The Book of Lost Friends – Lisa Wingate
It took me a while to get into this story, but 1/3 in and I was hooked. The audio version was great. Taking place in post civil war Louisiana and Texas, it’s historical fiction about humanity and survival and how choices we make today affect generations to come. 3.5/5 stars
Conviction – Denise Mina
I really hate giving a book a low rating. I think of the author who has poured their heart and soul into their writing and then had the courage to put it out in the world. I also believe that there are times in your life that you are meant to read a certain book and times that you aren’t. For whatever reason, this book was not for me. For sure the narration on the audiobook put me off. I just did not like it at all. But also, the jumping back and forth between characters and storylines was confusing in audio. I listened for about an hour and then decided life is too short and filed this one as an Abandoned Book. I may try to get it in paperback from my library and see if I like that format better. – DNF (did not finish)
The Unbreakables – Lisa Barr
A story of woman who jets off to France after her life, marriage and friendships implode on the evening of her 42nd birthday. This book is light and fluffy and completely unrealistic in all the right ways. 2.5/5 stars
Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Gracia
My only regret with this audiobook was that I did not listen to it in October when it is extra fun to be surrounded by all things spooky. The storyline is about a young woman who goes to her recently married cousin in the Mexican countryside after receiving a disturbing letter from her. When she arrives at the house, it quickly becomes clear that nothing about this house and its occupants are what they seem. It is deliciously dark and atmospheric with fantastic storytelling. While I loved it, I can see why this book is so polarizing in its reviews. I would only recommend it to a few other friends whose tastes align closely with mine. 4.5/5 stars
As always, you can see a consolidated list of all my book reviews HERE.
Now it’s your turn – what book have you recently read that you can’t stop thinking about? I don't know about you, but I need some solid book recommendations to get me through these winter months. Something that will pull me in immediately and keep me going through to the very last page. So tell me in the comments what you are reading, what you are loving, and what book recs you have for me.
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