book report: july 2018

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GOAL PROGRESS: 25/50

It's the end of another month and that means book reviews! I read five books this month, bringing me to the halfway point of my goal for the year. I read a lot of good books this month and am currently in the process of reading two that will be on next month's list!

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
I loved this one! It's a debut novel about a New York musician who wakes up one day and suddenly has a list of predictions for the future that begin to come true. He and his best friend use the predictions to defraud corporations and quickly, the world spirals out of control. I loved that this story was both smart and fun to read.

Florida by Lauren Groff
I was really excited about this book because it was supposedly a collection of very atmospheric stories set in Florida. Being from Florida, this sounded right up my alley. So, the writing was absolutely stunning. However, I just can't get into short story collections and found most of these stories rather depressing. It ended up not being for me, but again the writing was beautiful.

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
This novel was about a girl who was part of a famous TV religious family, but gets pregnant at seventeen and what happens to her because of that. It was an enjoyable read, good for summer and had an interesting plot if you're at all interested in reality television. I will say I thought it was a bit predictable and that I had a hard time buying the "secret" one character had. 

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
This book!! I'm a big fan of Riley Sager's debut novel Final Girls, so I was really excited when this new one came out. It did not let me down! The story follows an artist who goes back to the summer camp where her three cabin mates disappeared fifteen years earlier, trying to solve the mystery of what happened. So many good twists and a really interesting ending. You have to read this book this summer if you like thrillers and mysteries.

The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak
I heard from people on Goodreads that this book should become a movie and they were right. It definitely has a cinematic feel and I liked it! It follows a girl who works as a prison cook and starts cooking 'last meals' for death row inmates before their executions. Through this, she finds out more about how her own father, a former prison guard, was killed. 

Currently Reading:
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey