Total books read during month: 24
Total books read during 2017: 58 (142 books until goal-I upped my goal from 150 to 200 because of how well I’m doing so far)
Least favorite book read this month: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. I have a lot of hate for this book. Sorry. I know a lot of people loved it.
Books I did not finish this month: I Wear the Black Hat, Siblings Without Rivalry, Reconstructing Amelia, The Passage, The Invisible Library, The Marriage Pact, and The Royal We. This seems like a lot, but I have been trying to cut my losses and move on from books that I just am not liking. I have so many books I want to read and I don’t want to waste my time on any that I don’t like.
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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
This book has tons of great advice and I highlighted so many passages. It’s a bit dry in places, but definitely worth reading.
The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
This had a really interesting setting and I was really looking forward to it, but I was disappointed in the end. The characters were really unlikeable at times and I just could not get into their stories, and I hated the decisions they were making.
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
One of my favorites this month! This is a hard book to read, but the subject matter is important to learn about. It’s extremely well researched and has an inside view of evictions and poverty. Desmond lived with the people he was writing about to get a more intimate view, and his writing is excellent. Both heartbreaking and terrifying to read, this would be a great book to discuss in book clubs.
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
Engaging beginning and a solid ending, but the middle dragged for me. It would have been a four star book if the middle was a little more engaging. The last page is great, and I loved how Paris wrapped the story up in the end.
Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson
I would love to reread this book to really get everything out of it! It’s a bit odd, but good. A great discussion of what makes up a family.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
I am so disappointed with this book! It had a big hype around the release, and I kept hearing what an amazing ending it had. I hated the ending. I felt like it was such a cop out and I was very upset. Two thumbs down.
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
My other favorite this month. Will and his mom’s relationship was so interesting to read about, and it was apparent how much love was shared between the two. Mary Anne accomplished so much in her life, and her attitude toward life and death was so inspiring.
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
I loved this one. The characters were rich and complex, and the storytelling was engaging despite the fact that a good portion of the story took place on a lifeboat in the middle of nowhere. It could have become repetitive but never did. I had a lot of questions at the end, but I love that about certain books. You are left to fill in your own answers.
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
This a very different book, and it would be an excellent one to discuss with a group. I loved how everything and everyone fit together in the end, and the forgiveness of everyone involved.
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier
I have never read DuMaurier before, and I can’t believe I waited this long! This was slow moving, but slow in a leisurely way and not a boring way. The ending was so good and left you with so many thoughts and questions. Several people were horrified to hear that I had never read DuMaurier before and they all said that I had to read Rebecca next, so that will be up soon.
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
A fast read but really good. The story of a man who lived for 27 years alone in the wilderness is simply fascinating, even more so because he lived so close to others without being discovered.
Other-Wordly by Yee-Lum Mak and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
A cute little coffee table book, this is a great one to take out and quote from. I loved the illustrations!
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
An amazing reference that I’m going to be keeping close at hand, and would be useful for both reading and writing. I found myself reading the analysis of the quoted book sections and then scrambling to find my copy so I could note down her observations.
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
This was such a moving book. Doaa is so strong and her determination to tell her story is just amazing. A must read, definitely.
The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott (I received this free from NetGalley to review-all opinions are my own)
I will admit, I totally picked this book because it said on the cover “author of The Dressmaker”, and I LOVE The Dressmaker. However, after reading this book-and thinking about how this writing style was really different from what I expected-I realized that Kate Alcott wrote a different The Dressmaker. That’s what I get for forgetting author’s names. So this was not what I was anticipating, but I still enjoyed it. The peek into old Hollywood was really interesting and I love Ingrid Bergman so the storyline about her was fun to read.
You by Caroline Kepnes
I absolutely loved the alternate viewpoint here, I thought it made the book very unique. I did only give this three stars, despite the fact that I loved the storyline, because I felt like there was just a little too many gratuitous nudity/sex references for my taste. I could have done without that and I would have enjoyed the book more.
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
The sequel to You, this one is told from Joe’s viewpoint as well. I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the first book, but it was still a solid thriller-and it would stand on its own as well. As with You, there was a bit too much nudity/sex for my tastes, so I didn’t rate this as high as I would have otherwise.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
This was a bit predictable in places, but I was kept guessing about the overall twist. I normally don’t like missing child storylines, but this one focused so much on the parents that I was able to handle it. Lapena has another book coming out in August that I’m really looking forward to!
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
This was a hard book to read in spots, but the story was really captivating. Cora was a great character and I loved seeing how she grew as the book went on.
You Can Do This! by Sara Dennis
I am actually not even sure where this ebook came from-but I had it on my Kindle app so I decided to try it, and I was really pleasantly surprised by how good it was! This is 21 days of advice for what do when you are struggling with homeschooling, and I really enjoyed reading a little encouraging section every morning.
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
I subscribe to Jen’s YouTube channel, but this is the first book of hers that I’ve read. It’s a hysterically funny collection of the ridiculous things people say in bookstores, and I legitimately laughed out loud several times reading it.
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
I read this book-and watched the movie-repeatedly growing up, so this was really nice to read again as an adult with my own kids.
The Breakdown by B. A. Paris (I received this free from NetGalley to review-all opinions are my own)
This is the same author as Behind Closed Doors, and it had a lot of the same strengths and weaknesses. Solid beginning, slow middle, but the last couple chapters exploded with action. The writing is a bit choppy and was harder for me to get used to, but I think that it added to the overall feel of the book.
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
I was sucked into this book from the very beginning! The jumping back and forth between viewpoints was interesting, and not jarring like it could have been. I loved how the letters gave a completely different perspective and a peek into Ingrid’s thoughts.