It’s Monday! What are you reading?

As hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly opportunity to sum up what you have read, what you are reading now, and what you will read next.

It has been a busy week for me. I went up to Philadelphia on Tuesday for book club, where we discussed Alex Michaelides The Silent Patient. Verdict is still out on that book! Then, it was the 4th of July here, which means picnics, family time, and fireworks. I’m glad my current neighborhood doesn’t seem to enjoy shooting off their own fireworks as much as my last one did. It’s unnerving to be driving along and suddenly here loud popping sounds.

Just Finished

Far From The Tree – Robin Benway

I know, I know. How many times will I write about this book? Until you read it, my friends! This is a great read focusing on what it means to be family. Far From The Tree deserves more than a cursory review, but for now, I will say that this is a beautifully written, very quick read. Perfect for a hot summer day!

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

For a debut novel, The Silent Patient is well done. I’m hesitant to recommend it as I do not personally like thriller novels. There were definitely some parts that left me thinking, “what?” Nevertheless, this book is beautifully paced, and if thrillers don’t put you off, this might be the one for you!

The Last Exit to Normal – Michael Harmon

What I loved about this book is the narrator. Ben is not a perfect kid, but he does fully embody what it means to be a “teenager.” Ben arrives in Montana after breaking the law (again), and he’s not happy at all. He sees this as just another unfair punishment in a long list of unfair punishments (starting with his dad coming out as gay and his mom walking out on them). Ben’s opinions are NOT always PC, but they are honest.

Up Next

I’m taking a step back from the young adult genre to read Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth. This is one of the Hogarth Press’s reinterpretations of Shakespeare. Look, I’m an English teacher. I’m required to have a thing for Shakespeare.

So, what are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments!