SUYB - January

February 12, 2019

Happy book day everyone. I tried to read as much as I could last month, but I have to admit, there were a few books that bogged me down. Here's what I read.




No ExitNo Exit by Taylor Adams 
5/5 Stars {Own}

This book was non-stop action!

I'm so glad I added this to my BOTM order in December. This book did NOT disappoint. While trying to make it from Colorado to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby concedes to the blizzard she's driving in and stops at a rest area. Little does she know she's walked into a dangerous web of lies and violence... until she sees a girl in the back of a locked van.

With only 4 other people in the rest area, it could be anyone. She has someone she suspects, but who can she trust? As the hours tick by until the plows arrive it's a dangerous race to survive.


Gwendy's Button BoxGwendy's Button Box by Stephen King 
5/5 Stars {Own}

A short novella by the Master.

I read this quickly and greatly enjoyed it. The one thing it reminded me - I need to finish the Castle Rock series on Hulu!

One day, while heading to the park, Gwendy encounters a strange man on a bench. Against her better judgment she sits and speaks with him. He presents her with a box and information on the box - each button represents a continent; one will do whatever she desires; and the other will take care of "everything". One lever gives chocolate, the other coins. Then she's on her own, the button box her responsibility or her downfall.


The ShackThe Shack by William Paul Young 
5/5 Stars {Own}

This was a truly great read and hits impossibly close to home. It's a book of healing and forgiveness.

After a heart-breaking loss a man finds an odd note in his mailbox. Convinced that it's God, he follows the instructions and then finds himself having the weekend of a lifetime - meeting and speaking with God and finally confronting his own demons and despair.



White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About RacismWhite Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo 
4/5 Stars {Kindle}

It was a bit heavy in some ways and took me longer than usual to get through the 187 pages. However, I highlighted like it was my job in this book.

I thought it brought up a lot of interesting points and ideas that made me stop and think. To quote another Goodreads member, "It's not aimed at Klansmembers. It's aimed at the people who don't recognize where they fall short. That's me. It's probably you too." The book made me pause and think about what I was reading, and I think that's important.



Winter SolsticeWinter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand    
3 Stars {audibook}

A predictable, yet enjoyable ending to the series.

As the 4th and final book in the Winter series, I enjoyed the way everything was wrapped up. Many parts were foreseeable, but it's still nice to have a pretty well-wrapped ending.



Bridge To TerabithiaBridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
3/5 Stars {audiobook}

I had never read this until now and I can’t help but think of The Giver, a book I read as an adult and appreciated that much more.

Jessie is a boy who wanted nothing more than to be the fastest runner in his grade. He quickly befriends the new girl and together they build their magical land of Terabithia, until tragedy hits.


I've Got You Under My Skin (Under Suspicion, #1)I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
3 stars {library} 

I'll admit there were times I had trouble keeping all the characters straight, but it was a typical MHC mystery. I enjoyed it.





If Beale Street Could TalkIf Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
3 stars {borrowed}

I struggled with the pace of this book, but I ultimately liked it. I was a little frustrated with the ending though. I wanted more. I needed more detail, more closure. Interested to see the movie adaptation.



Southern FriedSouthern Fried by Cathy Pickens
2 stars {library}

If it wasn't for the challenge and not wanting to find a new qualifier, I probably would have ditched this. It wasn't unreadable but it certainly wasn't one I'd ever recommend. It passed the time at best, and even that was a little slow. I had maybe 20 pages to go and just kept putting it off. Admittedly, I finished this on February 4th but I just need it out of my life.




The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware 
2/5 Stars {Own}

I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but this book was just not for me. It was incredibly slow paced and although I really wanted to know what was going on, I was bored. Much the way The Girl on the Train tried to make it seem like the character didn't really see what she saw because she had a drinking problem, this bugged me.

I finished it (thankfully) but it was ok at best.



A Wrinkle in Time Movie Tie-In EditionA Wrinkle in Time Movie Tie-In Edition by Madeleine L'Engle   2/5 Stars {Audiobook}

I tried, I whined, I ultimately conquered. The movie previews made this look like an awesome story (and perhaps it is) but the book? Snore.

I'm not sure if it was because I opted for an audio version but I was bored to tears with this story. I guess the whole point of the story is that Meg and Charles Wallace's father has been lost in time/space and they go on a journey to rescue him. Aside from that it bugged me:

+ Meg's character was incredibly annoying to me.
+ WTF is a tesseract? Is it similar to a Flux Capacitor? Honestly, I don't know and I don't care.
+ I still have no idea what "It" is.

I suppose it's a classic but this wasn't for me.



The River WidowThe River Widow by Ann Howard Creel
2/5 stars {Amazon First Reads}

Unfortunately, this is going to be a DNF for me. It held promise initially as it's listed as historical fiction, which is a genre I've found I really like.

Set in 1937, the books opens with Adah and her husband Lester attempting to salvage what they can as the rising Ohio River threatens to wipe out everything. After being beaten by her husband yet again, Adah finds her backbone and hits him with a shovel, accidentally killing him. (view spoiler)

From here I immediately lost interest. Everything is a self-doubt, or a question, and honestly, I have a hard time with submissive characters.

Currently reading: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo



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