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!
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.
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!
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?