Tuesday, June 14, 2016

what I read in may

I'm excited to link up for the first time with jana says and life according to stephanie for show us your books what I read in may. may was a little crazy with travel: jacksonville, dallas, newark, dulles, and 30a. I swear I don't normally travel that much, but what I do love about traveling so much is that there's no excuse not to put a dent in some books! so let's get to it.



the good girl by mary kubica
in this tale of a kidnapping gone wrong, mia, the black-sheep daughter of prominent chicago judge james dennett, impulsively decides to go home with colin, a young man she meets in a bar. the one-night stand quickly turns into a nightmare when colin forces her into his car in the middle of the night, and mia learns he’s been sent to abduct her for ransom. back at home, mia’s mother, eve, cannot understand why james doesn’t seem to take the news of his daughter’s disappearance as seriously as she does. {amazon.com review}
my take: A
even though it took me a while to finally finish this book, it was quite good. the summary of the book really stood out to me and that's why I bought it, the one night stand turned kidnapping definitely pulled me in because I don't think I've read any other book with this plot. yay, original plot! this book was a page turner, and it messes with your emotions. just when you think you've decided on your emotional stance, you reach the end of the book - and everything changes and it's completely out of left field. I love when that happens... you close the book and sit there thinking what just happened? a must read!


before I go to sleep by s.j. watson
every day, christine wakes up not knowing where she is. her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. her husband, ben, is a stranger to her, and he's obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis--all the result of a mysterious accident that made christine an amnesiac. with the encouragement of her doctor, christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. one morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "don't trust ben." {amazon.com review}
my take: B
this was a good book, it definitely has a unique plot, but is also irritating at times due to the repetitive nature of the story of memory loss. I figured out what was going on before the plot unfolded because it's somewhat obvious, but the book really drew it out. I think if this book were shorter, it would've been an A+. in general, it was a decent read with a pretty predictable ending.


the mistake I made by paula daly
single mother roz has reached breaking-point. after the dissolution of her marriage, roz’s business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late (again), and she's struggling to provide for her nine-year-old son, who is starting to misbehave in school. roz is in trouble. increasingly desperate, roz doesn’t know where to turn. then the perfect opportunity presents itself. at her sister’s fortieth birthday party, roz meets scott elias—wealthy, powerful, and very married. but the impression roz leaves on him is indelible. he tracks her down and makes roz an offer to spend the night with him—for money. could it be as simple as it sounds? as the situation spirals out of her control, roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of. {amazon.com review}
my take: B-
you definitely feel for the main character in this story. the decisions that she makes spiral out of control and cause real problems, and you can't help but feel bad for her. however... I'm really not a fan of this plot, basically she's forced to do physical things she doesn't want to do so that she can gain money from a wealthy married man. I get it, it's a book - but this message really irks me. surely a grown woman could solve her problems without the crutch of a man, and an awful man at that.

if you're looking for more book reviews and recommendations, head on over to the link up!

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19 comments:

  1. I stayed up late to finish Sleep when I read it. I liked it a lot!

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  2. I've heard such great things about The Good Girl! I'm thinking that I need to read it sooner rather than later! Before I Go To Sleep wasn't my favorite book, but I did think that it was a good thriller! I couldn't put it down at the end!

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    1. the good girl definitely keeps you guessing and plays with your emotions. so good! thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love how you set up your reviews! I've seen The Good Girl cover around quite a bit, but it's one I never really looked into reading it, but I'm all for a good page turner!

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    1. thank you, glad you like! give it a shot, it's a quick read!

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  4. I've been dying to read the Good Girl. I've got to get my hands on a copy.

    Sarah
    The Midwest Darling

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  5. the good girl is on my list, as is before i go to sleep. i think someone accidentally spoiled the sleep one for me though, so i am trying to put it off long enough that i forget haha. but i agree, travel is the best time to knock out a book or two!

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    1. bahaha! I love your thinking... if you're like me, you'll forget in no time. the irony of this coupled with the plot of the book is not lost on me ;)

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  6. I LOVED before I go to Sleep. the movie is on netflix and is shit. Sj Watson's second book called Second Life was better than before I go to sleep, IMO.

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    1. movies based on books you've already read are so tempting... but yea, usually not good. I will check out second life, thanks!

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  7. Before I Go to Sleep is already on my TBR. I think the Good Girl is too, if not, I'm definitely adding it. Sounds like a great book!

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    1. happy reading! thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I really enjoyed Before I go to Sleep a few years ago. Such a captivating story. I agree with Carrie, I did not enjoy the movie at all.

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    1. even though you both don't recommend the movie... it's all too tempting now. I may just have to watch it so I know how bad it is :)

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  9. Before I Go to Sleep has been on my list forever. I should probably get to it at some point.

    I feel like I’m one of the only people who really didn’t like The Good Girl. I’ll admit that the major plot twists took me by surprise, but I still didn’t like a lot of things about it. I tried another of Mary Kubica’s books, and I’ve decided that she may just not be for me. It’s disappointing because she writes the type of books I normally go for … But there’s something about her writing style and the way she handles things that just doesn’t do it for me. (I don’t mean to be a complete downer, though. I’m glad you enjoyed it!)

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  10. Two out of three are already on my tbr list. My best gal pal (we swap book recommendations) has told me that I'd enjoy Mary Kubica. I think she has 2 or 3 books. Need to get on that.

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  11. I loved Before I Go to Sleep. The Good Girl is in my blog post for this month, too. It took me forever to read it and I don't know why, because I did like it. Totally didn't see that ending coming!

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