The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - This one took me a very long time to get into, but that's possibly because I kept reading other things in between. The story follows Iris, now an elderly woman, telling the story of her life and the life of her sister, Laura, who tragically drove her car off a cliff when she was in her twenties. The different elements of the story don't completely come together until the final pages, but when they do, you realize what an epic you just read.
Rooms by Lauren Oliver - Richard Walker has died and his ex-wife and two children, Minna and Trenton, have come back to his home to deal with his death. Unbeknownst to them, the home is far from empty. Two of the home's previous tenants remain there, spirits trapped within the rooms of the house. The spirits, Alice and Sandra, share their own stories as they watch what happens now as Richard's family returns to what was once their home. Fun and a bit creepy, this was a good beach read.
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard - A girl meets and falls in love with a French man, moves herself to Paris to be with him, and they all lived happily ever after. Not quite. Oh, I wanted to like this so much. It's set in my favorite city in the world and who hasn't fantasized about a hot French dude sweeping you off your feet? Alas, the book just didn't do it for me. While the recipes are wonderful (and I even plan on trying a few myself), the love story felt very self-serving.
Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun - What if we all stopped sleeping? Could not fall asleep? What would happen to us as individuals, as a society? These are the questions that Black Moon takes on. Predictably, chaos ensues. This book isn't bad, there's nothing wrong with it, but it just didn't grab me the way I hoped it would.