Hey! Let’s start this Monday morning right. Time to grab your favorite hot beverage and load up Goodreads – let’s talk September 2018 reads and reviews.
My Top Picks …
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
girl learns to rebuild her life after a life-altering accident
THIS BOOK. All. The. Feels. One of the best I’ve read this year. Already have it on my hardcovers-to-buy list so I can have it forever. Margaret’s story and journey made me feel heartbroken, angry, inspired, empowered, etc. I was rooting for her from the beginning, but I also could understand her reluctance to pick herself back up. It’s a crazy good story, and you’re basically missing out on life if you haven’t read it yet. Definitely need to check out more from this author.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
man meets a “stranger” in an airport bar and together they plot his wife’s death
Again – one of my favorite books I’ve read this year! I’m not heavily into thrillers – I deeply manifest things and get freaked out/have horrible dreams days after I’ve finished reading – but this one is so, so good. Hooked from page one and kept me guessing until the very end. Lily is such a complex and interesting character. Her mind and thought processes fascinated me – I’m still making up my mind as to whether she’s a good or bad person. Let me know what you think when/if you read this book. The ending is a tad eh, but I’m willing to overlook it since the rest of the book is two major thumbs up.
Enjoyable Enough …
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
Rhode’s Scholar travels to Oxford and finds love in an unlikely situation
This gave me major Me Before You vibes, but with a happier (for now) ending. The story was WAY different from what I was expecting – honestly, Ella’s time at Oxford is just a quick-blink detail – but the romance between her and Jamie kept me interested. I couldn’t get Jamie from Outlander out of my head, so that obviously helped. 😉 My only gripe is that since this book really is based on their relationship and love story, we could’ve used a little more “action.” I mean, their first night together is by-passed and we’re left picking up the pieces the day after. Seemed kind of weird when it’s a pretty significant turning point for the book.
The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey (Kindle Unlimited)
cabana girl falls in love with a rich older man
Not my favorite from Grey, but it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of her books so I can’t knock it completely. I was lost as to when James and Brooke fell madly in love and couldn’t live without each other. Kind of came out of left field. Some of James’ behavior also bothered me, but it is just a book and a fictional male character. Trying not to read too much into it.
Just Okay …
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
woman and her children go missing; neighborhood friends try to figure out her disappearance
This one didn’t do a whole lot for me. Kind of a crossover between Big Little Lies (which I loved) and Gone Girl (which I hated). It wasn’t terrible, but I also felt like it was the book that would never end. Definitely started to skim toward the end just so I could finish it. And, that ending? Dull.
Currently reading: Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris