Favorite Factor: June 2015

Cassie and I are still talking about our love for adult fiction, but in a new way! Every other month, we will be sharing four books with you: two recent favorites (and the factors that made us love them) and two upcoming reads (and the factors that have us interested). We hope you'll find the perfect adult fiction for you!
Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

Release Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Contemporary
Factor I Loved: Characters + Relationships

Reason You Should Read:
There's a pretty good chance you've already seen me raving about Happiness for Beginners if you read my blog regularly. From my review to my latest edition of Buy the Book, I haven't been able to stop talking about this new favorite read! A year after getting divorced, Helen signs up for a wilderness survival course and hopes it can be a new start. I loved the story itself, but the characters are what truly made this book so special. I was so invested in Helen's journey and personal growth, which meant I was laughing one minute and crying the next. And there's a super swoony boy in this book who totally stole my heart! I actually loved this book so much that I read it twice within two weeks, so that ought to tell you something. If you love contemporary fiction with depth, this is the book for you!

Faithful Place by Tana French

Release Date: July 13, 2010
Genre: Mystery
Factor I Loved: Writing

Reason You Should Read:
I'm not a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, but there's just something about Tana French. Cassie and I actually read the second book in this series, The Likeness, for an earlier edition of Favorite Factor! Faithful Place focuses on Frank Mackey, a mystery from the past, and his family relationships in the present. While The Likeness is my favorite of the three I've read, this was still an excellent read. French likes to explore the why behind a murder more than the who, so I know I can expect an interesting look at psychology and human behavior. She excels at creating complex characters who make you think, and I love that about her books. But it's her writing that draws me in! She's a natural storyteller, and I'd recommend trying her books, even if you don't love this genre, just to experience her writing.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Release Date: February 24, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Factor of Interest: Plot

Reasons I Want to Read:
I bought this book based on all the hype I've seen in the blogging world, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it holds up! This will be my first read from Schwab, and I hope she becomes a new favorite so I can explore her backlist. This fantasy contains parallel universes, Travelers, smugglers, and a summary that kind of overwhelms me BUT I HAVE FAITH. While the plot seems a little too complicated to explain, it is the reason I want to read this book! It sounds so different, so unique, and that excites me. 

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Release Date: July 28, 2015
Genre: Historical
Factor of Interest: Setting

Reasons I Want to Read:
I really loved McLain's previous book, The Paris Wife, so that's what first caught my eye about this book. But when I read the summary? I was sold! As with her previous book, McLain uses fiction to explore the life of a real person from history. This time, it's horse trainer, adventurer and aviator Beryl Markham. I'm most excited about the setting - Kenya in the 1920s. I love historical fiction set in Africa, so this is definitely a book that seems like it was made for me. I just hope it lives up to my expectations!

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  1. Oh I hope you love ADSOM. Looking forward to your thoughts :)

  2. Chasing the Sun sounds like it has the potential to be an incredible read, and I hope it turns out to be one! (I hereby grant you permission to book push it on me if it is.) Also, I definitely want to hear what YOU think of A Darker Shade of Magic, as that will influence my decision to read it sooner versus later.

    And you clearly like Happiness for Beginners ;) I mean, you managed to convince me that I needed it in my life and had to read it ASAP so.... Yeah, I'd say you liked it ;)

  3. I mentioned this to Estelle in her review, but I seriously thought Happiness for Beginners was a memoir. The title, the cover, even the blurb sounds like a memoir, so I was completely shocked to discover it's fiction! I know a lot of bloggers are showing this one love right now - time to see what all the fuss is about??

    I was thrilled when I saw Paula McLain was coming out with a new one! I'm positive it'll be fantastic.


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