Happy Show Us Your Books Day, happy Show Us Your Books Day! I’m so excited for another wonderful Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana because I had some pretty solid reads this month, and I hope that you’ll get to pick some of them up! So let’s get on with the book reviews!
Somewhere In Time by Richard Matheson ★★★ 3 stars
This was a book that I had selected for Erin’s Challenge because it had been sitting on my TBR shelf for literally years, and it fit perfectly into the time travel category. I had bought this book years ago because I loved the movie with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour and I thought that the book would be pretty similar to the movie, and while they were similar, I definitely didn’t like the book as much I loved the movie.
While the movie told the story of a man falling in love with a woman based upon her picture and then traveling back in time to meet her, the book was more of a man telling his story of how he falls in love with a woman based on her picture and him trying to travel back in time to meet her. Obviously it’s the same story line, but the book was a lot more shaky because the main character was originally dictating his story to a tape recorder while the movie made everything a lot smoother. So obviously I had more of an issue with the writing than the actual storyline, which is why I only rated it a 3 star.
The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh ★★★★ 4 stars
This was our selection for the Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club this month and you can find a full recap here. This was such a great young adult book, and I can’t recommend it enough, my only complaint is that it ended so abruptly which basically makes you want to go and pick up the sequel immediately. But that’s pretty much my complaint with all young adult books lately.
Anyways, The Wrath And The Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand And One Nights, where every day a young king takes a new bride and at dawn the next day she’s been killed. Young Shahrzad decides to marry the young king in order to seek her revenge for him killing her best friend. In order to survive the night, she tells the king a story that doesn’t end before dawn, and she continues that story for the next several nights. What she doesn’t expect as she survives more and more nights is that slowly but surely she starts to have feelings for the king that she has sworn to kill.
The Yard by Alex Grecian ★★★★ 4 stars
Jack The Ripper has finished terrorizing the city of London, so the police force thinks, but that doesn’t mean that the people of London are willing to trust the police again. So when a member of the “Murder Squad”, one of the elite members of London’s police that are responsible for solving murders in the city, turns up dead, the rest of the Murder Squad will do whatever they can to solve his murder. But what will happen if the murderer refuses to stop?
I was seriously so excited when my work book club picked this as our book for this month because not only had it been mentioned on Show Us Your Books recently, but also it was set in London, which was one of our stops during our Europe vacation! Needless to say it was a good book, and I hope that you pick it up!
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★ 4 stars
I have to admit that I had tried to read this book years ago, but for some reason I couldn’t get into it. When I saw that Hulu was doing a miniseries based on the book, I knew that I had to give it another chance, and I’m so excited that I did because I loved it! Plus we selected it for next month’s Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club, so it was a definite win-win and I’ll be writing a more thorough review at the end of the month! But basically I loved this book, and you should totally pick it up!
In once was The United States of America, a religious sect has come into power because of fertility issues across the country. In the new world order, women who are fertile are called handmaids and are placed with high ranking officials within the new government order in hopes that they will become pregnant and have a baby for the official and his wife. Offred had a life before she became a handmaid, and she tells her story of how she became a handmaid and her time as a handmaid as well.
While I only read 4 books this month, most of them were all really solid books, and I can’t recommend them enough! If you only have the opportunity to read one book though, I definitely think that you should pick up The Handmaid’s Tale, and I have to admit that I can’t wait to watch the show either!
Have you read any good books lately? Do any of the books that I’ve read interest you?