My thoughts on The Glass Castle…

The Glass Castle

Well, to start off I would like to say that this book took me longer to read than I would’ve liked it to. It’s not a very long book so normally I would’ve had it done in a day or two…maybe a week tops if I had a busy week. But it took me months to get through this book. No that’s not me saying that I didn’t like the book, to be honest I loved it! But there were parts that would just….anger me and I would have to put it down and walk away from it for a while.

 

The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood. She grew up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls began her memoir by why she felt the need to write about her family. She has finally “made it”, a successful writer in New York City. One day as she’s strolling down the street she comes across her mother…picking out of the dumpster, and out of shame, she sinks down into the seat of her taxi and pretends that she didn’t notice her. Later she will confront her mother, asking her what she is supposed to tell people about her parents. Her mother replies by telling her to tell the truth….simple as that. If you think about it, it’s really not that simple.

As Walls tries to come to terms with her upbringing throughout this memoir you begin to realize that The Glass Castle is anything but simple. We begin by learning of her young childhood on the west coast, her parents living as nomads. They moved so often between desert towns, always looking for the next big “adventure”. This chapter of Walls’ life we mainly get a look at her mother. She’s an artist and a writer, living in her own world. She doesn’t particularly show any concern in raising her children. She’s always looking for the next adventure…the next struggle. The family soon gives up their residence in Phoenix that her mother had inherited to move to her father’s home town of West Virginia…a small depressed coal town.

Once in West Virginia, the story begins to take a turn down a dark road. In this small town of West Virginia, the family begins to drift apart. Their father has taken a very dark turn, and up until this point he has always been the light of his daughters eye…..not so much anymore. Like their mother, their father has a big imagination. He takes small odd jobs that never seem to last long, and he is always chasing after this long lost dream to strike it rich with one of his crazy inventions. He continues to promise over and over again that once he strikes it rich he will build his family a “glass castle” – the most special project….a great big house for his family to settle down in. As their time in West Virginia goes on, things continue to get worse. However, Walls and her brother do their best to make the most of it. Feeding off of their father’s promise of the glass castle, they thought they would help him out by starting a hole in the backyard for the foundation of the new house. After it had been finished for a while, the family began to realize that there were certain things that they just couldn’t afford. One of them being trash pickup…which meant that the hole in the yard that was supposed to be used for the new house…would now be used for trash.

This is one of the situations that really angered me. These parents are just deliberately not taking care of their children. Making them empty promises and not caring how it could effect them later on in life. It really frustrated me that these parents…grown adults, could let their children go hungry, cold and without proper clothes or showers. These were the points where I had to put the book down for a while and breathe. The fact that I know there are still kids out there today that go through situations just like this one…makes me so angry. I feel for these children, I feel for the author, knowing that she lived this life.

Anyways…rant over. Determined not to end up like her parents, Walls moved herself to New York. She will go to college, graduate, gain employment as a writer, marry a rich husband, and settle down in her Park Avenue apartment. Walls tries to get her parents to visit her new apartment, to get a sneak peek into her new lifestyle. Her father of course refuses, her mother visits, but questions her values. Tells her that she raised her differently and that she shouldn’t be living the way that she is.

Umm values?? No offense but I didn’t realize that not feeding your children and basically living on the street were values that you wanted your children to pick up. I thought that parents were always supposed to want more for their kids. That they were supposed to want their kids to have more than they did, have better jobs, go to better schools. Just an overall better life. Instead, Walls has done just that and she is getting criticized for it….so unfair.

Now, I understand that there is probably more to this than meets the eye. Sure her parents were a drunk father and a somewhat lazy mother, but after reading and really reflecting on this memoir I feel like there are other lessons to be learned here. It reminds me of the quote….

money cant buy happiness

I mean if you think about it, as Walls grew up she never really seemed unhappy until she was really old enough to understand what was going on. Each time they moved she really did see it as an adventure. Did her parents always provide her and her siblings with the food, clothes and other things that they needed? No. But what they did provide them with was love and happiness. All of their kids grew up believing in themselves, with an appreciation for the things that most of us take for granted today but most importantly they were loved, unconditionally.

