Book of the Month: A Novel Idea – July 2018

Hey y’all —

It’s been a few months since I last posted a book review (or, a post in general but we’ll save that for another day). At the beginning of the year, I decided that a goal of mine was to read more. And, that I’ve done. I had taken a break from reading due to classes taking up all of my spare time, but with a week long trip this month, I decided it was time to pick up a book or two.

Here is a list of my previous Books of the Month posts:




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The first book I read this month was The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. Twenty-eight years ago, Charlie and Samantha Quinn’s small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack. It left their mother dead and the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer – the ideal good daughter (hence the title). But, when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. It’s a case that unleashes memories that she tried to suppress. The shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family won’t stay buried forever…

[There are spoilers ahead. Skip the paragraph if you want to avoid.] This novel depicts real life tragedies — murder, rape, miscarriage and a (spoiler alert) school shooting. These are everyday occurrences that happen far too often… especially the school shootings aspect. I thought that Karin Slaughter did a good job covering these topics without being distasteful.

The first chapter of the book (March 16, 1989) was great. It captured me right away and I couldn’t put it down. But then, I felt like it stalled out and I had trouble continuing. However, I forced myself to continue because I read others’ reviews to keep reading. About halfway thru, the book started to pick up, but I still wasn’t hooked. AND THEN. The last few chapters grabbed me and kept me locked in. I sat in a hotel bed with my jaw, literally, dropped in shock and my heart racing.

I love a good twist, and a good thriller, so I could never not recommend one. If you also like that genre of book, I’d for sure recommend The Good Daughter. Just be warned – it may slow down. But, I promise… continue reading!


The second book I read this month was Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. I’m a Lauren Graham lover. Lorelei Gilmore? Gimme. Sarah Braverman? Gimme more. I find Lauren incredibly witty and would befriend her in a second if I could. She can do no wrong, in my opinion.

I started her book back in April. And, by started, I mean read the first page, got busy, had to return it to the library, and was put on a 3 month waiting list. While I was on a 7 day trip, my loan was renewed, and thus, I picked right back up where I left off.

I loved this one. I think you really get a glimpse into Lauren’s humor, you get a look into the beginning of her acting career, a behind the scenes into Gilmore Girls, and what Lauren was feeling as the revival was in the works and as it was being filmed. Through the entirety of the book, I read it at her infamous “Lorelei Gilmore” speed.

This one is different than something I’d typically reach for. But, after reading, I think I’m going to start reaching for more books like this.If you, too, are a fan of Lauren Graham, Lorelei Gilmore or Sarah Braverman ;), I’d give this one a read. I’m officially adding her other book (Someday, Someday, Maybe) to my “to-read” list.


That’s all for this month’s reading, friends! Did you read any books this month? If so, what? Have you read the two I talked about today? If so, what were your thoughts? I’d love to discuss!

Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Book of the Month: A Novel Idea – July 2018

  1. T. R. Noble says:

    So nice to see you again!!! I’m glad you have been accomplishing your goals with reading, that’s awesome!!! I have not been reading much, though I did reread Matilda. I’ve been slowly studying and going through the book of Psalms in the Bible. A lot of powerful stuff. 🙂

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