Category Archives: Reason: Book of the Month

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

After a certain point I could not put Things We Do in the Dark down! It totally sucked me in. Rarely have I cared so much about what happens to characters that I hope things for them after the end of the book as if they were actual people. I was a bit confused when I got to part two and suddenly it was talking about totally different people, but of course all the storylines eventually converged and it all made sense. There were a couple things I expected and a couple things that were a complete surprise. I gasped right out loud a time or two while reading when things happened. The way the author wrote the feelings of the young teen in foster care toward her mother was super authentic. The ending was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 68
Pages Read in 2022: 24,871
Graphic Novels: 1

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The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I’m going to file this book under “I didn’t see that coming at all!” The Golden Couple is packed with red herrings, storylines that initially seem unrelated, and a cast of characters swirling around the main ones who nearly all seem suspicious at one point or another. The chapters alternate between Avery, a therapist who has lost her license and is now more of an overly involved life coach (first person), and Marissa, half of a wealthy couple who seeks out Avery’s help after she can no longer stand the guilt from a one night stand (close third person). The last three or four chapters were some of the most amazing and shocking I’ve ever read. I really, really didn’t see that coming. I highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy thrillers, particularly with unreliable narrators.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 33
Pages Read in 2022: 11,858
Graphic Novels: 1

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Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing is one of those books that just stays with you for a long time after you finish it. On the surface it’s a relatively lighthearted young adult novel with lots of sweet romance. But it’s so much deeper than that. It’s about how the end, no matter how things end, isn’t what’s important. It’s the journey that’s important and to enjoy it. The writing is beautiful as is typical with this author. Some chapters are just silly while others are heartbreaking, striking a perfect balance. I could barely put this book down. I very highly recommend Instructions for Dancing to everyone teens and up!

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 32
Pages Read in 2022: 11,522
Graphic Novels: 1

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Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

One minute you are reading about something that happened decades ago on a Caribbean island, the next you are reading about a woman who grew up in England now living in Italy, and the next you are reading about siblings coming to terms with their mother’s death and details of her life they never knew. Amazingly, it was never confusing, was truly effective, and, really, was just the way I tell a story. The characters were very well developed and realistic. From about halfway through I barely put it down because I wanted to know the rest of the story. It’s a bit heavy, but not overly so. I enjoyed it so much and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book about family dynamics and secrets.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 17
Pages Read in 2022: 6475

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