Mid-Summer Book Review

MK invited me to join her book club. It's not your typical book club where you all read the same book & meet once a week to discuss it. This is more of a monthly book swap, which is more conducive to my schedule. Everyone brings a stack of books & you go through them, discussing & deciding which ones to take home & read for the month. We're meeting poolside today. I'm pretty excited, although everyone else in the book club is a semi-professional athlete, so I'm a little nervous about being in a bathing suit around these running/cycling rockstars, but whatever.

I've been doing a lot of reading this summer, so I thought I'd do a quick recap/review. Without further ado.....

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt
I read this back when it first came out, but I decided to re-read it after going to Savannah earlier this month. I was surprised at how much of it I didn't remember. It was like reading it for the first time. I really enjoyed it. I doubt there are many people who haven't read this book, but if you haven't read it in a long time, it may be worth a re-read. It's such a good book, especially if you're familiar with Savannah.

Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
This was my book club book from last month. MK read it the month before & highly recommended it. I loved this book, and I love that I never would have heard of it if she hadn't recommended it. I can't go into too much detail without spoiling the plot. It's about a thirty-something girl who works in a coffee shop in Philadelphia & falls in love. Twice. First with the perfect guy, and secondly with a little girl. That's all I'll say. You should read it.

Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
I guess by now everyone knows this book is 80% fiction. I still wanted to read it. It was okay. There were a few chapters that were just too far over the line for me, and that's saying a lot because I have a pretty high threshold. I had initially planned on finishing this book & moving on to his subsequent books, but now I'm not too anxious to read his other books. Maybe, we'll see.

Pretty In Plaid by Jen Lancaster
It's no secret that I'm batshit for Jen Lancaster, so it shouldn't be a surprise that I loved this book. I strongly recommend it to anyone in need of a good laugh. It will really hit home with any of you that were in a sorority in college. God, it's so funny. Just read it.

I finished Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil last night, so I'm not currently reading anything. I bought Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (# 6), but I'm going to wait & see what I end up with after book club today before I start reading anything.

Happy reading!

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