The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: It was already my second time that I read this book. The first time was sometime in my twenties, so already ages ago. Reading it now shortly before a visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam was different. The visit had an intense quality to it with her words in mind. The last couple of chapters after seeing the annex felt real. More real than before. I definitely recommend reading this book, more so when you have a chance to see the house. This is not just a story, this was her life!
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: I loved her book ‘Big little Lies‘ and ‘Truly Madly Guilty’ didn’t disappoint either. The story about a backyard BBQ gone wrong is really intense and kept me wondering what had happened there throughout the best part of the book. The narrative is told by all the characters and I enjoyed how the story moved back and forth in time. Also the audio book story-teller had a wonderful voice which kept me on the line for a long time.
The Group by Mary McCarthy: This was not an entertaining read although it should have been. But this group of eight Vassar ’33 girls were not easy to follow. For me the problem lay with the similarity of the girls. Although all were different they seemed interchangeable. Even though each chapter followed a different person I couldn’t differentiate between them. Maybe I should have read this book in paperback to look up each character again.
Camino Island by John Grisham: There was a time when I loved every book by John Grisham. Which must have been in the 90s or so. Then came his long slump and his books got boring and predictable. So when I started with Camino Island I was happy to find out that I enjoyed it, immensely. But the end feels rushed and is a let-down compared to everything that came before. What a disappointment!