Pop Up Reviews!!!
Hi friends! Hopefully you are all having delightful Easter weekends in whatever way that looks for you. 🐣
For me, that is looking like a very chill weekend that so far has included catching up on reading, cat naps, movies and a general sense of relaxation. 🐣
I also want to get caught up on some reviewing this weekend, so I thought I would pop up a mini-review of a few of my recent reads here to get the ball rolling! 🐣
📚Before She Was Found - 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thank you Harper Collins Canada for sending me this one - you guys are seriously on a roll! I really, really enjoyed this one - this is one of those books that will suck you right in and refuse to let you loose until you finish the story. I can say honestly I started this book over coffee one morning and did not set it down until I turned the last page to see where it all landed.
Heather did amazing work with this book, specifically with the way she chose to tell the story. I liked the unusual story format of using different mediums to reveal the twists, I loved the “pulled from the headlines” feel, and I definitely didn’t see that end coming. Moving between characters perspectives in real time, journal entries and case transcripts, it was like little bits of the mystery becoming clearer and clearer, but never clear enough for me to get a good handle on where it was going to end. I LOVE THAT - I feel like so many stories are guessable now, that to be genuinely surprised is wonderful.
I won't reveal more, because no one likes a spoiler, but guys, this is a quick easy read, and is PERFECT for a summer TBR. ☕️
📚 The Tattooist of Auschwitz - 🌟🌟🌟🌟I very much flew through this one, and found the story so incredibly compelling. To say that this story is beautiful and heartbreaking feels like an obvious understatement, but both ring very true.
The opportunity to see inside this historical travesty is something that should be witnessed by any book lover out there - it remains thoroughly stunning to me that we live in a world where this was permitted to happen at all, much less for as long as it did. These are the stories that are so deeply compelling and need to be heard - over and over and over again.
I’m grateful that Mr. Sokolov chose to share his story and that I have been able to hold the space to hear it. It would have taken tremendous strength to survive this, much less revisit and reflect on your journey through it. A book I could not recommend enough for readers everywhere.☕️
📚 Girl Most Likely - 🌟🌟🌟 Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this one - all opinions are my own. This was a quick and easy read following a small town investigation of a murder at a high school reunion. I loved the premise of this one - having grown up in a small town, the dynamics and politics made perfect sense to me.
I also really enjoyed the development of the characters (and the many, many flawed characters scattered throughout). I love a mystery where it doesn't immediately become clear who the culprit is, and this one certainly kept me guessing well into the last third of the book.
The only downside for me one this one is that it felt a little loose on the police procedural part which I wish was a little tighter, but overall another read that makes for great, simple summer reading.☕️
📚 Looker -🌟🌟🌟🌟 I had the advantage of seeing some of the mixed opinions on this one before I started, which likely contributed to why I enjoyed it so much. As you guys know, I love a unique and unusual read, and this delivers on both fronts. Plus at under 200 pages, it’s the perfect story to inhale when you only have a tiny bit of time.
Quite frankly the incredibly ambiguous nature of this story is what I think makes it so compelling! I love that you never find out the name of the main character, that you never quite find of that much about her at all - just little glimpses into what is causing her descent into a full blown mental breakdown. She is built to be wildly unlikable, and yet I had complete empathy for her and everything she was faced with. I was simultaneously hoping she would get caught, and hoping she would get away with her madness. Somehow I loved her.
I also loved the pace of the story - moving quickly ahead in plot so you never get too mired down in her internal dialogue, or the potential repetitiveness her madness could have caused. It feels fresh, fast and like her spiral is about to hit warp speed. I was burning through this book as quickly as a I could, as I was desperate to see how far she would go.
I won't say more - books like these deserve no expectations going in, in my opinion. It won’t be for everyone, but I liked it! Give it a try and let me know what you think! ☕️
And there we go! A tiny bit more caught up! 😊📚☕️
QOTD: Come in over and let me know what books you’ve been loving this weekend! 🐣
Happy Saturday friends! 💛🐣