Saturday, December 5, 2020

October & November Book Reviews

 Hello everyone, and happy DECEMBER! I can't believe that Christmas is only 20 days away!! I am beyond excited to kick the holidays off. I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed some relaxing time off. 

It has actually been cold this past week and I was FREEZING! This Florida girl doesn't own enough layers for this kind of weather, ha. Thankfully today it was sunny and warm again and I am writing this as I sit in a swimsuit by the pool.

 I will be honest, I haven't done nearly as much reading these last two month as I normally would. Many of the books I did read however, are phenomenal and I can't wait to share them with you. You can click on any of the titles to be taken to the book on Amazon. As always, I appreciate you using my links to support my blog.

What You Wish For by: Katherine Center

This book is about an Elementary School Librarian that struggles with epilepsy. When the principal of her sweet, small town school passes away, he is replaced by her former coworker and crush. He isn't the same person however, that she had fallen for previously. The changes he makes to the school and their work environment, make her wonder if she ever truly knew him at all.

I freaking LOVED this book. I loved How To Walk Away by this author, and so I am not surprised that this one was a favorite. I loved the characters, the plot, and her writing is just my style. She has quickly become on of my favorite authors and this is easily one of my favorite books of the year.

Rate: 5 Stars!

Someone We Know by: Shari Lapena

This book is about a neighborhood that is full of secrets and lies. No one is who you think they are. Two neighbors receive an anonymous letter from a mom apologizing that her teenage son has broken into their homes to snoop around. She believes it is harmless teenage rebellion. When a neighbors wife however is found murdered, no one is as innocent as they seem.

I really liked this book. It moved quickly and wasn't too predictable. It wasn't the best thriller I've ever read, but I enjoyed it plenty.

Rate: 4 Stars

Things You Save in a Fire by: Katherine Center

This book is about a female firefighter who is forced to leave her home and job to go live with and care for her mother, who left her when she was just sixteen. The new station she works at has never had a female firefighter and she feels she has to prove her worth and ability by following strict rules she's set for herself. When she starts to develop feelings for one of the other firefighters though, she worries she will loose the respect of her coworkers. 

I really liked this book. It was a little slower moving for me than the other Katherine Center books I've read, but I thought it was super complex. I loved that this book covered the protagonists relationship with her coworkers, family, and relationships. There was a lot to unpack in this story and I really enjoyed reading it.

Rate: 4 Stars

The Right Stuff by: Tom Wolfe

This book is the true story of the first men to go to space. It follows their journey as test pilots in the military, the beginning of NASA, the politics that surrounded the mission, their relationships with one another, and more. 

I really enjoyed this book! I did think there were a few moments that the author let his opinion be presented as facts which I didn't love, but overall, a great book. If you love space and learning about astronauts, you'll like this one. 

Rate: 4 Stars

P.S. I did an entire blog post on all of my favorite Space things including shows, movies, books, and more. You can read that post here.

A Killing in Amish Country by: Gregg Olsen

This is a true crime novel about one of the few murders that has ever happened within the Amish country here in the United States.

I have always found the Amish interesting and I love true crime, so I really thought this one would be great. It fell a little short for me. The case was pretty cut and dry, and I felt that everything after the midpoint was repetitive. Overall, it was interesting, but not quite as interesting as I was hoping it would be.

Rate: 3 Stars

We Met in December by: Rosie Curtis

This book is about a group of Londoners in their late 20's that move in to a house together as they all start over in their life, either with their relationships or their careers. Two of them develop feelings for one another and we follow their journey over the course of a year as they work up the courage to show each other their hearts.

That is the whole book right there. If you read that small synopsis above, you've read the book. I was BORED on every page. The characters weren't anything special and neither was the entire storyline. The cover is cute for this time of year, so 1 star for that.

Rate: 1 star

Well there you have all the books I read in October and November. I hope you will check some of them out. I have some great books to read this next month too that I can't wait to dive in to. I am also so excited to recap my favorite books of 2020 here at the end of the year. 

As always, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below or on my Instagram with any recommendations you have. I love reading books y'all recommend. Have a great weekend, chat soon.


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