There’s no chance that I’d ever miss Show Us Your Books Day, so of course I’m linking up with Steph and Jana so I can talk all about books with some fellow book lovers! I felt like this month was better than last month as far as reading is concerned, and it also kicked off Erin’s Reading Challenge 7.0! Another great thing about this month was that besides one book, everything that I read was from the library! Y’all I think that I’m finally hooked, and I also think that it helps me to read faster because I have an actual deadline! Anyways, let’s get on to the books!
The Light We Lost By Jill Santopolo ★★★ 3 stars
This was a pick for my work book club, and when I initially read the description I thought that it wouldn’t be for me, and after reading the book I still agree with my initial assessment. Although I will say that even though it wasn’t the book for me, it was a really quick book and it kept me interested until the very end.
The whole premise of the story is that two college students meet on September 11th, and they both vow to make a difference in the world. A few years later they meet up and begin to start dating, until one of their careers takes them away. Through it all, they always seem to be drawn to each other, even after marriages and kids, but will their lives ever cross again where they can have a future?
I think that my main problem with this book was the fact that the lead female character pretty much spent the entire book pining after the lead male character. Even after they broke up, she just couldn’t get over the lead male character. Maybe I’m just really coldhearted, but I feel like if you break up with somebody you need to try and get over them and not just put your life on hold. And if you have attempted to move on, you can’t just drop everything and let this person turn your world upside down. Anyways, that was my main problem with this book, but even though it wasn’t my favorite book I still thought that it was a quick read that I still enjoyed.
The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena ★★★ 3 stars
When Anne and Marco are invited to a dinner party at their neighbor’s house they agree to go, but then their babysitter falls through. Marco convinces Anne that their few month old baby will be ok all alone, especially since they’re right next door and they’ll check on her every hour. But when they leave the dinner party for the evening, they arrive home to find their baby girl gone! What ensues is the utter chaos of a police investigation and a blame game as they try to figure out who took their baby girl and if they’ll ever get her back.
I picked this book up from the library after hearing everybody rant and rave about it for so long, and I was very glad that I did pick it up, even though it wasn’t my favorite thriller that I’ve read lately. It was interesting to see how everything was woven together and how all the characters were related, and while it was slow at parts, I seriously couldn’t put it down during the last 30-40 pages. I’d say this was more like 3.5 stars instead of 3 stars.
In A Dark, Dark Wood By Ruth Ware ★★★★ 4 stars
We all have friends from certain parts in our lives that we have lost contact with. Nora hasn’t seen her best friend Clare in 10 years, and then out of the blue Nora gets an invitation to Clare’s hen (bachelorette) party, literally in the middle of nowhere. After going back and forth about whether or not she should go, Nora decides that it would be worth it, in order to reconnect. While normally bachelorette parties are filled with a random assortment of people, Clare’s hen seems even more so, and as the weekend drags on, strange things start to happen, including Nora waking up in the hospital. Can Nora piece together exactly what happened during that Clare’s crazy hen party?
After reading The Woman In Cabin 10 last year I didn’t know if I’d want to read anymore Ruth Ware books because I just didn’t love it the way that everybody else seemed to. I’m so glad that I gave In A Dark, Dark Wood a chance! I started off listening to this book and then had to switch to the ebook because the audio version was about to expire from the library. The audio version was great! Overall I really loved this thriller and couldn’t wait to listen/read more of it. I was reading The Couple Next Door at the same time and it was definitely hard to not compare the two. This one definitely wins!
Behind Closed Doors By B.A. Paris ★★★★ 4 stars
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Where do I even begin with this book? Everything is not as it seems for Grace and her husband Jack. While they might live in a huge and beautiful house, go on fabulous vacations, and look like the perfect doting couple, they are in fact not. Grace is actually a prisoner in her own home and tried desperately to escape multiple times. Will she ever be able to escape her sadistic husband?
This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s pretty graphic with the abuse that Grace sustained being married to Jack, which wasn’t terribly violent but terrorizing is the perfect way to describe it. The book went back and forth between the past and present which I liked, although it did get a little confusing at the end.
I think that I was so horrified by everything that was happening that I couldn’t put the book down and read it super fast. Definitely pick this up if you’re in the mood for a psychological thriller!
Heartless by Marissa Meyer ★★★★ 4 stars
The Queen of Hearts is probably one of the most rememberable characters in all of fairytale history, but have you ever wondered how in the world she actually became the Queen of Hearts? Was she always so crazy and mean? Heartless tells exactly that story, how the Queen of Hearts became the Queen of Hearts.
Cath is a young woman that has a passion for baking, but unfortunately, since she’s a woman of noble birth, the likelihood of her being able to follow her dreams is very slim, especially once she learns that the King of Hearts wants to marry her! But on the night of the apparent proposal, her world shifts again when she meets the king’s new court jester. What follows is a love story that takes you all over Wonderland and the Kingdom of Hearts, and shows you exactly how Cath became the notorious Queen of Hearts.
Now I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the biggest Alice in Wonderland fan. I think that I’ve only seen the Disney movie maybe a handful of times, and I’ve never read the book. But I don’t think that there will be a Marissa Meyer book out there that I won’t read, and I’m so glad that I did pick this one up. She does an amazing job of weaving the story of Alice in Wonderland into this prequel, and really made you feel for the future Queen of Hearts as well!
Whew! I feel like this was the longest SUYB post in a while, but that’s a good thing because that means that I’m reading more! I don’t know if it’s because the library books are lighting a fire under my butt to read, or maybe I’ve just been reading some really great books lately, but I finally have my reading mojo back! I hope that it continues into the next few months because I’m finally back on track with my Goodreads reading challenge as well!
Have you read in good thrillers lately? Have you been reading a lot this summer?
My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Choices:
- 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages).
- 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages).
- 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (336 pages).
- 15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover (submitted by Mattie)
The Horse Whisper by Jojo Moyes (518 pages).
- 20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (432 pages).
- 20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi (272 pages).
- 25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_mo…… (submitted by Christina)
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child- Parts One And Two by JK Rowling (343 pages).
- 30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie); several helpful links: http://bookriot.com/…/…/100-best-book…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_… https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/…
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages).
- 30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc. (submitted by Bev); helpful links: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/… https://www.goodreads.com/…/99906.Boo… http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/…/the-…
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (567 pages).
- 35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie (submitted by Kirsten); Don’t forget to check that the book is at least 200 pages: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php…; https://www.goodreads.com/…/11716.Boo……
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages).
My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Results:
10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, 4 stars).
35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages, 4 stars).
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