Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Reading is My Favorite

Another month, another link up with Steph and Jana! I have been SO motivated this year to read and I've found so many good books from the linkup so I am keeping my library hold list pretty full!


Final Girls / Riley Sager
Rating: 4/5

Honestly, the only reason this didn't get 5/5 is that I keep that reserved for books like Harry Potter that I am willing to read hundreds of time and never get tired of. This book was GOOD. I was nervous to start it because I don't like gory, slasher films and this is a spin on a slasher film and the "final girl" standing at the end and I was worried about it being too gory for me. Definitely wasn't and the twists were shocking. I thought we were headed one place and we ended up somewhere totally different in the last few chapters. My only criticism is that there was a lot of build up to the twist and then BOOM, the book was over. There was one chapter of somewhat wrap up, so I guess it was better than Since She Went Away in my last link up!

Woman in Cabin 10 / Ruth Ware
Rating: 3/5 

I'm pretty on the fence with this book. I've been hearing about it for awhile now and have been wanting to read it and finally got around to it. It took a little while for the book to pick up and then it weirdly felt like it dragged along a bit. I was definitely feeling intrigued during the climax but it still just didn't quite do it for me. I may have liked it more had it not been built up for me so much?


Where'd You Go, Bernadette? / Maria Semple
Rating: 4/5 

Yes I really enjoyed this one! It's a different vibe that what I normally read (but still with the missing person aspect that I seem drawn to). The story is told from the daughter's perspective...sort of. The daughter combines a lot of emails and letters between different people in her and her mother's life with her own commentary to find out where her mother disappeared to. It wraps up very well - which has been my biggest complaint with most of my recent reads so I was happy with the ending and the book left me with a smile on my face.

The Perfect Stranger / Megan Miranda

After reading another book by Megan Miranda last month, I was eager to read this one, too. I enjoyed that it was not told backwards like her last book. It was a slow and steady type of book. There were quite a few stories/mysteries/characters that did make me have to focus towards the end but I didn't expect what really happened and I felt like it had a good conclusion - unlike some others I've read recently. Definitely recommend this one!

A Wrinkle in Time / Madeleine L'Engle
Rating: 3/5

I read this as a kid, but with the movie coming out, I wanted a refresher. It was a super fast read (honestly, read it in less than two hours while babysitting for a friend) but I definitely see why I liked it as a kid. I also see why it is a kid's book. While I enjoyed it and can't wait to see the movie, I think the book definitely could use some more explanations/character development. I hold all kids books to Harry Potter standards so I should definitely lower that, I guess... Regardless, I will definitely have my future children read this book because I like the "lesson" to be learned!

Life According to Steph


Lauren said...

A Wrinkle in Time is something I never read until graduate school actually, but I did really like it and it has a lovely "lesson" like you said. I do want to see the movie!

Sorry you were a bit iffy on The Woman in Cabin 10. I really liked it, but it's a hit or miss for most people.

I'm curious about Bernadette. I like books told in different formats, etc.


Megan said...

Had a pretty similar reaction to A Wrinkle in Time, though I never read it as a kid. I'm still excited for the movie though :)

Glad you liked Bernadette. I really enjoyed it and so did my book club. I recommend it often - it's a pretty quick, fun read.

Megan @ The Hungry Bookworm

Jana @ Jana Says said...

Once I figured out how to read Bernadette, I really liked it.

I have no memory of A Wrinkle in Time even though I know I read it as a kid.

Catherine said...

My memory of reading A Wrinkle in Time as a kid was that I had a hard time picturing the scenes and I thought Charles Wallace a completely cardboard character...but I still liked it somehow.

Where'd You Go Bernadette was a super fun read, which reminds me that she's got another book out that I should check out!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i have never read A Wrinkle in Time but i do want to before seeing the movie. i quite liked Bernadette, I think that is also going to be a movie? maybe i read that somewhere?

Heather @ The Maritime Reader said...

I liked Bernadette - it was so snarky!! A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favourites as a kid and I can't wait to see the movie soon!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Final Girls is on my list! I'm glad to hear it sounds like something I will love.

Ana said...

I loved Bernadette, it was a great book!

My son and I are currently reading A Wrinkle In Time. He wants to go see the movie.

lil desiqua said...

I've never read A Wrinkle in Time but I'd really like to before seeing the movie! I'm still on the wait list at the library though. I really enjoyed Bernadette and the inclusion of the letters/emails. And yes, it's going to be a movie coming out this October! I have A Perfect Stranger on my Kindle, and am happy to know that it's not told backwards like All The Missing Girls! I started it, but it seemed really slow so I put it aside; I need to get back into it.

Pam said...

I enjoyed both Woman in Cabin 10 and Where Did You Go Bernadette. I just picked up The Wrinkle in Time to read before I go see the movie. Pam :)

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

Glad you enjoyed your reads! I haven't read very many thrillers. I want to, but I never feel in the right mood. I am in the minority and did not really enjoy Bernadette. Oh well! :) XO - Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things