Monday, December 14, 2015

Recent Reads:: V.4

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
  • This book was another one that I listened to during my daily commute and I loved it! The relationships and family dynamics flowed perfectly and the vineyard setting added a bit of uniqueness to the storytelling. There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I loved hearing how Georgia came to really appreciate her hometown.  I recommend this book.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
  • I really enjoyed this book. I read it on my flights to and from Washington D.C.. Being from a small, Midwestern town, there are a lot of things I could relate to. The story revolved around a group of friends who grew up together and went their separate ways after high school. Life continued to bring them back together as their careers and relationships evolved. There are ups and downs and a ton of fun memories. Great story, great writing, great book. I definitely recommend this book.
  • I love a book that pulls you in after just the first few pages, and that is exactly how this book was written. In the first chapter, the main character runs into a girl at the grocery store who looks identical to a girl he dated in college that died 20 years earlier. When he approaches her, she drops everything and runs. From that point on, I was hooked and needed to know what was going to happen next. I recommend this book.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  • This book revolves around a bachelorette party (it is called a hen party in the book due to the English setting) gone very wrong. Nora hasn't spoken to her childhood friend, Clare in over 10 years and is taken back when she is invited to her hen party. She reluctantly decides to go and someone ends up dead by the end of the weekend. The story line seemed pretty far fetched to me so I struggled to keep reading at times. I wouldn't recommend this book.
    • Side note: The cover made this book appear far more dark and twisted than it really was and I felt misled by this design choice. 


Emily Ann


  1. I too LOVED eight hundred grapes. Eager to read the other two books you recommended.

    1. I think you'll like them! Especially Shotgun Lovesongs.