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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

What I've Been Reading..

Between a little traveling, some extra down time, lots of audiobook time in the car, and some really good books that I couldn’t put down, I have read a lots of books over the last two months.  I reviewed a few of them here and here already but I have a lot of catching up to do today.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
I received this book from the Book of the Month Club in September.  This was one of their top picked books for the month and I had heard lots of people talking about it so I was excited to get to read it.  This story was a great thriller mystery.  A couple of new parents, Anne and Marco, were at a dinner party next door when their baby was taken from their home.  Of course, everyone automatically points to the parents.  However, the story reveals lots of secrets and deception in what we think is a perfect loving (and rich) little family.  Definitely kept me turning the pages until the very end.  I highly recommend!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I so loved this book.  It may have been one of my favorites for the year.  I guess this would actually be considered a young adult genre but it still sucked me in.  When Mia and her family have a terrible car accident, Mia finds herself in an out of body experience with an extremely tough decision to make.  I loved the characters in this book and the young love between Mia and her boyfriend Adam.  It was a sweet story with lots of both heartache and happiness.  I didn’t realize it was a movie until after I read it but I hope to get to watch it soon!

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This book is the sequel to If I Stay and I loved it just as much.  This story takes place three years later and is narrated by Adam as he and Mia try to navigate their new lives.  I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to ruin it for either one of the books in this series but this one really tugs on your heartstrings as well.  I highly recommend them both!

The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
I am not real sure how I feel about this book.  I listened to the audio version so I may have missed out a little bit due to that but I just did not love this book as much as I had hoped.  The story follows Mac, a normal every day dad, whose young daughter gets abducted.  Several years later, he received a letter from God inviting him back to the shack where his daughter was murdered.  While the book had some great points and truths about how God never leaves us in our dark times, I wasn’t so sure about how the characters were depicted. This book is also coming to movie next year and I am interested in seeing how they move this book to film.

Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan
I mentioned this one back in the Blogtember post but I wanted to do a review since I have finished it.  As I mentioned before, this book is a about a teenage girl named Alex whose life starts spiraling out of control after she loses her best friend in a car accident.  Her mother is desperate to help her so decides to use a secret transport service to send her to a private boarding school where she can get help.  However, the transport goes wrong and Alex escapes.  Once Alex goes missing, we find out all sorts of secrets and lots of twists and turns from not only Alex, but also her family as well.  IT was a pretty good book that really shows some of the struggles not only teenagers face, but also reveals some of the secrets so many people try to hide away from the outside world.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
I took me a little while to get into the book and I honestly considered quitting it at one point but I am so glad I stuck with it. I wanted to pick sides in this story but I felt my heart being pulled in so many directions. I am not sure there was a way for their to be a happy ending for everyone in this story but I really loved the emotional journey it took me on between a mother's love for her child, a husband's love for his wife, and the desire to be a good person and do the right thing.  A great read but make sure to keep your tissues handy!

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
To be honest, I was a little disappointed with this one. I have very much loved all of Moriarty's book so I may have set my expectations a little too high for this one. As always, I loved the characters. They are all so real and just like so many of my friends and families in my life. But I did not feel like this story sucked me in as much as some of her other ones have. Once the big "mystery" of what really happened at the BBQ was revealed, I had a hard time hanging in there with the rest of the story. It was still a decent book but I just did not love it as much as the others of hers I have read.

This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This was library book club read through the Alabama Digital Library that I check out ebooks from all the time so of course, I jumped on board.  This book is about a school shooting in a small community.  The story is told from several different perspectives as they try to survive this horrible event.  The book was intense and kept me sucked into it and was a quick read but I felt like it was just okay.  I wasn’t a big fan of some of the characters and found myself a little confused about some of the events and connections that the story jumped around to.  The story was good but I just felt like it was missing some parts that could have made it really great.  

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