First, I want to say a BIG thank you for all your sweet comments and lovely praise for my little home office. I’m so glad you all enjoyed how it turned out just as much as I did. You totally made my week, sweet friends. Thank you.
And now for today’s topic…
It’s book review time again! Yay!
I hit a bit of a slump with the reading just before the holidays, but I’m back in the game now. I read some good stuff last month. Let’s get to it, shall we?
WHAT I READ
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Nicolette has it all – a great job, an amazing fiancé, and a perfect life living in the city. But all that becomes threatened when her brother summons her back home to the sleepy small town where she grew up. When she returns, secrets from her past start to resurface – a young girl is missing and the similarities between this new case and the unsolved disappearance of Nicolette’s best friend years ago do not go unnoticed by the people of her hometown. Could her family have something to do with the missing girls?
Let me just say, I did not enjoy this book. I had to force my way through it. The storyline was ok, but the characters were flat and I never really grew an attachment to any of them. And then there’s the way it’s written. The whole book was written in reverse – each chapter covered the day before the last. I found it confusing at times, and that may be partly because the book itself had a hard time holding my attention.
My Recommendation: Skip it.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
We all know and love them, but not much has been made of the story of how they got to where they are today.
This is a super quick, easy, and interesting read. I read it in one sitting – in fact, this is what kept my mind occupied while Jordan was in surgery. It’s filled with the same warmth and humor you see from Chip and Joanna on TV and I loved it.
My Recommendation: If you’re a Fixer Upper fan, read it.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Surprised and confused when she receives an invitation to her estranged friend’s bachelorette party, Nora reluctantly agrees to attend the weekend festivities. She arrives to find they will be spending the weekend in a strange glass house in the middle of the woods – and things continue to get even more strange as the weekend progresses. Mysterious footsteps in the snow, no phone service, the shocking news of who her friend is marrying, and a murder.
I loved this book! Suspenseful, cleverly written, and just the thought of being alone in the woods in a glass house gave me the creeps.
My Recommendation: Read it.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Ruth, an experienced labor and delivery nurse, starts her shift with a routine check up on a newborn. Moments later she is reassigned to another patient and strictly forbidden to touch the baby at the parent’s request. The parents are white supremacists and Ruth is black. The next day, circumstances leave Ruth alone in the hospital nursery with the baby – and he goes into cardiac arrest. Knowing she is not to touch the child, Ruth hesitates for a split second, and the child dies before the hospital team can save him. The parents blame Ruth and want justice for the loss of their son.
First off, if you have never read a Jodi Picoult book we need to do something about that. Her stories are incredible, insightful, thought-provoking, and only once have I ever been disappointed by something she has written. There are more than a few – including this one – that stay with me long after I have finished them. Small Great Things is, in my opinion, one of her best – I loved it from start to finish and it was an incredibly eye-opening read for me.
My Recommendation: Read it.
The Apartment by S. L. Grey
I’m only about 50 pages in, but it definitely has my attention.
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
A friend just read this and said she finished it in one sitting. Can’t wait to check it out.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Another book recommended by a friend. She said it’s one of those books that takes a while to shake once you’re finished.