Can’t Put it Down

I added a new page to the blog for Book Reviews. I read so much and figured it was a good idea to make a page for it! I’ve read a bunch of REALLY great books lately. This post will be somewhat long so I can include all my favorites:

1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I’d seen many people rave about this book but didn’t feel the drive to rush out and read it for some reason. I read the short description and it seemed formulaic and predictable. I could already guess each plot point. And yet, I loved every minute of this book. It was like I was immediately enveloped into this world with these characters and I didn’t want to leave.

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I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone that hasn’t read it but it will be an emotional rollercoaster. There were so many moments of joy and happiness and then several moments of pure sadness. I loved the characters, I wanted a happy ending, I didn’t want the book to end and yet I couldn’t stop reading it. I stayed up late to read it. I read it on my lunch break at work and cried in my cubicle. I really want to see this book made into a movie. This is a book that will stay with me for a very, very long time.

2. The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths

Another great story with Ruth Galloway! Loved this book, the story was compelling and kept me guessing til the end. I also liked that they brought other characters out into the foreground. This is one of my new favorite series. I am impatiently awaiting the next book!

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3. The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

I liked this book a lot. The story was told in several different time periods–which is rarely done well but this book did it very well. I was intrigued in each “story line”. I wanted to keep reading it; I really like the characters. I loved how the story unfolded and you didn’t really know all the answers until the very end.

4. The Dark Monk by Oliver Potzch

This is the sequel to the Hangman’s Daughter, which was a really good book. I liked this installment and the characters as much as the first book. It is a period piece and according to the afterward, based on the author’s family history. There were moments that needed some editing and paring down, but overall I liked it and will read the third one.

5. The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison

This book was excellent but not “Better than Gone Girl” like the jacket says. There were so many layers in this book it’s hard to know where to start, and I don’t want to give it away. The “silent wife” took on many guises and in the end she was still silent. Again, don’t want to give it away. I wish I could say I felt disturbed by the ending–in a way I guess I do, but I also feel vindicated and also sad.

6. Stolen Remains by Christine Trent

The second book in the series was just as good as the first one. I was instantly in that time period. I loved the Victorian references, and Queen Victoria is back as well–kooky as ever. It was a good mystery story that had me guessing to the end!

7.  The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell

I really really liked this book! It was a good murder mystery and it blended genealogy, which I found fascinating. It was an interesting twist on the story of genealogy. The characters were well-developed and I liked the main characters a lot. Well done!

8. Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant

Clear your schedule–you are going to want to read this book in one sitting! I HATED putting this book down to sleep and go to work. 😉 It sucked me in immediately and I couldn’t quit reading. The author’s writing style is very different than what I’m used to. The sentences are short and halting but after a few chapters it seems normal and you get used to it. This book will stress you out!

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I hope you guys check out some of these books. Several make my “best books of 2014” list! Have you read anything great lately?

Rainy Day Book List

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I’m kind of obsessed with my Kindle. I love it! I love how easy it is to get books, how I don’t have to find time in my busy life to drive to the library or wait long times for books I ordered to arrive. It’s also made it easier to read MORE books! I have read some duds lately; and it’s nice that it’s easy to just delete the book from Kindle and move on to something else.

If you want to read my updates, you can friend me on GoodReads. Here is a list of some of the best books I’ve read in the last few months:

1. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

What a fantastic, dark, depressing book. The story is so relevant and I honestly fear for my future children growing up in a time when social media plays such a huge part in school/friendships/etc. This book was about a tragic bullying and there was also a bit of a whodunit to it–which kept me guessing until the very end. So worth a read. Every parent should read this book. I would name this as one of the top 5 books I’ve read this year so far. 5 stars!

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2. The Ritual by Adam Nevill

This book started out SO STRONG. I kept thinking, “Wow, this is one of the best horror books I’ve ever read.” From the start the mood of creepiness and terror was there. The author nailed it. I cannot express just how scared I was reading this book. It’s been decades since I read a horror book that actually scared me to the core.

Then something happened. Part 2 happened. What happened to the awesome, frightening, well-written book that Part 1 was? It really felt like the author lost the trail on this one, pardon my pun. It felt like a different story; it wasn’t scary anymore, mildly creepy perhaps, but not the hideous, horrifying thing that gave me nightmares two nights in a row. That is why this book gets about 3.5 stars out of 5 from me.

3. The Wronged Sons by John Marrs

There were parts of this book where I wondered if I could finish it. There were some confusing elements to the book but hang in there! The ending is worth it.

It’s a story of how a husband just disappeared one day. The main character is the wife, grieving, wondering, for 25 years. The other main character is the husband, telling his story of where he went. The two stories coincide and all the confusing questions I had throughout the book were answered. It was dark, disturbing on so many levels, and worth the struggle in the beginning. Read it!

4. Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent 

I really enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the atmosphere it created. I really felt like I was back in Victorian London. I loved all the little details of it. My only issue with this book is that it seemed as though there were too many storylines. There was the murder/kidnap mystery, the wrong doings of the husband, the undertaking world, the involvement with the Queen, and then the American Civil War. Too much! I didn’t really understand how most of them fit together. Despite that, I loved the book and pre-ordered the second one for my Kindle!

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5. The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry

I picked up this Kindle book right after Lady of Ashes because I was really digging the Victorian London scene. It was a murder mystery and the first book in the series featuring the main characters. While I only give this book 3 out of 5 stars, I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

Have you read anything great lately? I’m always looking for recommendations!