Another month has come and gone and it’s time to link up with Steph and Jana for the best day of the month, well except for my birthday later on, Show Us Your Books day! I seriously can’t believe how fast this year is going, and I also can’t believe how fast I’m reading and how many good books I’ve read lately as well! I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I’ve been listening to some books that my mom has on her Audible account, so even on the days that I’m not riding the bus, I’m still technically “reading”. Even though I’ve made some great progress on my overall reading goal, I still haven’t made much progress when it comes to Erin’s Book Challenge this time around, but hopefully I’ll push through and knock out some more of the books later on this month and finish up by the end of April. Anyways, let’s get on with the book reviews!
He’s Gone by Deb Caletti ★★★ 3 stars
I was looking forward to listening to this book on audible, but I have to admit that it fell flat for me. I really think that the only reason that I finished it was because I wanted to know what happened and needed something to listen to when I drove in to work.
When Dani wakes up one morning after a big party for her husband, she discovers that despite the fact that all of her husband’s things are still at home, he’s in fact missing. As Dani herself tries to unravel the mystery of her husband’s disappearance, the police become involved and suddenly the fingers start to be pointed at Dani herself for the reason that her husband is gone.
Overall, the premise of the story sounded really interesting, but unfortunately I felt like the story was too slow and that it jumped too much back and forth between the past and nowadays and it all kind of ran together. Although that might have something to do with the fact that I was listening and maybe not paying attention the whole time. Overall, it was fine to pass the time, but not my favorite book of the month.
See Me by Nicholas Sparks ★★★★ 4 stars
If you’re a fan of Nicholas Sparks books, then definitely make sure to pick up See Me. It was definitely the same Nicholas Sparks formula, but with a little bit of a mystery to it as well. I liked trying to figure out “who done it” with the little bit of romance as well. I also always love the Carolina settings that Nicholas Sparks uses for most of his books!
I know that quite a few people thought that this book was written more like a script than a book, and I have to admit that I can totally see it. Most of Nicholas Sparks’s books are becoming movies, and it almost seemed like he took some of the extra work out of it for becoming a script later on.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn ★★★★ 4 stars
This was a reread for me, and let me tell you, I loved it just as much as I did when I read it the first time! Chris and I were doing a lot of driving in January so we decided that we needed to listen to a book together. I knew that he liked the movie Gone Girl, so I figured that he’d be interested in another Gillian Flynn book.
While he kept on going back and forth about who he thought did it, he really enjoyed it and it kept him guessing until the very end. I think that Carolann said it when she wrote her review of Sharp Objects, but you can definitely tell the progression of Gillian Flynn as an author as her books go on. I’m anxiously awaiting another book by her!
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella ★★★★★ 5 stars
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Let me just start out by saying that I love Sophie Kinsella and have read all of her books and will probably continue to read all of her books in the future. I honestly thought that this book was going to follow the typical Sophie Kinsella formula and thought that I knew all of the different players, but it definitely didn’t turn out how I expected it to!
I loved the fact that Katie was a strong and smart woman that went after what she wanted and what she thought was right. Sometimes Sophie’s characters aren’t the brightest of girls, so reading about Katie was quite refreshing. I also liked that the love story wasn’t as central of a subject of the book which sometimes happens in Sophie Kinsella books.
I also loved that Sophie showed how social media can have a negative effect on our lives. Social media gives us the option to put a glamorous filter on ourselves and our lives, which most of the time isn’t true.
Overall, I rate this book up there with Can You Keep A Secret and I’ve Got Your Number which are my two favorite Sophie Kinsella books. Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a light and easy read!
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ★★★★★ 5 stars
This was the book that was selected for Beyond Words: A Bloggers Book Club for the month of January, and even though I didn’t vote for it in the poll, I absolutely loved this book and I actually wrote a full review of it here. It is quite simply one of my favorite books that I’ve read so far!
I read The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper last year, and while the beginning of this book felt a lot like that, it was clearly very different. While Ove might seem like the meanest guy on the street, once you get a look under his rough and mean exterior, you see the kind and caring man that his beloved wife Sonja fell in love with. I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it already and I can’t wait to read more books by Fredrik Backman!
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman ★★★★ 4 stars
This was another book that was selected for my book club at work, and what I really love about book club is the fact that it makes you read books that you never would have thought to even pick up. Neverwhere was already on my list and I think that it was because of this linkup, but I don’t know when I would have had the chance to pick it up if it wasn’t for book club. This was my first Neil Gaiman book and I’m 100% sure that I’ll read another book by him.
When Richard Mayhew finds a young girl that is bleeding on the streets of London, he does what any human being would do, he decides to help her. What he doesn’t realize is that by helping young Door, he gets pulled from his normal life in London Above to the crazy and mystical world of London Below.
If you’re a fantasy lover, you definitely need to check this book out. I also loved how Gaiman took you on a tour of London in this book and it made me excited for my Europe trip this summer where I’m sure I’ll be using the tube and minding the gap and waiting for Door to appear.
Overall, this month was a very good reading month for me in number of books and the quality of books as well, but I feel like March might not be the same thing. Hopefully I’ll get some more reading done this coming month with the few trips that I do have planned!
Have you read any good books lately? Are there any books that you want to check out?
My Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Choices:
- 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages.
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (320 pages).
- 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “W”.
While You Were Mine by Ann Howard Creel (301 pages).
- 10 points: Read a book with six words in the title.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler (320 pages).
- 15 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover.
Always Something There To Remind Me by Beth Harbison (358 pages).
- 20 points: Read a book with a homonym in the title (inspired by the book Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin that I read last challenge with a character who is obsessed with homonyms.) Helpful link: https://www.cooper.com/alan/homonym_list.html
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (371 pages).
- 20 points: (Submitted by Linda) Read a book by your favorite author.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (400 pages).
- 25 points: (Submitted by Christina) Read a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live.
Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry (416 pages).
- 30 points: (Submitted by Peggy) Read a “Rory Gilmore” book. The character of Rory from the Gilmore Girls was shown reading over 300 different books throughout the series. Choose one of them from this helpful link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/all-339-books-referenced-in-gilmore-girls
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (256 pages).
- 30 points: (Submitted by Stef) Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.)
Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler (264 pages).
- 35 points: (Submitted by Ferne) Read a book with time travel. Helpful link: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4018.The_Best_Time_Travel_Books_of_All_Time
Somewhere In Time by Richard Matheson (316 pages).
My Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Results:
5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages.
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (320 pages, 4 stars).
20 points: (Submitted by Linda) Read a book by your favorite author.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (400 pages, 5 stars).
30 points: (Submitted by Peggy) Read a “Rory Gilmore” book. The character of Rory from the Gilmore Girls was shown reading over 300 different books throughout the series. Choose one of them from this helpful link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/all-339-books-referenced-in-gilmore-girls
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (256 pages, 3 stars).
30 points: (Submitted by Stef) Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.)
Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler (264 pages, 4 stars).
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