- Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. Ugh. I was SO disappointed by this book. I love Moriarty’s fiction, and her character development is usually fantastic. But this book fell way short for me. Truly Madly Guilty follows the lives of three couples who share a traumatic experience that connects them forever. The book was slow and anticlimactic, and the characters were painfully dull. I have loved every other Moriarty book I’ve read, but this one was truly unsatisfying.
- Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. It’s no secret that Shauna is my all-time favorite author, so I was really looking forward to this book (I preordered it months in advance). In Present Over Perfect, Shauna talks about letting go of hurry and busyness and giving up the quest for perfection in return for a simpler, more connected way of living. Her writing is beautiful, and her message is something we all need to heard. But I honestly just didn’t love this book….and it kills me to say that. It felt like less intimate, personal stories and more like self-help than her other books, and I just didn’t connect with it in the same way. I read it in small pieces—more like a devotional—instead of devouring it in one sitting like I have all her other books. Still a lovely, heartfelt book, but it just didn’t compare to Cold Tangerines or Bread and Wine for me….which you should go buy IMMEDIATELY if you haven’t read yet!