I forgot to mention one of my best moments of summer: finally admitting that I need to give up on reading Game of Thrones. I started reading this book TWO years ago and just could not get into it. It honestly was stressing me out because so many people told me how much they loved it and I just… couldn’t. I definitely want to try the TV show, but I’m glad I finally sucked it up and returned the book.
As a side note, in case you’ve missed it, I have a goal this year to read a book a month. This book review is technically for my August book (I read two, I have one more to recap). So far, I’m crushing it! Here are the books I’ve read so far:
- Yes Please
- Thinner in 30
- How I Came to Sparkle Again
- Fates and Furies
- Furiously Happy
- What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
- Run the World
If we’re talking about books that I’ve been on the struggle bus with recently, “The Time Between” by Karen White is definitely one of them.
It starts off super slow and took me forever to get into… it is definitely a chick lit book and just wasn’t what I wanted to be reading at the time if that makes sense. For reference, here’s a synopsis:
Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair—and the feelings she harbors for her sister’s husband.
To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto. For Eleanor, it’s a chance to revisit the place where she was her happiest—and to share her love of music with grieving Helena, whose sister recently died under mysterious circumstances.
An island lush with sweetgrass and salt marshes, Edisto has been a peaceful refuge for Helena, who escaped with her sister from war-torn Hungary in 1944. The sisters were well-known on the island, where they volunteered in their church and community. But now Eleanor will finally learn the truth about their past: secrets that will help heal her relationship with her own sister—and set Eleanor free….
The book definitely got better in the last 100 pages and at that point, I definitely couldn’t put it down. When I was reading it, I was up at the cabin with my family and my sister asked if I would recommend it… I was like “meh” until I got to that point.
That being said, would I recommend “The Time Between” now? I think if you can push through some “meh” reading before you get to the part that really captures your attention, then yes. I think this is a good one to read if you are chilling at the beach or spending some time in airports. It definitely won’t blow your mind away or be one that you remember to recommend a month, three months or year from now. But it does have some interesting points.
When you don’t like a book —> do you push through or put it down? How many pages in do you go?
What are you reading right now?
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