Book Review III

I’ve had a busy past 2 months….reading lots of books!  My stack of ‘to-review’ books kept piling up higher and higher in our den so you’ll have to be patient!  Not every book was worth reading but I typically HAVE to finish any book I start!

This was my list from last time of books I wanted to read….

1) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by: Stieg Larsson (FINISHED!)

2) The Girl Who Played With Fire by: Stieg Larsson

3) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

4) In a Perfect World by: Laura Kasischke (FINISHED!)

5) Those Who Save Us by: Jenna Blum (FINISHED!)

6) Still Summer by: Jacquelyn Mitchard (FINISHED!)

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So I did pretty good….4/6

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

By: Stieg Larsson

After taking 2 months to read this book (which is an eternity for me), I finally got halfway through the details, names, and Swedish banter and the second half was so much better! This detective thriller had my scrambling to get to the end and solve the mystery.  I still can’t rate the book too high because of the horribly slow first half of the book…it took true diligence for me to finish.

In A Perfect World

By: Laura Kasischke

This set-in-the-future novel once again opened my eyes to how unknown the future can be.  A newly married wife is left with her step-children after a flu virus destroys most of the United States.  This genre of book has gotten my interest and although the characters were not the most well-developed, simply the plot and intriguing drama kept me reading.

Those Who Save Us

By: Jenna Blum

This novel tells the story of a young woman raising her daughter in Nazi Germany.  She deals with immeasurable struggles, and is willing to sacrifice anything including herself to keep her daughter safe.  The novel is interspersed with snippets from the woman’s life 50 years later.  A touching, but at times graphic novel about the horrific times of Nazi Germany.

 Still Summer

By: Jacquelyn Mitchard

I have read multiple of Mitchard’s books, and Still Summer did not disappoint.  Three high school friends, and one of their teenage daughters set sail for a private vacation aboard a beautiful sailboat.  What was supposed to be an idyllic escape deadly when storms, modern pirates, and lack of amenities puts the woman in a perilous situation.

Your Roots Are Showing

By: Elise Chidley

This book had me laughing, smiling, and brought tears to my eyes.  Chidley paints a story of a new mom who, in her struggle with postpartum depression, ends up separated from her husband with two small children. The situations that Lizzie finds herself in range from heartbreaking to laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Lost and Found

By: Carolyn Parkhurst

This book followed the stories of game show contestants as they travel around the world.  Secrets, stories, and life events are shared between these strangers.  Love crumbles, develops, and is lost within the pages of this novel.

The Gatecrasher

By: Madeleine Wickham

Wickham (who also writes the Shopaholic series) did not disappoint in this hilarious novel. This British novel is about a ‘professional gold-digger’ who sacrifices love for her quest for money.  A light and funny read kept me wanting to read more!

Diary of a Mad Mom-To-Be

By: Laura Wolf

Another light and funny read about a woman’s 9 month struggle through pregnancy.  I was laughing hysterically at Amy’s new-found notions of pregnancy, her list-making skills, and simply the dialogue between her and others.

 The Sleeping Beauty Proposal

By: Sarah Strohmeyer

I was thoroughly disappointed in this novel.  For some reason unbeknownst to me, I had high expectations for this author and was let down by the story line, characters, and development.  A woman falsely announces an engagement to her previous boyfriend and goes about planning a lavish wedding, using her parents, siblings, and friends as a crutch.  Some might have found it humorous, and maybe it is the ‘newlywed’ in me, but I did not!

(image from Amazon.com)

Solo

By: Sarah Schofield

This free Kindle book proved to be exactly what it was.  The young adult novel about a teenager uprooted during high school failed to have any character development and simply was a wishy-washy teenage drama filled with love, high self-expectations, and of course success in the end.

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So…hahah I have been busy (but remember we went on vacation too!).  Now for my list of books to read for next time…..

1) The Red Scarf by: Kate Furnivall

2) Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher

3) Fast Women by: Jennifer Crusie

4) Pretty Tough by: Liz Ligelaar

5) The Most Wanted by: Jacquelyn Mitchard

6) For Better, For Worse by: Carole Matthews

And just for the record….it took me the entire episode of the Bachelorette to write this post, so that 2 hours of drama, crying, and men acting like catty women was not entirely wasted!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave me suggestions with books that you recommend, authors you love, or any other suggestions!

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