It’s book day! Reading has become such a relaxing escape for me, so I truly enjoy putting together these posts every month. Ready for some recent reading hits and misses?
Couldn’t Put Them Down …
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher – 4 stars
I feel weird saying that I enjoyed this book given the story and content. But, nonetheless I did and think it’s an important read for adolescents. I read this just about a week after finishing the Netflix series, and I was thrown a little bit with how many changes there were between the book and show. I found the book to have more of an impact because it wasn’t being sensationalized for the mass media (if you’ve read the book and watched the show, you know what I’m talking about). It’s a tough read for sure but quick if you’re looking for something a little more serious.
Mean Streak by Sandra Brown – 5 stars
Oh gosh – I LOVE THIS BOOK. I’m even contemplating reading it again. I wasn’t too familiar with Sandra Brown before this, and I definitely plan to read more of her books. This one is the perfect balance of romance and thriller/suspense. I can’t say too much without giving away details. I stayed up until 4 a.m. one night to finish this, and I didn’t guess any of the twists. SO GOOD. Thanks for the recommendation, Kristen!
Enjoyable Enough …
The Girls by Emma Cline – 3 stars
I couldn’t figure out if this book was supposed to be a coming-of-age story or an inside look at the life and culture of a cult. The characters did nothing for me, especially the main character. She had a decent-enough life that it didn’t make a whole lot of sense why she ended up in the cult. Plus, the attempts to draw references and similarities from Charles Manson were so obvious that it was hard to separate fact and fiction. If Cline wanted to write a fictional depiction of real-life events, then she should’ve just gone for it.
A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like by Ashley Graham – 3 stars
My mom actually was the one that recommended this to me after seeing Ashley Graham promote it on all the morning talk shows. This wasn’t a bad read but not what I expected. For someone struggling with negative body image, I wanted a self-help read instead of a memoir. Even though she’s had her struggles, Ashley Graham always has had a strong sense of confidence (seriously, she’ll be the first to tell you) so I wasn’t able to relate to a lot of it. It was interesting to learn some of the ins and outs of the fashion/modeling industry, though.
Steel Brothers Saga Books 1-3 by Helen Hardt – 2 stars
How this series gets rave reviews on Goodreads is beyond me. These were hilarious, and I don’t mean in a good way. I actually can’t believe that I read all three. The fact that Talon and Jade love each other is comical – they don’t even know each other! And, I’m supposed to believe that all of Talon’s childhood traumas are magically healed and over with? Yeah, right. Every chapter of every book was repetitive, the characters were pretty dumb, and the sexy stuff was just annoying and even odd at times. Talon, you were kidnapped and brutally raped as a kid yet you still insist on ass-play with Jade? Not only do I find that disturbing anyways, but I don’t get it for this fictional character. It makes zero sense. ZERO.
Currently reading: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.