It’s been a while since I’ve done any book reviews and I’ve still been reading quite a lot! I’ve been reading “easier” books recently (more beachy, chick lit type books) just to give my brain a break from the more stressful life changes I’ve been going through with losing my job and moving to Kansas City with my family while job searching in Colorado. Haha all in four weeks! So here are some of the books that I’ve been reading recently:
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book,Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I love Amy Poehler and heard good things about her book, but I’ve read biographical type books before I tend to skim them and get bored. What I didn’t realize was how impactful and “personal development-esque” this book ended up being. Amy said so many impactful things, along with some funny and interesting stories, that I left the book wishing I’d bought it in hard-copy rather than borrowing it from the library so I could highlight and take notes. If you’ve been on the fence about reading this book, DO IT! You won’t regret it!
Take Me Home by Nancy Herknes
A big-city girl returns to her country roots for a fresh start, with the help of a wounded racehorse, an emotionally scarred but irresistible veterinarian, and a love to last a lifetime.
Oh my. Haha. Lesson learned: many Kindle Unlimited books are romance novels. Although this was a very good book, I must warn you before I continue that there were a few scenes that were a little more descriptive than I needed to hear. Just FYI.
Moving on, I really did love the story of this book. The author really develops the characters’ backgrounds and figures out why they are feeling or acting certain ways based on what they’ve experienced in the past. I think this connects with me a lot right now as I’m working through coaching women, as well as self-reflecting, and realizing ways that people tend to hold themselves back due to beliefs they’ve formed about themselves. I also love that the book wasn’t completely predictable. While I generally knew how it would end (especially once I figured out it was a romance), the story took a few twists that I wasn’t expecting and I really did enjoy the storyline.
The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft
Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.
A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.
Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.
Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?
When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.
Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.
Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?
By the time I finished this book it actually felt similar to Gone Girl. Not in the completely twisted ending ;), but in the whole concept of the main character’s life being completely upended and delving into a mystery that she certainly wasn’t looking for. There were many, many twists and turns to this story and I definitely wasn’t expecting a lot of them. If you’re looking for a suspensful thriller, this is definitely for you. I’m pretty sure I was on the edge of my allegorical seat the entire time!
Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.
Rocked by the discovery of a young woman’s skeletal remains, the New England town of Surrey wants answers. Hard-nosed investigative reporter Levi St John is determined to get them. Aubrey has no choice but to get involved, even at the terrifying risk of stirring spirits connected to a dead woman’s demise and piquing her new reporting partner’s suspicions.
As Aubrey and Levi delve further into the mystery, secrets are revealed and passion ignites. It seems that Aubrey’s ghost gifts are poised to deliver everything but a normal life.
I loved the concept of Aubrey’s gift and her struggle throughout her life of how to use it and incorporate it into her own life without letting it take over her or drive her crazy. I also love things having to do with ghosts, so of course I found this fascinating. I enjoyed how the author slowly revealed the mystery they were trying to solve, as well as the unexpected backstory of it’s subject.
Similarly to the story, the author also slowly gives us tidbits and flashbacks to both Aubrey and Levi’s history, which makes them much more dynamic characters and gets the reader more invested in their own individual stories as well as their relationship with one another. If you like mysteries and ghost stories, along with a little romance, this is definitely a fun read!
What have you read recently?
What’s your favorite genre to read?