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Everything I Read in May 2024

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Everything I Read in May 2024

Everything I Read in May 2024

1. Just For the Summer

This is a really fun beach read though it got a bit more deep than I anticipated. LOL Justin posted on a Reddit thread how every girl that he dates breaks up with him and then finds her soul mate right after. He is convinced that it’s a curse and doesn’t know how to break it. Emma reads the thread and realizes that she faces the same issue. So Emma DM’s Justin on a whim to laugh about the fact that she has the “curse” too. They begin talking and both decide to try and break the curse with each other. It’s a light hearted fun read that does get deep at times but overall I really enjoyed it. Rating: 8.5

2. The Stillwater Girls

This book was a fast read but honestly I felt there wasn’t much depth to it. It felt unfinished in so many ways. Sage and her sister Evie are being raised off-the-grid and far away from civilization. When their mom leaves one night to seek medical help for their youngest sister, Sage and Evie are left to take care of themselves. But when a few days turns into more than a month, the two sisters begin to really worry. When a man comes to their cottage looking for their mother, Sage and Evie escape and run to go find help. They stumble upon a house across the woods from them and are taken in by a woman and her husband. But as the authorities begin their search into who these girls are and what happened to their mother, secrets are revealed that no one is ready for. Rating: 7

3. Run

I read this book for my book club and sadly it was another let down. It’s a short book but I still wanted more development within the story. Tip and Teddy Doyle are brothers who were adopted as infants by the former mayor of Boston. He raised them as his own and hoped they would eventually follow his footsteps into a career in politics. But neither Tip nor Teddy want to follow that career path and are trying to find their own way in the world.

One snowy night after attending a political rally, the brothers and their Dad are leaving and get in an argument. Tip storms off and is almost hit by a car but at the last minute is pushed out of the way by a stranger and her young daughter. Tip and Teddy stay with the woman and girl until help arrives and follow them to the hospital. The one thing that don’t know yet is that this stranger is connected to them in an important way and this chance encounter will forever change their lives. Rating: 7

4. The Frozen River

My favorite book out of the entire group!!! I wasn’t sure I would be into this book because it’s a historical fiction novel based on the life of midwife Martha Ballard during the 18th century. But I was immediately hooked after the first few chapters and ended up LOVING it. The author added some fictional context to develop the story further and the entire book was captivating.

Martha is a midwife in a small town and is summoned to examine the body of a man pulled out of the Kennebec River. He is clearly dead but Martha isn’t convinced it was an accident. The man in question was accused of raping a woman in the town and Martha believes his death could have been a murder. I finished this book in two days and there are quite a few details throughout the book that left me in shock. Such a page turner!! Rating: 9

5. One Perfect Couple

I liked this book but didn’t love it. I think it’s worth mentioning that not every book has to be a massive hit for me to want to read it. Books can keep my attention but still not be a favorite. I feel like you can still enjoy books without each one needing to be a gripping page turner. I like Ruth Ware books and this one kept my attention from start to finish.

Lyla and her boyfriend Nico are approached to audition for a new reality show where they will compete against other couples to be the ‘One Perfect Couple’. Lyla is hesitant but Nico is immediately on board. The show will film on a remote island in the Indian Ocean and last for 8-10 weeks. As soon as Lyla arrives, she already has hesitations as to the legitimacy of the show. The other contestants arrive and begin to settle into their accommodations. A storm hits a few nights after they arrive and destroys the island. Lyla and the other contestants are stranded without any way to communicate with the mainland. They have to band together to find a way to survive and get rescued. Rating: 8

6. The Covenant of Water

I’m sorry. I tried. I really did but I could not finish this book. And I couldn’t even get halfway through because it was WAY too dull. If I’m being honest, it felt too literary for my taste. Like the kind of book you would discuss in a high level college lit class. It had so many amazing reviews so I had high hopes but it was not for me. Rating: Did not finish

PS. Last month’s Book Review.

