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Reading, like everything else, comes and goes throughout life and I’ll admit, I’m on shakey ground this year. August’s books showed the difference in my reading styles, one took a month and a half to read and the other I read in under a week. Yes, I only read two books this past month. My to-read list continues to grow and I have a stack on my nighstand to prove it.

For the Love of Books

For the Love of Books

1. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – This is the newest book from the author of Big Little Lies. Y’all this is a big book! It’s almost 500 pages! Unfortunately, the entire plot really takes place in the last 150 pages, which is why I think it took me so long to read. There is a lot of time spent setting up the story and by the time you get to the story, you don’t realize it. I’ll admit, the ending was pretty solid and was satisfying, but unlink Big Little Lies,k I don’t know that I’ll be re-reading it any time soon. It’s a decent book and I definitely recommend it to those who like a slow burn.

2. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena – Confession, out of the four books she’s written, I have two sitting on my bookshelves waiting patiently to be read. This wasn’t one of them. Then one of my managers at work asked if I read it, and when I said no, it magically appeared on my desk the next day. Let me just say – if her other books are this good, she is going to be a favorite author in no time.

This book is short, about 300 pages. The chapters are short too, which help speed things along and I read this in a few days. Mulitple POVs were a little hard at first to follow but by the end of the book, I was shocked by the perpetrator of the crimes. She did a great job of balancing moving the story forward and revealing information about each character’s past. Highly recommend this as a great book to read on a weekend – you’ll read it that fast.

While I only got two books in this last month, I’m really focusing on reading every night before going to bed. I’m currently reading Little Fires Everywhere and I know I’ll read that quickly to get to my next read – Vendetta in Death.

Tell me, what’s on your reading list lately?