Just because I’m in Europe doesn’t mean that I’m going to miss out on Show Us Your Books day with Steph and Jana, but it probably does mean that I’ll be getting caught up on all of your posts when I’m on the plane back next week!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

To be honest, this month was kind of a struggle for me reading wise, even though I managed to complete 4 books. Of the 4 books that I read, 1 of them was an audio book that I started in July and didn’t finish until the end of August, and the other 3 I didn’t start until the last two weeks of the month. I had started reading Emma at the beginning of the month, but decided to put it down for a little bit so I could read some books for book clubs. Anyways, here’s what I read during August!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- August 2016- Salt To The Sea, The Woman In Cabin 10, Truly Madly Guilty, and Eleanor & Park book reviews!

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★★ 5 stars

This book was selected for the Beyond Words: A Bloggers Book Club August book, and I was really excited to finally read a book by Ruta Sepetys since I’ve heard so many wonderful things about her books, and Salt To The Sea totally lived up to all of my expectations!

You can read my full review here, but pretty much this is another WWII novel that is so beautifully written and stays with you for a long time after you’re done reading it. Salt To The Sea follows four young adults and teenagers who are caught up in the tumult towards the end of WWII. In 1945 the Nazis are being pursued by the Russians from the east and the Americans and British are pushing in the west. Thousands upon thousands of refugees from Prussia, Lithuania, and Poland are fleeing the oncoming Russians and their brutality, and their only hope for survival is to board one of the few ships in a port city to escape back to Germany. Each of the teenagers has a past that is currently haunting them and on their journey towards escape from the Russians, they each must come to terms with their demons. Once the characters have made it to the port city, they’re all granted passage on one of the ships making its way back to Germany. They all view this as their chance to be saved until the ship that more than 10,000 injured soldiers, refugees, and other soldiers is hit by torpedoes from a Russian submarine causing the most devastating loss in maritime history.

In my Goodreads review of this book, I described this book as “another beautifully told but haunting story of WWII,” and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a wonderful story, and even though it’s very heart wrenching, I feel like everybody needs to know how these thousands of people lost their lives. I’m already looking forward to reading more books by Ruta Sepetys, but I think I might need a little break before I start another one!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- August 2016- Salt To The Sea, The Woman In Cabin 10, Truly Madly Guilty, and Eleanor & Park book reviews!

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ★★★ 3 stars

This book was selected for my book club at work, and even though I’m going to miss out on the meeting this month because of our trip I still wanted to read the book, especially since so many people have raved about it lately.

This book follows reporter Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist, as she sets sale on a small cruise ship (by small I mean only holds 20 guests and then crew members) that tours the Baltic Sea region. On the first night of the journey, Lo wakes up to the sound of the woman next to her being thrown over the side of the ship! When Lo reports what she hears, she finds out that nobody is staying in the cabin next to her. Lo can’t deny what she heard, and as she continues to try and find out what happened, she starts to receive even more threats and warnings from somebody on the ship.

Even though this is only a 3 star book, I really consider this more like 3.5 stars. Lo reminded me a lot of the character of Rachel in The Girl On The Train, and the fact that the character wouldn’t help herself kind of drove me crazy. Overall, I couldn’t stop reading it, and got through it really quickly, but I think that some of the other thrillers that I read this year were better.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- August 2016- Salt To The Sea, The Woman In Cabin 10, Truly Madly Guilty, and Eleanor & Park book reviews!

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty ★★★★ 4 stars

Truly Madly Guilty follows 3 couples as the deal with what happened at a BBQ one evening. Throughout the book you don’t know what exactly happened at the BBQ, in true Moriarty fashion, but you find out how each of the characters feels responsible for what happened and how they’re dealing with it and their other demons throughout the book.

I absolutely love Liane Moriarty, but this book was definitely not my favorite. I think that I gave this 4 stars even though it’s more like 3.5 stars because I’m pretty sure that I gave The Hypnotist’s Love Story a 4 star review and I liked Truly Madly Guilty more. I agree with most of the other reviews out there that this started off a little slower than most of her other books and while the mystery was interesting, it just took a while for the book to capture me.

I also felt like I didn’t connect with the characters, like at all. I haven’t connected with all the characters in all of Liane’s books, but it really bothered me that Clementine and Erika didn’t even really like each other and they were best friends. I guess that they were more like frenemies instead. It’s still an enjoyable Liane Moriarty book, just don’t go in expecting it to be another Big Little Lies or What Alice Forgot (my two favorites from her) or even The Husband’s Secret which is what got people started on Liane in the first place.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- August 2016- Salt To The Sea, The Woman In Cabin 10, Truly Madly Guilty, and Eleanor & Park book reviews!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★ 4 stars

This was the only book that I finished for Erin’s reading challenge (music category selection), and it also happened to be my first Rainbow Rowell book as well. I really enjoyed this book, and I’ll definitely be reading more in the future!

