We have made it through another month which means I have made it through another six books. This past month I was a little busier than normal (cough launching TGS cough) so my reading was a little sporadic. I read the four Sisterhood books at the very beginning of April, TLOM took me the better part of 3 weeks to get through and then I tackled Eligible on a plane ride home from New York. Like I said, sporadic. Here we go!
- The Second Summer of the Sisterhood – Continuing my re-reading of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series from last month, I read the last four books of the series in early April. The Second Summer has Bee in Alabama, Tibby at film school and Carmen and Lena both at home. Favorite storyline of this book was Bee getting to know her maternal grandmother. (The iconic hair is apparently in the genes.)
- Girls in Pants – The third Sisterhood book takes place before the girls head off to college and without a doubt, it is my favorite of the series. So much happens in the summer before you leave home to start your new life as an “adult” and this book had me reminiscing on my own.
- Forever in Blue – The fourth Sisterhood book takes place the summer after the girls’ first year of college. Lena stays in Rhode Island for a painting class while also trying to hide from Kostos, Carmen goes away to a theater program and ends up finding her passion, Tibby and Brian try to navigate their relationship growing from teen to adult and Bee goes to Turkey to try to keep her hyperactive brain satisfied. After the first three books being very teen focused, this fourth one takes a much more twenty-something vibe. While this was considered the finale of the series, Brashares then wrote a fifth book four years later in 2011.
- Sisterhood Everlasting – THIS WAS THE ENTIRE REASON I RE-READ THE SERIES. For some reason I missed the memo in 2011 that Ann Brashares decided to write a fifth novel that takes place ten years after the fourth. The Sisterhood girls are now in their late twenties and still talk to one another, but are not as close as they once were. I won’t say much for fear of spoiling the book but there is a plot twist that I NEVER SAW COMING. I will also say I don’t remember the last time I cried so hard while reading a book. It is a beautiful ending to a story that was a huge marker of my teenage years and re-reading it in my twenties was a complete joy. Highly recommend each and every time.
- The Lady of Misrule – TLOM took me about three weeks to get through partially because I was busy, partially because the plot moved SO SLOWLY. This historical fiction revolves around Lady Jane Grey, the infamous nine day Queen of England, and a girl named Elizabeth. Our girl Liz volunteered as tribute to stay with Jane while she was locked away in a tower after being chucked off the throne by Mary I in the mid 1500s. While the timeline of Jane Grey and Mary I is true, the plot line with Liz is fictional. The story finally picks up in the last fourth of the novel when the trial on Jane gets going, but the entire lead up to that is Liz and Jane wandering around in a tower while Jane is miserable and Liz stares out of a window. I would give this a solid 3 out of 5.
- Eligible – Oh my GOD the love I have for this novel. It might not be for everyone but I adored it. Eligible is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (book four in The Austen Project) written by Curtis Sittenfeld. I love P&P, I love Sittenfeld, I love this book. It’s a little lengthy (clocking in at 512 pages) but I loved every second of it. (Have I said “love” enough yet?) The modern retelling has Liz Bennet as a magazine writer, Jane as a yoga instructor, Mary going for her third masters degree and Kitty and Lydia as die hard CrossFit followers. Bingley and Darcy are both doctors but Bingley is also an alumni of Eligible, a Bachelor-esque show (I LIVED FOR THIS PLOT) and Darcy’s famous Pemberley rests in Atherton, CA. All main interactions take place not in England, but in Cincinnati, OH. I was so in love with this book that I read the last 400 pages of it on a plane home from New York, I honestly couldn’t put it down. This could have gone so so SO wrong but I believe Sittenfeld brought Liz and Darcy into the modern world in an incredibly relatable way while still preserving the magic of the original.
Let me know what you’re reading this month! Suggestions, comments, I’ll take them all. Tag your book photos with #TGSReads so I can envy your book collections!