What I’m Reading: March 2016 Book Recommendations

Spring has officially arrived in my neck of the woods, and it has been unusually rainy so far. Since we don’t get a ton of rain, I actually enjoy these gray days. They’re perfect for the family to snuggle up on the couch for a movie or for those rare occasions when I have time to myself to catch up on some reading. I have some great book recommendations for you today!

What I'm Reading

What I’m reading Now

The Lake House by Kate Morton

I received Kate Morton’s most recent novel for Christmas and couldn’t wait to tear into it. In her usual style, Morton bounces between the past and the present as she delves into the mysterious 1930s disappearance of a toddler in the English countryside. While the story is suspenseful and intriguing, I admit that this wasn’t my favorite of Kate Morton’s novels. There are plenty of twists along the way that kept me guessing, but the ending wraps up just a little too neatly and felt a bit contrived. Overall, I would still recommend The Lake House because it’s a good story. I really enjoy Morton’s style of jumping between different time periods to give the reader clues to the puzzle.

The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

I picked up The 5th Wave when I was looking for a Christmas gift for a friend’s 13-year-old. Though it seemed too mature, I read enough that I got sucked in and ended up plowing through in about three days. I then purchased the sequel, The Infinite Sea, and devoured that one as well. The story primarily follows 16 year old Cassie, a survivor of a large-scale alien attack on the world. It feels a little ridiculous even writing that description, but it’s actually a great story. Through flash-backs and dialogue you piece together what happened in the attack, and what became of Cassie’s family. It’s a story of how despair and courage intertwine in our innate instinct to survive.

Hello, From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

A friend of mine found a list of 20 books that “you wish would never end.” Since we live far apart, we decided it would be fun to read some of the books at the same time, like our own mini long-distance book club. Hello, From the Gillespies was the first book we chose, and I highly recommend it. The story opens as Angela, a mom in her 50s living in the Australian Outback, is attempting to write her annual Christmas newsletter. Instead of her usual cheery letter, she writes the truth about her family, everything from job failings to marriage troubles. Chaos ensues when her husband sends the email to all their friends and family, not knowing what Angela had written and intended to delete. There’s definitely a lot of sweetness to this novel as it explores the relationships between husband and wife, parents and children. This was the first I’ve read from Monica McInerney and I would definitely pick up another of her novels.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is a YA novel that combines suspense with a sometimes visceral examination of teenage emotions and family dysfunction. The reader is invited into the wealthy Sinclair family, who spend every summer on a private island off Cape Cod. Cadence, the eldest grandchild, attempts to discover the events leading up to a mysterious accident that occurred on the island. The ending is as haunting as it is unexpected. My only complaint is that I didn’t really enjoy the way the narration jumps to poetic prose without real consistency. I would recommend this one for a weekend away or spring break by the pool.


{Linking to Modern Mrs. Darcy}

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4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: March 2016 Book Recommendations

  1. Jeannie Prinsen says:

    I think your assessment of The Lake House is right on — I felt exactly the same way. I love Morton, but this wasn’t her best in my opinion (my favourite is The Secret Keeper).

    Hello from the Gillespies sounds really charming, the kind of thing I would like. Thanks for sharing your book list.

    • sweeterstill says:

      My favorite Kate Morton novel is The Distant Hours, but I liked The Secret Keeper a lot as well. Thanks for checking out my post and saying hello!

  2. Elena says:

    What is your favorite Kate Morton novel? I started The Secret Keeper and stopped after a few chapters because I just couldn’t get into it, which probably sounds crazy since it’s full of suspense and everyone raves about the book. It may have just been the month I was reading it, I had a stack of other books to get through as well, so I didn’t feel like investing so much time to a book I wasn’t crazy about, but I also don’t want to totally give up on Kate’s books, and maybe even give The Secret Keeper another try in a few months.

    (found you through QuickLit linkup on MMD)

    • sweeterstill says:

      My favorite of hers is The Distant Hours, but it probably took me about 100 pages to get into it. That’s true of most of her novels. She’s very descriptive and lays a lot of groundwork before the story really picks up. I liked The Secret Keeper though so maybe give it another try, keeping in mind that it will take a while before you’re really sucked in.

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