Monday, November 25, 2019

Book Review Part I

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I was talking to a coworker recently and one of the things I always mention when they ask what I like to do in my free time is reading. I grew up reading book after book after book. I think part of it helped that my mom worked for the education system and my dad was a books sales representative. While we were talking about what books I've read recently, I came up with an idea to do a book review section for the blog. This will be a place where I can share all the books I've read recently. I've read a lot of books since the summer and so I'll be adding the first three parts quickly, but once I start getting into a routine, the plan is to do one book review a month to share all that I'm reading.

So welcome to my book reviews! While my interests focuses mostly on historical fiction and psychological thrillers, my goal is to make my list of books a mixed genre so everyone can find at least one book they would be interested in reading. I also welcome all suggestions, so if there are any books y'all think I should read, leave a comment below. 

1. Me - Elton John 

So not the most conventional book to start of this post with, but growing up with Elton John and recently watching the movie Rocketman, I was so excited to read this book to learn more about Elton John's life. This book is his one and only autobiography going from his childhood all the way up to where his is now, completing his three year farewell tour before retiring from the stage. Elton John has one of the biggest careers and has been an influence for numerous artists. John says one of the great things about his career when he was first starting out was being friends with well known celebrities that had a big impact on his life and career, but now moving into more of a mentorship role for up and coming artists that are trying to create a career similar to his. For any fan of Elton John, this is a must read. I've learned so much about his life and honestly, I couldn't put the book down. I mainly only read the book on the subway rides to and from work, but I finished the book in less than a week.  

2. Not Our Kind - Kitty Zeldis

The first historical fiction book I've read in recent months, this story takes place in New York City after World War II. Eleanor is a Jewish young adult who ends up crossing paths with Patricia, a wealthy upper east side wife and her daughter Margeaux. After being hired by the family to tutor Margeux, Eleanor is faced with the reality of how different her world is to this family. Drama soon entails when Eleanor meets Patricia's brother Tom and starts to develop feelings with her, along with Wynn, Patricia's husband who is uncomfortable with Eleanor's heritage. What I love about this book is how the two women but their backgrounds behind them and learn how to lean on each other for support at the end and also the perspective from young children that someone's heritage doesn't define who they are.

3. The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware

The first psychological thriller I've read since Gone Girl, I've seen this book laying around at numerous stores and was interested in reading this. Lo Blacklock works as a travel journalist and gets the chance to go on the inaugural trip on a luxurious cruise ship to write a review for them. After the first night, she believes that she witnesses the murder of the woman who was staying in the cabin next to her. The only problem is that there is no record that this woman exists on the ship and that anyone is staying in the cabin. Determined that she isn't going insane, Lo decides to figure out the mystery of what happened that night on her own and ends up getting more than she bargained for. As excited as I was to read this book, I ended up not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I ended up getting annoyed multiple times with Lo and how desperate she was at trying to get people to listen to her. What I liked most about the book though was that at the end of each chapter, you got the perspective of Lo's friends and family trying to figure out why they haven't heard from her while she was on the cruise and them trying to figure out what happened to her. 

4. The Light We Lost - Jill Santopolo 

The last book on this list is The Light We Lost. This book was a quick page turner and I believe it only took me a few days to read it. This story begins on the day of 9/11 where two college students end up meeting each other and created a friendship around what was happening. After spending the day together, they go their separate ways until they meet again a year later. The story covers the different relationships they have around each other for the next fourteen years and how one person creates the biggest impact on their lives. I was so excited to read this book because it seemed like a great love story, but I ended up being really frustrated with the main character Lucy, because she couldn't let go of Gabe, even though he knew he wanted to do more with his life than work in New York City. I tried so hard to be sympathetic towards Lucy, but the further into her story we got, the more frustrated I became. For fans of Nicholas Sparks, this book is an ideal read and is great to read as a vacation book. 

5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book has been on my radar to read for a while and I am so excited that I finally got the chance to read it. Evelyn Hugo is a retired golden age actress who never talks to the press about her personal life, having been married seven times. An unknown Monique Grant gets personally selected by Evelyn to share her story with the world, with conditions in place. The book goes back and forth between present time and flashbacks of Evelyn's life. Reid uses Elizabeth Taylor's many marriages as influence on this story and I felt like I was reading a story about the personal life of my favorite celebrity and it was so juicy. The plot twist that happens as Evelyn is finishing her story blew my mind and I couldn't put the book down until I figured everything out. This book was amazing and I highly suggest it to anyone who wants an easy juicy read with a shocking ending.


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