Though they struggled to get through this crazy thing called life, they did it. They all made it. Did they all make it big? No they didn’t but they made it. We all grow up with struggles, they’re all different. But our struggles are what make us beautiful.

 

Have you read The Glass Castle or maybe seen the movie?? If you have please let me know what you thought in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!!

XoXo Shelby

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Technology Takeover and burning books…

Now I will say that it has been a while since I read this book….I want to say that I read it in sixth or seventh grade? I’m 25 years old now, BUT I remember really enjoying this book! Now this is not going to be a typical book review. Yes I loved this book but in order for me to review it properly I would have to re-read it and my “to-read” list is a mile long right now. Maybe at a later date I will pick this book back up and give it a proper review. Until then I just want to discuss how I think this book relates to the world around us today. The more technology seems to develop, the more I feel like books are becoming more irrelevant. Does that mean they’re being banned? No they’re not, but I see it day in and day out…kids (and adults) just don’t like to read…and that makes me sad!

I feel like this book has more relevance (for lack of a better word) now than it did when it was written, but I’ll talk a little bit more about that in a minute. Before I do, let’s talk about what the story is actually about.

Set in the 24th century, Farenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag. Montag is a fireman and loves his job, you could even say that he takes pride in it. But this job isn’t like any fireman you would see around your city today, these firemen burn illegally owned books and the homes of their owners. Could you even imagine?!? I would be devastated if my house was burned to the ground because I owned a book (or multiple books because let’s face it I love books so in this setting I would be a rebel lol)! As the story develops, Montag begins to question the value of his profession and ultimately….his life. Through this novel we follow his struggles with his existence and eventually we follow him as he flees the oppressive, censored society that he lives in and joins an underground network of intellectuals. With his newfound friends, he witnesses the atomic destruction of his former city and dedicates himself to rebuilding a literate and cultural society. (Now that sounds like somewhere I would want to live!)

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Mystery…Thriller…Suspense…

Okay so it’s been a minute since I’ve read this book but I do remember loving it so much that I couldn’t put it down, and frankly I didn’t want to!

Before I go into my review let’s do a little summary first.

From Goodreads:

Every day the same.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

Until today.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good??

 

Now if that alone doesn’t make you want to read this book I’m not sure what will!!

This is definitely one unsettling thriller. No one can be trusted in this story. If you had to choose between an alcoholic, a liar and a cheat who would you trust??? These are the three women who are at the center of this story: Rachel, Anna and Megan. Each girl has her own story, and in that story is nothing but secrets.

Have you ever sat in a public place and watched people as they went about their daily lives? As you did that did you imagine what their life story was? Maybe even make up some stories about them and their life? Do you imagine that they are living their perfect lives?

That is what Rachel does each day as she rides on the train to and from town. She uses the lives of others to distract her from the mess of her own life. She has grown particularly fond of the life of “Jess and Jason” (as she likes to call them) who live at the house just outside of her train window when the train stops at the same red signal each morning. However, one morning Rachel notices that things are not as they normally are. As Rachel is watching out her train window one morning she sees something that completely changes the life she has imagined for “Jess and Jason”. This event will pull her into their lives more than she already was, though she is unsure exactly what she has seen and what she has seen or what she might know, she feels the need to find out.

Rachel’s boozy behavior and alcohol habit leaves her as an unreliable sources when it comes to whatever happened between “Jess and Jason”. This behavior is also what got her fired from her job in London and her husband. Since their divorce, she has become obsessed with Tom (her ex husband), who left her for a blonde woman named Anna. Like any man who leaves his wife for another woman, Tom thought the grass was going to be greener on the other side…and unfortunately he was wrong. Anna’s personality has drastically changed now that they are married and have a young daughter. Rightfully so, Anna isn’t so fond of Rachel lurking around their house. But no matter what Tom says or does, Rachel lurks and pesters them and remembers none of it the next day.

