The Return

I have returned! I will sadly admit I have not read since October 2016; the unfortunate truth. I’m not sure why I stopped, but I decided to treat myself to a nice, new hardcover book in honor of me picking up reading again.

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Well, my latest pick was not a disappointment! I finished Mindy Mejia’s Everything You Want Me To Be in three nights. I was immediately hooked! It’s hard to write about this novel without giving anything away, so I’m going to share the bio:

“Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?”

This book was just incredible. I was never bored for a second, and just when I thought I figured the whole plot and ending out, it took a turn and proved me wrong. That’s the best, in my opinion — to think you have it all figured out, only to experience a turn of events.

I highly recommend this book, especially for anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl or Girl On The Train! 

The Girl On The Train

After seeing the trailer so many times and loving it, I decided to read The Girl on the Train, and I am so glad that I did! I was talking with someone at lunch the other day, and she categorized this book/movie as a “chick flick thriller” and I couldn’t agree more. This is not a sexist term – it’s just the truth. I think females who enjoy books and movies that have love/lust mixed with mystery would definitely enjoy this book.

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I don’t like horror movies and I don’t like scary books and stories, so this was the perfect option for me. This book has a great amount of suspense to keep the reader going. I typically read books that have one perspective the entire time. This story is unlike any book I’ve read. Each chapter is a different perspective – Rachel, Megan, or Anna.

Rachel is the girl on the train who observes the life of Megan from her window seat. Megan lives with her husband, Scott, and likes to spend her mornings out on their balcony, and they watch the trains go by each morning. They seem to have the perfect relationship. Anna is the wife of Tom, who is Rachel’s ex-husband. Throughout the majority of the novel, Rachel is perceived as the crazy ex-wife who cannot get over Tom.

As the book progresses, we learn how the lives of all three women intertwine. Megan goes missing, and Rachel has information to help piece it all together. The only problem is that Rachel is an alcoholic, and she tries her best to remember what happened the night Megan went missing, as she recalls being in the area where Megan was last seen. Anna’s mission is to get rid of Rachel from her and Tom’s life, but we find out later on that Anna may have been worrying about the wrong woman…

I won’t get into further detail, because this is a book that deserves to be read! The trailer below definitely seems like an accurate portrayal of the movie. I also just learned that Alex from Orange is the New Black plays a minor role – fun fact!

Beautiful & Damned

I received my signed copy of Beautiful & Damned by the amazing Robert M. Drake! The book starts off with “The Beautiful” stories, and then the whole other couple hundred pages of the book are all “The Damned.” I’m looking forward to seeing how he does with the short stories instead of his usual poetry. IMG_0602IMG_0422

Hello Robert

13095932_10154816896525760_7950587866756958640_n (1).jpgThis is the third time R.M. Drake has made contact with me on Instagram and I gotta say, it really makes my day. He’s my favorite poet of all time, and I like to think he knows me through his poems I choose to share on my Instagram. It’s so cool to know he took the time to read my comment and recognize me from past photos and comments. I admire artists of all sorts who acknowledge their fans, and really go through what people have to say on their posts. Thank you, Robert M. Drake. I pre-ordered a signed copy of Beautiful & Damned and I cannot wait to read it.

Louisa & Will

I finally finished Me Before You! It was a sweet novel, with an ending I was not expecting. But, books would not be as good if they were predictable. I’ve watched the trailer to the movie about 50 times. Needles to say, I am extremely excited to see it.

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This story was not the traditional love story I thought I was getting into. It was more about the acceptance and incredibly special bond between these two characters, Louisa & Will. Louisa makes it her mission to give meaning to Will’s life, after he became paralyzed from essentially the chest down after being hit by a motorcycle. The only movement he had left was in one of his hands. Louisa is quirky, whereas Will is angry — at his life, his living situation, his family making every decision for him, and being unable to do anything on his own.

Throughout this book, you see the transition in both Louisa and Will, and discover just how powerful and meaningful one person in your life can be.

Tea & Me Before You

IMG_9914.JPGLife has been busy and so my reading has been a bit slow, but I am just starting chapter 11 of Me Before You while drinking a hot cup of tea. It’s been a slow start for me to get attached to the characters in the book, but as it progresses, I’m definitely getting into it more! I find myself impatient and wanting instant gratification, but sometimes a good story takes time to really build up into something extraordinary.