Eleanor & Park follows two high schoolers who know that they’re very different from the other kids that go to their school. On Eleanor’s first day on the bus, Park lets her sit with him on the bus, and as the days pass their relationship starts to build. Eleanor accepts Park despite the fact that he likes comic books and weird music that nobody likes, and Park loves Eleanor despite the fact that she’s a little overweight with crazy clothes and crazy sense of style. Will this first love be able to overcome everything that life throws at them?

Despite this book being a young adult book, it really deals with a lot of adult subjects. Eleanor’s home life is very rough, not only is she dealing with poverty but also an abusive step father but a mother that won’t get away. Park on the other hand is trying to deal with being himself, even if who he is isn’t what his dad wants. I’ve heard that this is Rainbow Rowell’s book that deals with a more tough storyline, so I’m excited to read some of her other books that are maybe more lighthearted. Good thing I have Fan Girl selected for Erin’s Challenge too!

So overall a solid reading month for me, but I have a feeling that September isn’t going to be a big reading month for me since we’ll be traveling for about half of it. Here’s to hoping that I’ll be able to read a book or two on the plane though, and hopefully make it through more of Erin’s reading challenge!

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The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- August 2016- Salt To The Sea, The Woman In Cabin 10, Truly Madly Guilty, and Eleanor & Park book reviews!

My Challenge Choices:

My Challenge Results So Far:

10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “R”.
Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran (355 pages, 4 stars)
10 points: Read a book with five words in the title.
Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot (277 pages, 4 stars)
20 points: (Submitted by Christina Mapes) Read a book from the following list of books made into movies: http://www.popsugar.com.au/…/Books-Being-Adapted-Movies-327…
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (369 pages, 5 stars)
30 points: (Submitted by Ericka Blankenship) Read a music related book.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (328 pages, 4 stars)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 40
TOTAL POINTS: 70

  • I really love Rainbow Rowell! I enjoyed Eleanor and Park, but Fangirl was definitely my favorite. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Hope you’re having a great time in Europe!

    • I just got Fangirl and I can’t wait to read it for this challenge! From what my friend has said she thinks that I’ll love Fangirl more too! Europe was so much fun, and I still can’t believe that we got to go and see everything we did!

  • Nadine

    Eleanor and Park has been on my TBR for quite some time and I really need to get to it. Attachments was my favorite Rowell book and I read Fangirl this month which was just ok for me. I felt the same way you did about Truly Madly Guilty. I added Salt of the Sea to my TBR after reading several peoples reviews earlier this month and look forward to it. A lot of people read Girl in Cabin 10 this month and I am on the fence if I want to read it or not.

    • My friend is obsessed with Attachments, so that Rainbow Rowell has been on my list for a while too! I think the part that disappointed me about Truly Madly Guilty was that I was anticipating it so much and the fact that I loved Big Little Lies so much. Hopefully her next one will be better! I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed by Salt To The Sea, just make sure that you’re in the right mindset for it. I really did like The Girl In Cabin 10, it just wasn’t my favorite thriller. If you’re looking for a book that’s a quick and thrilling read, I think that it would be perfect and it’ll keep you entertained.

  • Ashley Angle

    These sound pretty good! Always love suggestions as to what to read!
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    • Me too! I love this linkup so much because I always get good ideas for what I want to read next! You’ll have to tell me which books you decide to read next!

  • Salt of the Sea is on my list, but not yet. I am still recovering from Lilac Girls that I read months ago. LOL

    Lo drove me insane in Cabin 10.

    • I just finished reading Lilac Girls while we were in Europe and oh my goodness, what a tough book! I think that I’ll be recovering from it for a while and probably won’t be able to do WWII fiction for a while. Lo reminded kendo much of Rachel from The Girl On The Train! I just wanted to slap her and tell her to pull herself together!

  • I’m reading cabin 10 right now! so far so good, I think I’ll add truly madly guilty to my list! happy travels!

    • I hope that you end up liking both The Girl In Cabin 10 and Truly Madly Guilty! I really enjoyed both of them and they kept me entertained! We had such a good time on our trip and it’s so crazy that it’s over!

  • I have a few books to add to my reading list! Eleanor and Park sounds so intriguing!

  • Salt to Sea is already on my TBR. It sounds like a book that will wreck me, so I need to be mentally ready for it. I’m also reading Eleanor and Park for Erin’s challenge and hope I like it as much as you did. I’m somewhat embarrassed to confess that I haven’t read anything by Liane Moriarty, although I’m probably not going to start with Truly Madly Guilty, too many mixed reviews.