All the Books I Read Recently

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All the Books I Read Recently

All the Books I Read Recently

1. The Seven Year Slip

Both my mom and I read this book and our reaction was a simple “meh”. It was interesting enough to finish but the premise was sort of confusing and at times hard to follow. Clementine is a book publicist living in NYC and everything is going well in her life except when it comes to love. Clementine’s aunt has recently passed away and left her NYC apartment to Clementine. This seems fortuitous until she arrives at the apartment and finds a random man staying there. His name is Iwan and is the son of a friend of her aunt. However the twist to this whole meeting is that when Clementine steps inside her aunt’s apartment, it is immediately 7 years earlier. Clementine and Iwan form a friendship that doesn’t exist outside the apartment because in the future, Iwan and Clementine don’t know each other anymore. Can Clementine find the current day Iwan? And will their chemistry still be the same? Rating: 7.5

2. The Girl Next Door

It is VERY rare that I don’t find a book. It’s only happened maybe one or two other times but I simply could NOT finish this. Gory, scary or true crime type books never really bother me but this book was just too upsetting to finish. And the fact that it is based on the true story of Sylvia Likens makes this even harder to read. The story centers around two sisters who have been orphaned after their parents died in a car accident and had to go live with relatives. Their aunt Ruth is an absolute monster and inflicts the most insane and dehumanizing torture on both girls. And to make it even worse, she enlists the help of all the neighborhood kids to carry out the abuse. I shudder just thinking about the story and recommend not even putting this on your “to be read” list. Rating: DON’T READ IT

3. She’s Not Sorry

The fact that I read another psychological thriller after The Girl Next Door is probably cause for a therapy session, but nonetheless this book was an entertaining read that had so many good twists and turns that really kept me guessing. Meghan is trying to balance being an ICU nurse and a single mom to a teenage girl. Meghan loves her job but tries to keep a professional distance between herself and her patients. Until Caitlin arrives after reportedly jumping from a bridge in an obvious suicide attempt. But Caitlin’s parents had no idea she was struggling mentally and can’t understand why this happened. Meghan becomes intertwined in the family’s drama and believes there is more to this story. Did Caitlin jump or was she pushed?! I won’t give away anymore because there is a twist halfway through the book that will completely blow your mind and make you rethink everything you read prior to it. Rating: 9

4. The Women

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ IN MY LIFE!!!! I am a huge fan of the author Kristin Hannah and have read many of her books and each of them still stick with me to this day. And to think that Kristin Hannah has been working on this book since 1997 makes so much sense because it is a true masterpiece. The title alone gives me chills because it is about some of the strongest women imaginable. In fact most of Kristin Hannah’s books are centered around women and highlight their strength, resiliency and support of one another. Frankie is a 20 year old nursing student and after losing her brother in Vietnam, decides to enlist herself and become an Army Corps nurse to continue his legacy. From her time in Vietnam to the years following her return, this story will absolutely break your heart while simultaneously have you feeling so proud to be a woman. Rating: 10

5. The Rose Code

I thought that I would keep the women doing amazing things during war time theme going with this next book and sadly it was absolute torture to get through. Ugh. It was slow, tedious and did not hold my attention. The book is based on the true story of the women of Bletchley Park, who worked for the British government trying to break German military code during the second world war. These women were instrumental in helping decode so much important information while doing so in a completely male dominated environment. Though the characters are fictional, they are loosely based on actual women that lived and worked at Bletchley Park. The premise of the story sounds amazing but I just couldn’t get into it and felt it dragged on. Rating: 6

6. How To Sell a Haunted House

To have one of the best books I have ever read in the same post as some of the worst books I have read in a long time is quite ironic. What the heck was this monstrosity of a book? I got about 1/4 of the way through and knew it was not for me. I stuck with it until the end but it is absolutely absurd and ridiculous (and sorta gross). Louise’s parents have died tragically in a car accident so she must return to her hometown and settle up their estate. The only thing standing in her way is her brother, Mark, who is trying to make things more difficult. Things start to get really weird when they come across Louise’s mom’s puppet that she always used to entertain Louise and Mark when they were kids. It seems the puppet is possessed/haunted/full of evil and Louise and Mark need to figure out how to rid their home of this creepy puppet. Yup, the book is about an evil puppet. I can handle a bit of dark fantasy but this book was insane. Rating: 1

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