I went through this entire month thinking I had only read 3 books, which is totally fine. But when I was in a book club discussion with a couple of my friends and looking at Goodreads to pick our next book selection, I saw that I had actually read more than 3! So buckle in for another long winded book review. LOL.
- The Terminal List by Jack Carr
A Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for after he discovers that the American government is behind the deaths of his team in this ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller.
On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government.
Ooof. This book started out good and then it got dismal as I kept going. I’ll be honest…didn’t finish it and I’m still gonna count it as a book I’ve read this month. The characters I had a hard time keeping track of, I didn’t understand any of the military jargon, and felt like some of the plot could have been eliminated from the story. They have or are in the process of making an Amazon Prime series based off the book series, starring Chris Pratt. Hopefully the show is better than the books.
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ 2/5
2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.
The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.
I love Colleen Hoover books, and I enjoyed this book, but part of it for me was kind of, eh. I felt like the romance part could have been a little less. We get it, they like each other. Let’s move on. There were parts of the story that almost brought me to tears, especially the letters she writes to Scotty during and after her time in prison. There is usually a plot twist with CoHo’s books and it wasn’t there and I was sad there wasn’t.
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 3/5
3. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
When Lux McAllister and her boyfriend, Nico, are hired to sail two women to a remote island in the South Pacific, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Stuck in a dead-end job in Hawaii, and longing to travel the world after a family tragedy, Lux is eager to climb on board The Susannah and set out on an adventure. She’s also quick to bond with their passengers, college best friends Brittany and Amma. The two women say they want to travel off the beaten path. But like Lux, they may have other reasons to be seeking an escape.
But with the arrival of a skeevy stranger sailing alone in pursuit of a darker kind of good time, the balance of the group is disrupted. Soon, cracks begin to emerge: it seems that Brittany and Amma haven’t been completely honest with Lux about their pasts––and perhaps not even with each other. And though Jake and Eliza seem like the perfect pair, the rocky history of their relationship begins to resurface, and their reasons for sailing to Meroe might not be as innocent as they first appeared.
When it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in on them. And when one person goes missing, and another turns up dead, Lux begins to wonder if any of them are going to make it off the island alive.
Oh where oh where do I begin. Disappointment. That’s where I’m gonna start. I think this book was one of my BOTM books and I was really excited to read it. It was hyped up to be a fabulous thriller and it was just BORING. Oh my goodness was it boring and not at all what I expected, in a bad way. By reading the description of the book prior to choosing it for my BOTM book, I thought it was going to be like And Then There Were None by master of mystery murder novels, Agatha Christie. It felt a little Agatha Christie-esque towards the end of the book. There are different view points throughout the book, which sets up the ending of the story and why the characters do the things they do, but at times they were probably not important and a little dull at times. Also, there are these random emails or Twitter conversations that pop up that doesn’t make sense nor I feel like helps with the story line at all. Overall, waste of my time and monies.
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ 2/5
4. And Away… by Bob Mortimer
Bob Mortimer’s life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to cancel an upcoming tour. The episode unnerved him, but forced him to reflect on his life so far. This is the framework for his hilarious and moving memoir, And Away…
Review in four words: Bob Mortimer is hilarious. Enough said. Read this autobiography and then head to YouTube and check out videos of his sketches with Vic Reeves and his time on the British panel show, Would I Lie to You? ( Also available on Amazon Prime)
And I realize that was more than four words.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
5. Home Stretch by Graham Norton
It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony, a group of young friends, including the bride and groom, are involved in an accident. Three survive. Three are killed.
The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them ripple throughout the small town. Connor survived, but living among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as carrying the shame of having been the driver. He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him. Traveling first to Liverpool, then London, he eventually makes a home—of sorts—for himself in New York, where he finds shelter and the possibility of forging a new life.
But the secrets—the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind—will not be silenced. Before long, Connor will have to confront his past.
A powerful and timely novel of emigration and return, Home Stretch demonstrates Norton’s keen understanding of the power of stigma and secrecy—and their devastating effect on ordinary lives.
I’ve read a Graham Norton book previously to reading this one, and I thought it was going to be similar to the last – which was kind of mystery/thriller/family drama novel, and this turned out to be just a work of contemporary fiction. Which is fine, just not what I expected. It was a bit slow at times, and but I thought it was wonderfully written.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
6. A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?
Another time waster. Oof. Her Girl on the Train was MUCH better than this nonsense. The shifts in time was too much, there were parts of a novel/memoir that were included in the novel that was confusing to the story which to me is not necessary.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ 2/5
This month was not great for MUST READS. A lot of misses and not a lot of hits. Maybe next month will be much better.
That’s it for this month!! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books I’ve read this month and your thoughts on them below!!