The Books I Have Read #2


Reading has always been something I’ve enjoyed, but even more so these past few months. My goal is to read 4 books every month, and so far I have managed to do just that these past two months. If you missed it, you can read my first books I’ve read post here. Here are the books I’ve read this past month (with no spoilers)!

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell

4.5 out of 5 stars

This book has been sitting in my to-be-read pile for months, and I am so happy I finally decide to read it. I’m a sucker for a good suspense/thriller book, and this one is just that. It is about a 15-year-old girl who goes missing, and it follows her mother, 10 years later, when she meets a man and discovers that his nine-year-old daughter is the spitting image of her daughter at that age. The story goes back and forth between what happened to her daughter and the present moment.

It is equal parts suspenseful, shocking, and in some moments – heartwarming. Although a bit of a longer read, the chapters are short, making it perfect for picking up and reading whenever you have time throughout the day. I recommend giving this a read if you’re looking for a new suspense book to read!

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

5 out of 5 stars

I’ve wanted to read this for a while now, and it is unlike any book I have ever read. Eddie, a maintenance man at a seaside amusement park, dies on his 83rd birthday trying to save a girl’s life. He awakes in heaven and learns that heaven is a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you know, and others who were strangers.

It is a beautiful, sometimes painful, story on what heaven might possible be like, and how everyone’s life has a meaning, even if they can’t see it. Here’s one of my favorite parts from the beginning dedication of the book:

“Everyone has an idea of heaven, as do most religions, and they should all be respected. The version represented here is only a guess, a wish, in some ways, that my uncle, and others like him – people who felt unimportant here on earth – realize, finally, how much they mattered and how they were loved.”

A Gentleman In Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

2 out of 5 stars

This is the first book in a long time that I haven’t finished. The story is set in Russia in 1922, where a man is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel.

This has been one of the hardest books for me to get into, and after reading 100 pages I decided to just put it down. Although it is well written, the overall story is drawn out and moves at a slow pace, making it easy to get bored along the way. The parts on the main character’s experience in the hotel were a bit interesting, but the rest felt like I was reading a history textbook; there were too many descriptive details that added nothing to the story. I just don’t think this type of historical fiction is for me. It does have a lot of good reviews, so if you like that genre then maybe give it a try!

No Exit by Taylor Adams

No Exit – Taylor Adams

5 out of 5 stars

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read! It is about a young college girl who takes a last-minute trip to drive home to see her dying mother for Christmas and gets stuck at a rest stop with four other strangers due to a snowstorm. While outside looking for cell service, she discovers a young girl locked in a cage in the back of a van. She has only 13 hours to figure out how to save the girl and escape, all while determining who the kidnapper is and who she can trust.

This book is a gripping, never-ending roller coaster ride of twists. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, another twist is thrown at you. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time, and it was hard to put the book down. It feels like you’re right there in the story, and by the end, my hands were starting to shake from how intense and nerve-wracking it was wondering how it was all going to end. I highly recommend giving it a read if you love suspense/thriller books!

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10 responses to “The Books I Have Read #2”

  1. Missy May says:

    Kudos to you, Kara! Well done for accomplishing your reading goals unlike me. Ha!! I never seem to finish a full book. I read a bit of that, get bored and start a new book and it goes on. Something is wrong with me. Ha!!

  2. Janet says:

    You have certainly had a great month of reading apart from one book. The five people you meet in Heaven sounds really good, and I love the beginning dedication you included, I think a lot of people are like that and I do believe every human has a purpose even if we dont know what it is. I love suspensful thrillers and these ones you read sound really good! Happy reading kara! xx

  3. Kinga says:

    I like M.Albom ❤

  4. Gemma says:

    Thanks for sharing these books! I love the sound of them. Have a great week.
    Gemma x

  5. Mica says:

    I’m impressed you have been reading so much! My neighbours and I started a virtual book club which has been good at encouraging me to read, although the book we picked this month is a big one and I’m not sure I’ll finish it in time, haha! These sound like interesting books although maybe not for me – the suspense/thriller type it a bit too dram filled for me sometimes!

    Hope you are having a good week 🙂 It’s a bit cold here – winter has arrived a week early!

  6. Quinn says:

    I was just thinking that I haven’t read as much as I was planning too during quarantine. I love this list! Aside from the one you didn’t finish – I can’t blame you. I’m cueing this up for (hopefully) some pool time this summer!


  7. E says:

    Thank you so much for the recommendation Kara! I will add them to my wishlist for sure.
    I read more a more during quarantine but I also did some online courses in this free time so I still have a big list of books to read.

  8. Thanks for sahring about these. The Five People You Meet In Heaven and NO Exit sounds good. <3 /Madison

  9. Thanks for all these reviews! Would love to read the Mitch Album book. Just finished The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd and it was amazing!

  10. Angie says:

    I feel so inspired to give myself a reading goal each month – 3-4 books sounds like a good one to work towards. I’ve been struggling to get into a good book (perhaps a I’m in a reading slump?) but I love seeing these recommendations and will try to get into one of these! thank you kara! <3