Monday, August 16, 2010

August Book Club...


There truly is nothing better than a good book while you're on vacation!  While I wasn't on vacation for the whole past month, I have read some pretty good books...

 Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb
This was a new release this month, and wrapped up my current love affair with Cathy Lamb! Her style of writing gives you such a complete picture of a character and how she's evolving as a person.  In this book the author explored the effects of dramatic weight loss and the struggles Stevie had in finding new confidence, facing her past and discovering herself.  Along the way are some quirky and fun characters. I loved this book!

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
This book has been on my book shelf all summer and I finally read it.  The story is told through a first person narrative, with four different voices.  I love the first person perspective and to hear pieces of the same story told with four different perspectives gives you so much depth into that story. Like all of the novels I have read by this author, things are not always what they seem.  And learning all the twists and turns of the story will leave you wondering.  I was surprised at the end.

The Things We Do for Love  by Kristin Hannah
This was such a good book and a real tear-jerker.  The story focuses on the divorce of a couple due to infertility and Angela's return to the small town where she grew up.  The author explores the relationships between sisters and family in Angela's return and attempts to help the family business.  Family is a key theme as Angela befriends a young, pregnant girl and considers adoption.  I couldn't put this book down.

Eventide by Kent Haruf
 This book has also been on my bookshelf most of the summer.  Eventide is the sequel to Plainsong and shares many of the characters.  Unlike most of the other books I read this month, this author doesn't give you depth of character.  Rather, reading the book is like looking at a scrapbook.  You get the bits and pieces the author wants you to have but you know there is more to the story than you see.  There are several characters who connect and intertwine and the story follows a year in their lives.  This is a very compelling book,  reading the first would help but isn't necessary to enjoy the story.

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
I finished this book last night.  As I lay all these books out, I realize I have had a theme this month...these books all explore the dynamics of families and how roles change as children grow up.  This book followed the wife and daughters of a senator after his affair with an assistant was made public.   While this event triggered the story, the story was about where the characters were in their own lives, how they reacted and they choices they made.  This was a great book.

Now it's your turn...Have you read any of these books?  What are your thoughts?  What else have you been reading?

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