Hey, Y’all! Hope you had a fantastic Christmas! We went to Kansas for the week and got in a ton of R&R which was incredibly nice. It’s always hard to leave but there’s also no place quite like home. This month of books was rather disappointing and sort of ‘dark’. I’m not really sure how that theme happened but I’m shooting for more uplifting books in January. Anywho, here are the 5 for this month:
I was soo excited to read Sharp Objects by Flynn because of the reviews and rating it had but I ended up slightly disappointed. This psychological thriller revolves around a reporter who is sent to her hometown due to several children being murdered. Not to mention she just got out of a mental hospital due to cutting herself and while she is back home, she begins to remember why she left in the first place. Her family gives off an extremely weird, eerie feeling and it’s just altogether a very dark book that just wasn’t my taste. I’d give this a 5/10.
The Perfect Nanny is also a psychological thriller which is based around a nanny who does it all- from cooking to cleaning without even being asked. She is an immigrant without any family or friends who also seems to struggle with depression. Throughout the story, you start to notice that there is something uncanny about the nanny as she starts acting very strange to both the children and the parents. The first line of the book gives the whole story away though, so there are no surprises throughout the book. I’d give it a 5/10.
How to Walk Away was hands down my favorite book this month. The main character recently got engaged and has landed the perfect job, until an accident happens to her and her whole life is turned upside down (quite literally). She has to make decisions that impact her new life that she has never thought she’d have to before the accident. I don’t want to give too much away, but this book will make you laugh, cry, and just want to hug the main character long after you finished it. Read it. 10/10
I’m not sure what I expected out of Little Fires Everywhere but this was not it. Honestly, I’m not even sure where to start. This novel is about two families who intertwine but have very different views and values. There were several parts (chapters really) that I lost complete interest in and wondered what it even had to do with anything. There were also sub-stories (is that a thing?) talking about other families and their issues. There also isn’t any closure at the end of the story as it ends in a cliffhanger. Basically, don’t waste your time with this one. 2/10.
Before I read The Language of Flowers I looked at the reviews on Amazon to make sure this wouldn’t also be a complete disappointment and it’s rated over 4 and a half stars so I figured it would be a better book and let me tell you it. was. amazing! This novel is about a foster care child who is labeled as “unadoptable” because of her defiant behavior and eventually ages out of the system, however; one of her foster moms taught her about flowers and their meanings which helps her get a job at a florist shop. She crosses paths with a couple of people who change her life and the thoughts she has about herself, forever. This book had a great insight on how foster care affects children throughout their lives and how one person can make all the difference. Also, if you love flowers this one is definitely for you ;). 10/10
So those are my five books for December! If y’all haven’t already seen, I’m giving away a Barnes and Nobles gift card.. all you have to do is comment your most favorite book you read in 2018 and that’s it! Anyone can enter and the winner will be announced in January! See ya then.
For my October book review click here: October Book Review
For my November book review click here: November Book Review