July 2014 Books – My Favorites!


This was another big fiction month – think easy poolside reading . . .


The Rosie Project: A Novel (English and English Edition) by Graeme Simsion had me laughing out loud!  This is one of those books I’d seen listed as a “must read” over and over and I finally picked it up from the library – and thoroughly enjoyed it!  Don Tillman is a hilarious character, socially awkward yet very likeable.  When he meets up with Rosie, he finds his life turned upside down (in a very good way).  Fun read if you are looking for something funny, fresh and positive.  My rating 5 out of 5.

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King was a long but engrossing story.  This book is BIG – definitely not something you want to take on an airplane – too much weight.  The story follows Jake Epping and his amazing discovery of a time portal that takes him back to 1958.   Once he accepts the reality of this portal, he begins to realize he can change the past – only to later discover that changing even small things in the past can create large changes to the future, and the future doesn’t always turn out how he would envision or desire.  It has probably been twenty years since I read a Stephen King novel, and this was a good introduction back into his writing.  If you are ready for a thought-provoking, interesting book, and don’t get intimidated by the number of pages, give this one a shot.                                        My rating 4 out of 5.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple was  quirky, quick and fun book to read.  The book is a series of e-mails, correspondence, and short bits of background.  Thrown together the reader starts to understand why Bernadette is the way she is (afraid of leaving her home) and tries to figure out why she disappeared and where she went.  Funny, witty, and a nice change of pace from some of the other books I read this month.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.

Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline was another fascinating book.  The author nicely weaves the stories of two orphans together – the first girl – a typical hardened teenager from today alongside a young immigrant girl who was sent west from New York City on the orphan train (which is an interesting bit of little-known history itself).  Although it seems as though the women don’t have anything in common except being orphans, they discover a deep and meaningful bond.  My rating 4 out of 5.

How about you?  What’s the best book you’ve read lately?  What should I add to my very long “to be read” list?

*please note there are several affiliate links in this post – please feel free to borrow books from the library (as I tend to do!) or buy them however you feel most comfortable

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