December 11, 2018

Show Us Your Books

Y'all, I'm here. I made it for the Show Me Your Books. This is only a bit of what I've read the past few months but I'll take it as  a win right now. Most of my picks are light hearted because of the past season of life, however a few made me think and realize my problems aren't really all that awful. I'm so grateful for literature and fiction, two things which usually never disappoint. What have you been reading lately?

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The story of one spouse always supporting the other and the kids and then finally saying enough. Lots of hyperbole and metaphors and family strife, but with love. You'll feel you know part of the story and then be surprised. And then you'll be right, too. I'm always happy when a flawed character realizes their flaws and activity tries to change it instead of just whining. Fun read. 

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I've expressed my enjoyment of Flukes series and this one fit perfectly with her mystery recipes of past books (see what I did there?), ha! Sadly the victim in this book is a well known character and that stupidly made me sad. But, we finally get some idea as to the whereabouts of Hannah's husband, finally! Good easy read for a trip on a plane, in the car or just something fun and light to pass the time. 

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What an intriguing story. I was hooked from the beginning and really enjoyed all of the characters. Some of the plot was predictable and some had me going 'oh wow', which is how I like a book, honestly. Hannah works some magic here with her writing and I'm all about being spellbound by a story. I think most people will enjoy this book whatever your taste.

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Love me a good mystery and this one had twists upon twists upon WTHs. This book has been described as similar to 'Gone Girl' (which I never read) and 'Girl on the Train' (which I didn't really enjoy) and I would just describe it as a thrilling mystery. The characters are all flawed and it was hard to decide who did it because of alllll the jumping from before and current. Definitely one to read if you need to pass the time quickly.

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Heartbreaking. Harrowing. Infuriating. Confusing. This book is going to touch your heart and piss you the hell off. I am still baffled this book is based on a true story and after doing a little research I can't believe the woman responsible was never truly held accountable. As a curious cathy I felt some of the storylies could have been fleshed out a little bit more because quite a few just ended suddenly. This will grip you and will probably be a book you can't put down.

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I found this book because I searched for Downton Abbeyesque books. The storyline intrigued me and after reading a preview and I thought, why not. I was fascinated by the characters, storyline and heartbroken with part of the story. The heroine has guts, is resourceful and is definitely someone you can cheer for throughout the book. 

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I do not understand the fascination with this book throughout blogland/instagram. I'm a big fan of Hannah, but this book was not what I expected and definitely didn't live up to the hype. The main characters frustrated the hell and no, I'm not victim blaming. I just don't understand why this story was so fascinating when it really was super drawn out and the same situation over and over again.





16 comments:

  1. bummed you didn't love the great alone. i agree it was a bit frustrating at times, but i am the daughter of an abuser so i think it hit a bit closer to home for me. i didn't know it was about that when i started it though, i typically avoid books with domestic abuse because of that. i haven't read those other books of Hannah's you mentioned, they both sound interesting.

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    1. I didn't really know what it was about either when I started it. I like Hannah's writing, though.

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  2. I thought The Great Alone was masterful in centering a geographical location as a main character. I loved it, sorry you did not!

    It's Always the Husband sounds right up my alley.

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    1. I did enjoy the setting as a character, that is very true.

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  3. I have only read before we were yours. It was odd. I have not even seen the ype for The Great Alone... i am so out of touch I guess.

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  4. Ooh its always the husband sounds like my jam! Love it

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  5. I LOVED The Great Alone but the Nightingale is a hard pass for me. I like that she has a big catalog of books, and there's something for everyone.

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  6. You’ve been reading so many good books! My grandma always enjoyed Joanne Fluke novels and got me a cook book filled with recipes from her books one year!

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    1. Fluke is such a fun read. Sometimes Hannah annoys me, but I enjoy her as the heroine.

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  7. I could swear I've read some Joanne Fluke but now I'm not sure - maybe I'm thinking of a different cooking mystery writer. I also could not believe that Before We Were Yours was based on a true story. It was so heartbreaking, but so good.

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    1. The main character is Hannah Swensen and she's a baker. Really fun book.

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  8. I read Distant Shores years ago and thought it was okay. I've definitely enjoyed Hannah's newer books, like The Great Alone! Before We Were Yours was a great read. I love a good suspense/mystery book so added It's Always the Husband to my to read list.

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  9. Girllll I've been so bad with my reading game lately, and jealous of all that you've accomplished! Adding Distant Shores to my to-read list <3
    Green Fashionista

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