June Reads | The Life of K: June Reads

Friday, July 15, 2016

June Reads

Happy Friday! June was busy. The end of the month was especially crazy and it's only now that I feel a bit like life is back to normal. It was a slow month for reading



23. Adultery by Paulo Coelho


Summary


I want to change. I need to change. I'm gradually losing touch with myself.

Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new.

What I thought 


I liked the first half of this book but then got bored. I did read a lot of Coelho's books in a row so that may have contributed. A fair assessment? Probably not.




24. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney


Summary


A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.


What I thought


We gifted this book to my mother in law for her help looking after the kids then I got to borrow it! Like her, I didn't really like any of the characters and I think that was intentional. The characters were all flawed and did horrible things. And even though I didn't like them, I wanted to read about them. I wanted to find out what was going to happen to their money - the nest - in a train wreck kind of way. For that reason, I would recommend this book.  




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2 comments:

  1. Adultery sounds interesting. I would surely read that one soon. I'm reading Gone Girl now by Gillian Flynn. I watched the movie a while back, but I heard from friends that the book was better, and I definitely agree. lol

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    1. Me too! But I feel that way about every book/movie.

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