books & reading reviews
Books I've Read : SeptemberTuesday, October 04, 2016
I finally got around to paying off my five year old library fines this month, and immediately checked out a ton of books, all of which I go...
I finally got around to paying off my five year old library fines this month, and immediately checked out a ton of books, all of which I got through this month. Read below to see some thoughts, and no worries, because as always, I've posted no spoilers.
The Stranger by Harlan Coben: I enjoyed this book, which is about a variety of characters, but mainly a husband who finds out a secret about his wife, and then she goes missing. The other "main character" would be the stranger, who reveals secrets. The ending was kind of a surprise to me, but it made sense and I would say it was satisfying. This is the second book I've read by Coben and I definitely enjoyed it, and look to continue reading his novels. I would put this into the genre of "your momma's thrillers," if that happens to make sense to anyone but me.
The Girls by Emma Cline: see review here.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer: see review here.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood: I need to talk to someone who's read this book, too. It's fairly new and I picked it up at the library without actually knowing what it was about. It is an extremely well-written book, which I enjoyed, but I felt extremely uncomfortable the entire time I was reading it. I don't want to talk about it anymore and ruin the story. This type of story was pretty new to me, in the things that happened throughout. I pride myself in being an extremely open-minded person, but again, I felt really uncomfortable while reading and felt like I was personally doing something wrong by reading this book. I planned to write a full review on it, but never got around to doing so. I would recommend reading this book, but urge you to be cautious in doing so.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica: Of all three of Mary Kubica's books (I read them all, one after another), this one was my favorite, and the first I read. This story begins off pretty slow, but the ending it all worth it. This is another story about a woman who goes missing. You get three main perspectives throughout the book - the mother of the missing woman, the man who abducted the woman, and the detective who is searching for her. I definitely enjoyed this book, and the ending will knock your socks off!
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica: I had high hopes for this novel after reading The Good Girl. This one also started off slow, but it also never really picked up. This novel follows a woman who takes in a young homeless girl and her baby, but then gets pretty obsessive over the child. Again, this book is a switched perspective book, where you get chapters from the main woman who takes in the homeless girl, her husband, and the homeless girl. I felt like the story line was fine, but the novel could have been written better. I would not recommend this one.
Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica: I wanted to like this novel. I really did. I enjoy novels written from multiple perspectives and that is definitely Kubica's niche. Don't You Cry is a story about a girl who's roommate goes missing in Chicago (also where Kubica's other novels are set). Around the same time, a woman appears in a small town about an hour outside of Chicago. Are they the same person? Did the roommate run away? This follows the girl trying to figure out where here roommate went, and also a boy in the small town who is becoming entranced with this new woman in town. There are too many side stories going on within this novel. This could have been a great book if a couple of unnecessary characters were removed. I was definitely disappointed here. The end of the story was wrapped up extremely quickly, and the last page becomes an irrelevant love story. I probably should have written a full post on this novel. I have a lot of feelings here.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena: I opted in for this book for my September Book of the Month box pick. The Couple Next Door is about a couple who's six-month old baby goes missing while they're at a dinner party next door (yes, they left their child alone at home). The novel is the search to figure out who took their child and why. This is another book with switched perspectives. I was really immersed in this novel while I was reading. I would think one person did it and then change my mind. There was a great unexpected twist at the end (or more than one, even!).
I got through several books this month, which I was really surprised by. To keep up with what I'm reading, make sure to add me on Goodreads here. What have you been reading lately?