Now let’s circle back to this Jess and Jason situation for a moment. One day as  Rachel is taking her daily commute to the city she sees Jess…kissing another man, or so she thinks that’s what she saw. Jess’ real name is actually Megan, and this life that is she lives is nothing like the one Rachel had imagined in her head. She is incredible restless with her husband Scott (better known to Rachel as Jason) and is having an affair with her therapist. Megan feels as if she doesn’t belong on this little suburban street in this life that she lives. She once worked at an art gallery, however when she lost that job…things changed. She is bored and restless and completely unhappy with her life. Then one day…she disappears…never to be seen again.

As you can imagine, the disappearance of Megan became a huge story and as it does Rachel feels that it is her duty to go to the police with what she saw from the train. Of course, no one is willing to take Rachel seriously; a random drunken witness just waltzes in off the street declaring she knows what happened to this missing woman??? I wouldn’t trust her either. As if this story line isn’t crazy enough already, remember how I mentioned earlier that Anna can’t stand the fact that Rachel tends to lurk around their house?? Well it’s about to get even worse because Megan used to be Anna and Tom’s babysitter for a hot minute (and was terrible at it), which of course connects Megan, Scott and Anna….which connects Rachel and Anna…making them potential victims to whomever took/hurt/killed Megan.

Will they find out who took/hurt/killed Megan? Was is her husband. the therapist, Anna or some random stranger? Did she run away from home? You’re going to have to pick this book up and read it for yourself to find out!!

The story continues to unravel with more lies, more back-stabbing and more secrets. I don’t want to give too much away, so I will leave you with what I have written.

Have you read Girl on the Train?? What did you think of it?? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

XoXo Shelby

Looking for an exciting thriller to read?? Check out this one!

Could you imagine waking up every single morning not knowing who you are or who the person is that is laying next to you or anything about your life?? I mean if you think about it, our memories define us and make us who we are. I couldn’t imagine not being able to remember who I was or anything about my life. Welcome to Christine’s life.

In my opinion this debut book by S.J. Watson was written wonderfully. It’s a fast-paced psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I would definitely describe this book as one that you won’t be able to put down!

Before I Go to Sleep is about a woman named Christine who wakes up each morning with no memory of who she is. With the help of her husband and some labeled pictures, every day she put the pieces of her life back together just to forget it all again when she falls asleep. Each day she is reminded of the accident that put her where she is. However, after a visit from a mysterious doctor she is lead to a private journal that she has been writing to herself. This journal leads her to believe that her life might not be all that it seems and that the one person that she should be able to trust….might not be so trustworthy after all.

As she begins working each day with this Doctor (Dr. Nash) she begins to uncover more leads that are helping her to really piece her life back together. But with every memory that she unfolds, she is greeted with greater confusion and more questions. There are things that she remembers that her husband tends to leave out or not want to discuss. She remembers having a child and she suspects that at one point she was an author.

Are these new memories true or false?? Who is being truthful with her? Who is hiding things from her and why are they hiding those things?

As you read through this book you get sucked into the story line. Getting a small taste of what it would be like to live without your memories. As the story line develops you begin to notice things (along with Christine), that make you really think. Let me tell you, as the story developed I had two people on my list of “the one”….and I was right about one of them and I cried when the book ended.

I could really talk about this book forever. But I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to go pick it up and read it for themselves…which I highly recommend that you do, so I’ll end my review here.

Have you already ready Before I Go to Sleep? What did you think of it? Have you seen the movie? If you have would you recommend it? (I personally haven’t seen it yet!) Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

XoXo Shelby

Go Set a Watchman

When I heard that the amazing Harper Lee had written another book, to say that I was excited would be an understatement. When it finally showed up to my house, I was beyond ecstatic.  To Kill a Mockingbird was (and still is) by far one of my favorite books, so I knew that I would love Go Set a Watchman just as much. And I was right, the love I have for this book, I can’t even explain it.

I can honestly say that I think that what made my experience of reading Go Set a Watchman as great as it was, was that I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird before I picked up this book (which by the way killed me a little bit inside because I just wanted to dig right into this book!) I believe that the experience of reading these two books together gave it a sense of one full story, honestly I feel like it could’ve been one really long book (and yes I would’ve read it all!) instead of seeing them as two separate stories, a book and its sequel. I feel that it does both books more justice to read them together, not separate. So if you take anything away from this review….let it be that!

