I’ve been trying to make an effort to read more books this year. It’s so easy to get distracted by life, social media or Netflix that it’s refreshing to go back to one of the original medias and read a book. Here are three books I’ve read recently:
The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
I picked this book up on a whim because it sounded interesting but didn’t know much about it. The book covers the story about the author’s first year after her husband dies and how she deals with it. She references multiple medical studies made on how people deal with the loss of a beloved person and ties it into her own experience. By stating different facts about grief and the way she’s coping with her husband being gone, the book gave me a, dare I say, scientific vibe that – although I enjoyed it – I didn’t expect. As the back of the book explains, this book “will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.”
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The story is about a woman finding a letter her husband wrote which she should open upon his death. Except he’s not dead and she’s torn between reading the letter or not. You get to know three different families and how what’s in the letter will change all of their lives forever. I loved the storyline, the way all the different people were tied into the husband’s secret and especially the ending. I could barely keep the book down as I was captivated by what could happen next. The ending was completely unexpected and I was in awe for the next 24 hours after finishing it. I had to tell my husband the story just so I could digest what had happened. It was that good!
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
If you like sarcasm, this book is for you. I literally laughed out loud so many times while reading it, I couldn’t stop! This book tells the story of Bernadette Fox, a mother and wife, who tries to make the best of living in Seattle but fails miserably at it. Right before she’s supposed to go on a trip to the Antarctica with her husband and daughter she disappears and no one knows where to find her. Her daughter Bee then tracks her mother’s steps by compiling old emails and letters to find out where she went. Not only is the book funny, it also shows that mothers are human and are just as susceptible to making mistakes as any other person. I was thoroughly entertained by the book and thought it was great.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?