The Child

Guys. It’s been FOUR months since the last time I wrote about a book I read. I’m so sorry! There has been a lot going on for us the last few months, and it looks like 52 books this year is not going to happen. However, I still have been reading and plan to catch up on blogging, never fear!

The Child by Fiona Barton was a Book of the Month pick because I read Barton’s previous novel, The Widow. When I saw the selections for July, I thought Fiona Barton’s name looked familiar and had to look it up when I realized I read The Widow last year. (This is exactly why I need to write about the books I read because I could NOT remember what happened in that book at all. I had to read a synopsis before I vaguely remembered reading it.)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn’t wait to see how all the pieces fit together – and when I did, I had an audible “A-Ha!” moment. (I love when that happens.) You don’t have to read The Widow to follow along with The Child but they both feature the same protagonist, Kate Waters, an investigative journalist for a prominent UK newspaper. I would recommend reading them both.

In a dying age for journalists, especially the “pen and paper” kind, Kate Waters needs to find a story to remind her Editor that she’s still there. After a demolition crew on a building site discovers the remains of a baby, Kate decides to see what she can dig up. After hearing contradicting stories and stumbling into a much bigger web than she bargained for, the question on everyone’s mind (including my own) is, who is the Building Site Baby?

I rated this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

kate.

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Big Little Lies

What can I say about Big Little Lies? I’ve read this book previously, (like in 2014, maybe?) but I decided to read it again before the premier of HBO’s mini series based off the novel, two weeks ago. I love this book. Big Little Lies started my love for Liane Moriarty and I have since read all of her books except one (which I am currently reading and will be posting about soon.) This is one of my go-to recommendations because it has a little bit of everything; mystery, friendship, romance, and murder.

The story is narrated by Jane, a single mom who is new in town; Madeline, Jane’s defender who has problems of her own between her eldest daughter and ex-husband; and Celeste, who is in an abusive relationship but can’t seem to admit it to herself. Throw in the drama surrounding their kindergarten children, and somehow this book ends in murder. Seriously, read it. Then, watch the mini-series so we can discuss it. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.

What’s your favorite book-to-screen adaptation?

kate.

Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt and Anxiety Around Food

I haven’t written posts for the books I’ve been reading lately for many reasons, one of them being the Whole30. Shane and I decided to start on January 30 and our last day was February 28. I read Food Freedom Forever during this time and I don’t have enough wonderful things to say about this book, the process, or the Whole30 itself. Seriously, I could go on and on about this program but I digress.

Food Freedom Forever is written by Melissa Hartwig, the co-creator of the Whole30. In this book she outlines the basics of the program, how to get through the program but most importantly, what to do afterward. This book opened my eyes to how much hold food can have on you, how much my thoughts revolve around food, and how to move away from that to FOOD FREEDOM.

Shane and I both have and will recommend this to anyone and everyone. Even if you don’t think you can fully commit to a food change this drastic, even for 30 days, you should still read this book. I rated it 5 stars on Goodreads.

kate.

You Will Know Me

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This week’s read is You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. I, once again, picked this from Book of the Month. You may or may not know this about me but I am obsessed with the Olympics. Like, I cry every time I watch a medal ceremony, obsessed. I watched all that I could of the Rio Olympics and that most definitely included the women gymnasts. (I just want to be friends with Aly and Simone!!) Anyway, when I saw that this book was about a star gymnast, I was already hooked and to top it all off, it’s a thriller, too! I loved it. I loved this book so much that I was skipping words and sentences because I was reading so fast and trying to figure out what happened next. It was creepy but not in a scary way. I mean, no one jumps out or is lurking in the shadows or anything, but it definitely kept my attention, which I appreciate. Oh, and I thought I had it figured out at the end, but there was a twist and I was wrong.

The story is about Devon, a star gymnast on her way to becoming Elite and then an Olympian, but written from her mom’s, Katie, point of view. When a death in their community happens, it threatens to ruin everything they have worked for, but Katie and her husband, Eric, will do whatever it takes for their daughter to succeed, including keeping secrets from each other. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.

 

kate.

The Most Dangerous Place On Earth

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Surprise, surprise, my book this week was yet another Book of the Month pick! To be fair, I saved them to read for this specific project, but I’m almost caught up. (And seriously, it’s awesome.) The Most Dangerous Place On Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson is a YA novel, so if you aren’t into teenage characters and high school settings, this book is definitely not for you.

I actually enjoyed this read more than I thought I would. I have mixed feelings about YA fiction, so I wasn’t sure going into it. However, I really liked the way it was written and the issues that were highlighted and discussed. There are quite a few time jumps in this book, so we see several characters during different times in their lives, which is interesting.

The story starts in the 8th grade and follows Cally Broderick through her social interactions with her best friend, boyfriend and the boy who has a crush on her. A tragic event causes Cally to feel guilty and change her identity going into high school, where we pick up next. Each chapter highlights a different student and unpacks their insecurities, thoughts and interactions with their peers and even teachers. I thought the pressures and challenges of being a teenager were accurately depicted in this story and why I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Let me know what you’re reading this week!

kate.

The Nest

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I chose The Nest by Cynthia D-Aprix Sweeney 100% because of the cover. I know that goes against everything you’ve ever learned about book-picking, but it’s just so pretty! (Also, I added this book to my January pick from Book of the Month so it was only $9.99!)

This story follows the Plumb family on their journey to fulfillment, essentially. The four grown-up Plumb siblings are promised an inheritance, “The Nest,” and due to a lot of unfortunate circumstances, don’t receive it. They all have to come to terms with their choices that have landed them in bad financial spots while counting on one another. In the end, (most) everything works out and they realize they can in fact be a family without “The Nest.”

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way it was written; the narrator changes constantly so you get different viewpoints for most interactions. It reminded me of The Casual Vacancy or the movie Valentine’s Day in that there are a lot of characters who overlap and they eventually come together. Because of that, you have to pay attention to names or you might not catch some connections. I rated The Nest 4 stars on Goodreads. (*Sidenote: there is language and adult themes in this book, so if you are uncomfortable with that, it’s not for you!)

Book 2/52 down!

What should I read next?

kate.

The Fall Guy

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Let me just start by saying that psychological thrillers are my jam. I could read them all day and only slightly be affected by the nightmares that would ensue afterwards. I think the obsession started with Gillian Flynn’s novels and has increased with every Harlan Coben story I’ve inhaled, but I digress.

I picked The Fall Guy by James Lasdun from Book of the Month, which by the way is amazing. Basically, it’s a subscription service for books but you actually get to choose your book of the month from the selections given to you based on which genres you choose. Plus, if you don’t like your selections, you can always skip the month for free! Anyway, (so many tangents) this was the book I chose for October.

To be honest, this was not my favorite read. I didn’t enjoy the writing, I thought the story was slow, and the plot kind of lacking. The story is set in a vacation town in the mountains of New York and follows Matthew, the main character and narrator, his cousin Charlie, and Charlie’s wife, Chloe. Matthew turns out to be obsessed with Chloe and sees himself as a surrogate for Charlie, who he admires and doesn’t want to disappoint but really only because of his own resentment towards him. With some plot twists, which are far-fetched in my opinion, the story ends badly. It really turns out that all three of the characters are terrible people, so I don’t feel badly for any of them. The story kept me interested enough to want to finish it, but I will never read it again and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone either. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

1 down, 51 to go!

What’s your favorite genre to read?

kate.