Blanche’s Book Club: ‘We Run The Tides.’

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The week is rolling by, but I’ve actually found some time to read actual books (not audiobooks). I have really enjoyed listening to audiobooks and reading from my Nook, but there’s always going to be something special about an actual book 🙂

I recently finished reading “We Run the Tides” by Vendela Vida, and it was so good!

But first, I have to tell a funny story about how I came to read it.

I have a subscription to a monthly book pick from a local book store. When I bought the subscription, I shared my reading goals, books I normally read and liked versus things I didn’t want to read. Then, the bookseller sends me a book each month.

Admittedly, I haven’t been great about reading my picks. I get really excited to get them in the mail, and 9 times out of 10, the descriptions sound really great… but I just don’t pick them up.

Then, I was putting together my Beach Reading Guide a few weeks ago and added “We Run the Tides” to the list. I was looking at the description, and the cover and was thinking… this looks really familiar. Then, I walk into my living room and search the bookcase… There it is! It was a book subscription pick a few months back!

I actually remember opening it when I got it and thinking it sounded interesting, but of course, tossed it aside.

But, I read it at the pool… and I read it in a single sitting. “We Run the Tides” is a coming of age story set in San Francisco in the 80’s. It’s got a dark undertone to it, much like “Heathers.”

It’s the story of Eulabee and her friend Maria, who goes missing after some strange happenings in the neighborhood. The town — and Eulabee — search for her, and it brings up interesting conversations about specific people and what could’ve happened.

Given some of the serious topics that come up in the book (kidnapping, suicide, serial killers), I hate admitting that I laughed out loud at so many parts of this book!

All of it — the place, the time of year, the characters — works together in a way I haven’t seen in a long time.

This is a perfect time of year to read it!

What are you reading these days?

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