Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser, 336 pages

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser. Forget You Know me is set to be published in February 2019. This book really started out strong, and had such a creepy feel to it when one of the main characters is in the middle of a video chat with her best friend, when she sees an intruder via the webcam after her friend had walked away for a moment. It felt like a horror movie at this point, so I was really excited and couldn't put it down. Unfortunately, it went downhill really quickly after that. I felt like this book was trying too hard to be too many genres- thriller, romance, mystery, plain ol' fiction, etc. There was just too much going on in the story, and it became extremely hard to follow. The only character I found myself drawn to was Henry, who we had only a few chapters of. I was overall disappointed in this book and the ending, especially since I felt like it had such huge potential at the beginning. 

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, 337 pages

One of my reading goals this year is to read more non-fiction. This was an easy, fast-paced read that I really enjoyed. Shonda Rhimes is the creator of one of my favorite shows, Grey's Anatomy. Her witty, sassy attitude is hilarious and charming. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times while reading this. I wish that she would have talked more about the shows she's created, but I still loved this book.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, 232 Pages

Mary Poppins is the first fictional character that I can remember idolizing as a child. I grew up watching the movie over and over, but had never gotten around to reading the books. With the new movie in theaters, I decided to finally read the book and... I didn't love it. This version of Mary Poppins is not the version that I grew up loving, so it was difficult for me to even finish the book! I did enjoy it, but I was expecting to add it to my list of favorites, and it unfortunately wasn't even close!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Bird Box by Josh Malerman, 262 Pages

Bird Box has been on my "To Read" list for quite a while now, and once my husband started bugging me to watch the new Netflix adaptation of it with him, I bumped it to the top. (Can't watch it without reading it first, y'all!) I don't scare easily in regards to book and this book truly scared me. By scared me, I mean it was so intense and horrifying to think of a world like the one these poor people are living in. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who is a horror fan like myself, or anyone who enjoys a good, suspenseful book!

Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson, 352 Pages

Even If I Fall is a Young Adult book set to be released on January 8th. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It was fast-paced, and held my interest the entire time. The book is about Brooke and her family, who are going through an extremely difficult time after her brother, Jason, is convicted of murdering his best friend. The entire family is forced into seclusion after being shunned by everyone in their small town. Brooke is attempting to find a sense of normalcy when she ends up befriending the brother of the guy Jason murdered, Heath. Heath and Brooke both know that they can't be friends due to the circumstances, but still find themselves drawn to each other and meeting in secrecy.