For some reason I’ve been coming across a lot of duds lately. I have seven more books to read by the end of the year to hit my GoodReads goal and I just can’t seem to pick up a winner.
I hate talking bad about books because I know to someone (especially the author) they mean something, but I figured I would share three cautionary tales about my latest reads just incase you’re trying to pick between one of these.
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
This book was the opposite of the title. Just reading it put me in a bad mood. 95% of the book is describing two unhappy marriages and continual bickering. I finished it in hopes there would be some breathtaking and uplifting ending. There was not. Don’t pick this book up unless you want to be sucked into the character’s negative funk for a few days. Also, it’s all about politics. Another reason skip this.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
I know I said that Liane Moriarty could do no wrong, but sadly I came across one of her reads that just wasn’t up my alley. Usually her stories have amazing character and story development, weaving in intense topics without overpowering the plot. But this book missed the mark and had me walking away unimpressed by how little happened in the surprisingly very long read. Pick up any other book by Liane, but not this one.
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
I had so many of you ask me why I was reading another Mary Kubica book after my lackluster review of Don’t You Cry. For some reason I’m always willing to give authors a second chance. Sadly, I don’t think I will be giving her a third chance since this book as well did not keep me hooked. It was all a bit too out there, too many assumptions and coincidences were drawn. Not too mention too much faith and trust was placed on a 3 year old’s random stories. Let’s just say that the ending was quite a let down for a book described as a “thriller”.
What have you been reading lately? Drop in recommendations (and warnings) in the comment section below!
(Don’t forget to check out part 1 here!)