What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable

What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable

Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.

This month I went to the beach for a week, which greatly affected my reading list. I’ve been reading tons of OLD books this summer, but I felt like skewing new for my vacation. (You’ve seen how book lovers go on vacation, right?)

Series: Quick Lit July 2017
The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent

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This cover is completely gorgeous—in fact, this is my book I picked for the cover in the 2017 MMD Reading Challenge. The critics are raving. The prose was lovely, the premise intriguing, and the story obviously crafted with care. But this one didn't land for me. It reminded me strongly of The Miniaturist, another book of which I could say all the same things, which means very well done, but not to my taste. (I would LOVE to hear your thoughts if you've read this one!) More info →
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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I picked this up for my beach reading after several MMD Book Club members called it one of the best books they've read all year. I really enjoyed this story about an isolated young woman who is drawn into the world again, decidedly against her will, in the spirit of A Man Called Ove. Take note: the reviews are decidedly mixed. And Reese Witherspoon already owns the film rights. More info →
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

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I bought this on a whim went it went on sale for Kindle, and finally got around to reading it this month. I didn't encounter any truly new information (which is probably a good thing as far as my own mental health is concerned!) but it was packed with solid tips on developing and maintaining mental strength, and contained lots of food for thought about my own thought patterns, habits, and routines. More info →
Grief Cottage: A Novel

Grief Cottage: A Novel

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I just read this at the beach on vacation. Gail Godwin is the author of two books I love and have read numerous times each: Father Melancholy's Daughter and Evensong. Her newest was engaging and easy to keep reading, and her strong female character—this time an aging alcoholic artist who unexpectedly becomes an adoptive parent—kept me turning the pages. I liked this book, but I didn't LOVE it like I do my two favorite Godwin titles. More info →
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility

Like many devoted Austen fans, I approach most modern Jane Austen adaptations with a combination of enthusiasm and dread—I WANT it to be wonderful, but what if it's terrible? Readers, this new take on Sense and Sensibility was so much fun. In this novel, two broke adult sisters and their sweet little sister flee expensive San Francisco to set up a new tea shop in Austin, Texas. The bones of Austen's original are visible, but Lodge doesn't hew too closely to the original, to her credit. I spent a happy afternoon devouring this book. More info →

What have YOU been reading lately? Link up your post below, or tell us all about it in comments!

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  1. Kathy says:

    I felt exactly the same about the Essex Serpent. I felt like I should be loving it whilst I read it, but something stopped me. Hard to define what it was, I enjoyed reading it but I wasn’t compelled to keep reading it. If that makes sense?

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