Ever since I got my Kindle, I’ve been on a reading binge. Something about cuddling into a cozy blanket, putting my phone on DND, and enjoying a book makes me ridiculously happy! And since I’ve read quite a few books lately, it’s definitely time for another roundup.
Daisy in Chains: “Famous killers have fan clubs. Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams. Who would join such a club?.” via Goodreads.
If you’re a fan of crazy mystery thrillers, this one is for you. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I went in blind on this book. If you decide to read it, I suggest you do the same. There were parts of the book where I thought I had it figured out, but nope! I legit raced through this book as fast as I possibly could. 5.0/5.0 stars
Before We Were Yours: “An engrossing novel inspired by shocking real events—the kidnappings and illegal adoptions of children conducted by the notorious Tennessee Children’s Home Society—Before We Were Yours is a poignant, uplifting tale for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.” via Goodreads.
Hands down another must read. But I’m warning you, this is a heavy book. It tore at my heartstrings constantly and I ended up having to put it down a couple of times to give myself some time to absorb it all. It’s also another book that I’d suggest going in blind for because it really makes the story hit home even harder. 5.0/5.0 stars
Red Rising: “Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed.” via Goodreads.
If you’re a fan of Divergent, Hunger Games, or the Champion series, then you’ll love this book. I still haven’t had a chance to read book 2, but book 1 definitely caught my attention and made me want to read more. I will say that it takes a few minutes to get into the book. I had to re-read a few pages, but once I got it, I was in it. 5.0/5.0 stars
Bad Mommy: “When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.” via Goodreads.
Tarryn Fisher is ah-ma-zing. Seriously, I love her books and this one was definitely one of those could-not-put-down kinda reads. It’s super twisted and kind of hops around, but once you get started, you won’t want to stop until you’re done. If you start this book, stick with it, it’s worth the crazy ride it takes you on. 5.0/5.0 stars
Small Great Things: “Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?” via Goodreads.
Like most books I read, I went in blind on this one. I only knew that the main character was a nurse, but nothing else. This book broaches a very tough subject matter, so be prepared for that. This book was rough to read and it made me really think about how I act. Jodi Picoult is an author I can only read now and again because man, her books are so heavy for me. But if you get the chance, definitely pick this one up! 4.0/5.0 stars
HELPS PASS THE TIME
Someday, Someday, Maybe: “Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three-year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates – Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material – and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works. ” via Goodreads.
Ok, this might be an unpopular opinion, but yeah, I wasn’t crazy over this book. I love Lauren Graham, but for some reason the story didn’t really capture me. It seemed a little slow and there was nothing that was encouraging me to really get through it. You win some, you lose some, huh? 3.0/5.0 stars
Paper Princess: “Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.
Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.” via Goodreads.
I’m somewhere between a 2.5 and 3 star rating with this book. It held my interest (probably only because I had spare time to read it), was a quick read (probably because the plot is practically non-existent), which was all fine & dandy. But one too many parts of the book held some seriously disturbing sexism/triggering situations that I wasn’t expecting. It wasn’t the worst book ever, or the best…just one of those that you could read if you’ve got time to kill. 2.5 – 3.0/5.0 stars
Carry Me Home: “Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.
They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.” via Goodreads.
This was another heavy book. I wasn’t entirely sure what the story was going to entail, but as I started reading it, I kept being pulled in. It’s such a real book (albeit a little slow at times) — I could easily draw up the situations that the author was discussing in my head. It was also a scary book, one that made me really think about how I want to ensure my daughter knows that I am here for her no matter what she needs. Worth the read if you can handle books with tough situations. PS: I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley. 4.0/5.0 stars
NOT WORTH IT
Until Harry: “He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector. He was my best everything. He was mine.
Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.
Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.” via Goodreads.
I could’ve easily done without ever reading this book. But since I just wanted something to help pass the time, this did the trick. That being said, I didn’t like the dude main character at all. He was everything wrong in a guy with his controlling nature & his attitude. I also didn’t like the girl main character. While I did understand some of the things she dealt with, her dramatics were just way too much. Overall, not a fan of this book, but I’ve heard the author has some better ones, so maybe I’ll give those a try! 2.0/5.0 stars
Woooof, that was a long post of book recaps, huh? Hope you find some new ones to add to your list! xo
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