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

I seriously don’t know where in the world this month has gone because I can’t believe that it’s already time for another Show Us Your Books day with Steph and Jana! Surprisingly with everything that I had going on last month, I still managed to read 5 books last month, and I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I listened to a couple of them as well. So let’s get on with the book reviews!

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

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins ★ 2 stars

This was a book that several people had mixed feelings on, but I decided to still give it a chance, especially since the audio version was readily available from the library! I loved The Girl On The Train, and I was really hoping that Paula Hawkins would write another thriller that I would love and couldn’t put down!

The Drowning Pool is an area that is notorious for being used for witch trials, but also for the mysterious deaths of several young women and girls. When Jules’s sister Nel becomes one of those mysterious deaths, she quickly hurries home to a place that she has tried hard to avoid at all costs. Will Jules be able to solve the mystery of her sister’s death?

I just couldn’t get into this book. I think that it was a combination of too many characters and not liking the characters so much that I didn’t even care what happened to them. I did hurry to finish listening to this book, but only because it had to go back to the library and it would take too long to get it again and I have a thing about finishing books.

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

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris ★ 4 stars

After reading Behind Closed Doors last month, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on B.A. Paris’s newest book, which is why I was pretty surprised when it was actually available at the library pretty quickly. Thankfully it was a quick read, and I was able to get through it really quickly!

Cass drove home late one night in a terrible storm down a road that she promised her husband that she wouldn’t drive down. She stops when she sees a car because she thinks that somebody might have broken down, but one the person doesn’t get out and come to her car, she continues driving home. When she wakes up the next day, she realizes that the person in the car was actually a woman who was murdered! The murderer is still at large, and as strange things start happening to Cass, she’s convinced it’s the murderer coming after while her husband is convinced that she’s having a mental breakdown. Will Cass figure out what is going on with herself and figure out who murdered that woman?

While I liked both of the B.A. Paris books, I think that I liked Behind Closed Doors a little bit more, but that might have something to do with me liking messed up people and stories. Anyways this was still a really good story that had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I did figure out part of the twist part of the way through, but the big twist I had no idea about until the end. Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a good thriller!

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

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware ★ 3 stars

It’s been 16 years since Isa has seen her other three friends and played The Lying Game together, but when a text comes from one of them, they all drop everything to be together. They soon discover that the biggest lie they ever told will all come back to haunt them.

I’ve officially read all of Ruth Ware’s books and while this wasn’t my favorite, I still liked it more than The Girl In Cabin 10. For a thriller it didn’t really seem like there was too much action going on until the very end. Sometimes that works, but I found myself literally falling asleep during certain parts of it. Only reason it got 3 stars was because I actually cared what happened to the characters and wanted to know the truth.

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

Beartown by Fredrik Backman ★ 4 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

In true Fredrik Backman fashion, he has a way of making you fall in love with a book and it’s characters even though you think that you might not love it.

Beartown is a small town that is slowly dying, except if it’s hockey team can win the Juniors final and help the town change courses. But then the unthinkable happens that turns neighbor against neighbor and makes everybody question what is right and wrong and who they should believe.

While this book definitely centers around hockey it really is about so much more than that. It’s about looking at your moral compass and making decisions that are right even if nobody else believes in it. This was definitely a lot darker than some of Backman’s other books but I still really enjoyed it, but maybe not as much as Ove and Grandmother. Be sure to check out a more extended review here!

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

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ★ 3 stars

I had actually started to listen to this book earlier this year, but then got sidetracked and ended up putting it down. I had listened to it enough to know that the main character was dealing with amnesia and Stockholm’s Syndrome as well, so I figured that it’d be the perfect choice for Erin’s challenge.

One fateful morning, a mother receives a horrible phone call that causes one of her worst nightmares to come true, her daughter Mia has been kidnapped. What follows is a flip between the past and the present as the reader gets to see how Mia was kidnapped and where she was held, how the police are working to solve the mystery of her kidnapping and bring her back, and the aftermath of the kidnapping and how Mia and her family are dealing with her condition.

