I’ve decided to create a book list to record what I’m reading and share it with you all! Do know that I almost always listen to books on Audible! I love that I can do chores while listening to a great book
#10 Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore 5 out of 5 stars. I loved this little beach read. It’s an easy fast read that was just fun. It’s not a real thinker, which is exactly what I needed. I’ve had this book in my Audible for many years. I believe it was for my neighborhood bookclub book that I never read. I just really liked it.
Summary: In Ringgold, Georgia in the 1970s there is one stop light, one Dairy Queen, and the daughter of a Baptist preacher, Catherine Grace. She is full of life and knew she needed out of this tiny town.
Her mother died when she was young. Her father raised her and her sister in the church but helped her get out to Atlanta. As life was really taking off in Atlanta, tragedy happens and brings her back to Ringgold. Things change and Catherine Grace has to grow with these changes.
#9 When You Find My Body by D. Dauphinee 4 out of 5 stars. Full Disclosure I am NOT an outdoorsy hiker and believe that if you loved hiking you would like this book even more. The first half of the book was a little hard for me but its not really my interest level. But I gave it 4 stars because it’s super informative, well written, and I really like the 2nd half of the book.
Summary: This is the story of Geraldine “Gerry” Largay, who’s trail name was Inchworm. Gerry went missing on the Appalachian Trail in Maine (very remote area) in 2013. When she didn’t meet up with her husband and their allotted time searches started. The Maine Warden Service followed leads for more than a year. even the U.S. Navy’s SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School searched.
Gerry’s disappearance sparked the largest lost-person search, which unfortunately ended in the presumption of her death. This is a story of heartache but also of personal perseverance and faith. It’s a testament to a woman who wanted to challenge herself in her 60s.
#8 My Brillant Friend by Elena Ferrante 3 out of 5 stars. I had a hard time with this book. It has amazing reviews and was referred to me but I did not get it and thought it was hard to follow. I finished it just to finish it. The end was better than the first half but ugh. I’m not sure what I’m missing. There is so much time saying names and not enough story in my opinion. It’s part of the Neapolitan Novels which is a series. I was super excited to have a series, like when I was a kid. I will not be reading further.
Summary: It takes place in a economically poor neighborhood in Naples, Italy. This is the first of four books that will take you almost 60 years. The majority of the book is the coming of age of Lila and Elena as they go through relationships, their place in the world, and the world around them. Their relationship grows in typical friendships. They are a safe place for each other.
#7 For Better And Worse by Margo Hunt 3.75 out of 5 stars. I listened to this book on Audible which I usually love because I can get through books while I get chores done. But sometimes it’s a bummer because you don’t like the voice of the reader. This was the case for this book. Could it have scored higher if I actually read the book? Very likely! I was actually recommended the book so I’m sure it would’ve been better with a different reader.
Summary: Natalie and Will had a first date in law school and talked about if they could get away with murder, hypothetically speaking of course. They were tested during their marriage when they found out their son was in danger by someone in his school. Natalie is a criminal defense attorney and won’t play by the broken legal systems rules.
Will has no choice but to help his wife take matters into her own hands. Will their marriage survive these hard decisions and missteps. Police are poking around. How will it all end?
#6 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab. 5 out of 5 stars. I LOVED this book. It’s super unique and unpredictable. I have never read a book like it and I must say it kept my attention the whole book. I often thought, what would I do in this situation?
Summary: In France in the year 1714 a young women, promised to a man for marriage that she does not love make a bargain with a dark god. Her bargain is to live forever but no one will ever remember her. As she embarks on adventures through continents, history and art, Addie LaRue tries to leave her mark on the world. After nearly 300 years she finally meets a man who remembers her. This is where the true adventure begins. How does he remember her and what will that cost her?
#5 The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really really liked this book. This thriller will not disappoint. A young dog walker seeks a better life and finds it in a man…or so she thinks. So many suspicions you just do not know where the story is going to take you. Highly recommend this book!
Summary: Jane is a broke dog walker in a very affluent gated community. Her luck changes when she meets Eddie, who is recently widowed. His dead wife and her best friend a drowned in a boating accident but their bodies were lost in the deep water. Eddie offers Jane a new life but Jane is constantly haunted by his dead wife. Will she be able to measure up? This thriller keeps you guessing until the very end!
#4 The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens 4.5 out of 5 stars. I loved this book. It takes place in Minnesota, which I love because I knew many of the places they were talking about. I loved the story of the main character, his brother, and neighbor. I didn’t predict the ending and couldn’t wait to read it. I highly recommend this book.
Summary: Joe is a college student and is given an assignment to interview a stranger for his English class and write a biography on the person. Joe goes to a nursing home and gets paired with Carl, who is a dying Vietnam vet and a convicted murderer. Aided by Lia, his skeptical neighbor, Joe fully tries to find the truth about Carl.
#3 Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman 3 out of 4 stars. This is our 1st Book Club book. I liked it but I thought it was a bit hokey and predictable. Definitely an easy beach read but I thought it could’ve been better.
Summary: Erin is documentary filmmaker and Mark is an investment banker. They are passionately in love and plan an incredible honeymoon in Bora Bora. After Mark loses his job they scale down their wedding and shorten their honeymoon. While they are scuba diving they find something in the water. What would you do? How will your decisions change the course of your life?
#2 The Guest List by Lucy Foley 4 out of 5 stars. This really was different than anything I have read. I like it and it kept my attention. There were a few different stories going on so to get to the ending wasn’t predictable.
Summary: On an island off the coast of Ireland there is an extravagant wedding planned for a rising tv star and his bride, a magazine publisher. The wedding is perfectly planned with all the luxe party favors you can imagine. The book is filled with parties, resentments, old friends, and old jealousies. Then someone shows up dead.
#1 The Dilemma by B. A. Paris. 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked this book. As I read it I couldn’t help but wonder how I would handle this situation if it was me. It is a family drama with expressed feelings that so many families feel.
Summary: Livia is turning 40 and plans a huge party for herself. She feels silly but she never had a big wedding because she was already pregnant and has always dreamed of having a big 40th birthday party. Everyone she loves will be at the party except her daughter, Marnie, who’s studying abroad. Livia’s husband, Adam, worked with Marnie to surprise her mom. However, Adam hears terrible news and doesn’t know if he should share it with his wife before or after the party. This is his dilemma. What decision would you make. Ruin the day or let this be the one last day before your whole world changes?
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