If you followed my June Reading List, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb and Summerland were the last two on the list. I’m already well into the July Reading List, so I’m going to combine these two into one post so I can get started on this month’s books.
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is a fiction based on an actual person. The reviews are great (4 1/2 stars on Amazon), and I was really hoping for something a little reminiscent of Water For Elephants. Sadly…I did not love this book.
It definitely wasn’t bad — I really wanted to see what happened and how it ended — it just didn’t “grab” me. The main character, Lavinia Bump, a perfectly proportioned tiny person, was very, very unlikeable at times. Or most of the time. I expected to pity her, or at least sympathize, but it was hard to do so. What really kept me reading was the interesting aspects of the story and her relationship with Mr. Barnum, who we now know co-founded the largest circus in the world.
I would say that this is a good book, but not one I’d rave about and recommend to all of my friends.
Summerland, however, was a completely different story.
I’ll start by saying that I love Elin Hilderbrand. If she writes a book, I will never hesitate to read it, and although some are better than others, they are all good. This one though, was one of her best.
Summerland is about a high school graduation night that ends with one teenager dead and another in a coma. As their friends and family try to cope, there are questions about the events that transpired before the tragic car accident.
This book is set in Nantucket, which I loved. There was an abundance of interesting characters — not so many that it was hard to keep up, though. There is also a secret that is involved with the death of the teenager…and that kept me guessing until the very end. This was definitely one of those books that kept me up late reading, and the ending was satisfying, which I also loved.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone I know…it is great Summer reading!!
If you read either of these, I’d LOVE your thoughts!!
Don’t forget to check out my July recommendations…I’ve read two of them so far and they’re both good. I hope you enjoy them as well!!