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Recent Reads: Summertime


It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Recent Reads post. I’ve read some good ones this summer and thought I’d share a few- –


The Night Circus

This book is seriously magical.

My hairdresser had been hounding me to read it for months and I finally checked out the audiobook for our drive to Florida last month.

It could be partly because I loved the narrator’s voice so much, but I really enjoyed this book. It’s rather long (13 CDs- no idea how many pages) but the world that Erin Morgenstern creates is so magical that I didn’t want it to end.

The story is about a magic night circus (surprise, surprise). Celia and Marco are two young magicians who were chosen to take part in a competition by her father and his trainer. They don’t know each other as they grow up, but they know that they are training for this competition. They also don’t know much about the competition at all, they just train on and do what they’re told. As they grow up they learn more each day, and meet each other while working at the circus which is the venue for the competition.

This book is very, very descriptive. So if you like short and to the point, maybe this isn’t the novel for you. That said, I thought the writing was beautiful and I was really into the love story. Definitely recommend!

One Day 

This book is about a man and a woman who one day come together as lovers, then break up, but stay connected. Their relationship is followed through the next 20 years by presenting just one day – July 15th – out of their lives.

Okay, I’m an idiot because it took me about 1/3 of the way through the book to realize that each chapter took place on the same day every year. I never saw the movie, but this book has a pretty unexpected ending. The main characters don’t really have that much chemistry and they are both kind of douche bags, but their love story is pretty compelling nonetheless.

I read this as a ‘beach read’ and was expecting a light, romantic comedy- – which this book is not. I liked it, but didn’t love it.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

This was a book club book from back in May that I didn’t finish in time for book club. Sooooo, I kind of already knew the ending before I got around to finishing the book.

I really liked it though and was pleasantly surprised with the plot. I described this book to Jacob as “exactly like the title-wordy and very British.” A little slow, but a good read for a rainy day.

Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

I thought this book was so very interesting. It is a chronological history of SNL, told through the cast over the years. Some really great interviews and behind-the-scenes stuff as well. If you’re into the show and comedy writers, this is a must read. I kept reading excerpts aloud to Jacob because so many of the quotes were fascinating to me.

Model Home: A Novel

This  book could be very depressing if you don’t have a dark sense of humor. It’s basically about a family falling apart and trying desperately to put their lives back together again. The story is told through the perspective of the different family members. I liked it a lot  and enjoyed Eric Puchner’s writing style.

War Brides

The most recent book I finished. The story follows the lives of five women thrown together in a small village outside of London during World War II. I nerd out about Holocaust and World War II drama, so I really loved the context of this book. I got really into all of their lives and was disappointed with what seemed like a somewhat abrupt ending. Overall, a really good read.

On Deck:

After some heavy topics in the past, we’re going the light route for book club so our next book is Before Ever After. I’ve also just checked out the ever popular Gone Girl from the library. Reviews to come soon!

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