Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Show Us Your Books ~ April 2019

Thank goodness March was a MUCH better reading month for me!  I seriously considered giving up my favorite hobby for a few months if things didn't shake back soon, but the books I read this month just kept getting better and better. A great reading month makes this bookworm very happy!
Just Mercy || I decided to read this book because Jamie Ivey raved about it on her IG story. Last summer, I was in her summer book club and thoroughly enjoyed the books she chose. However, even hearing that this book would be made into a movie, did not push me to even finish it.  I made it to 77% and decided to call it quits. If you're interested in reading about the unfairness of our court and prison systems and the trials and sufferings that people have gone through to be wrongly convicted of crimes and thus sentenced to death row, then this is the book for you (and if that sounds callous and cold, I don't mean it to be. I just don't think it was the right book for me at the time). This was definitely not the book that I had hoped it would be to jump start my 2019 reading slump. Three out of five stars. 
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Sold On A Monday || Ellis, an up and coming newspaper reporter in the 1930's, makes a poor decision of capturing a picture of two small children in a post-Great Depression era. After discovering what happened to the brother and sister, Ellis and Lily join forces to turn a bad mistake into a family restoration. This book had it all post-depression era, the mob, gambling, Prohibition, love, fantastic characters, and most of all, redemption and hope. Probably one of my favorite reads for 2019! Four stars. 
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The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter || A Facebook book group that I'm in ranted and raved about this book and author.  I've never read anything by Hazel Gaynor before, but I enjoyed her writing style and would be open to reading another one of her books. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter was entertaining at best and sometimes confusing due to the author's flip flopping of character chapters and time. Basically it's two stories in one about women who find themselves as care takers of lighthouses, one in Ireland and the other in Rhode Island. Tragic events occur, but the story and lives of the two heroines come full circle and I enjoyed it very much. Note: Historical fiction. Three and a half stars. 
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Lying Beneath The Oaks || This book showed so much promise and even though parts of it were cheesy, I made it to 90% and then I said, "That's it! I can't read this anymore!" By that time, cheesy just got plain stupid. In spite of the cheesiness, I loved the southern charm of this book as well as the characters. Bottom line: don't waste your time. 
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The Silent Patient || I thought this book was totally worth the hype. Alicia shoots her husband and refuses to say another word. She is admitted to a psychiatric facility and meets Dr. Theo Faber. Will Dr. Faber be able to convince Alicia to speak again, and most importantly, will she confess to the crime?  I was totally surprised by the ending. Totally recommend. 
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Run Away || My second Harlan Coben book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If not for one particular aspect that just rubbed me the wrong way, I would have given it five stars instead of four. Simon and Ingrid's daughter is missing and Run Away is all about what a parent will do to get their daughter back. It's a wild ride, that tends to wane after about two-thirds in, but the ending is totally unexpected. 
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Later this month, I'll be sharing my SUMMER reading list! Stay tuned! 
Laura
Laura

Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!

20 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I love a surprise ending and you have given me a couple of good books to add to my list! Gonna pin this for later, I'm trying to get all my books from the library and not spend any money on books this year, we'll see how that goes. I have been loving the Podcasts you recommended!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  2. I'm really looking forward to reading The Silent Patient (even though the cover is so creepy!) Also, Sold On a Monday sounds so good! I've never heard of it before!

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  3. You read a lot of books in March and I will have to add them to my reading list.

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  4. That first book sounds interesting but I could see needing to be in the right mindset for it.

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  5. What rubbed you the wrong way about Run Away? I never expect to love everything about a book...I don't love everything about anything in life. LOL

    I have The Silent Patient on my list!

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  6. These book posts always make me add things to my list - now I want to read The Silent Patient and Sold on a Monday!

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  7. Yay for a great reading month! I'm definitely curious about The Silent Patient, so I'm glad to hear you liked it.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  8. haha - I gasped that you made it so far in those books & then quit. If I make it past 50%, I force myself to finish - I applaud you for saying NOPE & walking away. I need to do that more often rather than torturing myself!

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  9. The Silent Patient sounds right up my alley!

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  10. Great reads to add to my list. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. hmm i might check out the lighthouse one - i've read one of her books, but it was written with another author (heather webb, maybe? my memory is awful) and i loved it. ok, definitely adding the silent patient to my list.

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  12. That's disappointing about Just Mercy, but good for you for just setting it aside. I'm putting Sold on a Monday on my TBR. And the Harlan book is already on hold!

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  13. I just added the silent patient the other day. Glad its getting good reviews.

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  14. Just Mercy is on my TBR and I cannot wait to read it. I do need to wait a month or two because I read a wrongful conviction book last month and I can't do it too months in a row. Too much emotion.

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  15. Always glad to read your reviews to know which books are worth this slow reader's time. You never steer me wrong.

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  16. I enjoy Harlan Coben's books and have to read Run Away. I added The Silent Patient to my to read list. I love a good thriller!

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  17. Sold on a Monday sounds really good!

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  18. I get so many good book ideas from you!

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  19. I love to read Harlan Cohen! At the moment I am reading Jo Nesbo but I can t wait for the new Nicci French and Karen Slaughter!

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  20. The Silent Patient definitely sounds good!!! I loved Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.

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