    • Oh yeah, you definitely need to be in the right mindset for Salt To The Sea! Pretty much any WWII fiction book is hard to read, but this one was exceptionally hard because of the subject matter. I hope that you end up liking Eleanor and Park too! From what I’ve heard this might be her darkest book, and her others are a lot lighter. Liane Moriarty books are usually pretty good, but you might be better off starting with this one because you might like it better than some of us that have read her other books.

  • Bummer that Truly Madly Guilty wasn’t as good as her other books, it was one that caught my eye at the bookstore and I was about to get it, but put it back. I may pick it up from the library because the mystery of it sounds interesting!

    • I definitely think that Truly Madly Guilty worth reading, but the library is definitely going to be your better option. Have you read any of her other books?

  • hope you’re having a ball in Europe! i have heard good things about the woman in cabin 10, but i might read her other book first. i loved eleanor & park, way more than i expected, and i love when that happens! i haven’t read truly madly guilty yet, it’s on my shelf at home, but i keep hearing the same things – is good, but not as good as ‘insert your favourite here’ lol.

    • That definitely seems to be the general consensus about Truly Madly Guilty, and that makes me feel a little bit better that I’m not the only one that felt that way. I’ve heard great things about the other book from Girl in Cabin 10 author and I definitely want to check it out! I really didn’t know what to expect from Eleanor and Park but I’m glad that I ended up liking it as much as I did. It was a little sad though, so I’m excited that her other books are a little more light hearted.

  • Emily Dunham

    Salt to the Sea is definitely on my reading list! Can’t wait!

  • I might still read The Woman in Cabin 10, because it’s such a cool premise, but I’ll probably try In a Dark, Dark Wood first. Salt to the Sea is on my list, sounds really good.

    • I’ve heard great things about In A Dark, Dark Wood and I think that I would still pick it up. The Girl In Cabin 10 was good, but it just wasn’t my favorite. It’s still very entertaining. And Salt To The Sea was probably my favorite book from this month. I hope that you end up loving it too!

  • I have been wanting to read Salt to the Sea forever! I’m taking a break from WWII fiction right now (because like you said, it’s beautiful but haunting), but I might have to pick that one up next! I might read The Woman in Cabin 10 just for the entertainment factor!

    • I just finished reading another WWII fiction book, and it was definitely one that made me need a break for a while. It was so good, but just so tough to read. You should definitely still read The Girl In Cabin 10! It’s entertaining, but just not the best thriller that I’ve ever read.

  • LOVED E&P!!! Will read Cabin 10 on my flight to or from San Diego next week. Waiting on the Moriarty book. Looking forward to the last two. I’ll probably pass on Salt to the Sea because I just cannot do WWII fiction except very, very sparingly.

    • I think that you’ll find both of them entertaining, but they might not be your favorite in their respective categories. I’ve heard that In A Dark, Dark Wood is very good and is by the same author as The Girl In Cabin 10, and I still want to pick that one up. WWII fiction is definitely very tough to read, so I totally understand not really wanting to read it.

  • i have salt to the sea on hold at the library for for once, i’m in position #2 instead of eleventy billion. can’t wait to read it! if you like WWII books, I just finished reading THe One Man and my god, what an INCREDIBLE book.

    • I’ll definitely be adding The One Man And My God to my list! WWII fiction is one of my favorite categories even though it can be tough to read. I hope that you end up loving Salt To The Sea! I’ve hear great things about her other books so I can’t wait to read those either!

  • I need to read salt to the sea soon! I may have to suggest it at book club. Hope you are having a blast!

    • Salt To The Sea is a great book club book! I feel like there’s so much that you could discuss with it, plus it’s a quick read! We had such a blast on our trip, and I’m sad that it’s already over!

  • That’s exactly how I felt about Truly Madly Guilty! And that’s a bumper about The Woman in Cabin 10 because I’ve heard so many rave reviews! But I know exactly what you mean about Girl on the Train, I felt the same.

    • The Woman In Cabin 10 is still worth a read, but I just didn’t love it as much as some of the other thrillers that I’ve read recently. I hope that you’ll still give it a chance! I’m hoping that the next Liane Moriarty book will be better than Truly Madly Guilty was! I still love her though!

  • I have all three out of four of these already on my TBR. I may add The Woman in Cabin 10. I enjoyed reading what you thought of them! Have a good one!

    • Thank you! I hope that you get the opportunity to read them all, even The Woman In Cabin 10! It wasn’t my favorite, but it was still entertaining!

