Book Review

Book Review: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

 

Be Frank With Me

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Books Like This: Woman No. 17 by Eden Lepucki

This is one of the rare books that affected me in ways that I never expected.

I finished this book and it had me reflecting for days. It was different than anything that I’ve ever read.

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Mimi Banning is a reclusive author living in Bel Air as a single mom with her ‘on the spectrum’ 9 year old son, Frank. Mimi is writing another book and to ensure timely completion her publisher sends an assistant, Alice Whitley, to monitor her progress. Alice becomes a full-time companion to Frank, a very intelligent, special boy with an eccentric personality and a 1930s wardrobe. This is the story of Frank, Alice, Mimi, and their time in Bel Air while Mimi is writing her book. Continue reading “Book Review: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson”

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Book Review: Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

Lie to Me

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

This book hooked me from the opening chapter all the way until the end.

Yes, it was that good.

Every time that I thought that I had this book sorted out, like oh, THIS is the truth and THESE are the reasons why this is all happeningWRONG! The plot twisted again and I am surprised.

This book is a MUST READ!

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Ethan Sutton wakes up in his luxurious, immaculate Victorian home in Franklin, Tennesee, to find a note on the kitchen counter from his wife, Sutton. The note says that she is a coward and not to look for her.

Ethan is worried, angry, hurt, and baffled. Where is she? Did she leave him? Or – is she suicidal? Should he call the police, or just keep looking on his own? It’s always the husband that is the suspect when a wife disappears – is he ready for that spotlight?

This is the story of Ethan and Sutton, told in two timelines: THEN – Ethan and Sutton in happier times, and the events leading up to the present; and NOW– After Sutton goes missing. We experience the story through Ethan’s perspective in the first half of the book, and Sutton’s perspective in the second half of the book. An unnamed narrator’s perspective is sprinkled throughout, along with detective Holly Graham’s.

We follow Ethan and Sutton from their initial, magnetic first meeting in a bar, to the happy, loving, intoxicating first years of marriage and building their life together, to the unraveling of the marriage and all of the horrible things that they do to each other. Continue reading “Book Review: Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison”

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Happy Release Day! Artemis by Andy Weir

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I am very excited that Artemis by Andy Weir is being released TODAY! 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: November 14, 2017

I highly recommend this book!

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Artemis is a fast-paced, standalone action/adventure story about a heist that takes place on a city on the moon. The main character is Jazz Bashara, a twentysomething smart, funny and resourceful porter who delivers packages with a side job of smuggling. I describe her as “MacGyver-esque”.

Who the heck is MacGyver!? MacGyver is an American action-adventure TV show from the mid-80s/early 90s about top secret government agent Angus MacGyver.

Wikipedia describes MacGyver as, “Resourceful and possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences, he solves complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects, along with his ever-present Swiss Army knifeduct tape, and occasionally matches. He favors non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun……Oh my goodness, this is Jazz and I think Andy Weir based her off of MacGyver!

I dove into this book without any expectations. I have not read The Martian. I do not know anything about Andy Weir. And I usually avoid science fiction novels. So I surprised myself by loving this book!

Why do I love this book? It is everything that I hoped it would be. The writing is phenomenal, the plot is fast paced, the characters are well developed and interesting, it’s realistic, and the setting is unusual and very memorable. I didn’t even realize that I was learning something about science!

If everyone wrote like Andy Weir, I would read more science fiction books.

Here is my full review: https://wordpress.com/posts/readthisnotthat.blog?s=artemis

 

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Book Review: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

Everything You Want Me To Be

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Release Date: January 3, 2017

 

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This book gave me a book hangover.

If you don’t know what that means – it means that it’s GOOD!

I finished this book, and it lingered in my mind for days afterwards as I processed the plot, the themes, the character observations and motivations. I thought about “what ifs” and what twists and turns could have occurred. It takes me a few days to move on from a book like this. That’s a book hangover for me.

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This is the murder mystery of Hattie Hoffman, a high school senior soon-to-be graduate in a small Midwestern town. Her passion is acting, and she has big dreams of pursuing acting in a big city. She is alive for most of the book and the plot centers around the events leading up to her murder and after. Continue reading “Book Review: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia”

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Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: October 10, 2017

img_0224The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman is The Reese Witherspoon Book Club’s October pick. I have been reading RW Book Club’s monthly pick for the past 4 months, and many of her recommendations before that.

Her selections are excellent. There are a lot of mysteries, thrillers, literary and contemporary fiction. That’s right up my alley.

Previous selections include: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. You’re pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the books that Reese recommends.

Also, I have never read anything by Alice Hoffman, and there is a lot of buzz about this book so I decided to give it a try. Plus, it’s Halloween time!  Magic and witches fit perfectly with this time of year. Continue reading “Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman”

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Now I Know Why It’s Buzzy – Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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I love both covers of this book!

Genre: Fiction

My rating: 5 of 5 bright stars  5 Stars

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This is one of these books that knocks you over unexpectedly.

You’ll want to clear your calendar for reading this one, because the story grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t remove its strong grasp until the very end. It’s all-engrossing.

Plan for this book to be a time sucker, for a good reason. Chores will be ignored, family members will go hungry, meetings will be missed – all because of this book.

And it’s worth it. Continue reading “Now I Know Why It’s Buzzy – Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng”

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Book Review: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Arrangement

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Genre: General Fiction

Why is the grass always greener somewhere else?

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Lucy and Owen decide on a whim that they will have a 6 month “open” marriage but they immediately begin omitting information, lying to each other, and breaking the rules of their agreement. The entire premise of the story made me uneasy and I was reluctant to read this at first because of the heartbreak and destruction that I expected from this situation. But the high ratings and reviews on Goodreads tempted me, so I dove in.

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This book takes a close look at marriage, child-rearing, and the reality of a mature long term relationship through the lens of Lucy and Owen.

It takes a heavy and uncomfortable subject and lightens it up with a lot of humor, entertainment, strong supporting characters and a wonderful suburban New York town called Beekman. The book is very funny and there were many laugh-out-loud moments.

Lucy and Owen even decide to raise chickens, which provides a lot of humor as these city folks turn into chicken farmers.

Continue reading “Book Review: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn”