Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Books {September 2019}

Happy Tuesday! It's my favorite post and link-up of the month! I had a moment of panic this month when 3 books I had requested and been waiting weeks/months for all came available at the same time at the library. So I did a whole lot of reading and these books were all great....well except one. I felt like one was a total letdown. Ok here is Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana. And here is what I read in September!

Before She Knew Him was an interesting thriller to start off my month. A woman (Hen) and her husband move to a quiet area outside of Boston. They buy a house, the woman has her bipolar disorder under control, and things are going well. They are invited over for dinner by their next door neighbors and during a home tour, Hen notices a trophy that is very similar to one missing from the home of a young man murdered a few year earlier, in the husband's office. She becomes fixated on this and the book goes from there.  Normally, I wouldn't care for books like this because you find out the killer almost right away but it's interesting. The book is told from a few different perspectives and I enjoyed reading how everything played out!

I read Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve this month for two reasons. One- we all know I love reading and learning about other people's lives/occupations/cultures. Two- my main reason for reading this was because I teach English to students in China (from home via the internet) and I wanted to learn a little more about the culture and what school is like for them. I found this book really interesting and reading about the Chinese school system gave me a lot of insight as to the lives of the students I teach and really makes me thankful for our school system here in America. This book was eye opening and educational for me!

If you are looking for a nice little beach read (at the beginning of October-ha!) read The Unhoneymooners. This is a cute story of a sister of the bride and brother of the groom who can't stand each other. When everyone at the wedding falls ill due to food poisoning, Olive (the bride's sister and identical twin) and Ethan (the groom's brother) are forced to take the all expense paid honeymoon in place of the bride and groom. In order to take this dream vacation, Olive and Ethan have to pretend to be newlyweds.  Faking being a newlywed doesn't come as easy as they think and this book is a fun little romantic comedy following their time on the honeymoon and after. Some parts of this book were predictable and some definitely were not. I really enjoyed it!

I love Ruth Ware books and the The Turn of the Key did not disappoint. An English nanny named Rowan takes a live-in job in Scotland for a family who can't seem to keep a nanny for very long. Some strange things start happening while Rowan is there and she is accused of murder. The book starts and is written as a letter from her in prison to a lawyer she would like to take her case. I was legit scared at some parts and really had no idea how it would play out.

I was excited to read another Nancy Thayer book and couldn't wait to dive into Surfside Sisters when it came available to me at my library. This book was a little different than anything I have read because it covers a few decades of a born and raised Nantucket girl, Keely, who has aspirations to be a writer. The book follows the ups and downs of Keely's friendship with her best friend, Isabelle, as well as, Keely's childhood and high school crushes which grow into relationships, betrayals, and heart breaks. It follows her aspiring writing career, one she had planned to do with Isabelle until Isabelle's bitter betrayal to Keely. The book ends with Keely (in her late 20's living in NYC) moving back to Nantucket to face her fallouts and rebuild her life in the place that she loves.

I had heard really good things about this book but I really didn't love it. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. Which brings me to a question, when you are reading a book that you are just not into....do you finish it or just move on to something else?!

Happy reading, friends!

14 comments:

  1. Ha, I like a beach read at any time of year - though there is something to be said for actually getting to read AT the beach. Enjoyed The Unhoneymooners quite a bit, and am looking forward to the new Christina Lauren release this month! Stopping by from Show Us Your Books :)

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  2. I need to try Peter Swanson AND Ruth Ware. Have not read anything by either of them! I love Christina Lauren and really liked The Unhoneymooners :)

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  3. I really want to read something by Peter Swanson, and Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. I DNF books if I'm really just not feeling it most of the time, unless I think it will get better.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  4. I have to read the unhoneymooners - Ive loved almost everything by CL.

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  5. Ware is one of those authors that people seem to either really love or dislike. I like creepy books so I may have to give this one a shot and see where I land.

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  6. I'm a big Peter Swanson fan. Ruth Ware not so much!

    I will stop reading a book at any time if I am moved to do so. Five pages in, 50 pages in, five pages from the end.

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  7. I'm starting to stop reading things if I'm not interested or pulled in bc I have so many other books I want to get my hands on. I started a dnf section on goodreads and I'll add the book there and not rate it.

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  8. I do not enjoy Ruth Ware's books and had no idea she had a new one.

    I have no problem with DNFing a book. I have too many I want to read to continue with something I really don't like.

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  9. Glad you liked Before She Knew Him! All of Swanson's books at that way...like you really don't know what will happen in the end.

    I didn't like most of Ware's previous books but this one looks better, subject-wise (though I did like In a Dark, Dark Wood).

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  10. I have Before She Knew Him and The Unhoneymooners on my list!

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  11. the unhoneymooners was so cute! i haven't read any of ruth ware's books, but they are on the list.

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  12. So glad you loved The Turn of The Key! I still need to read Before She Knew Him! It sounds so good!

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  13. I just finished The Death of Mrs. Westaway and looking forward to Turn of the Key. :)

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  14. I hate it when all of my library holds come in at once.

    I'm trying to get better about abandoning books I'm not into, especially because when I'm not into my book I end up avoiding it and playing on my phone instead.

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