Usually I like books that have multiple perspectives and hop around but this one just didn’t do it for me. I don’t know if it had to do with the fact that I listened to it instead of reading it and didn’t particularly care for the narrators or what. Also for being a “thriller” I didn’t really think that it was that thrilling of a book. I did like the twist at the end though!

Have you read any good thrillers lately? Have you been disappointed by any bestsellers recently?

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Show Us Your Books- August Reviews including Into The Water, The Break Down, The Lying Game, Beartown, and The Good Girl!

My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Choices:

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).
30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages, 3 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).



  • I thought the twist at the end of The Good Girl was too abrupt… like I wanted to sit with it and understand it a little more from the right POV and then the book just… ended. I still thought it was good, though. Going to add The Breakdown to my list!

    • That’s how I felt too! It seemed like the whole book seemed to drag and then it just ended and that she needed something that was different so she threw in the twist. I hope that you like The Breakdown! It was a pretty good thriller!

  • Loved Beartown as you already know. Too bad Into the Water was a flop for you – I totally see where you are coming from and I definitely found The Girl on the Train to be a bit more intense’suspenseful too. I think I enjoyed Behind Closed Doors a bit more than the Breakdown too…it kept me on the edge of my seat more.

    • I think that part of the reason why I didn’t love Into The Water was because I listened to it and it was hard to keep track of all the characters. And I totally agree with you about Behind Closed Doors too! I read The Breakdown right afterwards pretty much and it was hard to not compare the two.

  • Nadine

    The Break Down and The Lying Game sound interesting. I think I have them both on my TBR but I’m going to make sure. Beartown is downloaded to my phone, I just need to get to it! Glad you liked it.

    • I hope that you end up liking Beartown and The Breakdown. The Lying Game wasn’t my favorite but it was still a good read to pass the time.

  • Sorry you didn’t like Into the Water! I was one of the few that liked it (lol), but I’m sure listening to it makes it a little eh. I have Beartown on hold at the library!

    • I think that listening to it was really tough because of all the different characters. It was just so hard to keep them all straight! And I hope that you get to Beartown soon! I really liked it!

  • You had such a great reading month! I’m currently reading The Breakdown and am into it. I LOVED Beartown and like you did not like Into the Water. But I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train! I just finished the Lying Game which will be in next month’s review and enjoyed The Good Girl!

    • I was surprised by how much reading I was able to get done last month either! And I hope that you end up liking The Breakdown! It wasn’t my favorite thriller but I thought that it was still a pretty good read!

  • I’ve added Paris’ new book to my reading list. I have read about mixed views on Into the Water, so I’ve deciced to pass on that one.

    • I wish that I had passed on Into The Water too! I don’t think that you’re missing out on anything. And I hope that you like The Breakdown!

  • I found that I liked The Lying Game more once it was done and I thought about it a few days later, which sounds kind of weird. It also wasn’t my favorite of Ware’s, though I’ve liked A Woman in Cabin 10 the most- it’s so interesting to see how people like her books differently! The Breakdown sounds good, but definitely kind of scary from the synopsis!

    • I totally know what you mean about liking The Lying Game more once you’d had time to process the book. I don’t know what it was about The Woman In Cabin 10 that I didn’t love, but I think that part of the problem for me was all the hype and then it not really living up to it. People really do have so many different opinions about her books though! And I hope that you end up picking up The Breakdown! It was good!

  • I really enjoyed the Good Girl, but I can see what you mean. I need to add The Break Down to my list. Thank you for your reviews!

  • I hadn’t heard of The Breakdown. I really like the sound of it. Another one for the never-ending list…

  • I liked Into the Water but cannot imagine how it could be even a little good on audio.

    I am not going to read The Lying Game. Ruth Ware is too hit or miss for me.

    • The only reason I got it on audio was because the wait wasn’t as long as it was for the book. I’ve learned my lesson though! And I totally understand about Ruth Ware. She’s quickly becoming too hit and miss for me too.

  • bummer about into the water. the break down is on my list, i think behind closed doors is as well. i’m sure i will get to them eventually lol

    • That’s how I felt too! I had Behind Closed Doors from Netgalley last year and I was glad that I finally read it. I hope that you get to both of Paris’s books soon!

