Book Review – The Immortalists

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Genre: Fiction

This story is about 4 siblings (Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya) who when they were younger pooled their money together and visited a psychic. Each of the children meets with the phychic individually and she tells them when they will die. The book then follows each of the children into adulthood and how they lived their lives knowing this information.

First, I just have to say that this is probably one of the most stunning book covers I’ve ever seen! The story was thought provoking and was beautifully written. This was the first book I read by Chloe Benjamin and I was not disappointed! I rated it 4/5 stars.

February 2019 Wrap-Up

How on earth can we be in March already? It feels like February went by in the blink of the eye! It probably didn’t help that my family and I were sick for the last week and a half of February.

I read 3 books in February which seems to be the norm for me as of late. All 3 were physical copies that I had in my TBR pile and were also by authors who are new to me. One of the books was from my Book of the Month Subscription that I have. In total I read 949 pages in February!

Reviews of these books are in prior posts on this blog. Short recaps of each of the books are below:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
4.5/5 Stars
From my TBR Pile
The Gown
by Jennifer Robson
Genre: Historical Fiction
4.5/5 Stars
From my TBR Pile
The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides
Genre: Thriller
5/5 Stars
From my Book of the Month Subscription

It’s almost mid-March as I’m putting this post together and right now I’m on track to read more than 3 books . . . fingers crossed!

Happy reading friends!! 🙂

Book Review – The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Genre: Thriller

This is a psychological thriller about a woman who has been convicted of killing her husband and a therapist who is determined to find out why she did it.

Alicia Berenson is a famous artist who seems to have a perfect life until one night when she shoots her husband multiple times and then never speaks again. Instead of going to prison, she is committed to a psychiatric facility. Theo Faber is a psychotherapist who is obsessed with finding out why Alicia killed her husband. He is determined to get her to speak again so that he can unravel the mystery.

This book was beyond fantastic and a great debut novel by this author!!! The story kept me guessing throughout and the twists at the end of the book are what made me give it a rating of 5/5 stars!

Book Review – The Gown

The Gown by Jennifer Robson
Genre: Historical Fiction

The announcement of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding came in 1947. England was experiencing one of the harshest winters ever and food was in such short supply that rationing had to take place. The wedding announcement was thought to be a joyous event for the country.

The story surrounds the creating of the wedding gown for Princess Elizabeth and the women who were involved in bringing it to life. Two of those women were Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassen. Both of the women were embroiderers at the fashion house of Norman Hartnell. The story follows their friendship and the trials and tribulations they experience during the time that the gown is being created.

In 2016, Ann’s granddaughter, Heather, is left some embroidered squares after Ann’s passing. Heather is determined to find out the mystery behind these squares and why her grandmother thought it so important to leave them to her.

Anyone who knows me, knows that historical fiction is my favorite genre. The author did a great job of switching between 1947 and 2016. I loved the friendship that developed between Ann and Miriam. A beautifully told story that I rated a 4.5/5 stars! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of this genre!

Book Review – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

This book is about a man (A.J. Fikry) who has lost his wife and his business (a bookstore) is failing. He isn’t the easiest person to be around either. His life changes when he discovers a small child has been abandoned in his bookstore with a note from the child’s mother wanting him to raise her daughter. The arrival of the girl gives AJ a new lease on life and allows him to see things in a more positive light. He also discovers love again when he meets a new book sales rep that is assigned to his store.

This was a fantastic book! It made me laugh out loud, and at the end it even made me cry. It was beautiful to see A.J. transform into such a loving father and husband and watch him turn his life, and his business, around. There were some twists towards the end that I didn’t see coming involving some of the characters too!

I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars!

January 2019 Wrap-Up

I can’t believe we are already at the end of January!

When I set goals for myself at the beginning of the year, I told myself that if I was struggling with a book, I would give myself permission to shelve it and not finish it. In the past, I would absolutely have stuck it out and finished reading it. By doing this, though, it would take me probably twice as long to read it. This doesn’t mean that a book is bad, it’s probably just not the right time for me to read it or it’s not a book that is relatable for me and that’s ok.

I got a subscription to Audible last year and every month I would download a book. I listened to 2 books during 2018, but struggled to get through both of them. I attempted to listen to Becoming by Michelle Obama this month and I didn’t even make it to the halfway mark when I gave up. The book itself is great and Mrs. Obama’s narration of the book is superb; however, no matter how I try to listen to books on Audible, I always find my mind drifting off thinking of other things and not absorbing the material. I have finally come to the realization that audio books are not for me. I am a visual person and I need to see the words on the page in order for the book to capture my attention. I think Audible is a fantastic service, but it just isn’t for me and I have cancelled my subscription.

I read 3 books in January which is average for me. Two of the books I took out from my local library. I forget what an asset local libraries are to a community and my goal this year is to get at least 1 book a month from my library! In total I read 971 pages and all 3 books were from authors that are new to me! Reviews of those books are in prior posts here on my blog. Short recaps of the books are below:

by Allison Brennan 4 / 5 Stars
Library Book
The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden
4 / 5 Stars
Library Book
No Exit
by Taylor Adams
5 / 5 Stars

I’m working on compiling my TBR list for February and can’t wait to see what books I get through. February is traditionally the coldest month weather-wise where I live so it should be a good month to cozy up with a good book and a cup of tea.

Happy reading my friends!!

Book Review – No Exit

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Genre: Thriller

Darby Thorne is a college student who is on her way home to
Utah to see her mother who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Darby is forced to pull off at a rest stop in the mountains of Colorado due to a blizzard and the roads being impassible. She finds 4 other individuals at the rest stop waiting out the storm. In addition, Darby discovers a young girl who is locked in a dog cage in the back of a van in the parking lot of the rest stop. Darby has no cell service and is trapped at the rest stop with these 4 strangers. Darby must find a way to save herself and the young girl.

This book was SO GOOD!!! There were several twists and turns throughout the book and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I gave this book a well deserved 5/5 stars!