I’m in a bit of a reading slump right now. But these are the books I read this week:
How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry: Emilia returns to her rural English town to run her father’s beloved book store after his death. Each of the patrons who frequent the shop have their own stories to tell, and each is searching for something. But can Emilia even fulfill her promise to her father and keep the shop running?
Light and fluffy, but steadily plotted and very readable, I devoured this over several nights. This is not particularly memorable, but it’s a fun read, and bibliophiles will particularly drawn to the characters in this one.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart: Jule is a fighter and on the run. Imogen is an heiress on the run. The two are best friends and embroiled in some dangerous shenanigans. But what is real and what isn’t? Where is Imogen, really? Why does Jule seem to be the only person who knows what’s going on?
Told backwards and extremely reminiscent of Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this was compelling but ultimately a disappointment. It feels way, way too gimmicky, like Lockhart (or her publisher, or whoever) was trying to recapture the magic of We Were Liars, which was much more successfully executed. This will find a readership, but I found it pretty hollow.
What did you read this week?