Friday Faves {Favorite Books}

Happy Friday, y’all! I haven’t given book recommendations in forever, and I’ve read several really good ones so far this summer, so I thought I would dedicate this “Friday Faves” post to favorite books as of late.  I’m not going to give much insight regarding the plot lines because anyone with the Internet can quickly look that up.  I’ll start with my most recently read and go back from there…

* The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. I actually hesitate to recommend this one because it is not an easy read in the sense that it’s pretty disturbing and somewhat graphic.  Think Fifty Shades of Grey meets Room.  Nevertheless, I did not want to put this book down and could have easily read it all in one night if I didn’t have a job, or a kid, or a need for sleep.  It.was.good.  Again, don’t read it if you are easily offended, or if you are disturbed by plot lines that include sexual abuse, kidnapping, S&M or some foul language (although all of this is relatively mild throughout the book and somewhat glossed over).  I had never read anything by this author, but I will absolutely check out other books by her.

* Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. An easy read that doesn’t require you to think much…a good summer read for sure.  It’s not suspenseful and definitely not a page turner by any means, but I liked the “real” characters and their real life problems.  I actually related to one of the main characters, Elizabeth, a lot.  Emma Straub’s writing style kind of reminds me of a cross between Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, but not quite as chick-lit’esque.  I’m actually reading her other book, The Vacationers, now, but not far enough in to give you my opinion, although I do like it so far.

* The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. A page turner for sure, although not so much towards the end.  I feel like the first part of the book was a mystery you were constantly trying to figure out, and then the mystery was solved a little more than halfway through and it kind of just became a story.  I sort of hate it when authors do that.  It’s like they give away the goods a little too early.  Still a good story though and I would definitely recommend it.

* The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. On the flip side, this one kept me guessing until the end.  It’s a suspenseful mystery with a great story line and great characters.  I particularly like stories about redemption, and throw in a whodunit murder mystery on top of that, and it makes for a good story.

* The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck. This is total chick-lit, which isn’t always my cup of tea, but I really loved this story and became completely engrossed in it.  It’s Christian fiction and it’s a very inspirational and feel-good read and I found myself writing down quotes and verses to refer back to.  I like that it had some mystery and I loved that it was told from two perspectives (my favorite writing style) with one of those perspectives being from a girl in the early 1900’s and the other in modern times.  Also, it’s set in Birmingham (modern day and 1912) and I really enjoyed all the familiar references, and the historical ones.  I really liked this book, and I’m remembering just how much now.

* Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben. This author is known for his hard-to-put-down thrillers and this newest one is not an exception.  If you liked Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, you’ll like this one, or really any book by Harlan Coben.  It has a good unexpected ending.  I’ll just leave you with the part of the back cover description that sucked me in…. “Checking the nanny cam from work Maya, an ex-special ops pilot, sees her daughter playing with her husband–a man who was supposedly murdered two weeks prior.”  I was dying to know where they were going with this.

* The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. I love Liane Moriarty, and this is one of her older books that I’d never read.  While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Husbands Secret or Big Little Lies (which is totally about to be an HBO series, coming next year!), it was a fun read and I really liked the characters and setting.  It had some mystery, which was fun, but what I most enjoyed was the family dynamic between the characters.  An easy summer read.

 Up next, after I finish The Vacationers, is A Man Called Ove, which has gotten so much attention and great reviews, so I’m excited.

 Anyone have another good recommendation? Happy reading!

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