I love to read. I used to do book round-ups on my previous blogs pretty recently, but as my photography business got busier, I found myself with less time to read. Evenings were spent catching up on editing, instead of diving into a good book. I began to find myself going from 6 or 7 books a month down to 1 or 2, if I was lucky. Trust me, no one was more shocked than me.
Just three years ago, I was reading nearly 80 books a year. I’m lucky if I reach 30 now a days.
Having said that, I’m vowing to try to do my monthly round-up again on here, whether it’s one book or 10. Reading is a big part of who I am, and being able to share what I read with others is something I love to do.
Starting off, I’m going to provide a round up of everything I’ve read since the beginning of the year, but I’m only going to provide my thoughts on my favorite reads. The rest, I’ll provide my rating system. 1 – 5 stars (I know, so unique.) Going forward, I’ll provide my thoughts and rating.
Disclaimer: This post, and all Eryn E Reads posts going forward, will include Amazon affiliate links, however, I will also include links to B&N and IndieBound, in the my Top Picks. Ya know, to spread the love. Also, the list of the rest of the books will not have links. If I linked those, that’s just TOO many links IMHO.
Top Reads This Year (so far)
The Mare – Mary Gaitskill
A co-worker of mine had brought in the hardcover of The Mare when it was first released. While it was wonderful to hold and feel a book, I just had too many books on my Kindle waiting for me. I ended up purchasing this when I received an e-book settlement on Barnes & Noble (former Nook user) and finally got around to reading it in early 2017.
As a horse person, I typically try not to read too many books relating to horses. While it might sound weird, I sometimes find myself nit picking the terms and descriptions, more than I’m enjoying the story. With this book, I really tried to focus on looking past all that and just enjoying the story, which I did. It was a beautifully written story, and there was so much more to it than a horse.
Water Witches – Chris Bohjalian
First, if you haven’t read Chris Bohjalian’s book Midwives I suggest you do. I’ve only read two of his books, and have loved every single one! This one was extra interesting to me, as I work in publishing and we often hear about dowsing and the like in some of our titles.
Water Witches was another great story, set in New England and surrounding family. I cruised through this book, much like Midwives and am just waiting until I get my hands (or kindle) on another!
The Rose Garden – Susanna Kearsley
I just discovered Susanna Kearsley a year or two ago, late to the party I know, but her historical fiction blows me away every time. Her books read like a romance novel, and I’m not a fan of the romance genre, but I feel like I learn some much of the various times and eras she writes about too. This one, has been my favorite, that I’ve read so far.
The Magnolia Story – Chip and Joanna Gaines
PS – Joanna and Chip, if you happen to see this and just so happen to message me and ask where I live so you can show up at my doorstep, I would be totally cool with that.
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter – Kate Clifford Larsen
Fun fact – I actually shot the author’s daughter’s wedding a couple of years back. And Kate is literally the sweetest person on the planet. So buy her book.
The Woman in Cabin 10– Ruth Ware
I’d been hearing things about The Woman in Cabin 10 left and right. It was clearly the book of the summer, and I figured I should jump on the bandwagon. It just so happened my mom was reading it at the same as me, so I had someone to gossip with over it.
I love me a good thriller/mystery. I always have. It’s quite possibly my favorite genre. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was sad when it was over.
The Muralist – BA Shapiro
Despite having absolutely no artistic talent in terms of drawing or paiting, I always find myself drawn to titles with some sort of art element. The same goes for ballet. Maybe it’s my subconscious wishing for talents in those areas. Anyways, I first read The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro a few years back and loved it. It was also pretty cool because it took place in Boston.
While I didn’t love this one as much as I loved The Art Forger, I did love it. I’ve been reading a lot of books with WWII background in them, and this certainly combined it. It jumped between present day NYC and France in the 1940s. If you love the blend of historical fiction with modern day, and art, you will love this.
With Malice – Eileen Cook
This reminded me SO MUCH of the whole Amanda Knox story. Maybe the author used that as inspiration. What I do know is that I couldn’t put it down. It was gripping, sad, mesmerizing, and had my craving more as each chapter ended. I couldn’t put it down.
Not a Sound – Heather Gudenkauf
Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
And everything else I’ve read through 10/31/2017
Because I know you were wondering.
- A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman, 4/5
- Missing Pieces – Heather Gudenkauf, 4/5
- The Blessings of Animals – Katrina Kittle, 4/5
- Mermaids in Paradise – Lydia Millett, 3/5
- The Mime Order – Samantha Shannon, 3/5
- At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen, 4/5
- The Torturer’s Daughter – Zoe Cannon, 3/5
- Connected – Erin Davis, 2/5
- The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks, 4/5
- #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso, 4/5
- The Firebird – Susanna Kearsley, 3/5
- The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty, 4/5
- Second Life – S.J. Watson, 3/5
- The Hundred-Year House – Rebecca Makkai, 3/5
- Don’t Your Cry – Mary Kubica, 4/5
- A Bend in the Road – Nicholas Sparks, 3/5
- Girl Underwater – Claire Kells, 4/5
- The Lace Reader – Brunonia Barry, 4/5
- The Beautiful Possible – Amy Gottlieb, 4/5
- Paper Towns – John Green, 3/5
- The Sitter, R.L. Stine, 4/5
- The Red Garden – Alice Hoffman, 3/5
- Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty, 3/5
- The Book of Speculation – Erika Swyler, 4/5
- Everyone Brave is Forgotten – Chris Cleave, 3/5