Recent Reads: February and March

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Sometimes when a book has so much hype around it, I do not agree with everyone else — like Fates and Furies — so I was skeptical about The Nightingale. I knew it was on the New York Times bestseller list and everyone was raving about it, but then once a bunch of people at work told me to read it, I decided to give in and I’m so glad I did. I absolutely loved this book and have to say the hype is real. It is an incredibly moving story that left me with tears in my eyes at the end. I’m not a big fan of historical fiction and anything related to the Holocaust is always hard for me to read being Jewish and my grandfather escaped Austria to avoid being captured by the Nazis. Some of the reviews I read before reading said it was a love story and that did almost stop me from reading. But it is more of a love story between two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, who are completely different people and who learn as they live through the war how much they do love and care for each other. It is a sad book, it is about war and even if it makes you cry, it is a book worth reading. Every since I finished the book I have been telling everyone to read it.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
I have odd tastes when it comes to books, I read probably the same amount of psychological thrillers that I do chick lit, I will really read anything if it interests me. If you are looking for a great psychological thriller, I highly recommend The Kind Worth Killing. I wish more people would be talking about this book because it is so good. It deserves the praise that The Girl on the Train is getting — which in my opinion is not the amazing book every critic says it is. The book is broken into three parts and in each the chapters are told from a different perspective like in Gone Girl. I don’t want to say much without giving any of the book away because the twists and turns in the book are good and you need to discover them while reading. I couldn’t put the book down, I just had to know what happened next.

Plan B by Jonathan Tropper
I’ve been a fan of Tropper’s ever since This is Where I Leave You so I have been slowly making my way through his other books. This was his debut novel and is about five friends from college turning 30 whose lives are not where they thought they would be. It was a cute book and somewhat relatable since when I turned 30, my life was not where I had envisioned it to be. Is it my favorite Tropper book, no, but it was a funny, quick read.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle for almost two years and finally decided to read it. When I buy a book for a dollar I’m always really skeptical about it. I know that this book is being turned into an HBO movie with a big celebrity cast so I figured it was time to read it and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the book. The story follows three women with children in the same kindergarten class. They are friends and each of them is incredibly different from the other. You learn about a murder in the beginning of the book, but you don’t find out who or how they were murdered until the end of the book. In between you learn about each woman’s life and the secrets that they have behind closed doors.

Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont
I had basically been on the library waiting list for this book when it came out since it had so many great early reviews and I was so disappointed by the book. I found it to be incredibly depressing, not the humorous book reviews said it was. It was such a disappointment since I had been looking forward to reading it.

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
I love the Shopaholic series, but I think it is time for Becky’s story to come to an end. This picks up right where Shopaholic to the Stars ends, so it was nice to have the conclusion to that story, but I felt like this book was just dragging on. Of course like all the Shopaholic books it was cute and funny, but I kind of felt like if Kinsella would have tacked on four extra chapters to Shopaholic to the Stars, this book didn’t need to happen.

For more books that I have read and my thoughts on them check out my Goodreads.

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