Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager is one of those keep you up at night quick reads.  It is set in Manhattan in a fictional building named the Bartholomew, a building steep in history with a dark past.  Jules is a young lady who is down on her luck and has just been hired as an apartment sitter in this strange building.  There are a few rules which include that Jules must stay every night in her apartment and no visitors.  In return, Jules is promised a thousand dollars every week for her twelve week stay.  This is a lot of money for someone like her.  She quickly finds out, however, that if it sounds too good to be true, it just might be.


If you are looking for a quick read that is spooky but not too spooky then check this one out!



Monday, July 29, 2019

Book Club - August



I am excited to announce that my book club will be reading Educated by Tara Westover.  We have been reading fiction so I think a memoir will be a nice change of pace. 

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I just finished Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot.  The first half of the book took me a few days to get in to (mostly because of my schedule) but once I got to the second half of the book I could not put it down and finished it in a day.  It was a great book! 

The story follows Kya, a young girl left to fend for her self in the shack she lived in with her family on the marsh until everyone else left. As she grows up she is seen as an outcast by the town people and often struggles to find her own way.  The story also follows the story of Chase Andrews, a local town boy who died unexpectedly in young adulthood.

If you are looking for a great read, this is for you!


Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

This story follows the lives of Caleb Michaels, a high school football player, and Adam, a smart student who struggles with depression.  Caleb has unique abilities that makes going to high school a nightmare.  He can feel what others are feeling around him.  It isn't until he connects with Adam that he finds a calm in the emotional storm.  Overall this is a great read giving a window in to the complicated emotions of teenagers.



The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh



Imagine a chance to start over.  Memory wiped.  New name.  That's what the resident of the Blinds get, a fresh start.  People can enter the program if they have committed a crime or if they witnessed a crime.  Once you enter the blinds residents don't know into which category they fall. For 8 years this program has worked well until some deaths begin to occur.  Now there are outsiders who have entered the community to try and bring order to the group.

This was a fun mystery (non-thriller) type read.  I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book to read with a different premise and a slight mystery.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Wow! Wow! Wow!  My mind is still racing after this incredible read from Ruth Ware.  The Turn of the Key  is simply amazing.  Many have said it is Ware's best book yet.  This is the first I have read by her but it exceeded my expectations.

Rowan is a nanny trying to prove her innocence after she is accused of the murder of one of the children under her care.  The family, Rowan, and everyone involved has their own secrets that keeps the reader on their toes until the very end.  This is a must read!  Check it out when it hits the shelves in August, 2019.


I received an advanced copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan's Sourdough is an interesting tale of a computer programmer, Lois Clardy, who came to San Francisco ready to change the world.  She quickly realizes, however, that she is just going through the motions and isn't really happy.  This realization comes from a unique relationship she had with some brothers who ran a hole-in-the-wall restaurant and the food she fell in love with.  Unfortunately the brothers had to leave the country due to visa issues. Before they leave, they leave Lois with the task of keeping their secret sourdough starter alive and encourage her to learn to bake with it.

This is a quick read but may not be for everyone because it is a little quarky. If you are looking for a quick read with a slight fantasy element (while still mainly realistic) then this book is for you.


Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin is slightly out of my normal genre range as I don't often read mysteries and thrillers but after reading the description of this one I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did!  The author tells about Sara Hall and her career at an investment firm in the recent past.  At the same time the reader follows the story of 4 colleagues who are trapped in an elevator as part of an escape room team building challenge...or so they think.  Soon the puzzles turn in to more than just riddles and a fight for survival.

This was a captivating tale that kept me engaged right up until the end.  Overall it is a solid read.  People who enjoy mysteries and thrillers as well as people who are not typically into this genre will enjoy this book when it comes out July 30, 2019.

Image from NetGalley.com





I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

July Book of the Month Picks





If you are not a member of Book of the Month Club you don't know what your missing!  It is like Christmas every month.  It cost $14.99 a month and you get to pick from 5 current (or even  not yet released) books.   After the first book you can add up to 2 more books to your box for $9.99 each.  I actually love it so much I have two accounts!  This is something that you can do for yourself and not spend a lot of money.   I love it!  You can join here and get a free book for joining: https://www.mybotm.com/e4m0b14796o


This month I chose The Gifted School and The Gods of Jade and Shadow.  The other 4 books pictured are my add-ons. I cannot wait to read them and give a review!

July 1st Book Club Meeting


Yesterday I held my first official book club meeting after reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  I was nervous that no one would show up or that it would be awkward but I am pleased to say that neither were the case! We had over a dozen people show up and the conversation flowed well!  The best part was that we had a diverse group of both men and women which aided in the rich discussion.

We followed BookBub's Book Club Kit which can be found at https://www.bookbub.com/blog/book-club-kit-little-fires-everywhere-book-club-questions-celeste-ng.  It offered great discussion questions and even came with an awesome playlist that complimented the book well.  

If you haven't read the book yet I recommend it!  You can get it here:








Our next book will be Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I cannot wait to meet with this awesome group the first week in August!  Get the book here:



One by One

This is the second book I have read by Ruth Ware, and I am confident I have found one of my favorite authors!  One by One starts with a gro...