Jana & Steph are bringing us book lovin' bloggers our favorite day of the month again - Show Us Your Books day! The month that I read a lot of books (well, a lot for me)......................
What I've read since our last link-up:
2. In the Woods by Tana French - For readers who like mystery stories to be solved completely and be given all the answers, this may not be the book for you. To those that enjoy mysteries, different degrees of criminality, damaged characters, and questions that leave you wanting more, then, I recommend it. I really enjoyed some of the characters, others frustrated me, and a couple of times, I was disgusted or infuriated. But, I enjoy a ride that gives me different emotional responses. The writing was tedious at times, but overall, a good book for me, and I will continue reading the series. 3.75/5
3. Things I Would Say by Alyssa Ammirato - Another blogger buddy is a self-published author with this collection of essays and poetry. She blogs at "alyssa goes bang". A quick, thoughtful read filled with raw emotion. This felt personal. It felt real. She spills her brain, heart, and soul onto the pages. I felt a little lost a couple of times, but I imagine that was more me (the reader's fault) than the writer's. 4/5
Some of Tim's Stories by S.E. Hinton - A collection of short stories about two cousins that are raised like brothers and how their lives have followed different paths. A quick, but engrossing read. The stories were good. Yes, I read this for two reasons: a book challenge category and S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders.
6. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight - This book is an example of what happens if you mix Gossip Girl with a Lifetime movie. As Steph often says, "it passed the time just fine." 3.5/5
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid - I have no idea how to rate this book because I have no idea what the fuck I just read. Part horror, part road-trip, part relationships, part 'the crazy thoughts that happen in someone's mind'...some of it bored me to the point that I almost quit, some of it scared the begeezus out of me with anticipation. I don't want to say too much. 3/5
Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond by Phil Collen with Chris Epting - from the guitarist of a band that reached massive success during the '80s...kinda makes you assume this book is about the debauchery of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. It is not. Phil Collen has been a vegetarian for 25+ and is now a vegan. He has been alcohol free for 25+ years too. He was a self-professed mumma's boy. He has a strong work ethic and takes his craft seriously. His vice? Women. I couldn't keep straight all of his relationships, marriages, and babies' mamas. I recommend only for diehard Def Lep fans, but that's probably it. 3/5
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - This author has written 3 books, and I've rated all 3 of them 5 stars. You could say that I enjoy her writing style. The story is told from four different characters' perspectives, young voices from different nations that are all directly impacted by WWII, culminating with one particular tragedy. My heart swells with emotion and my eyes swell with tears thinking about the atrocities of war and the innocent casualties. I recommend to historical fiction readers. 5/5
12. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne - With a 9 year old boy as the narrator, this is a quick, easy read...but the subject matter is far from "easy", and its impact will last for a long time. 5/5
I've shown you mine, now you show me yours............
Will you add any of these to your "to read" list?