  • Monica L

    I loved Behind Closed Doors so I am super excited to read another BA Paris book!

    • That’s how I felt about Behind Closed Doors too! I hope that you like The Breakdown as well! It was a good thriller!

  • Into the Water is on my TBR but I’ve seen so many mixed reviews that I’m in no rush to read it. I can deal with unlikeable characters, provided the story is deeply engrossing. I didn’t like a single character in Girl on a Train but I devoured that book. Beartown is on my list and so is the Lying Game. I see Ruth Ware mentioned all the time and have not read anything by her. Which book did you like best? I always love a good thriller.

    • Into The Water should definitely be low on your priority list. There were just too many characters and I couldn’t really get into it. And I felt the same way about Girl On The Train so I think that was main reasons why I was so disappointed in Into The Water. I really enjoyed In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware the best. Everybody seems to be obsessed with The Woman In Cabin 10 the most, but it just didn’t do it for me.

  • I DESPISE Ruth Ware’s books so I have zero plans to read her newest. Paula Hawkins’s isn’t a priority for me, either. I’m curious about the BA Paris one, though. I know it’s on my TBR but I haven’t requested it yet. Maybe in the next binge.

    • You wouldn’t be missing too much by not reading The Lying Game or Into The Water. They weren’t my favorites and kind of fell flat for me and I think a lot of other people too. And The Breakdown was really good and I hope you pick it up in your next binge!

  • I missed your Heartless review 🙁 Glad it got 4 stars, though!
    I hated The Woman in Cabin 10, but The Lying Game has me intrigued. Fool me twice, though… I’ll probably give it a shot and kick myself if I end up hating it. Ha.

    So many people read Beartown this month! lol

    • I know! This was definitely the month of Beartown, but I totally understand why! It was so good! And The Lying Game is definitely a slow thriller so just be prepared for that!

  • Ashley Ziegler

    I just read another review in this linkup about Into The Water and they gave it 2 stars as well! I’ve seen good reviews but after seeing some not so good reviews I wonder if it’s even worth picking up? The Girl in Cabin 10 is on my TBR list I think… I’ll have to check out The Lying Game. For a moment I thought that was a photo of Dakota Fanning on the cover of The Good Girl.

    • The cover of The Good Girl really does look like Dakota Fanning! I didn’t realize it until you said that! And definitely pass on Into The Water. I know that a few people liked it but it just wasn’t that great in my opinion. And check out Ruth Ware! I didn’t love The Woman In Cabin 10, but a lot of other people did!

  • You were on a thriller kick this month! 🙂 I really liked The Breakdown too. I think with what everyone is saying, I’m going to skip Into the Water.

    • I know! And I’m still on a thriller kick with this month’s book too! And definitely miss out on Into The Water! It’s not worth it!

  • Jen

    I’ve heard good things about Beartown and Kyle actually just picked it up. I may have to steal it and read it before he does haha.

    • Haha I hope that you had the chance to pick up Beartown and that Kyle got to read it too! It was such a good book!

  • I’ve heard mixed things about Beartown but I still think I want to read it. I’m glad you liked it and it sounds like a great story to me!

    • It really was a great book just a little bit different than some of his other books. It’s totally worth picking up to give it a try!

  • I have to read The Breakdown- loved her first book!

  • Great listing, I havent finished ‘girl ontrain’ but into the water seems interesting.. thank you for sharing
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  • Nicole F

    I have been wanting to read a Mary Kubica book for a few months. I picked up Good Girl at the thrift store recently. The covers are so intriguing and the titles too. But 3 stars, I’m not sure if I should spend the time 🙁 Maybe she has a better book out there??

    • Everybody seemed to love this book but it just felt really slow to me. I’m sure that she does have better books out there though. Part of the reason it could have not been my favorite was because we listened to it instead of actually reading it. Sometimes that can have a big effect on feelings on a book.

