June 2021–Part One

Thank you for joining me here!   I hope you enjoy this series and I’d love to hear from you about what you are reading these days.

Book #1:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Length: 434 pages).   I’ve been hearing about this book for a long time so I was excited to finally read it. The main character Addie sells her soul to the devil in exchange for getting to live a more exciting life than she would if she stayed in her sleepy town in France. The tradeoff is that she will never be remembered by anyone the second she leaves their sight. I will say that the character development of the titular character is excellent, as are the plot and the various settings (France and NYC). There are a few factual inconsistencies that are a bit distracting (for example, Addie says she’s never had champagne before in Chapter 20, but in Chapter 18 she mentions drinking it). I also found the writing to be a bit overwrought and overdramatic, but the novel is still a total page-turner.

Book #2:

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (Length: 382 pages). If you enjoyed Beach Read by this author, you will love this novel as well. It’s chick lit but well-written and the characters have emotional depth. This time around the two central characters take an annual summer vacation together, regardless of whether or not they are involved with anyone else romantically. It’s very When Harry Met Sally, with flashbacks. Poppy works for a travel magazine in NYC (and writes a travel blog) while Alex is a teacher in Ohio. The travel aspect of this novel is a lot of fun as Henry does a great job with creating a sense of place. Like with Beach Read, the dialogue is the best part here as it’s snarky and witty in parts, and actually laugh out loud funny in others. I wish all romance novels were as well-written as this one, as I’d read them a lot more. It should go without saying that this is the perfect beach/vacation read.

Book #3:

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Length: 482 pages).   If you loved The Martian, this is the book for you! I think this is even better than Weir’s first book . . . it’s got the same very witty dialogue/thoughts, and a propulsive plot, but this one goes even further creatively than The Martian, and is a total joy to read. Just as with the first, I tuned out a lot of the scientific (and mathematic!) details but it’s all still incredibly interesting. My favorite part of the novel, and when it really gets interesting, is jazz hands! (When you know, you know.) This would make an excellent Father’s Day gift as well–even non-readers will enjoy it because it’s so fun to read.

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