I had been trying for at least five, maybe even six books in March. I was hoping that I would get a lot of reading done on my flights and on vacation, but since vacation didn’t happen, I fell short of my goal (or that’s what I will blame it on anyway). I did finish four books in March though.
The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman (★★★★☆)
While it was pretty clear to me from the beginning what happened with this family, this was a beautiful family tale of deep bonds, love, jealousy, and secrets. I only had a minor quibble with one of the characters, because I didn’t think hers was developed as well as the other ones in this book, but I really enjoyed this family drama set in post-WWII Brooklyn. It’s a testament to the fact that sometimes even the best intentions can lead to huge consequences.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (★★★★★)
Oh my, what the previous book lacked in ‘surprise’ factor, this book made up for it. I didn’t understand what was happening until the very end. The split narration was a little bit hard to follow at times, but it didn’t change my opinion that this was one of the most well-written stories I’ve ever read. I didn’t really know what I was in for. Evelyn doesn’t come off as the most likable person at the beginning but turns out to be this immensely interesting character who truly lived the lives of several people. The way she recounts her seven marriages to a young journalist and her motivations at the end are mind-blowing story-telling. This book is about being true to yourself, but also about the things we do for love and the fact that we really can’t see behind the curtains of other people’s lives unless they let us.
Something like happy by Eva Woods (★★★★☆)
This book tells the story of Polly, terminally-ill, and Annie, miserable and heart-broken by compounding ‘loss’, who meet by accident but become fast friends. This is a story on how your own mindset and attitude can move mountains. The writing fell a little flat for me at times, but I couldn’t help but love the positivity and humor in this otherwise heartbreaking story!
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (★★★☆☆)
This book about a marriage, told from the perspective of the husband, then the wife, started out reeeally slow for me. I know it had some mixed reviews, and in cases like this, I never know what to expect. Which camp will I fall into? Well, to be quite honest, I was kind of ‘meh’ about it at the end. The writing was hard to get used to, there was a lot of ‘reading between the lines’, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but just really tedious at times. The second part (Furies) definitely was more interesting because it ‘explained’ a lot of things that I was wondering about in the first half of the book, but there were also so many questions left and I didn’t really feel a connection to any of the characters, so it was hard for me to keep going. I also didn’t understand the repetitive and constant mention of sex and sexual desire. I mean, yes, it plays part in a marriage and especially in a marriage that began so young for Mathilde and Lotto, but I didn’t really feel that it had a distinct point for the rest of the story.
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