As I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird (for probably the third time), I found myself seeing things that I hadn’t seen before. I was getting a completely different view of the book. When I read it or the first time I felt such a connection with Scout that I blocked out the most important detail of To Kill a Mockingbird, it wasn’t even Scout’s story….it was Atticus’. I know, I know you’re probably thinking “umm but wait Scout was the one telling the story how can you say it wasn’t hers?!?”, and I get that, but I feel like it was still more focused on Atticus than Scout. Scout was the narrator and she was trying to get across her view of her father and all of the amazing things that he did and the lessons that he was trying to teach her and her brother. (In case you missed it I did a review on To Kill a Mockingbird…go check it out!)

Transitioning from To Kill a Mockingbird to Go Set a Watchman, I felt the story dynamic change a little and I soon came to realize that this was Scout’s story, which was probably why I loved this book so much. Scout is my favorite character from To Kill a Mockingbird, I felt such a great connection with her.

In both books Scout is forced to face some harsh realities, some that will turn her world completely upside down. One of the most difficult things about growing up is seeing what the world is really like, realizing that you had this idea in your head about how the world would be when you were older and slowly realizing how wrong you were. We’ve all been there. Think about it, when you were a little kid I’m sure you had plans, ideas about how your life would go. I know I did. Now I’m not saying that I thought the world was all sunshine and rainbows, because that’s definitely not the case. But I will say that I did think that I would be in a completely different place than I am now; and watching the world around me unfold into what it has…verses what it used to be…..it’s scary, devastating and disappointing.

After reading other reviews on the book, I’ve noticed there was a ruckus about Atticus Finch, people saying that he’s changed. But if you really think about it for a minute, I don’t think that is the case. (Don’t shoot the messenger this is just my opinion!!) If you think about it, To Kill a Mockingbird was told by a young Scout, a little girl who looked up to her father and saw the good in him. Go Set a Watchman is based on an older Scout; one who has lived her life and moved on from her small little town, of course there’s a chance she’s going to see a difference in her father. As a 26 year old woman, Scout can now see the things that she was blind to as a child.

If you think about it, in Mockingbird when Atticus is defending Tom he is defending him because he knows him to be innocent of the charge of rape, not once did Atticus mention the color of Tom’s skin in direct relation to the case. Atticus is defending him only for the sake of justice, nothing else. When reading the book for the first time, one might miss that point. I know I did, I mean I was only in seventh grade when I read it for the first time. The way that Scout tells the story of her father defending Tom it makes it seem as though he could possibly be doing it because he believes that Tom should have a fair trial because if anyone else had taken his case it would have ended in a completely different way, simply because of the color of his skin. However, after re-reading it and reading Watchman with it, you can see the difference, simply by the actions of Atticus in the sequel.

Would I say that Atticus is racist? No I wouldn’t, I highly disagree with that. Atticus understood the big picture, we as human beings, are only capable to do so much. The time period that these books take place in were so different, the mindset was so different. That is not me defending him, giving him and excuse or a justification. We just have to realize that sometimes the time and place of an event or situation matter greatly in how a person will react. Atticus had a lot to consider when Scout and her brother were at home, he was their leading example, their only example. Now that Scout is grown and can make decisions on her own, Atticus has a different mind set and only has himself to think about.

As yourself this question; do you do what’s right most of the time?? No, probably not because no one is perfect. BUT, are you still a good person?? I would say yes. It is possibly to still be a good person even if we don’t do what’s right all of the time. Atticus is no different, it seems to be hard for people to accept that Atticus is just another common human being. For years we have held him up on the same pedestal that little Scout did when she was growing up, it’s difficult for us to see any different, and we don’t want to try out of fear of not liking his character anymore. Just remember, not everyone is perfect, it’s okay to make mistakes, we all do it.

For me, I will forever hold Atticus on that high pedestal. After reading Watchman I might even dare to say that I have more respect for him now that I did before. Being able to show his flaws and see him as a more realistic and relatable character makes him an even better person in my mind.

