Since beginning my job at Amazon I spend the majority of my work day with headphones in at my desk. Besides the occasional meeting or chat with coworkers I am always listening to something. As much as I love Taylor Swift, I can’t listen to music all day, weirdly non stop music stresses me out. I’ve quickly become addicted to audio books (are you sick of me saying that yet?). I started my Audible subscription last month and both months I’ve ended up purchasing books in addition to the two I get with my subscription.
This month I vowed to listen to more fiction! Throughout spring I read book after book about the fashion industry and I wanted to give my brain a little room for a mental summer vacay. It’s been wonderful to escape from real life (even while at work) with a handful of fiction novels.
Girls on Fire
Girls on Fire begins the night after a Halloween in the early 90s when a high school boy commits suicide in a small town forest. The community is shaken, this boy was happy, a football star, he was dating the most popular girl in school. Whispers around town assume his death must have something to do with the satanic cults that have started popping up in the region. Hannah, a lonely student, is also intrigued by the boy’s death, though she hardly knew him. When she notices another student, Lacey, eyeing the dead boy’s empty seat in class, the two bond and quickly become best friends.
As the story progresses their friendship becomes increasingly intense. Lacey urges Hannah to give up her good girl persona and ultimately unveils a few of the town’s darkest secrets.
Initially, I was worried this book would be too scary for me (I can’t even watch Pretty Little Liars when I am home alone). There were creepy aspects of the novel but it was more of a page turner than a thriller. Overall the book was simultaneously just as disturbing as it was riveting. The end offered a plot twist I never saw coming which made this read even more appealing in my eyes.
First Comes Love
After reading a novel on satanic teenage cult behavior I wanted something a bit more lighthearted. Emily Giffin’s First Comes Love follows two sisters lives 15 years after the tragic death of their brother. Both women are engulfed in their careers, live in their hometown and feel dissatisfied with their lives in one way or another. As the two struggle to make sense of their brother’s death, their current relationships and their future plans they begin arranging plans for the anniversary of his death.
Though this book is difficult to summarize it was actually quite interesting! I didn’t grow up with a sister so sister stories have always been interesting to me. While the novel centers around death it is still a light hearted read with love story elements sprinkled throughout. I didn’t close the book and feel as if any element of the novel changed my life but I did enjoy listening to it each day at work. Of course, I always love a happy ending!
In The Singles Game Charlie is a 24 year old professional tennis player, when she injures herself and is forced to take time off of tennis she begins to reconsider her career. Charlie fires her long time friend and coach in order to up her game. Working with a world renown coach Charlie soon finds herself surrounded by celebrities, hair products and way more rhinestones than she was used to. Forced to give up coffee and privacy she can’t deny her game is improving…but at what cost?
I’ll admit I am a sucker for beach reads about faux celebrities. I love escaping into the land of fake Hollywood and imagining the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous. This novel was especially interesting because I know so little about pro tennis. Before reading I wondered if the tennis talk would bore me but rest assured nothing was overly sports focused. Even for a non sports fan this book was a great beach read. I even found myself day dreaming about tennis lessons and courts in exotic locations!
Everyone Worth Knowing
I chose Everyone Worth Knowing after “Singles Game” because it was by the same author (Lauren Weisberger). It was the only book I’ve read this summer that isn’t considered new and noteworthy, but it was a fun read nonetheless. The main character, Bette, quits her New York City job working in finance on an impulse one day. Unsure what to do with her life (or her career) she accepts a party planning position at an elite agency in the city. Thrown into the world of intense on-call partying, celebrities and worst of all, gossip columns, Bette realizes life in the public eye requires a bit of sacrifice.
Reading this novel right after “Singles Game” was interesting because I could definitely pin point aspects of the stories that were similar. Lauren Weisberger loves dissecting what its like to be in the spotlight! She tends to choose one character to “shockingly” come out of the closet in each novel and her main characters share many of the same characteristics despite being two very separate people. None of these findings are bad, I just found it interesting after reading the books so close to one another. I definitely liked “Everyone Worth Knowing” as an entertaining light hearted read but if I had to recommend one of the two Weisberger novels I would choose “Singles Game” in a heartbeat.
What am I reading now? If you follow me on Snapchat (fairyprincessj) you may have seen my confession on Sunday about my undying love for Harry Potter. As with so many millennials I grew up reading Harry Potter (starting in the 2nd grade!) and pre ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.The book arrived at my door step yesterday afternoon and I have already started reading. Though I am excited I promised myself not read the book all in one sitting like my twelve year old self would have!
Do you have any book suggestions? I love to read and I am always looking for new fiction and non fiction!
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