What I’ve Been Reading

So I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to be because I have been so super busy. Plus, one of the books I was reading I was stuck on for two weeks, which is kind of unusual for me. It can be really tough to carve out time to read, especially when I wait until I’m about to go to bed to do so. A lot of nights, I end up falling asleep five minutes after I start reading (that’s the beauty of having a Kindle, people. You can turn the lights off and read and just fall asleep and it doesn’t matter). Anyways, I am trying to make reading more of a priority, especially over the next week as I have some time off for the holidays.

I wanted to share my thoughts on the couple books I’ve read in the past few weeks, though. See my reviews below!

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The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter – okay, so I have a lot to say about this book. Karin Slaughter’s last book, Pretty Girls (blogged about it here), was AMAZING – riveting, thrilling, clever – everything you look for in a mystery/thriller. So for this book, I definitely had high hopes. I got it on my Kindle from the library, so I was excited when it finally came off the hold list. It started off really slow, and to be honest was kind of hard for me to follow with so many characters, some of them with complex back stories (having trouble following could have been a me thing, though). Towards the middle of the book, it definitely picked up and was easier to follow and a lot more engaging. However, towards the end of the novel, I found it very hard to read because of how graphic it was, at times, in describing murder victims and crimes. Admittedly, I am kind of easily squeamish, but I feel like I read a lot of books in this genre and am not as sensitive as I was to it in this book. Overall, I thought the story was okay, and I gave it a three star rating. It’s nothing I would strongly recommend, but if you’re looking for a decent in between book it’s worth a try.

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston – I saw this book on Goodreads and it was available from the library, so I threw it on my Kindle since it sounded good. It came out a couple of years ago, but I just recently heard about it. Anyways, I really liked it. The beginning hooked me, and I read ~40% of the book in the first night I started reading it. It’s about a kidnapping and I always seem to like books centering around that (I have a sick mind, I know). I gave this book a four star rating and would definitely recommend it, but a few things kept it from getting a perfect five stars on Goodreads in my mind. First, there were definitely some lulls in the middle of the book where I found myself thinking, omg can this move a little quicker? Or could something HAPPEN now?! Those were rare, but they still existed. Next, I wish we learned more about the kidnapping in general. I like how the book focused so heavily on the aftermath, because that’s where the story was, but I still would have liked to learn more about what happened during the four years the victim was held captive (don’t worry, I’m not giving too much away). I felt like the demeanor and personality of the victim did not evoke empathy from me, which was surprising, and that learning more about what he went through would have caused more of an emotional reaction in that regard. All in all, I really liked the book and thought it was well written and full of interesting characters.

Now I am reading Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand (part of the Winter Street trilogy) because I really wanted to read it prior to the holidays. Don’t forget to keep up with everything I’m reading on my Goodreads account. I am getting really excited to share with you my year-end book wrap up post and a winter reading list very soon, too!

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