I am so excited to be sharing this post with you today, because #1) it means I’m finally feeling well enough to read again and #2) some of these books are sooooo good! I’ve been not reading much at all this year so far, and it’s killing me. I’m so glad to have my energy back and the desire to read books again! Without further ado, let’s chat about books, shall we?
I started and finished this book yesterday on a long car trip and couldn’t wait to recommend it to you. Hush Little Baby is a debut novel by author Suzanne Redfearn. If this is her debut book, I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with in the future. Hush Little Baby is a suspense filled thriller about a successful woman, named Jillian, who has been married to an abusive man (cop) for 9 years. She struggles to find the courage to take her two children and leave. When she finally does, readers are taken on an edge of the seat adventure that will keep your heart racing and make you both want to and scared to turn the page to read what happens. Fans of books like Gone Girl or Safe Haven will really enjoy reading this novel.
I am such a big fan of Rainbow Rowell. I absolutely loved Eleanor & Park and Attachments. Fangirl gets the same accolades from me. I don’t know what it is about her writing style, but I just love it. Fangirl is a young adult love story about Cath, a college freshman who has built quite the online fan base writing fan fiction. The problem is, Cath is so tied up in her fanfiction that she has no desire to experience life offline. This book is full of endearing characters… Cath’s twin sister Wren, her roommate Reagan and a friend named Levi. Readers will fall in love with all the characters and will experience “love”, Rainbow Rowell style. I swear Rainbow Rowell is the queen of writing characters with sexual tension. If you loved Rainbow Rowell’s other books, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Fangirl just as much! (On a sidenote… I skipped through a lot of the fanfiction inserts in the book and still loved it).
Do you remember how much I enjoyed the book What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty? It was one of my favorite books from last summer. Liane Moriarty’s book The Husband’s Secret is a fantastic read, clearly pushing Liane Moriarty into a league as one of my favorite writers. Cecilia finds a sealed envelope in her attic with the instructions on the outside to only open on the death of her husband. Her husband is still alive, but the torture of not knowing what is in the envelope is eating Cecilia alive. She eventually opens it and discovers a secret so shocking that it begins to destroy the world around her. The Husband’s Secret is a solid, great book. I gave it 4 stars (4 1/2 if that was an option) on Goodreads.
I love memoirs and was especially interested in I Forgot to Remember by Su Meck because it seemed like a real life version of What Alice Forgot. When Su was in her early 20’s she suffered a serious head injury when a ceiling fan fell and hit her on the head. What transpires from there is a diagnosis of amnesia that changes Su’s life forever. She does’t remember anything from the past and has just as many problems remembering things from the present and day to day. Su basically has had 2 lives… one from before her head injury and then the re-birth after her head injury. I gave I Forgot to Remember 4 stars on Goodreads.
I actually listened to the audio version of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and really liked it. The narrator was great and the storyline had me laughing out loud at parts. Don is a genetics professor whom I believe has aspbergers syndrome. He decides one day that he really thinks he’d like to find a wife, so he creates The Wife Project, a scientific step by step questionnaire that should validate any potential candidates and narrow down to the perfect one. What Don doesn’t understand, until he meets Rosie, is that the right person for him may not meet any of his Wife Project criteria. This is a funny, heart warming, and endearing book. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.
Up next for me is…
I’ve had Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler on my kindle paperwhite to read for so long… it’s the next fiction I’m reading!
Now it’s your turn…