Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reading Wednesday -- July 2016

Happy Hump Day friends! This morning I am sharing with you this month's book review. I was able to read a ton this month thanks to swim lessons each morning. 30 minutes for 2 weeks adds up when you can read uninterrupted! As of today, I've read 14 of my 25 book goal. I'm hoping to read 3 additional books in August and get a bit ahead of my goal in preparation of our busy season, Fall. For July, I read The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews and The Assistants from Camille Perri

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

My Thoughts
I was really looking for a summer read and this one fit that bill perfectly. I've never read anything by Mary Kay Andrews but she has a ton of novels so I was really eager to see if she could be a new author for me to binge on. This summer murder mystery book was exactly what I was looking for for a warm weather read. Andrews has these unique ability to hook her readers into the story from the get-go; I couldn't put this book down! It has quite a bit of drama, mystery, and intrigue, but all of this is mixed together gives you a story that will keep you interested all the way through. For example, Riley is a modern woman whose world has centered around her family and an island her entire life. When her life is turned upside down, it's very interesting to read how she handles it. The same is true for her brother and her mother and her daughter -- on and on. The plot is multi-faceted and while, not complex, is a little twisted.

The Assistants by Camille Perri
Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she’s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.
When a technical error with Robert’s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She’s always played by the rules. But it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer.
The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?”

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't planned on reading it but a book lovin' girlfriend of mine suggested it so I picked it up. It was a quick read -- I finished it in just 4 days -- and would completely recommend it. While obviously the plot of The Assistants is far-fetched, it's a really enjoyable read. We know inherently Tina and her crew are committing crimes, and we know their good fortune can't last forever, but we want it to. Perri does a great job unfurling Tina's ethical and emotional dilemmas, but she's careful not to paint Robert as too much of an ogre either. This book definitely taps into some very relevant themes in today's world, including gender inequity and student loan debt.

For August, I will be reading First Comes Love by Emily Griffin and Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult.  Now it's your turn to share what you've been reading. Add our button to your book themed post and linkup your book reviews and lists. You have until August 5 to add your July reading list.

And this will be the last month that I host this link-up. I'll still be sharing my reading list but plan to move to more of a what's been going on type of post. I plan to join others in the "What's Up Wednesday" link-up party, You can visit Justine's post from today to see what I'll be sharing and even join us! 

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