  • Rachel

    When it comes to books, I typically don’t like thrillers. I seem to save those for TV haha But, the Breakdown sounds really good! I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the paragraph you wrote to hear what happened next. That’s always a good sign! I will have to add this one to my list. Of course, I will probably have to read it in daylight because I’ll be scared haha! Thanks for sharing these, Ashley!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • Haha I’m the same way when it comes to thrillers sometimes, especially when Chris is out of town, I can’t read books like that when I’m home alone! But The Breakdown was so good! I hope that you get to pick it up soon!

  • Great job on all the reading. My friend started Into The Water and put it down. She didn’t like it all. I think I might skip it. I’m reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and it’s really really good.

    • I’ve read one Kate Morton book and it took me a while to get into it but I really loved it in the end. I need to pick up another one by her. And I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt that way about Into The Water!

  • The Good Girl sounded really good to me when a friend recommended it, but I might try one of your higher star recs first like The Break Down.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • The Good Girl just fell flat to me and I think that it was because it was a slower thriller. The Breakdown was definitely a lot faster paced!

  • We have such similar tastes, and it looks like we are both on a thriller kick! I really liked The Good Girl, but I agree, it wasn’t very thrilling. I was interested in the story and I really liked that twist at the end.

    I agree that Into the Water was disappointing!

    Now I really want to read Behind Closed Doors ANDThe Break Down, but I think I will start with Behind Closed Doors! I’m not sure about The Lying Game but I liked The Woman in Cabin 10 a lot, so I might pick it up!

    • We really do have such similar tastes which is why I know that I can always rely on your reviews! While The Good Girl wasn’t my favorite I still enjoyed reading it, I was just expecting a faster paced book. And definitely pick up B.A. Paris’s books! Both are so good and fast paced books, but Behind Closed Doors is definitely my favorite. And I wish that I hadn’t even wasted my time with Into The Water! It was so disappointing, especially since I loved The Girl On The Train!

  • I think I managed to pull through “Into the Water” because I was listening to on audio and things made a little more sense. I just finished and really enjoyed The Breakdown.

    • And I think that was my problem lol! Sometimes I miss things on audio and for me it was harder to keep the characters straight. Oh well, at least I finished it and know how I feel in the end! I’m glad that you enjoyed The Breakdown! I hope that you pick up her other book if you haven’t had the chance yet!

  • Too bad about the Hawkins, but I guess they can’t all be great. 🙂 Someday I will read Beartown. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • Haha I know! Hopefully she writes another book soon, but I probably won’t pick it up unless a lot of people have good reviews. And I know that Backman books tend to make you sad, so definitely be in the right mood for Beartown!

  • I just checked and surprisingly “The Breakdown” is available at my library too…I look forward to reading it because I too loved “Behind Closed Doors”

    • Yay! It’s always awesome when a new book is available at the library. It was so hard for me to not compare it to Behind Closed Doors but it was still a good read!!

  • Kristin

    I’ve read all of these, except The Lying Game. I liked In a Dark, Dark Wood better than The Woman in Cabin 10.
    I didn’t like Beartown very much (as you saw lol), I loved The Breakdown more than Behind Closed Doors, I didn’t like Into the Water or The Good Girl very much.

    • It sounds like we have the exact same feelings on a lot of books! I feel like it’d be a toss up on whether or not you’d like The Lying Game. If you happen to find it then maybe read it. Otherwise, I’d pass!

  • of the books you’ve mentioned here, i’m most interested in the backman novel. thanks for posting about it. :]

    • You’re welcome! I hope that you have the chance to pick it up! The more Backman books I read the more I fall in love with him!

  • I totally agree with you about Into the water. it was just so mehhh to me. I really liked the Breakdown! and i LOVED the woman in cabin 10 so i am dying to get my hands on ruth ware’s latest.

    • Surprisingly it didn’t take me that long to get The Lying Game from the library so hopefully it doesn’t take that long for you either! And BA Paris is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! I hope she comes out with a new one soon!

  • Laura

    I love thrillers, and your recs have never disappointed! I’ve got Behind Closed Doors already from last months’ link up on my list and I’m adding The Break Down!

    • I hope that you like both of those! These are the only 2 BA Paris books that I know about but I loved them both! I hope that you get to read them both soon!