Being a working mom with two toddlers, I think that I literally went about two years without reading a book. Not for lack of trying, it was simply I was too exhausted by the time I got both kids in bed to do anything other than stare mindlessly at the television.
Lately though, I have been making a conscious effort to watch less tv and read more books. That actually translates to “watch no tv in order to read a book”. I have a non-sleeping three year old (more on that later) so most nights I’ve got a good solid 20 minutes to myself before I actually need to go to sleep to function properly the next day.
Anyways, I digress.
So like I said, I am making a conscious effort to read each night. Here are five books, with reviews, that I have read lately.
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: Honestly, this book for me was hard to get through. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautifully written. It has tons of positive reviews and rightfully so. It has a great plot, and character development but I felt it was slow. It was one of those books that also really made you think about your own life, and what if something like this ever happened to you, to your family. This book usually either made me fall asleep, or start crying because I would begin worrying about my own children. But…I am crazy and worry about ridiculous things so if you are not like me, you’ll probably enjoy this book!
2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn: I loved this book! It is a thriller, and disturbing, as all her books are but it is so well written that you tend to overlook some of the violence and gore. Warning: This book might cause sleepless nights!
3. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline: I loved this book as well! If you are looking for a well written, well thought out story, that is not a thriller – this is it. You feel connected to the characters right away, and are rooting for them the entire time. You will not be disappointed with this book!
4. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware: Another great, very easy to read thriller that I read in two days which is no easy feat when you have two kids and absolutely ZERO time to yourself. As with all thrillers that I read, I absolutely cannot sleep after reading them. Maybe that’s why I finished the book so quickly? Anyways, I highly recommend this one as well.
5. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: This book was just okay. It’s a very easy read that touches on a very hot topic right now but I felt that it ended abruptly. There wasn’t much of a conclusion. The character development was there but it just kind of…ended. It was strange. I felt like I needed more closure with the characters. I hate being left to wonder. I need a good conclusion, damnit! 😉
What’s on your reading list? Read any good books lately? I would love to hear your recommendations!