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A Book a Week – The Husband's Secret

I picked up The Husband’s Secret cause I kept seeing it in all the lists and so I finally succumbed. I was worried it was going to be too chick-flicky for me and I have to say that it wasn’t incredibly deep.

However, there’s a bug twist in the middle and I so totally didn’t guess it.

I am usually good at guessing these kinds of things, but I didn’t see it coming. Like not. at. all.

So that made the book good for me. It was chick flicky but it was not super-light. I think this one was interesting to read.

A Book a Week – The Maid's Version

After The Rosie Project, I picked up The Maid’s Version for something more serious. And more serious it was.

I’d never read Daniel Woodrell before even though I’d seen The Winter’s Bone in the movies. Having read this book, I am confident the movie must have been so inferior. Woodrell’s writing is nothing short of amazing. The words, the phrases, the whole thing is just excellent.

Even though the subject matter is tough and it jumps around a bit more than I’d like, this is a short book and it’s a literary joy. If you like really well-written books, this is one not to miss.

A Book a Week – The Rosie Project

I picked up The Rosie Project thinking it was going to be light and simple. As it turned out, it was super funny and lovely to read. It was also hilarious. It wasn’t deep and heavy but it was so funny that it made up for everything.

If you’re looking for a quick read one that’s really fun, I really recommend this one.

A Book a Week – The Circle

The Circle was for book club. I remember when this book first came out and I read about it, and thought I had no interest in reading it. I am not a huge social network fan but I still couldn’t muster up enough excitement or paranoia to read this one. Even if Dave Eggers wrote it.

As it turned out, it was a quick and easy read. And it was so over-the-board unrealistic, in my opinion, that I didn’t find it dystopian or scary enough. Some parts rang true and sad, of course, but overall I just thought it was a semi-interesting story that fell flat by the end. It was too overdone.

Alas, if techie stories are your thing or you’re deeply scared of what social media means for our future, this is an interesting read.

A Book a Week – Counting by 7s

I picked up Counting by 7s because someone in my book club recommended it. They said it was a great book like Wonder. So I decided it would be fun to read it and then pass it on to David.

And, great it was.

I will say that, in my opinion, I don’t think it was as wonderful as Wonder. But it was a completely different book so it’s not fair to compare. Nonetheless, it really was a great story, beautifully told, and a really wonderful read. If you have middle-school kids and/or like to read stories that might be for younger kids, this one is recommended.

I am glad I read it.

A Book a Week – Allegiant

I cannot tell you how excited I was about Allegiant’s release. I’ve been a huge fan of the Divergent series and I couldn’t wait for the final book. I waited and waited and waited.

But then when the book came out, I wouldn’t read it.

I read a few pages and I kept putting it down. I am not sure what was going on but I just couldn’t get into it. The reviews were bad, too, which made me sad. I think it was that I didn’t want my favorite story to be ruined.

When I finally sat down to really read it, I ended up leaving it with mixed emotions. I won’t say I hated it because I really still love this story. I love Veronica Roth’s writing, characters and plot. Even though it wasn’t my favorite of the three, I still love this whole series.

A Book a Week – Ender's Shadow

Ender’s Shadow was also for book club. (Alas, I have three different book clubs so I do a lot of book club reading.) This is another one of those novels I had meant to read for years and years and years but never did.

So this book club was a perfect excuse to finally sit and read it.

I thought it would be long and hard to read. And it was not at all. I read through the whole thing in a weekend. It was fun and interesting and quite enjoyable.

If you’re like me and this has been on your list for a while, I recommend you pick it up.

A Book a Week – The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence was also for book club. (Alas, I have three different book clubs so I do a lot of book club reading.) This is another one of those novels I had meant to read for years and years and years but never did.

So this book club was a perfect excuse to finally sit and read it.

I thought it would be long and hard to read. And it was not at all. I read through the whole thing in a weekend. It was fun and interesting and quite enjoyable.

If you’re like me and this has been on your list for a while, I recommend you pick it up.

A Book a Week – The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

I had never heard of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats until it was picked for book club. I sort of dreaded reading it but, as it turned out, it was a fast and lovely read.

I actually really liked it.

I can’t even put my finger on exactly what I liked but I enjoyed the sweet story and found myself wanting to keep reading just to see how it was going to end. I wasn’t disappointed in any part of this book and not at the end, either.

If you’re looking for a sweet book, this is a good choice, in my opinion.

A Book a Week – The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale was also a book club pick and a great excuse to finally read some Margaret Atwood. This book was well written and must be right there with some of the original masters of dystopian literature.

but it was so depressing.

So, so freakily depressing.

So much so that I felt disturbed for some time after I finished the novel. I am not sure I can recommend it knowing how much it disturbed me. But, of course, she’s a classic and so is this book. So there we are.

And I am glad I finally did manage to read it.

A Book a Week – And the Mountains Echoed

The name Khaled Hosseini is equal to painful but deep reading in my book after having experienced The Kite Runner. So I was in no hurry to read And the Mountains Echoed because I knew it would be painful.

But then the book club picked it.

So I buckled down and read it. And I am grateful to say that it wasn’t as painful as The Kite Runner. But it also wasn’t as good. The writing is beautiful. The story carries you. That’s his magic, he’s amazing at putting stories together. But they are always full of deep, deep sorrow and this one is no exception.

A Book a Week – Quiet

Quiet was another book club pick. Even though I’d seen and liked her TED talk, I wasn’t dying to read this book. I felt like I already knew her point and didn’t want to take all the time to go through this book.

But, it turned out I was wrong.

If you liked the TED talk, the book has so much more. If you’re introverted and/or aren’t but are married to one, or mother to one, or best-friend to one, this is a good book for you.

Glad I read it.