Book Review, Catch up: Part 2

It happened again, life got busy, I got distracted from myself & stopped doing the things I enjoy so here’s another quick run-through review of the books I’ve consumed since my last review. In order from oldest to most recent read.

Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God

  • I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book when I bought it & after finishing it I’m not sure it is or isn’t what I didn’t know I expected. Self-help kind of, autobiography kind of, just having a discussion offering common advice kind of, I can’t quite place how to describe it. I know “common sense” isn’t common to everyone & in that same way I know the advices woven into this book may be revelations to some & that’s amazing, for me however it was just a good quick read. Rated 3 stars on GR.

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

  • The way this story sucked me in, started & finished in 2 days! Yes it is a quick read in my opinion, at about 400 pages, but still 2 days is quick even for me, I was hooked. Aside from the strange relationship between surviving possible victim & victims used to be boyfriend, I really liked this book. I would love to see this story played out on screen & the depth of different survivors emotions explored more, rated 5 stars on GR.

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

  • Plot twist. I love stories that make me second guess & flip flop between conclusions I’ve jumped to. This book feels more like a story about a young woman’s battle with mental illness than a mystery, suspense thriller as its categorized. Is the story a mystery to the reader, yes absolutely but I don’t know that categorization just feels off for this book. Either way, good read, finished within a week, rated 4 stars on GR.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

  • This story is filled with so much sadness, grief, guilt, heartbreak, longing & love; its heartbreaking & yet beautiful at the same time. The care given to the characters & their stories within the story feels deeply personal. I would have loved a longer book, more time getting to know Wade. It’s a quick read, just under 300 pages, I started & finished within a week. Rated 4 stars on GR.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

  • This is supposed to be a suspenseful mystery thriller, I don’t know about that but it is an entertaining read. The story line was very predictable, in my humble opinion of course, & I do almost out of habit roll my eyes at these ‘Stockholm syndrome’ stories, that’s a whole topic for another time, but again an entertaining read. At about 350 pages it was a quick week read, although I ultimately gave the story a 4 star rating on GR, I wasn’t hooked.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

  • This book was a recommendation as similar to Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, previously reviewed, I expected a captivating true crimesque mystery thriller & while yes it is a mystery surrounding a crime, I found myself asking what is this about instead of what happened or who did it. I felt lost in parts & had to continue going back & forth to remind myself of what I’d already read to try to get a clearer picture, not a good sign for me when reading a book. I ultimately rated this book 4 stars on GR, the story was there, the writing style just wasn’t for me I guess, or maybe I was distracted by the real world & unable to focus on the story while reading. This book took just under a month to complete & for a book under 400 pages that’s a long time for me. Maybe I’ll give it a second read some day.

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

  • I think I’d enjoy this story more written a different way, I love the plot line of this double edge sword that everyone seems to worship & secretly hate at the same time. However it felt like important parts of the story were left unexplained, up in the air for interpretation & honestly I almost didn’t purchase this book because there were so many negative reviews but the cover intrigued me. Yes, I am a cover judger, yes I do buy books based on their covers, it’s not a crime! Anyway, it was okay, I don’t know what I’d wish for. Rated 3 stars on GR.

Part 3 coming soon… V


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