Where did April go? Spring seems to have come and gone and we are deep in Summer. Okay it just feels like it since it’s been in the 80’s the last few days. With the warm weather I am for sure noticing that I am reading less. My treadmill is acting funny too and I used to read when I ran so that has changed. I still got to read a good number of books too.
My rating system:
Five Stars: Blew me away, made me want to stay up till 3am to finish, would read again and again or I didn’t find anything I would want to change.
Four Stars: Really good book, fast paced or thought provoking, but may have dragged a bit or left something unresolved
Three Stars: Okay, didn’t thrill me but didn’t disappoint me either.
Two Stars: I almost didn’t finish, it may have irritated or offended me in some way.
NOTE: I may not care for a book or I may love a book and my reactions are based on my experiences and tastes. Please don’t let my opinions deter you if a book really intrigues you, and know all opinions are my own.
All The Rage – This story takes place within a two week span and you get some of the story before and some of the story after a tragic event. Romy obsessively paints her nails red, and wears red lipstick as armor against the person she used to be. Now she is an outcast, scorned and bullied, labeled a liar. A senior party at the lake leaves another student missing. Her job at a diner is her chance to be surrounded by people who don’t know her secrets, and Leon a possible safe place. The missing girl begins to shatter the idea of keeping her lives separate. This story is dark, twisted, and shows the ugly side of high school students, with a chilling reality. Serious topics of rape, drugs, and murder are part of this story.
Where The Road Takes Me – I read this book after The Girl On The Train and it restored my faith. It is a lighter tale but has real struggle and triumph. Chloe loses her mother to breast cancer, and finds herself in a foster home. She vows to never get close to anyone again, and plans on hitting the road after high school and never looking back. Blake a rising basketball star hides his own issues at home and has a chance encounter with Chloe. He is determined to break down her walls to let him in. A few cliche’s but overall it gives you hope.
“Red-letter days. It’s when something unexpectedly phenomenal happens.” I choked on my sob. “You’re my unexpectedly phenomenal, Chloe. You’re my red-letter day.”
This book shows that even when life is hard, good can come from it, and opening your heart can bring greatness.
The Far End of Happy – This book occurs during a 12 hour span. Ronnie has endured years of struggling with her husband and today is the day he is moving out. She is hopeful of moving forward with her life, until her husband locks himself inside with a rifle and lots of booze. Her mother, nd his mother all share their thoughts on what brought him to this point and how to end it. The author experienced this kind of event first hand, and you can hear her struggle in her writing. Deeply moving, fast paced, heart wrenching, yet remaining hopeful. Beautifully written! The author will be making a blog stop here tomorrow with an excerpt so be sure to check it out.
Unlike Any Other – As the estranged daughter of two celebrity parents AJ comes back after hearing her father is engaged to a much younger woman. She knows her parents hide behind many half truths to protect their family. While back AJ pressures her father to tell the truth and save their family. There was a huge twist in the middle, and had it been reveal a little earlier I would have given this 5 stars. Mason is also a family friend and has looked after AJ, their chemistry was undeniable and I am looking forward to the second book in this series which tells Mason’s story.
You – This book makes you second guess the social imprint you make as Joe googles Guinevere Beck after meeting her at the bookstore where he works. He sets up a chance meeting based on her tweets. He molds himself into the perfect person, even removing people who gets in his way. Total creep factor and written in such a way that makes you want to google your online footprint.
The Memory House – Julia threw herself into restoring an old Civil War era home, the Peach Orchard Inn, after her son was abducted and her husband left her. She is a shell of the person she once was but the arrival of Eli, a man trying for a second chance makes her feel for his sadness. Eli meets his son for the first time and makes him even more determined to make things work at the Peach Orchard Inn. He is working to restore the carriage house and uncovers the letters of the previous owners. Weaving in the history of the Inn and also a love story. Julia and Eli begin to allow themselves to believe in a happier ending.
The Girl On The Train – I can see what others liked about this book, but I just didn’t like it. I finished because people said the ending was good and while I agree the ending was good and a good twist I just couldn’t get into this book. It switched POV’s multiple times from different years so it got me turned around a lot. Similar to Gone Girl the main characters are unlikeable and without morals. The main character gets fixated on a couple she saw from the train and inserts herself into an investigation in the woman’s disappearance. It made me lose faith in humanity.
Memphis Rib – At the 14% mark I couldn’t really tell what the story was about but there was a lot of racial and derogatory comments, and Southern stereotyping that just couldn’t get past.
What books have you read this month?
Will you add any of these books to your list?