Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Book Review: March 2017
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I thought this was a really good book. It's on a very tough and topical subject (race), and I think it is well written. The book is written from the point of view of multiple characters, so you get insight from every side of the story. I would definitely recommend this one.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. This book wasn't my favorite. It has an interesting hook - the couple's babysitter cancels on them, but they still head over to their neighbor's for dinner, monitor in hand, and checking on the baby every 30 minutes. The baby goes missing, and that leads into a whirlwind of twists and turns. I think for me, the book was a little too much, just too much going on with all the twists and turns. The book wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, so if it sounds good to you, then check it out, but it wouldn't be my first pick of the bunch.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines and Mark Dagostino. This book was so, so good. My mom lent it to me forever ago and I finally just go around to reading it. I LOVED it. If you are a Fixer Upper fan, then this is a must read, but even if you aren't and just wanted to read a real story behind a super successful couple and what they went through to get there, then it, too, is a must read for you. A really quick read and very inspiring. I have a feeling this will be one I will reread multiple times.
Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. I thought this was an interesting read, but not as good as the other "Killing" books I have read (Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy). For me, I thought it got a little more into what all was going on at this time, rather than sticking to specifics on Reagan. I would say this made it a bit dryer than the others. It was interesting to find out more about Reagan and the politics behind Hollywood back then with communism and all that. I had no idea! But overall, there were just too many "extras" for me, so I would recommend reading the two I mentioned above before this one.
The Dinner Party by Brenda Janowitz. This book was a decent read. Not good, but not great. I felt some of the characters were kind of annoying, and some I really liked and felt more of a connection with. It's about a family that is hosting a big dinner party, and they have to make it perfect because one of their daughter's new boyfriend's family is coming, who happen to be a very successful family. It takes you through that dinner, then the ups and downs of the relationships after and ends with another dinner party where things come together a bit. Not bad, but not great.
Sting by Sandra Brown. I need some romance to switch things up in my reading, so I picked up this book at the library. I normally like Sandra Brown, and this was no exception. It's an easy and fast paced read, which has you rooting for the bad guy. There are some unexpected twists that I was not expecting and was actually glad they were there, because it helped to end the story how I wanted.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. I could not put this book down. I had heard so much about it, and really thought that it lived up to the hype. Basically, things that seem perfect on the surface, can be totally different "behind closed doors," as the title alludes to. I had formed in my head an idea of how this book would play out and it was totally not extreme enough for the actual content, but that was a nice (yet terrible, because it really was crazy the amount of crazy that was going on!) surprise. Do read this, it's a good one!
If you have any good recommendations, please share!
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