This year is off to a great start already with a couple of fantastic books. I was really hoping I’d be able to keep the pace of 1 book per week in 2018, but with the number of credits I’m taking this semester… it’s just not happening. Hopefully I can pick it back up once I get this semester a little more under control (wishful thinking). I do already have quite a long list of books I want to get through this year though!
If I Stay by: Gayle Forman
This book has been pretty big for a while now so I’m a little behind the times on this one. I saw it sitting on my sister’s bookshelf though and figured, what the heck I’ll give it a go. If you don’t know, this book is about a teenage girl that gets into a car accident with her family one morning. Throughout the book she’s trying to decide if she has the will or want to live while reliving some important memories in her life. She’s kind of stuck in an “in-between” world where she’s outside of her body and able to see everything going on with herself and her loved ones.
This was a quick, short read. The premise is interesting to me, but I just didn’t love the book. Midway through I still wanted to finish the book just to see what happened (Did she stay?!), but I really wasn’t interested in how the story was being told. Overall, I’d give it a 3/5.
One of Us is Lying by: Karen M. McManus
This book starts off kind of like the Breakfast Club with five high school students ending up in detention. Everyone says they were framed and shouldn’t be in detention. The big kicker is… five kids walk in, but only four kids walk out. Now there’s a murder investigation.
I really loved this book. I will say that I guessed what was going on while they were still in detention, however, I still felt like this was a page turner. Each chapter was told from a different character’s perspective which really allowed you to get to know all the different characters. I felt connected to each character and I really wanted to know what happened to each of them. There were some plot twists that I didn’t expect and the end gets a bit thrilling. I really enjoyed this book, and it’s definitely a 5/5 for me.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by: Gail Honeyman
This book is really not what I expected at all. The story is told by Eleanor Oliphant who you start to realize early on has been through some really horrible and rough times. She’s a little socially awkward and some of the things she does are particularly cringeworthy. You really just follow her through her life and watch her character develop and learn. The ending of this book has a HUGE plot twist. I honestly did not expect the ending at all. It blew my freaking mind.
OMG I love this book. There is not a single thing I would change about it. For a bit I felt like I was reading and reading waiting for something big to happen, but then I realized I was just loving following Eleanor through her days. I wanted to know what happened to Eleanor to make her this way, and where Eleanor’s character ended up in life. I just really loved this character and story. And good gracious, the ending! I loved the ending. Honestly, this could end up being my favorite book of the year. It’s definitely in my top favorite books that I’ve ever read. 5/5 please read this!!
That’s all for me this month. Right now I’m working on reading What Alice Forgot and I’m excited to make my way through my long To Read List this year.
Please leave a comment letting me know what books you’re loving right now!
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