Scout is of course coming to terms with the different obstacles in her life the same way that she always has, by throwing herself completely into it. She is nothing short of passionate when it comes to her beliefs, which I believe is another reason I was so drawn to her character. When she knows what she wants she doesn’t let anyone or anything stop her from achieving it. I admire that quality in her, I love that she is never afraid to speak the truth no matter how harsh it is, or who will listen to hear her. Her passion in her beliefs and her willingness to be heard, seems to get the attention of Maycomb County.

You will notice while reading Watchman that it has more of an adult feel and perspective than Mockingbird did. You will see Scout (better known in the novel by her given name….Jean Louise) lose her innocence and take on a new view of her home as well as her beloved father. Though she is passionate and strong-willed in her beliefs and ideas Scout’s internal struggles in this book are interesting to read and experience. It can be incredibly scary and difficult to reconcile the upbringing of your childhood with your newfound beliefs of being an adult. Even though I resonated greatly with Scout in Mockingbird, I felt that I resonated with her even more so in Watchman, her journey is one that anyone could relate to.

I highly recommend that if you are going to read Go Set a Watchman that you re-read (or re-read) To Kill a Mockingbird first. It will do the book more justice. I also highly suggest that you do your best to keep your mind open, don’t think of Watchman as a sequel (even though that’s what it is), give it a chance to mold itself into the story of Mockingbird. You will have a much more enjoyable experience.

 

Have you read Go Set a Watchman? If you have what did you think? Did you love it? Hate it? Were you indifferent to it? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

XoXo Shelby

#Millennials #GenerationY

Before we get started with this book review….yes I said book review (did the title throw you off?? #sorrynotsorry), let me start off with a little bit of background information for those of you who might not know what/who a millennial is.

Millennials, also referred to as generation Y, applies to individuals who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century. The term is credited to the authors of the book Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069; Neil Howe and William Strauss. They specifically defined the term as related to any individual that was born between 1982 and 2004.

Millennials grew up in an electronic-filled and increasingly developing online world filled with social-networking and caring about how many likes your statuses and photos get. Though most like to associate negative thoughts and ideas with millennials I feel that often times there are other aspects of this group of people that are often overlooked (also don’t forget you can’t just assume that someone born between ’82 and ’04 has every trait that a millennial is supposed to have…I don’t think I do and I was born in ;92!). Anyways, this generation is generally the most ethnically diverse generation and were raised in a time where they could be very tolerant to differences instead of lashing out or critical of people/things for their difference.

The biggest thing associated with millennials is technology. Unlike some generations, millennials grew up with computers and the internet. I remember being in middle school and rushing home to get my homework done so that I could spend hours making my AIM (AOL instant messager) away message was perfect…and then once it was I would sit there and wait for someone I wanted to talk to, to come on and I would suddenly come back from being “away”…yeah that was a thing. Oh, and please don’t even get me started on Myspace…..the top friends list….that was stressful…and the profile pictures….nope don’t even want to talk about it!  That leads me perfectly into what this book is about….

 

First of all the book is called Startup and is written by a writer for Buzzfeed, Doree Shafrir. This book is fittingly all about tech culture in New York City. But it is honestly much more than just a book about millennials and their life in tech culture in the city. It focuses on what it is like for journalists to chase a story down and get it up and running; it looks at how we use apps to navigate us through our daily lives…sometimes the simplest of tasks…there’s an app for that! But what I love the most about this book is how it focuses on how things have evolved throughout this digital age.

This workplace drama filled with Snapchats and anonymous Twitter accounts centers around a modern yet also timeless issue….love affairs in the workplace! It is also a story of youth, ambition, relationships and their fallouts, ethics in journalism, bromances, sexting, and so much more! The subtle twists and turns in this book are what really made it an enjoyable read for me.

I would really like to see another book in the future….after reading the book and pondering on it for a while I realize now that I have a lot of questions that I need answered. Which I will not share because if you are going to go get the book then well…it would spoil it for you and I don’t want to do that! But even with some unanswered questions, this was a good read and I hope some of you will check it out too!

