Recent Reads Vol. 12

Before we get to the books, as I'm sure you know, today is election day in America. If you can, go vote. And if you do, keep in mind that the next president will not be all-powerful, but will sway the direction of the Supreme Court. He or she will be our representative on the world's stage. He or she will be in charge of our foreign policy and interactions and relationships with major militaries around the world. Don't cast a vote OR ABSTAIN FROM DOING SO because of anything other than a legitimate understanding of what the next president will be granted the ability to do, and the role of the president in our government. If you're in a state (like New Jersey) that has other elected officials and measures on the ballot today, CAST VOTES ON THOSE LINES TOO. Please. Your country, your future, your safety, and that of the people you love and respect is absolutely on the line here today.

Now then. On to what we're all gathered here today for...the books.

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Michael loaned me this book and I tried to race through it and get it back to its owner, but even though I enjoyed it immensely, it's a bit thick for my reading pace these days and I took my time. I did enjoy it from, really, the first page—not commonly the case when historical fiction is on the table for me. It's a split perspective narrative, with one story told in the 1950s and one story told in 2015, but each perspective was well-written, clear, and compelling. I loved this author's writing style, and I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more by her.

Recommend? – It's a really lovely read—yes!

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
This is the second I've read by Matthew Quick (the first being The Good Luck of Right Now) and third story of his I've enjoyed (he wrote the story the movie Silver Linings Playbook)—he's jockeying for a top spot on my "always read" list. I'm getting a sense of his sort of formula, but his books don't read as formulaic to me. I like his characters, even the shitty ones, and I appreciate his ability to detail and then unite many different worlds in a way that doesn't feel ham-fisted.

Recommend? – Yes. But I read a lot of bad and DNF reviews on Goodreads, so maybe I have bad taste.

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Short, quick audiobook narrated by the author. I don't have a big relationship with Nora Ephron, but I love two of her movies, love her sister's movies, appreciate memoirs and such, and I enjoyed this. Nothing life-changing, but some funny stories and interesting perspectives on life, journalism, marriage, womanhood, business, and the world.

Recommend? – If you feel drawn to it, you'll probably enjoy it.

Currently reading: 
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. This is my first by her, and I went for the audiobook. So far it's done a good job of keeping me entertained on runs and girlfriend commutes.

Linking up with Steph & Jana, of course!


  1. LMAO @ "girlfriend commutes". I'm glad you liked June. I went full audio this month. It got me out of my lull though. I really liked Silver Linings Playbook so I might give Quick a try.

  2. June is on my list so I am glad you enjoyed it :) i haven't read anything by matthew quick except for the silver linings playbook (which i enjoyed) but a couple of his others are on my list i think. i might add that one :)
    yay first liane moriarty! i did enjoy that one though it was my least favourite of hers that i've read. i love that your listening to books whilst running! and girlfriend commutes lol.

  3. That's a really good point on the election. Everyone at my work is all fatalistic, "Oh, we're screwed either way" but the president can only do so much, so focus on the lasting impact they'll have and vote that way instead of bemoaning the fact that you'll have to see more of that person for 4 years than you might want. (And maybe I'm just sick of listening to their whining. Obviously I'll be upset if a certain candidate wins.)

    But anyway, books. :P June sounds interesting! It's not a genre I'd normally pick up, but I'm supposed to be reaching out of my comfort zone anyway.

  4. I have never heard of June before but it sounds really intriguing! It's definitely going on my TBR list!

  5. I love how many of us made a mention of voting before we launch into our book talk.

    June sounds like a book I'd like and I have the Quick book on my TBR.

  6. I haven't read The Last Anniversary yet but I have enjoyed most of Liane Moriarty's books so I am sure I will get to that one sometime! I also didn't read Silver Linings Playbook but I loved the movie and the book is probably better - I'm going to add his book you mentioned here on Goodreads :)
    I hope your election day is going okay - I'm sure there is a lot of tension in the States today but I know the whole world (and us Canadians especially!) is hoping for good results tonight.

  7. Ballot signed, sealed and delivered and now fingers crossed. And a big YES to everything you said about why voting is so important. I loved the movie Silver Linings Playbook, so I obviously need to give Matthew Quick a try.

  8. I liked Last Anniversary because it was different. My favorites of hers were What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies. I read one of Nora Ephron's books but not the one you did so I will have to check that one out too! My relationship with her is similar to yours, not HUGE fan but I like her enough and her books are enjoyable to pass the time. Love May Fail sounds interesting, might need to add it!

  9. I LOVED Love May Fail so much! I couldn't get into Silver Linings, probably because I felt eh about the movie, but I liked two of his other books that were more YA. Looking into June now.

  10. I really want to read June soon! I have it on my Kindle ready to read but just haven't gotten to it!

  11. I also had a high opinion of Love May Fail. Screw the naysayers! LOL

  12. I think I need to give Matthew Quick a try. I've never read any of his books, but I did really enjoy the movie adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook. If that's an indication of the types of stories he writes, I think I'd like his stuff.

    I haven't read The Last Anniversary yet, but I've read three of her other books (Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty). As with your assessment of Quick's writing, it seems like Moriarty follows a sort of formula in her novels. But, somehow, it doesn't come across as formulaic. (At least not in my opinion.) I've enjoyed every Moriarty book I've read so far, and I plan to continue reading her work. I'm glad you're enjoying your first Liane Moriarty experience!


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