Monday, August 18, 2014

what I've read lately.

I am a terrible blogger, and I have no excuses other than the usual (work, husband time, etc.). I am still constantly reading, though, so I guess there's that. There's a difference between reading and blogging about reading, and blogging is where I suck.

Anyway, I thought I'd talk a bit about the books I've read since my last post. There have been some good ones lately!
This was an emotional book written by what I expect will be a future bestselling author. This book makes you reflect on what you would do if you found out you were dying. Would you pull your loved ones closer, or push them away and retreat into yourself? 
I felt myself getting teary eyed, frustrated, downright angry, and then happy. I felt emotionally spent reading this book, but in a good way. Oftentimes, I almost forgot I wasn't reading a fiction book. It reads as a non-fiction, which I think makes it better. 
The characters are frustrating and real, and flawed. Pamela annoyed me, and I kind of wish we'd gotten more of her story. I won't say much, but I couldn't help but be suspicious of Pamela's motivations. I would have been just as suspicious, if not more, as Daisy was. 
 I loved the Jack part at the end. I really liked learning how it ended, and getting to read some of his perspective.
A must-read for fans of beautifully written fiction - not JUST woman's fiction, but fiction.
If you know me really well, you know I love a good psychological thriller, and Chevy Stevens never disappoints. I discovered her last summer when I won a copy of Always Watching and I've been hooked ever since, devouring all her books in a matter of weeks. I even got my mom hooked! For months all I heard was, "when is the new Chevy book coming out?" (my mom doesn't do the internet).

Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, have been accused of murdering Toni's younger sister, Nicole, because they were the last to be seen with her. One thing I loved (among many) about this book was that it shifted time frames. It switched between when Toni was in high school (when the murder occurred), when Toni was in jail, and after she's out of jail. I loved feeling like I was in Toni's head throughout the entire story.

You can always expect a twist in Steven's novels, and this one was no exception. Around the middle of the book, I had my suspicions about whodunit, and I was right, however, I had no idea what the motive was and it blew me away.

This book has characters you'll love, and many that you'll hate. At times, I found myself loving and hating the exact same character, which plays with your head and makes the story even more compelling.

The Canadian in me appreciates that her stories take place in Canada, and I love the Canadian references in it (Tim Hortons!).

Diane Chamberlain is another of my favourite authors, but this was not my favourite. It was definitely engrossing, but I just felt like something was off. Riley and Lisa both annoyed me for different reasons, and I think that affected my perspective. I have a hard time enjoying a book when I feel absolutely no connection to any of the characters.
Another issue I had was that some things seemed too perfect, such as the ending. Everything was wrapped up in a pretty little bow, and nothing was left for me to imagine on my own.
I did enjoy the book, and think it will do very well when it's released (October 7th), and I would recommend it to people who like a good dysfunctional family thriller.

This was a cute read, and one I've been hearing about for years. I especially loved reading about Anna exploring Paris, as (like many) I would love to go to Paris one day.

I liked Anna, but at times I felt a little annoyed at her. Some of her 'problems' didn't seem like problems at all. Also, St. Clair annoyed me a bit, too. If you're unhappy, end your relationship, don't just stay in it because you don't want to be alone. I didn't really like what Anna and St. Clair did to Meredith. Anna seemed to try and justify her actions a lot throughout the book, and I felt myself sympathising with Mere, rather than Anna.

That being said, I did enjoy the book. I was looking for a sweet, quick read and that's what I got. I enjoyed the friendship between the 5 of them, and felt like their conflicts were pretty accurate (albeit, a bit predictable).
I didn't LOVE it like many others did (perhaps I would have if I was younger?), but I do intend to read about Lola and Isla soon.
I've also read Outlander lately, but it deserves its very own entry soon because I loved it so much!
Let's chat! What has been your favourite book you've read lately?

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