Whew, it's been awhile since I've posted what I've been reading and with good reason. The farm sold and a new family has moved in so I was basically off the radar for the 6 weeks before closing. I'll get more to that in a separate post all about our last days at the farm. For now let's chat about all the books I've read lately!
First up we have Chance of Loving You, A Heart's Danger, Finding Me, and A Love Like Ours which I've posted reviews for on the blog so if you want to hear more about those you can check out my older posts. For the most part I really enjoyed all four of these books.
Next we have Never Too Late by Robyn Carr, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, The Widow's Walk by Robert Barclay, and When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley. Never Too Late was another Robyn Carr classic that I found enthralling and moving. As with all of her books that I've read (which is over 30 by now!) I would recommend this one. Sharp Objects kept me on my toes and with any Gillian Flynn book it kept you guessing right up until the very end. I think I liked this one a little better than Gone Girl and in a way I thought it was even more twisted which is really saying something. The Widow's Walk is a bit strange and was kinda out there for me but I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the house that the story centered around. When Sparrows Fall is probably my least favorite of Meg Moseley's books and throughout the book I felt sad and that feeling never left me even at the end when it seemed like things were turning around for the family. I'm not sure I'd really recommend this one unless you like to read something that's a little dark and twisty and pretty sad throughout.
Just this past week I read my neighbor's newest book Inside and Out. It's a novella and a super fast read with some real substance in the story. At times I wanted to shake the main character to get her to snap out of her self pity and unworthiness but with her past I can understand why she behaved the way she did. It takes her daughter to remind her that she too is beautiful inside and out before she believes she can give love another chance. If you're looking for a fast, summer read with some romance thrown in then you'd probably enjoy this book. Her company (Clean Reads) is exactly what the title implies: a company that only publishes clean novels. You can check out their website to see what that entails and to see all the other books available through Clean Reads.
Over the weekend I read The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks so I could go see the movie at the dollar theater (which I still have yet to do this week!) and I think it might be my favorite Nicholas Sparks book yet. I've read all of his other previous books and even though there's always an element of heartache I love the way that man weaves together a story. The book flips from past to present while it tells the love story of Ira and Ruth in the past and the unfolding romance of Sophia and Luke. At times I had a hard time with this book because I lost a dear friend in a bull riding accident so I had sweaty palms every time Luke was in the chute to ride a bull. I hope the movie is as good as the book. I'll keep you guys posted once I see it!
I've got a few books that I need to read and review but I have so many others calling my name right now that I've picked up this summer so who knows which one I'll pick up next!
What have you been reading lately?