The 7/12 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle |  Stuart Turton |   Sourcebooks Landmark | Pub: 9/18/18 "People are murdered every day. Righting one wrong can’t be the only reason for all of this.” Right when I joined bookstagram in January of 2019, I saw this book EVERYWHERE. Naturally I went to my local Half Priced Books and asked them to order it for me. They hadn’t even heard of it! Here we are now a year later, and I have finally read the book. It was incredible. I am actually really upset that I am done reading it. It is truly one of the only books that has ever stumped me. Hand me a mystery or thriller and I typically can figure it out before it ends, sometimes even before halfway through, but not this book. Even as the ending was unfolding, I couldn’t grasp what was happening. Truly a work of art. The book is about a man name Aiden Bishop. He is trapped in Blackheath to solve a murder. He repeats the same day for 8 days until it is solved and each day he...
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder |  Holly Jackson |   Delacorte Press | Pub: 2/4/20 "And present Pip is always happy with past Pip’s decisions.” For the month of March, I picked 3 Book of the Month (BOTM) books. I simply couldn’t choose, and I had a free book because it’s my birthday month. I wasn’t sure if I was in the mood for a YA Mystery/Whodunnit book, but I clearly was. It took me 3 days to read this book. Maybe because I have been so wrapped up in the Adnan Syed case ( Season 1 Serial Podcast ) that this felt like that story just a bit. And who doesn’t love solving a crime? In A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder , we follow Pippa during her senior year of high school. She has chosen to do her senior project on a crime that was committed in her hometown only 5 years ago. The murder of Andie Bell committed by Sal Singh. Sal committed suicide and was charged with Andie’s death but Pippa doesn’t think Sal did the crime. With Sal dead and no one to speak up fo...
The Grace Year |  Kim Liggett |   Wednesday Books | Pub Date: 10/8/19 "Heaven is a boy in a treehouse, with cold hands and a warm heart.” The Grace Year by Kim Liggett was the March pick for my in real life book club. I was hesitant to pick it up at first. I had friends who loved it and friends who didn’t, so I was worried where I was going to end up. SPOILER ALERT: I LOVED IT! The Grace Year takes you through the journey of Tierney. A smart young girl who is approaching womanhood and who must endure her Grace Year. The men send the woman away for a year so they can “release their magic”. (Snorts) If a woman dreams or hides her magic after the grace year or helps the women on the outskirts, they will be killed. The women of years past do not ever speak of the grace year. So, none of these girls know what to expect. All they know is they will come back broken, mentally and physically, or they may not come back at all. Tierney receives a veil; thi...
The Bromance Book Club |  Lyssa Kay Adams |   Berkley | Pub Date: 11/5/19 "Love is enough. It’s always enough.” All of the characters were annoying. Thea let her past take over too much of the relationship and her feelings. Liv was just absolutely annoying and not supportive. Gavin didn’t handle things well and failed Thea’s ‘tests’. It was a roller coaster of annoying characters who didn’t know how to communicate with each other. Beyond that though, I love the idea of a Bromance Book Club. I think men would benefit greatly from reading some romance novels. I even went to hand my fianc√© the book and said, “maybe you should read this”. He laughed at me because he doesn’t read but that is neither here nor there. I wish that we would have learned a bit more about the other men’s struggles with their wives. How the book club got started. Those types of things. I think the best parts of the story were: -the pumpkin spice latte scene -the first dat...