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

Well I feel like I almost have my reading mojo back after going a whole month without reading! Obviously the girls take up a lot of my time, but I do have a little bit of time to myself during their night feedings, and that’s given me plenty of time to actually read a book! With the start of January and Erin’s Reading Challenge, I’m hoping that I’ll get even more reading done this month. But for now, I’m linking up with Steph and Jana to talk about what books I read in December!

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

Final Girls by Riley Sager ★★★ 3 stars

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

Quincey is a survivor and survived a horrific attack that left her alive and all of her friends dead. But she’s not the only one. Two other girls survived similar horrific ordeals and the media termed them “Final Girls”. Quincy thought that she was getting her life back in order until one of her fellow final girls ends up dead and the other shows up on her doorstep.

While this book definitely kept the pages turning, it wasn’t my favorite thriller that I’ve read this year. I liked that the author would give you little snippets into the ordeal that Quincy survived which kept me guessing until the very end. It also read very much like a slasher type of book instead of a hold your breath edge of your seat thriller, which is why it probably wasn’t my favorite. I typically don’t like horror movies/books in general. Plus I don’t think that it helped that I thought that the Quincey was pretty annoying as a main character too.

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

 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ★ 4 stars

If there was a book that helped me to get my reading mojo back, this book was definitely it! I was on the wait list for forever at the library for this book (I missed out on linking up for it for the Beyond Words linkup), so as soon as I got it, I basically tore into it.

Shaker Heights is the perfect community- perfect little houses all in a row with the perfect little families that live in them that consider themselves the perfect little members of society. But behind all of that, everything is not what it seems. The Richardsons are one of those perfect little families, and when some new tenants move in, their world is completely rocked and a whole community is pitted against each other.

This was my first Celeste Ng book, but I can totally understand why everybody loves her so much. The way she writes kept me wanting to keep on flipping the pages so I could figure out what happens next. Also, the question of whether the adopted child should stay with her adopted parents or her birth mother really made me think too about what was best for the baby. It made my list of my favorite books of the year, and you definitely should pick it up! It was also really interesting and funny when I was reading this because one of the characters had the exact same first and middle name as one of the girls- Isabelle Marie. It made me do a double take when I saw that pretty much on the first page!

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

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence ★ 3 stars

This is the January pick for the Beyond Words book club, and I can definitely see why everybody keeps on talking about. It’s without a doubt a book for book lovers because it’s a librarians letters that she’s written to all the books she’s loved and hasn’t loved, and even some random books that she’s found at the library.

While I enjoyed reading her letters to books that I’ve read before like 50 Shades and The Time Traveler’s Wife, there were quite a few letters to books that I just didn’t understand because I hadn’t read the books, and I’m not talking about the books that nobody knows about. She just went into details about books that you wouldn’t understand unless you’ve read the books, although maybe that means that I need to read more. Oh well, I think that you should still give it a try if you’re a book lover!

Overall, I didn’t read quite as many books as I wanted to in 2017, but I did end on a high note, with actually reading books after the girls got here. So far 2018 is off to a good start too, and I’m hoping to kick butt on Erin’s challenge!

Have you read any good books lately? Have you read any of these books?

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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In December- Reviews of Final Girls, Little Fires Everywhere, and Dear Fahrenheit 451.

  • I had Final Girls from the library but ended up not reading it because I wasn’t sure if it was going to be too scary/I haven’t been in the mood for thrillers I guess. Dead Fahrenheit sounds like it would be interesting, but I can see how it would be hard to really get into the letters of books you hadn’t read.

  • Nadine

    I am glad you liked Little Fires Everywhere because I definitely have it on my list after reading so many reviews the last few months. Yay for getting your mojo back!!!

  • I am really looking forward to reading Dear Fahrenheit but I know what you’re saying about the books you haven’t read in it. I’ve still heard such good things! Little Fires Everywhere was awesome – i loved it. Glad to hear you have some of your reading mojo back!! I know I didn’t get mine back for almost a year after each baby, really!! So good for you! 🙂

  • I need to try Little Fires Everywhere! I am seeing rave reviews all the time lately.
    Dear Fahrenheit sounds interesting but I agree that it’s probably better if you’ve read the books – Maybe I’ll check and see how many I’ve read before I try it.

  • I really want to read Little Fires Everywhere! I am resolving to read more this year and sounds like it will get me in gear!

  • Well, I guess I need to read Little Fires Everywhere since several people have discussed it now! Dear Farenheit 451 sounds kind of interesting, so I may add that to my list and read it once I get through everything else!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Everyone seems to love Little Fires Everywhere; I haven’t read anything by the author but I think I need to change that with this one. I’m in the middle of Dear Fahrenheit 451, and I really love it, but I get where you’re coming from too. The books i know or have read definitely stand out more. I read a bit at a time though!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • yeah the baby with the birth mother vs adopted parents really made me think as well. i kept going back and forth with my opinion. i think she handled how that ended quite well.

  • I definitely recommend that you read Celeste Ng’s first book since you liked Little Fires.

    The premise of Final Girls seems so common lately. I don’t know that it’s one I’ll pick up.

  • Bummer about Final Girls. It’s on my NetGalley, but I definitely prefer thriller to horror. Little Fires Everywhere is literally everywhere right now. Haha. I need to read it!

  • I think I’ll get Dear Fahrenheit and just read the letters of books I know. LOL

  • I liked Final Girls but wish Sager had dared to go to some of the more interesting places she teased. Ultimately it played rather straight forward with the villain And it most definitely was a slasher movie in book format, which is kind of odd. Little Fires is on my TBR. So many people are loving it. Now I’m worried that I’m putting it too high on a pedestal!

  • A lot of people read Little Fires Everywhere last month! I read it in November. Although it started off a bit slow for me, it definitely got better and I really enjoyed it. Dear Fahrenheit sounds interesting.

  • Good to read your reviews since I haven’t read any of these. It seems Little Fire Everywhere has been popular among the bloggers who love to read so will have to add it to my reading wish list Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  • I neeeeed to read little fires everywhere. my mom got it for christmas so I can borrow it soon hopefully!

  • I’m really looking forward to Little Fires Everywhere. It will be my second Celeste Ng book. I think her writing is so… beautiful. Dear Fahrenheit 451 looks interesting, but like you said, if there are books that you’re unfamiliar with, much of the meaning or significance will be lost.

  • Interesting take on “Dear Fahrenheit 451.” I haven’t read it yet but I felt the same way about “Reading Lolita in Tehran.” Did this book make you want to read any of the books she talked about that you hadn’t read?

  • Dear Fahrenheit 451 sounds interesting but I’m sure I’d be out of the loop because there are so many popular and classic books that I haven’t read… Little Fires Everywhere has been on my list for a while and I’ve seen so many good things about it!

  • Everyone keeps talking about Little Fires Everywhere- I’m so intrigued! I hadn’t heard about Dear Fahrenheit 451 until recently, but I just added it to my TBR list!

  • Ashley

    A lot of people have read Little Fires Everywhere… I think it might be my turn!

  • Bummer about Dear Fahrenheit 451. It does sound awesome, but I think I would be in a similar situation to you of not having read a lot of them! I only read 2 classics last year, hoping to read a few more this year! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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