - who are all tied together after Cecilia discovers a letter from her husband, a letter that was meant to be opened after his death, but one that she opens while he is very much alive. It's a fascinatingly novel filled with the complexities and often mundane nuances of the human character. I loved every second of it, and

Next up on my reading list is the fantasy novel Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I believe that I first read about this book on HelloGiggles (love that site) where it was being hailed as a more feminine Game of Thrones. Naturally, I was intrigued by what that could possibly mean, so I picked it up on my most recent trip to the library. According to the summary, the novel is about Princess Kelsea Glynn, a girl raised in exile, who sets out to claim her right to the throne in a dystopian-fantasy country. Honestly, while this type of book might not be my cup of tea, I've found myself interested in seeing what all the hype is about surrounding it. I'll fully admit that I'm one of those people that tends to believe the hype surrounding a movie, book (or beauty product, of course), and while I might be kind of late to the game on this one I'm intrigued to give it a read and find out for myself.

What books have you been reading this summer? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Loved this post! I have 'The Husband's Secret' on my shelf waiting to be read after my current one! :)

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    1. I would absolutely recommend it! I cannot believe how fast I flew through it, it's just so well written.

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  2. Theres nothing I love more than relaxing with a good book and this one sounds great :)

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    1. Me too! There's just something so relaxing about getting completely absorbed in the world of a book.

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  3. I have been wanting to get my hands on The Husbands Secret for ages! May have to buy it soon,need to get through my mountain of other books first!
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  4. I love it when bloggers do something a little bit different! Glad to see you are quite the bookworm like me. I have read a crazy amount of novels this holiday - it's what I spend my days doing! I read this great book called Heartstone by C J Sansom which is one in a series of historical fiction mysteries. It can get a bit slow at times but then when the action slips in and the mystery is cracked, I love it ^.^

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