Have you read Startup? What did you think??
Are you technically considered a Millennial? Do you agree or disagree with the definition of a Millennial?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Xoxo, Shelby

 

Sons of Anarchy Meets 50 Shades of Grey?!?!

How many people can say that they got the chance to interview an author of a book that they read and loved?!?! I am more than excited to announce that I had the opportunity to interview Stephanie Blakeman, the author of If the Key Fits. If you haven’t read this book yet….you need to, it was so incredibly good!

Before I get into the interview questions let me give you a little synopsis of the book!

Casey Calvert is living the life that she has always dreamed of after surviving a too close for comfort brush with death. She up and moved to a small town where she has managed to not only find her dream job, but the perfect fiancé, life seriously couldn’t get any better!! The best part? No one has any idea that she came from anything short of a respectable New York upbringing. Her not so perfect, perfect life, gets shaken up when she is confronted by Gavin, or Blaze as she once knew him.

Blaze was the only man that Casey had ever loved and was the one person that she trusted to get her out of trouble. However, when she was supposed to meet him to run away, she was instead greeted by her at the time boyfriend (and the head of the MC) Slayer….you could say that he was anything less than happy and this is where Casey found herself deep in trouble with the MC.

Gavin Matthews… broke the number one rule of going undercover…..don’t get personal. He is still struggling to put the time he spent with Sinner’s Breed MC (motorcycle club) behind him, even after being released from protective custody. Instead of moving on, he spends his days trying to figure out the ways that he could have saved the girl that he accidentally fell in love with.

When their connection is released from prison, once again Gavin is sent in to protect Casey. This time however is a little different. Underneath the person that she is trying to be, Casey is even more broken and damaged than she was before and Gavin knows that unfortunately he is the main source of her pain. While protecting her Gavin has a huge task ahead of him, he needs to convince her that he is still the same person that she knew before while also proving to her that he will do anything to make things right, no matter what that means.

They say that it takes a saint to save a sinner….sometimes, it takes a sinner to save a saint.

 

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Mind…..Blown…..

Have you ever read a book and felt like you knew exactly what was going on the entire time?? Thought you had it all figured out….until the final few chapters and then all of a sudden the truth hits you out of nowhere? Yeah, that was this book!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is one of the most amazing, addicting, intriguing and consuming books that I have ever read. I can honestly say that I was consumed by this book. I stayed up way too late on one too many occasions reading this book. After the first night of reading the book, 92 pages in (30% of the book read at this point) I thought I had it all figured out. I wrote this comment on Goodreads “I’m addicted and starting to think I have a theory….don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I feel like Adele has cancer or some other terminal illness at this point. She knows her husband is cheating but instead of getting angry she’s befriending his mistress and making a plan?”

 

Well….let me just say that I was so far out in left field with that guess that it wasn’t even funny! Okay maybe it was a little funny?? As I continued to read the book my mind did change a little bit and I think I came up with at least 10 other different scenarios that could’ve been possible. I’m not gonna lie for the longest time I honestly just thought that Adele was certifiably crazy! Then just like Louise I feel for her act and almost felt sympathy for her and began to think that David (her husband) was the crazy, manipulative and overbearing one in the relationship. But when I thought about that theory I thought to myself, that can’t be possible because he doesn’t treat Louise that way so why would he treat his wife that way?? Granted it could have been because he wasn’t happy in the marriage but why not just divorce her? David and Adele had some secret that was holding them together but what could be so terrible that he can’t divorce her??

I could talk about this book for hours….in fact I talked about it to a friend for a good hour! But I don’t want to give any spoilers! So here is the summary that Goodreads has on their website.

“Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong – and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.”

After reading that I’m sure you know why I picked this book for my selection from Book of the Month! (I mean honestly this was the best idea ever….thanks Book of the Month for existing!!). This book clearly did not disappoint me one bit and I can promise you that if you read it, it wont disappoint you either!!

Have you ever read any other books by Sarah Pinborough?? If so what book was it and what did you think of it?? Have you read this book?? What did you think of it??? Leave it in the comments below!!! Happy reading!

