Looking for a good book? I can’t promise I read one this year you’ll be interested in reading, but below are short reviews of what I’ve read so far this year. If you’re still looking, check out what I read in:
For those interested in stories of WWII, and particularly the story of those who suffered inside the concentration camps this is a very interesting read. I had not personally been very familiar with the unique story of how Poland was affected by WWII and had never read an account of those who had been medically experimented on by the Germans inside the concentration camps. In reading the author note I loved the book even more after hearing about how Martha Hall Kelly learned about the “Rabbits” and was inspired to learn all she could and bring their story to life within Lilac Girls. A very interesting read and worth learning about.
Another great read by Stephen King. I found the beginning of the story to be a bit of a slow build, taking quite longer than normal to engage the reader with his main characters, but once the story took off I found myself engrossed in the story. A good little thriller, and since this is a trilogy, I’m intrigued to hear how in the world this could continue on for two more books. I’ll keep reading for sure.
A much more interesting and page turning of a story than I originally expected. The idea of being stuck in a winter over in the South Pole for 8+ months alone sounds like a terrifying read, but then to witness the world that these people know come crashing down around them makes it even more terrifying. It wasn’t the most complex writing or plot, but it was an interesting read on a topic/story you don’t hear very often which made it exciting.
I have been a Stephen King fan since I was in middle school so The Deep seemed like it would be perfectly fitted to my interest. I found I was really interested in the story until about the 3/4 mark of the book. One of the things I love about SK is how descriptive he is, you can really feel like you’re in some of the most outlandish moments and events. But towards the end of the book it felt like Nick Cutter began adding gruesome details that went to a WHOLE different level just for shock value. There were some moments where I was just over it. He seemed to push past the point of a good story into sort of Saw movie gore for the sake of gore. Stephen King writes about some truly disturbing moments in his books, but I never read his work and think, “Ok we get it, you want this to feel gross,” and yet I felt that towards the end of The Deep. Overall I found it to be a really engrossing read, but I just felt it went too far to be gory when it didn’t need that to be an interesting and captivating story. Still unsure if I’ll read Cutter’s next book…
I was lucky enough to see Erik Weihenmayer speak at a work conference, and it was the most interesting, motivational and humorous speech I had ever heard. I was lucky enough as part of his speaking engagement to also receive a free copy of his book, which I have really enjoyed. Although from his speech I had heard of, and seen pictures and video of some of the moments detailed in the book, I still found the book’s telling to widen my interest in Erik’s story. This book is a perfect combination of someone overcoming adversity (and this book is so much more than a classic overcoming adversity tale), a story of family, of friendship, humor and great storytelling. Erik is raw and open about fears and struggles, and doesn’t try to paint himself as the “blind adventure hero”. This book is so much more than a story of a blind man kayaking a big river.
I would give this 6 stars if I could. Such a fast, captivating, horrifying, moving story. It’s the kind of book that pulls you in instantly as it weaves between two different times and you attempt to understand how each story is connected to one another. It has been on my to-read list for quite a while and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. Highly recommend, and hoping the movie does it even the smallest amount of justice.
A really fast read that was an interesting look at watching someone slide into addiction. I found the story interesting, and enjoyed looking at the story of “normal” people who suffer from addiction. Not everyone who is addicted finds themselves homeless, sleeping in a dumpster before they realize they have a problem. Addiction happens to people across the spectrum and this was a different take at that narrative. Easy beach read for sure.
I found this book to be pretty slow the first 2/3. The parts that kept me interested were all the early Seattle and early University of Washington details since I live in Seattle and went to UW. I wonder if you had no connection to either of those things if most of this book would feel pretty dull to a person. I definitely felt it pick up once the boys had made it to the Olympics and more details about Hitler’s Germany came into the story. Sadly this was really only the last 1/4 of the book, so you have to make it through a lot to get to this part. Overall an interesting history, and I will say I feel like I have a new respect and understanding for the sport of Crew!
Such a good beach/summer read. Nothing is more terrifying than being stuck on a boat with someone who’s trying to cover up a murder, and even worse, turns on you. Not the deepest book but a fun quick read that kept me interested.
How can you not like this book? Historical fiction about a headstrong woman growing up in Africa bucking trends, training horses, and finding her way in a society that wants her to conform. It was the perfect beach read in Hawaii. When I finished I definitely wanted to read more about Beryl and read her own book!
Jeannette Walls is so lovely once again. Her look at the life of her bad ass, cowgirl, high flying Grandmother is a lovely addition to what we’ve heard from her in The Glass Castle. The book made me want to live on a ranch with her Grandmother and generally be a more badass person. Also interesting to hear the story of what Jeannette’s mother’s home life was like, knowing what a strange turn things took in her own childhood. If you liked The Glass Castle then Half Broke Horses is a wonderful read.
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