It's Tuesday and it's the second Tuesday of the month, so you know what that means - it's time to talk books with Steph, Jana, and a slew of other book nerds like myself. Here's what I read (listened to) last month:
Read July 11-19 | Format: Audiobook | My rating: 3.5/5
Think: A former college football star turned repo man starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice turns out to be that of a homicide victim who needs Ruddy's help.
This book partially reminded me of books in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, but it wasn't as funny. It was clever and entertaining and had some laugh out loud moments, but it wasn't monumental or earth shattering. The main character was quite likable as were the list of supporting, nutty townsfolk who made the book feel more complete.
FINAL VERDICT: Passed the time just fine.
Tampa by Alissa Nutting
Read July 23 - August 8 | Format: Audiobook | My rating: 4/5
Think: Celeste, an attractive, but sociopathic middle school teacher with a singular sexual obsession, preys on young male students.
I'll be honest, this was a hard book for me. I found myself, due to the explicit nature of the story, only being able to stomach it for short periods of time. That's why it took me so long to finish. Also, I want to say that I liked the book, but whenever I hear myself say that, I start to cringe because this is not the kind of book I'm supposed to like. But, I did. It was well written and painted some very vivid images in my head, maybe too vivid considering the content. Celeste is a quite possibly one of the most vile characters I've ever read and she evoked very strong emotions in me. I really just wanted to punch her in the throat! Kudos to the author, for she kept me wondering what was going to happen next, because in my opinion, the story could have gone in several directions.
FINAL VERDICT: I would cautiously recommend. Just keep in mind the explicit and unsettling content.