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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In January

Happy day before Valentine’s Day, but more importantly happy Show Us Your Books day everybody! I really thought that I’d read some more this month, but still being on maternity leave for most of the month I only managed to read to read two books (and one of those I didn’t finish until February 1st). I’ll give myself a little bit of extra credit though considering that one of these books was huge! Anyways, on to the book reviews with Steph and Jana!

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

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie ★★★★ 4 stars

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Erin’s Challenge officially started on January 1st, so of course I wanted to jump right into it! I got both the Murder On The Orient Express and The Angel’s Game from the library so they were first on the list.

I have to admit that the main reason for wanting to read this book was because of the movie (the previews looked so good), but I honestly didn’t have too high of expectations for the book because I didn’t really care for the Agatha Christie novels when I read them when I was younger. I know I’m crazy! I mean Agatha Christie is the highest selling mystery writer of all time! I honestly think that I was just too young to fully appreciate the books when I was younger.

Anyways, what I loved about this book was how everything was laid out. You got the events leading up the murder, the actual murder, the interview, all of the facts laid out for you, and then the big reveal!

Even with everything laid out right in front of me, I still didn’t know who done it at the end! I kept on wanting to know what happened next and the pages kept turning. If I had to choose one thing that I didn’t like the book it would be that I picked up the book in the middle of the series. I’m one of those people that can’t start watching a show in the middle and have to start at the beginning and then catch up, so of course it would be the same way with books. But that’s my fault and not the books fault.

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon ★★★★ 4 stars

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A couple of years ago I picked up The Shadow Of The Wind because it was a book club selection and ended up falling in love with it! It amazed me that the book was written in Spanish and that it translated so beautifully into English. That being said, it was still a pretty hefty book and took me a while to read, even though I loved it.

For Erin’s Challenge, when I saw the category for a book originally published in another language the next book in the series seemed like a perfect fit so that was what I picked. Luckily, I was able to get it from the library pretty quickly so it was one of the first books that I read for the challenge.

When I picked this book up I expected it to be a continuation of the first book, but in actuality it ended up being a little bit of a prequel. I didn’t fall in love with the characters nearly as much as the first book but I loved how everything was connected and how the stories were intertwined. It definitely took me a while to get through this massive book too, but I really enjoyed it! Now I can’t wait to read the last book (I think) in the series!

And that’s all I read during the month of January. Definitely not the best start to my reading goal for 2018, but February seems to be a little bit better so far. Plus with going back to work I have a little more time to read now!

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

My Erin’s Book Challenge 8.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 8.0 Results:

30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (274 pages, 4 stars)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 30

Show Us Your Books- What I Read In December

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.

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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.

Show Us Your Books- My Favorite Books From 2017

It’s so hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone, and it’s almost time for the new year! It literally felt like 2017 flew by, and I’m excited to see what 2018 brings. While we definitely didn’t travel as much as we have in the past, I read quite a few books this year, and I probably would have hit my goal of 55 books if I’d been able to read in November after the girls got here.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February Anyways, even though I didn’t hit my reading goal for this year, I read some really great books this year, and it was so hard to whittle them down. I definitely had a lot more 4 star ratings this year than in years past and far fewer 5 star ratings. Of course I’m linking up with Steph and Jana to share my favorite books from 2017!

The Girl Before By J.P. Delaney ★★★★ 4 stars

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

This was one of my first reads of 2017, and it was easily one of my favorite thrillers from the year. I loved how the book alternated points of view for the two different women that lived in this big and beautiful home. I definitely was kept guessing up until the very end for who done it in the end!

My Not So Perfect Life By Sophie Kinsella★★★★★ 5 stars

In my mind Sophie Kinsella can almost do no long, and I pretty much love any book that she writes. What I really loved about this book was the fact that she was able to show that what people post on social media is far from real life. Everybody has become so obsessed with showing this perfect life, and it’s easy to forget that it’s not true whatsoever.

A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman ★★★★★ 5 stars

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

This was my very first Backman book, and he easily became one of my favorite authors this year. Backman has this uncanny way of making you feel bad for those characters that are a little rough around the edges, and Ove was no different! It was easy to fall in love with that gruff old man!

