It’s been a while since I wrote a book post! Actually, the last book-related post I wrote was the first in this series, which was almost six months ago. But it’s all good, because I’m back again today with yet another set of books that were so good I struggled to put them down and get real work done.
As I was reading this book, I found myself reflecting on how much my reading preferences have evolved over the years. When I was in high school, my favorite type of book was always some sort of action-packed fantasy book; nowadays, I get really into either mysteries or books about intense family drama (Why? No clue). This book falls into the latter category. It’s got such a convoluted cast of characters and it’s so interesting to see how all of the plot points fall together and impact everyone else’s lives.
Of the two previously mentioned categories of favorite book, this one checks off the first genre: mystery. A character is kidnapped, and the book alternates between various perspectives and various points in the timeline to really build up to the conclusion. Also, the plot twist at the end is legendary. Like, one of those “I’m just going to have to sit here, jaw agape, for a solid couple of minute to process this” moments. That’s about all I can say without spoiling it too much.
I adore Emma Straub’s writing, and Modern Lovers was no exception. This was the book I had on me when I got pneumonia this summer, so it’s probably a little unfair to brag about how I finished this book in two days flat when most of the reason that I finished it so quickly is that I really couldn’t do much else. Although it probably says something about how much I was into it given that I successfully fought off the drowsiness side effects of my medication to read it.
This book actually wasn’t even on my reading list – I ended up going to the beach with friends one day and neglected to bring a book, so one of my friends let me borrow one of hers. It’s a pretty short book, and I read the entire thing that day. While my go-to era of historical fiction is always World War II for some reason, this book is actually from the WWI era instead – look at me breaking out of my comfort zone! Anyways, it’s an incredibly interesting read about a real person: the dancer and accused spy Mata Hari.
Mindy Kaling is the type of person that I’d love to have as my best friend. She’s just one of those really relatable and down-to-earth people, and her writing reflects that well. Reading this book feels more like a conversation than a serious piece of literature. It’s a fun, light-hearted read with some really great messages throughout.
Funny story: I actually just finished reading this book. You probably read that as, “oh, you finished that book within the last few days. No, no, no. I literally finished this book approximately 15 minutes ago – I couldn’t tear myself away from it long enough to write this blog post. As with some of the previous books, I adore convoluted timelines and major suspense-building. That, plus a multitude of intense plot twists, are what you can expect from this book. A+.
And that’s all for now! I’m currently at 45 books out of my 50 book goal for 2017, so send some good vibes my way that I’m able to get through 5 more books in the next few weeks!