Thursday, June 10, 2021

Reading Recap

Summer is in full swing and I'm finally settling into a good routine with downtime and reading.  The first few weeks I always feel like I have to tackle my to-do-list and get my whole house ready to actually relax in (weird, I know) so I don't have a ton of reading updates to share but the ones I have are GOOD!

  The Housekeeper by Natalie Barelli was a psychological thriller that kept me guessing until the end. "When Claire sees Hannah Wilson at an exclusive Manhattan hair salon, it's like a knife slicing through barely healed scars. It may have been 10 years since Claire last saw Hannah, but she has thought of her every day, and not in a good way. So Claire does what anyone would do in her position - she stalks her."  It was dark and twisty and I loved getting to feel like I was in Claire's head by the narration.  She was also snarky which added a fun humorous aspect to the book as well which I enjoyed.

I FINALLY had a chance to finish listening to Code Girls and I really enjoyed it.  "In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, Code Girls is the astonishing, untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis."  It took me a LONG time to listen to Code Girls because I felt like it was a LOT of information and names and dates to process without a book in my hands.  While I loved the information and learning about the women and how they were recruited to help break codes it wasn't really a "story line" to follow along with.  If you love history, stories of incredible women and aren't put off my a LOT of detail I highly highly recommend.  

His and Hers was my FAVORITE read of the month.  I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!  I found myself sneaking in pages here and there constantly because it was so good.  I'm afraid to go into too much detail about the plot because I don't want to give anything away - it's one of those books that's like doing a puzzle and I felt like the pieces in this one fit PERFECTLY.  

An alternate narrative from the killer reveals the details as they unfold, and we finally know the identity of that individual at the very end.  Maybe I'm not super intuitive but I REALLY didn't see the ending coming and it was one of those books that when it was over I had to give Dave the entire rundown because I enjoyed it so much. 

WARNING!  The book was a bit more on the graphic side - both in terms of "gore" (the way people were murdered and describing that) as well as a pretty awful rape and sexual assault scene.  The main characters also had a child who passed away (not murder!) so keep those things in mind. 

I'd heard a lot of great things about  The Last Thing He Told Me and maybe I was just coming off of reading His and Hers which I felt like dotted all the I's and crossed all the t's - but I found it to be a little bit underwhelming.  Don't get me wrong... I enjoyed it but there were parts of it that I found to be a little bit far fetched.  I also didn't find the step-daughter endearing AT ALL which I think colored my view a bit as well.  

I'm currently listening to  The Henna Artist audiobook and am reading  The Night Swim (SO SO SO GOOD!) and will keep y'all posted when I'm done.  I'd love to know what you're reading now and what you're recommending!  HAPPY Thursday, friends!!!

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  1. Yesterday at the library they scanned my card and the librarian said that I needed to have it renewed. She asked if I had my ID and I told her it was in the car but I could go get it. She said, 'No, you'll be back.' They know me well.

    1. Same at my library. So weird that I got an email saying I needed to renew my card, as well.

  2. I just finished “The Lies That Bind“ by Emily Giffin last night… I stayed up past midnight to finish it. I think this is one you would really, really like. Have I mentioned The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Emerson Wood to you? Since you like women and historical fiction - all about building the Brooklyn Bridge. I’m disappointed in your review of “The Last Thing He Told Me” b/c it’s sitting on my nightstand. But, I have Malibu Rising coming (Taylor Jenkins Reid) and can’t wait to get it!! Sounds like His and Hers will go on my reading list too :). Thanks for the reviews - glad you are getting some reading time in this summer!

  3. I agreed with The Last Thing He Told Me….maybe I expected more since there was so much hype. I am going to read His and Hers next! Love the BoOk posts!

  4. Thanks for all the great recommendations!
    I felt the same way about “The Last Thing He Told Me” was underwhelming.
    After that, I somehow ended up on Elin Hilderbrand’s “The Perfect Couple” which has me hooked, it’s a good “beachy” mystery.

    I am also ready James Patterson’s “The Cornwalls are Gone”

    And most importantly your suggestion “Mama Bear Apologetics”
    Which is fantastic!!
    Thanks for always recommending such great books!

  5. HIGHLY suggest: The Rose Code, The Nature of Fragile Things, The Hail Mary Project (so good), The Woman With the Blue Star (so so good) ALL OF THE ABOVE BOOKS were 5 stars for me. That is rare!

  6. The Night Swim is a good one! I'm going to get His and Hers right now! Thanks for the suggestions!

  7. I’m a teacher, too, and it always takes me a week or two to “settle” into summer break. I have to reprogram myself to relax. This year I had a cleaning service deep clean my house on the second day of break as a reward to myself for surviving this school year! Highly recommend!
    I totally agree about being underwhelmed by The Last Thing He Told Me. I think my expectations were too high. His and Hers sounds good. I might have to get that next!

  8. I think I liked The Last Thing He Told Me because I did like the step- daughter... being a step- daughter myself I could relate a bit to her hostility. LOL. I highly recommend The Nature of Fragile Things-- part mystery/ part historical fiction.


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