What I've Been Reading Lately & What I Want to Read Next

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I've had some slow book months the past couple of months seven months or so since the baby was born. It's not that there haven't been plenty of books I've wanted to read, I just haven't had the time, aka I've chosen an extra half an hour or so of sleep each day instead of taking the time to catch up on my reading list. 

I've recently given in to using Audible to listen to a few books on my way to and from work. It's taken a bit of adjustment on my part because I usually can't stand to have someone else read to me (unless it's my mom) and I've tried plenty of audiobooks in the past that I've had to turn it off because they just weren't reading it right. Clearly I have high maintenance reading standards but when you don't have time to read to yourself, sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do. So here we are after my last reading haul back in April (depressing) with a new list of what I've been reading lately. 


Plot: "On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic costal villages of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister...

The next morning, three women in and around London -- Fatima, Thea and Isabel -- receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, "I need you." 

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. They myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other -- ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school's eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate's father). 

Atmospheric, twisty and with just the right amount of chill that will keep you wrong-footed -- which has now become Ruth Ware's signature style -- The Lying Game is sure to be her next big bestseller. - via goodreads

My Thoughts: I originally picked this book up after reading (and loving) both of Ruth Ware's last two books. Unfortunately, I have to say that this story did not hold my attention nearly as well as the other two. In fact, I found myself having to force my way through a lot of parts. I didn't feel particularly connected to any of the characters aside from the fact that the main character was a new mom, and I felt like there was a lot of story line followed by a rushed ending. It could have been that I attempted to start this book in the hospital while I was having the baby, and finished it a few weeks after she was born and just wasn't in the right frame of mind to be reading anything. If you're a fan of Ruth Ware then I'd say you should still give it a try and let me know what you think. 


Plot: "Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. 

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening of her own thoughts. 

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, share's Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of  lifelong friendship. - via goodreads

My Thoughts: This was the first book I attempted to listen to through Audible and it was a great first choice. I've loved every John Green book that ever I've read in the past, and Turtles All The Way Down was no exception. He has a very special way of making you connect to a character whom you may have never connected to under any other circumstances. He writes in a way that makes you feel things about the story line and the people in it. I absolutely recommend this book to any John Green fans and anyone who may want to become one. 


Plot: "When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen...

But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. 

There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. 

Now there's no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. 

The truth -- thats all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything. - via goodreads

My Thoughts: Okay you guys. I have been reading this book for a MONTH straight (my digital library loan is about to be up) and I cannot get through it. The more that I read it the more annoyed I become by the characters. I like how the author separated the chapters, each coming from different perspectives of those in the story, but there is so much wrong with the story line itself, and I find myself getting irritated at multiple characters. 

SPOILERS AHEAD - Jean, the main character and wife of Glen (accused of kidnap and murder of a little girl) wants a child so badly that she overlooks the fact that her husband most likely definitely kidnapped and killed a little girl (because he has a child pornography addiction) and even blames herself for him doing so. She is an emotionally damaged character with little to no self-esteem and after her husband dies in an accident, she looks to people in the press to tell her what to do to move forward with her life. WHAT. The first half or more of the story is spent in trying to describe the case itself, and considering I'm in the second half but still have no idea whether or not she WAS actually in on the kidnapping of the little girl or not, I'm equally frustrated and not willing to give this book up at the same time. 

So if you spent time reading my rant about this last one then you'll be sorry to find out that I honestly cant recommend (or not) this book. It's just more than I could handle all at once and I'm determined to finish it and find out if the ending was worth all the hassle or not. But I'm guessing not. 

Books on my 'want to read' list: 

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman - This is the next book I chose to listen to on Audible because although I never read her first book, Practical Magic, I saw the Sandra Bullock movie and still watch it every year around Halloween time because it's so good. 

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero - I've never seen a bad review about this book so it must be good, right? It's definitely on my to be read list. 



1 comment

  1. I need to start listening to audio books especially when I'm just doing things around the house.

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