In an effort to not make every single post travel related I wanted to share a few recent reads. It's actually been a pretty slow month of reading for me, but I'm ending this post with one of my favorite reads of the year so far!! I'm wait listed for 9 books at the library and all of them are ones that I have been itching to read - so here's hoping people are quick readers because I need some new books!! I thought I would start this post with the one I was least excited reading & the other 4 were all great books. I also didn't keep track of how many books I read last year, but so far this year I'm up to 20 - hoping to read at least 75. Not really part of any challenges, but sort of doing it for myself.
All The Missing Girls || After reading books like The Woman in Cabin 10 & The Couple Next Door I didn't think that All the Missing Girls lived up to the "thriller" genre as much. The book is told backwards from Day 15 back to Day 1 & the main character Nicollete is going back to her hometown to see her dad who is suffering from Alzheimer's. She turned her back on everyone from her past life when her best friend disappeared 10 years ago - the question remains is what happened to Corrine, the best friend, the same thing that just happened to her neighbor. Hence, why the book is called All The Missing Girls. I found the chapters a bit hard to follow and there were a lot of characters making appearances - not exactly the kind of book I was used to reading. It wasn't terrible, but of all the recent books it's not at the top of my list.
The Hypnotist's Love Story || The kind of book that makes you go "huh, that's interesting" What do I mean by that? Well I'm not really sure whose side I was on while reading the book - it sort of went back and forth. Ellen is a hypnotist that falls in love with Patrick who has a rather interesting moment of truth with her and tells her that he has a stalker. The story that unfolds is interesting - you have the point of view of Ellen & the point of view of the stalker, Saiska (which I could not for the life of me pronounce in my head so I basically renamed her Sarah). This is not a thriller at all, it's a love story through and through - a quirky one, but I've learned that I either really like Liane Moriarty books or completely dislike it - this was in the like category. Not as good as Big Little Lies, but definitely up there! Also, I have a strong desire to go get hypnotized now!
A Window Opens || After Alice's husband announces that he's up and quit his job to set out on his own and start his own law firm, she's pretty much forced into finding a job in the literary world that she loves so much. What she knows will be a balancing act - her kids, husband, job, babysitter, and parents all still need her and even though she feels like she is really doing it all - the question is at what cost. There were definitely sad moments in this book & while I don't have kids yet, I can certainly relate to Alice's plight to have it all and making everyone around her happy - she's a character that we can all relate to. I LOVED that this book had an epilogue - books that have epilogues make me feel like I've completed it - doesn't leave me hanging & I feel like I can move on from it! I thought it was an enjoyably read, but I did shed a few tears!
My Not So Perfect Life || This book is perfect for the social media driven world we now live in. All Instagram feeds do is show us the part of people's lives that they want to show - pretty, filtered & styled. What it doesn't show is that some people don't shop at the stores that they simply "window shop" - they don't eat at the fancy restaurants, they just read the reviews & more than anything, that "perfect life" might not be so perfect. Katie Brenner finally has the job that she's always dreamed of & a boss that she idolizes, but is abruptly fired. Still keeping her "filtered" life positive she heads back home & helps her dad create an Instagram haven for Londoner's to visit on holiday - one of those vacationers happens to be her old boss. Only thing is Katie's parents have no idea that she's not on sabbatical and all of her "filtering" comes to ahead. As per usual, Sophia Kinsella does a fantastic job of keeping people's attention, keeping the book relevant & of course throwing in a little love story for good measure!
Maybe Someday || I think I found my new favorite author, Colleen Hoover. She also wrote It Ends With Us, which I absolutely loved as well. Sydney & Ridge are neighbors - they have an interesting start to their friendship over music without so much as uttering one word to another. He's looking for inspiration and she happens to be a great lyricist. There is a dramatic twist in the 2nd or 3rd chapter and you are absolutely captivated by the story. What I love about the author's writing is how she develops the characters. You get to know them & feel for them. I devoured this book in two days - on a Friday night I found myself reading faster than ever to finish the last 100 pages because I needed to know how the book was going to turn out. If you liked / loved This Is Us - I think you'll like this book as well.
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