I Let You Go By Clare Mackintosh ★★★★ 4 stars

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I remember having to reread the opening chapter a couple of times to get my bearings on what was going on, and even though it took a while to get into this thriller, it was easy to see why everybody loved this book. I’d definitely consider this a slow burning thriller, but I loved it! Plus it made me want to visit Wales!

The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood ★★★★ 4 stars

The Wandering Weekenders- Beyond Words: The Handmaid's Tale

Like pretty much everybody else this year, I picked up The Handmaid’s Tale when I found out they were making it into a TV series on Hulu. I had tried to read this book earlier, but thankfully a long plane flight to Europe gave me ample time to get into this book. While it was a little hard to get my bearings, I quickly fell in love with this book, except for the ending. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Hulu makes Season 2!

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry By Fredrik Backman ★★★★★ 5 stars

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I do believe that this was the only book that made me cry this year. I read this book when we were dealing with Dart’s cancer, and there’s a dog in the book, so I don’t need to say anymore. Like I stated earlier, Backman has this uncanny way of making you fall in love with characters that are a little rough around the edges, and Grandmother and her friends was no different! I also loved all of the descriptions of the fairytale land too!

The Circle By Dave Eggers ★★★★ 4 stars

The Wandering Weekenders- Beyond Words: The Circle

Another book that I picked up because it was being made into a movie that I wanted to watch,  plus it ended up being a book club book! It freaked me out a little bit by how quickly technology and a company that owns it could suck people in and almost take over their lives. I also admit that I loved that it didn’t have a perfect Hollywood ending.

In A Dark, Dark Wood By Ruth Ware ★★★★ 4 stars

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

This book is the reason why I gave Ruth Ware another chance with The Lying Game. It was a lot quicker of a thriller than her other books, and I literally couldn’t stop reading about the bachelorette party gone horribly wrong. I’m hoping that eventually she’ll write another book that’s as good as this one!

Behind Closed Doors By B.A. Paris ★★★★ 4 stars

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

I seriously don’t know why it took me this long to read this book, but this was another thriller that I just couldn’t put down! It read almost like an episode of Criminal Minds in a way and it amazed me how somebody could think up something that messed up!

Heartless By Marissa Meyer ★★★★ 4 stars

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

I was obsessed with The Lunar Chronicles, but when I found out that the new Marissa Meyer book was based on Alice In Wonderland I wasn’t too eager to read it since I don’t love Alice In Wonderland. Thankfully it fit into a category for Erin’s challenge and I’m so glad that I read it because it was so good! It definitely made you think twice about why the Queen of Hearts was the way that she was.

Beartown By Fredrik Backman ★★★★ 4 stars

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

This wasn’t my favorite Backman book of the year, but I still really enjoyed it a lot. It amazes me how a book that mainly revolved around hockey could draw me in the way that it did. You can totally see parallels between the world of hockey and the world of football in the States.

One True Loves By Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★ 5 stars

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

Why it took me so long to read a TJR book I’ll never know. While this book definitely had every potential of being super cheesy and way too much like a Nicholas Sparks book, it was the exact opposite. TJR has this way of making her characters super relatable, even if there’s not a chance that you’ll ever be in their situation.

All The Ugly And Wonderful Things By Bryn Greenwood ★★★★ 4 stars

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To be honest this book really creeped me out when I was reading it, but I still really enjoyed it. It made you really think about what love means and the love between two people. I also love how the author managed to tell a lot of the story through minor characters which was really interesting.

The Butterfly Garden By Dot Hutchison ★★★★★ 5 stars

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This year might have been the year of the thriller with the amount of thrillers that I read and loved. The Butterfly Garden ended up being a last minute change for me for one of Erin’s challenges and I’m so glad that I picked it up! It read just like an episode of Criminal Minds, and again I was amazed that somebody could come up with this storyline! I definitely want to read the next book in the series!

Little Fires Everywhere By Celeste Ng ★★★★ 4 stars

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I’ve finally started reading again since the girls were born, and even though I missed linking up for this for our bloggers book club, I really loved this book. Set in a Stepford Wives-esque type of neighborhood, the author did a great job of showing that things sometimes aren’t as perfect as they seem.

Like I said, even though I didn’t hit my goal for the year as far as books read, I was really happy and liked a ton of books that I read this year. So much so that I couldn’t narrow down my list too much! 2018 is going to have a lot to live up to!

What were your favorite books of the year? Did you enjoy any of the books above as much as I did?

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