The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - An intriguing story about a circus that is only open at night. I thought I was going to be disappointed by this book, but I wasn't. Maybe it was because I had low expectations (for some reason I have low expectations for popular books…don't ask, I have no explanation), or maybe it's because I spent the first half of the book not really liking it and not realizing that I thought it was great until I was finished.
11/22/63 by Stephen King - I bought this from Amazon for my Kindle because it was on sale. I figured it would be worth a shot to read it since it is a twist on a historical subject I know almost nothing about. There were parts that dragged on too long, and parts that left me confused as to why Stephen King spent 500 pages doing something when it was just going to get undone…or undone and then redone differently, or whatever. I think I most enjoyed the love story (gross, I know), and learned a little bit about history too.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave - I read this book on the recommendation of a co-worker. It was not at all what I expected. I don't think I know what I expected because the blurb about it pretty much says nothing other than it's a really good story. It was a good story, but it wasn't magical or life changing, it was kind of like a train wreck that I couldn't take my eyes off of.
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane - I think this was an Amazon Kindle Daily Deal, so I bought it on a whim, but I was not disappointed. The lives of three childhood friends cross paths again when the daughter of one friend is found murdered. I figured out who did it before it was revealed in the story, but I still enjoyed it. Now I have to watch the movie.
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly - Another book I bought on sale, and enjoyed very much. It reminded me of an episode of Law & Order. It's a little cliched, but the story is engrossing and keeps you guessing. I think I've mentioned before that I'm not a huge fan of reading books in a series, I like a solid (or not solid as the case may be) ending, but I feel like a series is an excuse not to end a book (not all series, some are done well and have endings, but still make an interesting series). Anyway, this was a good read, and another movie I will have to watch.
Next by Michael Crichton - I think we inherited this book from John's mom as she was getting rid of books. I like Michael Crichton and had been wanting to read this since I first saw it at Costco. It was a quick and easy read, but not very good. I get that there's an overarching theme/message, but there are too many characters and too many subplots and that made it seem like a bunch of (kind of lame) interrupted short stories with no point.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick - After reading rave reviews of this book, I decided to give it a try. Bad idea. Maybe there is something about it that I didn't get or did not appreciate, but I really did not like it. It was kind of sad, and I was annoyed by most of the characters. Maybe I'll like the movie better.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss - About one-third of the way through, I decided to stop reading. After I quit, I read several reviews where people said they were disappointed by the ending and thought the plot was no good. I agree. I never got to the ending, but I was annoyed enough about the slow moving plot (which is hard to do in a 260 page book, so I guess that's impressive). I found it sloppy and convoluted and I developed absolutely no connection to the characters. There are too many good books out there to waste my time reading books I can't get into.