You guys, I am on FIRE when it comes to reading books! It also helps that I have a pretty good stash of books that are on my to-read list, thanks to my Book of the Month club membership and the fact that I ignored it at the beginning of the year.
To recap, here are the books I’ve read so far this year (I have a goal to read one book a month):
- January: Brady vs. Manning // Swimming Lessons // Lone Wolf
- February: No books
- March: No books
- April: The Husband’s Secret
- May: Lucky You // Big Little Lies
- June: No books
- July: Behind Her Eyes
- August: Lies Beneath
- September: Since We Fell
- October: The Child
This month, I also read “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. Before I get into my thoughts, the synopsis from the interwebs:
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
I just saw a review from Jodi Picoult on this book — and she said that she read it in one sitting, that’s impressive! (It’s 300+ pages long.) I think it was good, but it definitely didn’t capture me in that way, ha! I love Celeste’s writing style; it’s really easy to read and keeps things interesting. Plus, I loved the different storylines she captures throughout the book. There are some places (like first 100 pages) where it got a little slow, but the last 100 pages? I definitely felt like Jodi Picoult and couldn’t put it down.
I think if you are looking for a book that’s not quite chick lit, but more traditional fiction, that pulls you in and keeps you wanting to read more… “Little Fires Everywhere” is definitely the book for you to check out. 🙂
What’s your favorite genre? What are you currently reading?
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