It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.
This past week I read one book that was really disappointing and one that was very good but kind of sad and depressing to read. This week I decided to be more ambitious and list more books that I hope to read though I have slowed down my reading pace. I will be busy working on my last big library program of the year, a Downton Abbey themed murder mystery tea. I am very excited about it but there are lots of details to be worked out so I doubt I'll have much time for reading!
The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
A Home By the Sea by Christina Skye
I decided to pick this book up because I liked another book in the series (The Accidental Bride, the sequel to this one) and wanted to read more in the series. Unfortunately this one proved to be a real dud. There was so much going on and not enough development of the characters or various random story lines.
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
I am so glad that my book group chose to read this book. I didn't really know much about the history of the Dominican Republic or the Mirabal sisters so this book was eye opening (and really sad). I went to the Dominican Republic in 2009 but I stayed at a resort and only saw glimpses of the real country. This book really makes me want to learn more about the country and its history.
Longbourn by Jo Baker
It will be interesting to read about the events of Pride and Prejudice from the servants' perspective but this is more than just a retelling. The servants' lives are supposed to be front and center. Every review I've seen so far has been really positive.
What I plan to read next:
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
One of my coworkers just read this book and she loved it. I hope I will like it but it seems to be hit or miss for me with Nicholas Sparks's novels.
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
I liked the first book in this series though I prefer the Parasol Protectorate series. I wanted to read something light and fun however so I might pick this up soon.
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
I am eager to start this book. So far I've really enjoyed Noah and Beth's stories (as well as the novella about Lila) and I hope Isaiah's story will be just as good.