I dove right back into my book pile in August and managed to finish six novels – two fiction, two historical fiction, one young adult and one play. Here we go.
- The Fifth Avenue Artists Society – The Fifth Avenue Artists Society is a historical fiction novel set in the Gilded Age (1890s). Our leading lady Ginny is a writer in a middle class family that is struggling to get by. Typical of the time, her family is trying to get her married off. Ginny is in love with her childhood best friend Charlie but ole Charlie pulls a fast one at a dinner party and asks the rich girl down the street to marry him instead. Now a free unattached lady, Ginny finds the Fifth Ave Artists Society where men and women equally share and critique each others work. The visuals behind the words are beautiful and I absolutely adored the plot line and the time period. A very light an easy read. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Summer Days & Summer Night: Twelve Love Stories – This is a YA short story compilation of twelve different fiction writers. I loved how diverse each story was but have to admit it took me a while to get through because I just don’t do very well with short stories. But if you are indeed into short stories I think you will really enjoy these. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- Modern Lovers – I really enjoyed the general idea of Modern Lovers but the writing was a little slow paced for my liking and a few of the main characters were borderline insufferable. The plot centers around four adults and two teenagers who are all in their own versions of angsty messy relationships. Topics brought up are one hit wonder bands, moving to college, cult tendencies and extreme privilege. A fairly quick read if you can make it through the character flaws. 3 out of 5 stars.
- Rare Objects – I really enjoyed Rare Objects. Our leading lady is Mauve, an Irish immigrant in 1930s Boston. She has her own demons and meets another young woman, Diana, who is battling similar things but with the advantage of extreme wealth. Mauve gets sucked into the world of money and quickly builds herself a house of lies that she struggles to keep from tumbling down. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I feel like most of my feelings on CC were very similar to Kaitlin’s so I’m just gonna leave her review here. 3 out of 5 stars (and that is being generous because of the nostalgia factor.)
- The Hopefuls – Oh man did I want to like this book. I so badly wanted to like this book. But I just didn’t. This was one of those books that you just have to force yourself to finish because you invested too many hours to not see it through to the end. The plot revolves around Beth and Matt who start out in D.C. and eventually move to Texas. Matt works in politics and Beth is more or less a floater who writes for a magazine sometimes but mostly just complains about her life without actively trying to change it. I cannot stand humans who complain about their lives without trying to change things and characters are no exception. I saw the ending coming after the first 75 pages and it was even harder to read than I imagined in my head. 2.5 out of 5 stars.