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)!
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!
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.”
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!
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!
Have you read anything good recently?