  • I’m officially adding Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty to my reading list! I loved The Woman in Cabin 10 a bit more than you did though 🙂

    • I think that I was a little harsh in my review! I really did like The Woman In Cabin 10 it just wasn’t my fave. I hope that you enjoy Truly Madly Guilty! Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite authors!

  • Eleanor & Park is my favorite Rainbow Rowell book. I listened to it on audio and thought it was great. The other three books you read are all already on my to read list! I read Between Shades of Grey by Sepetys which was really good.

    • I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park and I can’t wait to read more Rainbow Rowell books! I have Fangirl on my list for Erin’s challenge, so hopefully I’ll love that one too! I recently bought Between Shades of Grey but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews about it!

  • I’ve read one of Ruth Ware’s books, I’ll add it to my list to read…! I wasn’t a big Lianne Moriarty fan, but could always give her another go…!

    • Definitely give Liane Moriarty another try! My favorites from her are Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot. I’ve heard great things about the other Ruth Ware book and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read it soon!

  • So fun! Definitely want to read Salt to the Sea. 🙂 I still have not read a single Rainbow Rowell book. It’s nonsense. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • Yes it is lol! I’m glad that I finally read one of her books and I can’t wait to read more! And Salt To The Sea is definitely worth a read. It’s a great book!

  • I really like E&P and Rainbow Rowell in general (E&P is everyone’s favorite, but I love Landline!). I really enjoyed The Girl in Cabin 10 and for whatever reason, she didn’t piss me off nearly as much as the Girl on the Train girl, but she was a little whiny…

    • One of my friends loves Attachments the most from Rainbow Rowell, and for as much as I loved Eleanor & Park I’m excited to read her other books! I don’t know what it was about Lo, but she just really annoyed me! I definitely want to read more books by Ruth Ware though!

  • I’m slowly inching closing to getting Woman in Cabin 10 from the library, though I have to admit until reading this post I didn’t realize it was a cabin on a ship and definitely was thinking cabin in the woods, haha. I haven’t love Moriarty’s other books, so hearing everyone say her new one is not as good makes me wonder if maybe I would like it, if it’s a little bit different?

    • You might end up liking Truly Madly Guilty more than other people if you didn’t love Liane Moriarty’s other books as much. I totally didn’t get that it was about a cabin on a ship either! I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get this one from Netgalley when I had the opportunity!

  • Woman in Cabin 10 and Salt of Sea are both on my must read list. I love Eleanor & Park. It happened to be my first Rainbow Rowell book as well. Her characters, the plot…I just love her writing style.

    • Me too! I’m really excited to read more Rainbow Rowell books since I loved Eleanor and Park so much! I hope that you end up liking Woman in Cabin 10 and Salt to the Sea as much as I did! They’re both great books!

  • That’s four solid books that you read this month and all a little different too. You know I enjoy mixing up my genres.

    • I was definitely proud that I had so many different genres! Sometimes I find myself reading a lot of the same books so it’s nice to mix it up! This month I’m hoping to knock a lot more off the list for your challenge!

  • Eleanor & Park was my music book, too, and my first Rainbow Rowell and I loved it! I’m also looking forward to reading Woman in Cabin 10 and Truly Madly Guilty!

    • That’s too funny! I’m glad that we both ended up loving Eleanor and Park so much! I actually have Fangirl on my list too, and I’m excited to read another Rainbow Rowell book! I hope that you enjoy The Woman In Cabin 10 and Truly Madly Guilty!

  • I lurve some WW2 fiction so I was pumped to find another book to add to my TBR list.
    I struggled with Truly, Madly, Guilty and I considered putting it down because it just took too long to find out what happened and I was annoyed. It almost drove me to read spoilers.
    E&P was a cute book. I struggled with Fangirl because it didn’t live up to the expectations that E&P had given me for Rowell.

    • I’m glad that you added Salt to the Sea to your list! I’ve heard that her other books are just as good so hopefully you can check those out too!

      I totally agree with you about Truly Madly Guilty! I think that what really did it for me was the fact that I didn’t love the characters that much which made the story go by a lot slower.

  • I’m interested to see what I think of The Woman in Cabin 10 and Truly Madly Guilty bc they’ve both been on my waitlist at the library for so long, I bet I’ll feel similarly to you about them though!

    • You might end up liking them more than me though! I really wanted to love them both, especially since I love Liane Moriarty so much!

  • I LOVED Eleanor and Park! I’m currently reading The Woman in Cabin 10 – I’m hoping it’s not a letdown because it’s been so hyped up!

    • You’ll have to let me know what you think of The Woman In Cabin 10! It really did entertain me, but it just wasn’t my favorite thriller of the year. I’m about to start another Rainbow Rowell book, and I’m so excited since I loved Eleanor & Park so much!