Xo’s Shelby

1 Short Story With a Big Twist!

I opened this book and I will say the first line had me in….shock? I won’t tell you what the line is because if you read the book I want you to have the same first reaction that I did! But what I can tell you is that I absolutely loved this short story!

This was the first book by Gillian Flynn that I have ever read and The GrownUp did not disappoint one bit! I never knew that a 64 page book could give someone chills! (Yes I just said this book was only 64 pages!)

Flynn’s writing played with my mind the entire time I was reading this story. I kept thinking to myself that I knew exactly what was happening and what was going to happen. But the more I read the more I kept questioning myself. Originally when I completed this book I thought to myself, “I need more!!” But now that I’ve had some time to process…I’m glad that it was left open-ended.

There are some instances where explanations and closure are needed, and when it comes to books I am usually all about getting closure. This book was different, this book plays with your mind and gives you, the reader the opportunity to create your own truth and your own ending and I really enjoyed that.

In this novel a canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. One rainy April morning, she is reading auras at the Spiritual Palms (where she works) when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our narrator immediately notices that Susan, though rich, is an unhappy woman who is eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, why this “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home, the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes that she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s stepson, does not help matters with his disturbing and sometimes terrifying manner and imagination. As you read this short story you will follow these three characters through a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and hat, if anything, can be done to escape it.

In case you couldn’t tell this is kind of a ghost story! Which was another reason I loved it!! I read it all in one sitting. Now…since this was a short story…I will leave you with a short review. I mean I could definitely talk about this book a little bit more, but I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone who wants to read it!

Have you read this book or any other book by Flynn? If so leave it in the comments below! Happy Reading!

Xo’s Shelby

 

271 Pages and Still I Needed More…

 

Have you ever read a book and not been 100% sure what was going on but you still wanted more? That was how I felt while reading Lucky You by Erika Carter.

I know that you’re probably thinking “umm if you don’t like it then why did you continue to read it?” Well, I can tell you that Carter’s writing was a huge part of what kept me reading. Her writing kept me glued and sucked in, so for that I loved it. But I also wanted so much more, and that was the worst part.

When I chose this book as my January selection for Book of the Month Club, I chose it because I felt that a book about twenty-somethings trying to find themselves would be right up my alley. I mean I am a twenty-something, granted I’m not trying to find myself but I felt like I might be able to relate a little bit. But I was wrong.

Before I get into my full review on the book I want to say this…

If you’re looking for a book about life, just something different from your own then this book might be of interest to you. There’s no big plot twist or anything that is going to completely blow your mind away, so if that’s what you’re looking for then look elsewhere.

I do feel that reading this book, a book that follows a group of people who make a choice to go off the grid for a year, especially in a world where we are so focused on technology and social media could be a good thing for everyone to experience. I mean haven’t you ever just wanted to unplug for just a day?!? I know I have! Sometimes the things I see on social media just drive me insane!

I challenge you to head to the library and check this book out. Give it a fair chance despite the other reviews that have been written online.

Now on to the review….

Part of me felt completely lost while I read this book. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. I found that I couldn’t relate to any of them on a personal level. I kept waiting and wishing that something would happen to give them a different path. Something that would allow them to grow, to mature, something to change the path of the story..

As I continued to read I kept holding onto this false sense of hope that I would be able to connect with just one of the characters in this book. I desperately wanted to connect with even just one character, even if it was just for a moment. But the more I read…the more I realized that probably wasn’t going to happen. Making a small connection to any of the characters, finding something that would help me to like them probably would’ve helped me to like this book a little more…but….nothing. Not having that…made this book difficult to read.

I felt that Ellie, Chloe and Rachel were unpleasant people. The background stories of each character were unclear and lacking in detail. Maybe I couldn’t connect with any of these women because I have not experienced anything that they had went through in this book. I loved the whole idea of the book, I just wish I could’ve connected with them more.

Now I don’t want to go too much into detail about why they are where they are just in case you want to read this book. So I will end my review there.

How do you feel about reading a book that you can’t connect to? How do you feel about reading a book that you don’t particularly care for? I’m the type of person that when I start a book I have to finish it, no matter what! Tell me in the comments below if you feel the same. Happy Reading!

Xo’s Shelby