Book Reviews in 2018
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin *****
This book was AWESOME. The subject matter was very current. The characters were so well defined. The story kept you guessing. I could barely stand to put this down.
A photograph is taken of a girl at a party and sent around. Finch is being held responsible. Is he? He really likes Lyla. But, Polly is jealous. Lyla’s dad is a single parent, navigating the waters at her elite private school where she has a scholarship. He is so great in how he doesn’t back down. I admire him. Nina wants justice, even if it changes the course of her son’s life.
Favorite quote “Justice isn’t only about what a person deserves, but also about what a person needs. ”
Girl’s Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke *****
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC! I have loved everyone once of Liz and Lisa’s books and this is no different.
Three friends head to Mexico to reconnect because things haven’t been right with them. But, after a night out, Natalie wakes up on the beach in a wet dress with a memory gap, Ashley is no where to be found, and Lauren hasn’t seen her.As Natalie and Lauren search for Ashley, and Natalie tries to piece her memories together, we are taken on an adventure. No spoilers but I found several things surprising! I can’t wait for to see what these authors come up with next!
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan ****
Digging In was not my typical read, but it was a Kindle First book and it sounded interesting. I had also read that the author lost her husband while she was part way through writing this book, and thinking about how difficult it must have been to write this definitely intrigued me.
Paige is a quirky, lovable character who came from a rough background. She lost the love of her life in a tragic car accident and is left with a teenage son and a job she loves. But, then the other main man in her life passes, her boss. And, now his son has taken over the ad agency where she works and Paige and her friends are in for an interesting ride. While they embark on an adventure, Paige also starts to rediscover life on her own. She starts by digging up her backyard, which she turns into a garden. This leads to many wonderful things that she never could have expected.Filled with quite an interesting cast of characters, this was a heartwarming read. Good for you Loretta, for making this work through your grief.
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova *****
I am grateful to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC. Every Note Played is a tremendous book that deals with ALS and the complicated relationships among people. I feel like I just went through the wringer with Richard and Karina. They are both so flawed and yet who among us isn’t?
I learned so much about ALS. I can’t imagine the horror of losing control of your body bit by bit and still wanting to go on. Lisa Genova never disappoints in weaving wonderful stories while educating us about difficult medical conditions. This is a must read!
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter *****
This book is intense and packed with non-stop drama. It is so dark and has some really tough content so it is not for the sensitive at heart. But, I absolutely recommend it. I think it is over 500 pages and I blew through it.
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan ****
I really liked this book. It contains important information and was interesting. Susannah did an excellent job sharing her story. It was terrifying.
There was the right amount of medical content, without going overboard.
Neighborly by Ellie Monago ****
I liked this. It kept me engaged. I kind of figured out one piece of the puzzle but it wasn’t the whole thing. Good prime selection.
The Dry by Jane Harper ***
It took me a long time to get hooked on this. At 80%, I was all in! So, it was good but I didn’t love it like many others. I found the build up a bit slow. Great characters and overall plot.
The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White (4.5 stars)
Great story about a very real, interesting family and how OCD impacts them.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes ****
I enjoyed this latest book about the quirky Louisa Clark.
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center*****
I was so fortunate to receive an ARC of this book.
I’ve never read this author before but will read more of her work.
I loved this book! Margaret’s struggles are tough to witness but the life lessons are so valuable. The characters are so well-drawn. Chip, her parents, Kitty, her PT Ian, his boss Miles- wow.
I was drawn in and really cared. I felt like a fly on the wall of this family’s life. I also loved how the author didn’t just do a quick wrap up at the end, which you often see.
Definitely check this one out!
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict*****
I forgot to write my review immediately after I finished this, but it was wonderful.
I really loved Mrs. Einstein and was frustrated by her many sacrifices. Her husband was a real shit. Sadly, that was likely the way many women were treated at that time.
My favorite books of 2017
I highly recommend that you visit your local independent book store! The links below are to Amazon for browsing.
- Between Me and You, Allison Winn Scotch
- The Good Goodbye, Carla Buckley
- The Things We Keep, Sally Hepworth
- The Bookshop at Water’s End, Patti Callahan Henry
- The Good Widow, Liz Fenton
- Moloka’i, Alan Brennert
- The Red Hunter, Lisa Unger
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg