I love a good read. And I don’t love a bad read. I got a Eugene library card a while back, and after months of sitting on the wait list for a bunch of books, I finally got to do some reading (okay, I may have broken down and used some Amazon gift cards to buy the books and speed the process along). I’m always looking for book suggestions, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on what I’ve been reading lately.
Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Let’s be honest. I hated it. I wanted to love it because I loved Harry Potter, and I kept wanting J.K. Rowling to make me love these characters like I loved all of the Potter characters. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. This was the opposite of Harry Potter in every way, which I’m sure is what Rowling was going for, but it just didn’t work for me. None of the characters were likeable. But I’m not one to give up on a book, so I kept reading, hoping it would get better and that the characters would redeem themselves, but it didn’t happen. Total bummer.
I couldn’t put this one down. It’s about a wife who mysteriously goes missing. The book rotates back and forth between the husband’s point of view and the wife’s diary entries leading up to the day she went missing. I don’t want to give anything away, but it is full of some crazy twists.
This is about a woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail all by herself. The trail runs from Mexico to Canada, through California, Oregon, and Washington. I really, really want to hike at least a portion of this trail (I probably can’t take a few months to hike the whole thing at once), so I enjoyed all of the descriptions of the trail and the interesting characters she met along the way. I could have done without the narrative of how crazy her life was before she hiked the trail, but I guess the whole book is about how she grows as a person and everything. It’s definitely worth a read if you enjoy a good hike.
Let’s be honest. I saw this book at Target, and it had Tina Fey and Paul Rudd on the cover. And that’s why I’m reading it. So far, it’s pretty good. I’m only about halfway through, but I saw the trailer for the movie the other day, and it seems like the movie must focus on the second half of the book, seeing as how I didn’t recognize anything that was happening. But so far, so good!
Up next on my reading list:
Donald Miller spent some time with Bob Goff in his book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and he sounds pretty incredible. I’m really excited to read his story!
It’s embarrassing, but I really enjoyed Giffin’s Something Borrowed series, so I figured I’d give her another go!
Let me know if you have any incredible book suggestions!