SUYB - October

November 12, 2019

October was a good reading month for me. I did my best to get through as many bonus reads for Erin's challenge, and ended up reading 7/10 of them. 

As of writing this, I've read 82 books for the year. My original goal was 50. I'm going to try to cross off another 18 by year end to make it 100. Totally doable but we'll see.

 Here To StayHere To Stay by Mark Edwards
4 stars {Kindle}

This book pulled me in pretty quickly. Elliot meets Gemma Robinson by chance when he accidentally discovers he's allergic to bees. In an effort to be more spontaneous, they marry almost immediately.

Shortly after, Gemma's estranged family moves in temporarily while they find their own place. As the weeks wear on, Elliot starts to suspect there's something sinister about The Robinsons.

This book grated my nerves right from the get go. That's not to say it was poorly written, but these in-laws. If there was ever someone who deserved to... disappear, it's them. 

The Whisper ManThe Whisper Man by Alex North
4 stars {BOTM}

Great story! There were a few parts that I felt flowed too slowly, but overall the pace was great and the story sucked me in. 

Tom Kennedy worries about Jake after finding his mother's body. He worries that he's not fitting in.

When they move to a new town, they expect to have a fresh start. But it's not just any town they've moved to. Featherbank has a dark history. 
"Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed "The Whisper Man," for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night."
Shortly after the Kennedys arrive a child goes missing, eerily mirroring a disappearance that took place 20 years prior. As the detectives race to find the missing boy, Jake starts to hears the whispers. 

The Boy in the Striped PajamasThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
3 stars {Borrowed from Mom}

I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, although the ending wasn’t what I expected. It falls into this category because I read it so quickly. The POV was interesting in that it’s told from 9-year old Bruno’s perspective.

There are a few things that are pretty obvious and the author’s blatant non-use of them is a bit odd in that a 9-year old is not THIS naive. Although, in full disclosure, I didn't put it together that "Out-With" was Auschwitz. I feel like this is something I should have picked up on, but I tend to read as is instead of reading between the lines.

If you want a very stripped down story of the Holocaust for a child, this could be a book to suggest. But for an adult, it didn’t leave any real feelings other than sadness.

The Life We Bury (Joe Talbert, #1; Max Rupert, #1)The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
5 stars {own}

This book was amazing.

Joe Talbert is a college student who wants nothing more than to avoid the drama surrounding his home life. When Joe's assignment takes him to a nursing home he meets Carl Iverson, a convicted murder on the verge of dying. Among them there is only one agreement - the truth will be told.

As Joe dives deeper into Carl's story he realizes that something isn't right and that Carl may have spent the last 30 years in prison, as an innocent man.

As he races against death to uncover the truth, lives are endangered and secrets revealed.

The Last Black UnicornThe Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
2 stars {Library}

I'm not sure about this book. I feel love/annoyance towards Tiffany Haddish in general. I like her in most movies because she tends to be funny, but at the same time, her characters are usually so over the top ridiculous. Her book kind of followed suit. It was interesting to hear her back story, but at the same time... it had moments where I couldn't help rolling my eyes.

Animal FarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell
3 stars {Library}

This was good. I feel as though I was supposed to have some deep intellectual reaction this this, but... I didn't. I picked up on some of the subtext but that's about it. Worth reading for the simple fact that as a society we preach that everyone is equal, yadda yadda, when what people really mean is that some are more equal than others.

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
3 stars {Audiobook}

This was fairly easy to get through. I wasn't attached to any one character and the story flowed at a decent pace. There were parts that were a bit confusing as there were several "main" characters, and at times, keeping them straight was a struggle.

The story focuses on Sunny, an albino girl from the US, living in Nigeria. She is bullied for her pale skin but when she makes a few friends, everything she thinks she know changes. 

A Spool of Blue ThreadA Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
2.5-3 stars {Audiobook}

This book was fine and I finished it quickly. I liked the way the story unraveled but the biggest complaint was that there was ZERO point to this story. There was no major plot. Here’s this close family with their own everyday problems, their own struggles and jealousies. It was the story of every family ever created. Good, but nothing special.

Lie to MeLie to Me by J.T. Ellison
3 stars {own}

There were parts of this I felt were dragging for the sake of the story but overall it was good and I enjoyed it. I wasn't sure who to suspect at first, but had some ideas... and then I realized I was wrong. Good thriller with an ending I wasn't entirely expecting.

The FarmThe Farm by Tom Rob Smith
2 stars {Audiobook}

I really just didn't like this. It was too back and forth and all over the place. Parts were hard to follow and the story just seemed disjointed.

I appreciated the mystery attached to this story. Not knowing who was telling the truth and who was trying to cover their ass. The thing is, even with that aspect, it was still a bit boring to me. Perhaps it was the British setting (and reading) but it just didn't resonate with me on any level. 

Currently reading: I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones

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