Friday, July 1, 2016

June Book Review

Summer vacation reading > all other reading.

If you are looking for me this can find me snuggled up right here in my favorite little spot in the house...with my favorite little "punkin head"

I started out the summer on the back patio...but Kansas weather has reared her ugly head and I am a wimp...and I quickly headed back inside. It was nice while it lasted...I'll be back in the fall :)

This month's was a win with every single book. These six books rank right up there with my very favorites...and I might even venture to say my favorite book EVER was from this month...and I have read some good books over the years, so that is really saying something!

"As Margaret uncovers a mystery with chilling implications for her family and her very identity, Everything She Forgot winds through a riveting dual narrative and asks the question: How far would you go to hide the truth—from yourself…?" - Goodreads

I love, love, loved this book. It was told in my favorite style, dual narrative. It bounces back and forth between the past and present and comes together brilliantly in the end! I found myself unable to put this book down because I just couldn't wait to see how things played out.

"A spellbinding tale of a [bachelor] party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room; two women are on the run from police; and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams." -Goodreads

I read this book in one day...yep, one full day of snuggling my pup in my favorite chair and this impossible to put down book. Yet another dual narrative book that had me dying to know what happened in the end. I wasn't thrilled with the ending...but I have since gotten over that.

Disclaimer: if you are easily offended or "disgusted" by bad behavior at a bachelor parties and other sexual matters...pass right along. This book touches on some difficult subject matter and I found myself irritated with the main character and his inability to take responsibility for his unforgivable actions...but I don't get offended easily, so I enjoyed this book for what it was :)

In 'The Girl You Left Behind' two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for what they love most - whatever the cost. - Goodreads

Here it is...the book that has me debating "what is my favorite book ever" because this one just might be it...I love dual narrative (especially from two different time periods) and I love books with some historical fiction woven in...and this book had both. From the minute I picked this book days after I put it down I was 150% invested in these characters and their story. JoJo Moyes impressed me with "Me, Before You" and she blew me away with this book...#ImSadItsOver

"Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century—from the late twenties to the mid-sixties—and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage—revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure." -Goodreads

Have I told you how much I love historical fiction? Yes? Only a few million times right? This book was right up my alley! My grandma's book club is reading it for their July meeting (which I am hoping to attend!) and boy am I glad I took the suggestion. I knew very little about Charles Lindbergh and even less about his wife Anne Morrow. In the notes at the end of the book the author states that the events are factual...but the feelings/emotions are fictional. She relied heavily on Anne's diaries...but states that Charles helped her to write most of the entries...True or not, Anne's actions and words were at times sad...but inspiring. Definitely at the top of my favorites list! 

"Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined." -Goodreads

A few years ago I read what is still one of my favorite books "Reconstructing Amelia" so when I saw this book by the same author I just knew I had to read it. I flew through this book and loved the suspense, the mystery, and pretty much everything else about it. Definitely a dark, twisted, shocking read. 

"A novel of psychological suspense about a woman whose life takes a shocking turn when a young girl contacts her, claiming to be her daughter, kidnapped in Mexico years earlier, from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone is Watching." -Goodreads

I'm ashamed to say I have renewed this book 5 times from the library. It was one that I read a review on...checked out from the library and then avoided like the plague. I don't know why...I can't explain it. Books from my holds list kept coming in (at an alarming rate) and they took precedence. So after nearly 15 weeks (ridiculous) I finally sat down and read this one day #DaHell

I could not put it down. The mystery...the suspense...the whodunit...the what if...they twists...the turns...#ICant

Alright...that was all my books for this month...I have to say I am surprised I didn't read more...summer vacation had me fooled ;) July is much less busy...#NoMoreSummerSchool so maybe I will get caught up on my "TBR" list #YeaRight

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Happy Reading!  


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