July 10, 2018

June Books

Everything I read this last month was true-crime-ish, with the exception of one of David Sedaris' older books. I won't give you the synopses because that would defeat the purpose and we can all google things, right? However, the only book worth getting on the wait list for is the first one on the list. The rest were a bit meh.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
This was GOOD. I've found that Lisa Jewell is pretty reliable overall and will continue to read her books. I couldn't put it down. I won't say there were parts that weren't predictable or some of the twists weren't something I saw coming...I thought it was put together well, though.

Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks Netgalley!

I wanted more from this book. It was about three women who went on a girls' trip to Mexico and unfortunate events ensued and they...oh, I'm already bored. Seriously. The Good Widow, last summer by the same author(s), was one I couldn't put down. This new book not-so-much.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
This likely wasn't the best book to read while 8 months pregnant. It was okay. Semi-forgettable. Not thrilling. It was literally just okay. Lots of characters/relationships to keep straight.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
I listened to this. There were some funny parts. There were some boring parts. I would like to read more of his books, as it is like listening to a comedy routine. But I'm not THAT interested, if that makes sense.

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
I never wanted to pick this up. It was the only book I had on me though for about a week, so I kept at it. So many people have been posting about Lippman's new book Sunburn, but nothing about this book would make me pursue all her other books, if that makes sense.

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks Netgalley!

There was something about this that I didn't like at all. But there was also something about it that was interesting and kept me coming back to it. If you like stories that take place in Ireland, try it. The part that was tedious was that each chapter was told from a different POV (which is fiiiine), but each chapter would rehash the previous chapter from a new character's POV. It filled in a lot of gaps, because the reader knew much that the characters didn't, but it was like really taking the long way around things to get to the point of the plot.


Also, I tried And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie because I feel like I'm missing something with not being absolutely enthralled by her books. I gave up on Murder on the Orient Express last winter. I wish people would stop talking about how amazing certain "classics" are, because some of us just. don't. like. them. I got the audio from the library and it was narrated by Dan Stevens so I really did give it an honest effort and then I realized I didn't care at all. Not even a little bit.

I'm up to 31 books for this year so far, which means I already hit that goal I set on Goodreads back in January when I knew we'd be in a year of upheaval with moving and having a baby and whatnot. I set the bar low on purpose. I'll keep at it but I'm not going to waste time on books that I don't like. An audiobook gets an hour, tops, and a print copy gets 20% before I move on.

Recommend a GOOD book!

Linking up with Jana and Steph!

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