Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February 2018 Book Review


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The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley.  This is my second home book of the year, and I have to say I liked this one a whole lot better than the first!  It breaks things up, and at the end of each chapter has checklists for you to do to help get organized.  Now some of it still was common sense, and some of it was a little out of touch (like most people I know don't have a 'baking station' in their kitchen - I mean I have most of my baking supplies grouped together for convenience, but it's nothing I would consider a baking station - for some reason that particular comment just stood out to me, haha!), but overall it was a good read and I definitely would suggest it if you are wanting some structure and help getting your home organized.

Deadline by Sandra Brown.  I am usually a fan of Sandra Brown and this was no different.  I liked this story and how it unfolded - it was a bit different and there was definitely a huge twist at the end that I did not expect at all.  If you like mystery and suspense - and some romance - this is a good book to read!

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.  This was my book club book, and while I had to miss attending club, I still read the book.  I was curious about this one, because I remember it being a popular book.  I wasn't a fan.  I thought it was a little confusing and slow and just odd.  And I felt like I didn't get all my answers by the end of the book.  Turns out, not many that actually made it to book club read it, and those that did, were not fans either.  So in my opinion (and some others!), this is one to skip.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  This is my second time checking out this book, because I didn't get to read it before I needed to return it.  I thought it was a really good book.  Very topical, too, with all that is being talked about in the world these days.  My only issue was I feel like the ending wasn't as clear as I had hoped - I want things spelled out for me so I get good closure, but that is my only qualm with the book.  I know it's a popular one, as well, but if you haven't read it yet, I would suggest it!

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel.  I needed something a little more light hearted after Bear Town, and this fit the bill.  It's about a girl who gets a job in admissions at a private school in New York.  There are quite a few characters, which keeps things interesting.  A few of them are annoying, but isn't it rare to find a book where you like every single thing about every single character?  It was cute and one that I would recommend.

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke.  I have been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark for a long time now, and I feel like her books are always ones I can count on for being good.  In this book, they have a show that revisits cold cases to share the story, and hopefully help to solve the crime.  This one was about a woman who was thrown to her death at a Met Ball.  It was interesting, and I feel like, while you have an idea of who did it, you are between a few until the end and aren't sure how it will all play out.  Another good one!

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle.  This book hooked me.  I was so confused at what was going on, and what the end result would be.  After being married for 7 years, a woman realizes that her husband isn't who she thought he was.  It's very interesting with good twists and turns throughout.  I would recommend this one for sure!

Linking up with Steph.

25 comments:

  1. OK I felt like I was the only person on earth who couldn't get in to In To the Water! I did try to listen to it on audio-book though so I thought that was the issue. YES to The Marriage Lie! SO good!!

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  2. I loved Beartown...I know what you mean about the ending though. Luckily, the sequel comes out in a few months :) I didn't mind Into the Water as much as many people, I liked it enough, but it's not a re-read and I wouldn't necessarily recommend it either.

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  3. I felt the same way about Into the Water. I was so excited about it and it was kind of blah and over-complicated at the same time.

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  4. The Marriage Lie sounds really intriguing! I'm not that interested in Into the Water as I didn't really care for Girl on the Train.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  5. Book reviews are my fave spot for finding new reads! I haven't read Mary Higgins Clark in years...may have to grab this one.

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  6. The Home Organization would probably do me some good- so far 2018 is the year of purging & taking care of things like that :)

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  7. Did you read Marie Kondo's book? that is the best home organizing book I have read.

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  8. I read Beartown, too. I LOVED it, but I do understand what you mean about the ending.

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  9. I loved Girl on the Train but Into the Water has gotten so many mixed reviews that it's been pushed to the bottom of my TBR. Some days it feels like I'm the only person who hasn't read Beartown but it's been hyped so much that my expectations are unrealistically high so I keep waiting. :D I used to love Mary Higgins Clark. It's been years since I've read a book by her. I may have to grab one, for old-time's sake.

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  10. Into the Water....I skipped because so many readers didn't care for it. I loved A Man Named Ove much better than Beartown. Great reading month for you!

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  11. oooh boy, these look like great recommendations!! i'm getting back on a reading kick in my own life and hoping to stay on it, so thanks for sharing these!!!

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  12. I loved Beartown but the ending was too open for me. That's when I discovered it was going to be a series, so hopefully the next one (comes out some time this year) answers those questions. I haven't read Deadline but I do love me some Sandra Brown. I liked Into the Water but it might have been a case of low expectations and perfect timing lol

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  13. The organization book sounds so interesting-- I like books that are practical even if you don't take every single tip or recommendation into consideration. I agree that Into the Water was soo slow, it definitely wasn't my favorite when I read it either. Beartown is getting a sequel so you might get more of the ending you were hoping for!

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  14. I felt the same way about Into the Water...was just not for me.

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  15. I liked Into the Water a lot - I think I'm in the minority.

    Also in the minority in that I cannot read Backman books. I don't care for them at all.

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  16. I've been making my way through that home organization book and I love it! I could look at pictures of organized spaces all day long and never get tired.

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  17. Beartown and Into the Water are already on my list - I'm trying to stick with books I already have but haven't been successful so far. I'm sure if I find them while browsing at the library, they'll be bumped up the reading list.

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  18. I've been looking at Bear Town for a while now but just haven't read it. I'm glad that you recommend it!

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  19. So glad to know Into the Water is worth skipping! Great review lady!

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  20. My library always has Into the Water available when I look, but I feel like you are about the tenth person who has said they just didn't care for it. So skip? I love Sandra Brown, haven't read Deadline yet. Adding it! I am also adding The Marriage Lie and Mary Higgins Clark's series. I liked Beartown alright, but it sort of dragged in a few parts for me and I really didn't care about the hockey aspect of it at all. Once I was able to keep everyone straight though, it got better.

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  21. I’m glad that you got to read Beartown! I’ve actually heard that he’s writing a sequel to it which would be really interesting to read!

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  22. Into the water was just too confusing but I loved Small Admissions and Beartown

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  23. I felt the same way about the end of Beartown! I was like who was who out of the 4 guys he talked about?!? I usually like Mary Higgins Clark, but I found that one a little slow.

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  24. I've heard great things about The Marriage Lie.

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