Honestly. I got three quarters of the way through, then finally admitted to myself that life is far too short to read a bad book.
I wanted to like this book so bad, but in the end it was just disappointing.
Barnes and Noble had a sale for $10 for 2 hardcovers. I spent $23 for all of this! 😍
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I‘ve decided to dedicate November to only reading selections from my #BOTM shelf. I‘m terrible at sticking to a monthly TBR or theme, but I really need to knock some of these off my unread list. I‘ve had a few false starts already, but I think I‘ve landed on Dennis Lehane‘s Since We Fell as my first read this month.
I skipped the November selections so I won‘t add any new BOTM books this month. Hopefully I can make a decent dent in this shelf. 😀
I wasn‘t sure what happened about a third of the way through because it became a completely different book. I really liked both halves, but wish there had been a bit more to each. That conspiracy theory stuff was pretty cool though! #botm I even woke up early to finish it.
I really liked this book, though it‘s very strange. The first 100 pages is lit fic about a woman searching for her birth father and grappling with the fallout of her mother‘s mental illness. The rest is a thriller exploring questions of identity and trust. It definitely won‘t be for everyone, but it worked for me. #botm
I will read anything Lehane writes. I love his affinity for my hometown of Boston. That being said.. I wish it hadn‘t taken four hours to get into the thick of what this book ended up being. I actually feel like I listened to two different books! The second half is what I wished the entirety had been.
I bailed on this one. I couldn‘t care about the characters, the plot, or the setting. I made It a little over 100 pages and just felt soooo bogged down by how much I had left so I stopped, even though it was for book club.
Interestingly, nearly everyone at my book club disliked this pick too. Two loved it! One other bailed, like me (a much older gentleman - “Solidarity!” he said 😍😂💪🏻), but most just didn‘t care for it.
I‘m stopping my #25infive time now since it is late and I‘m at 25 hours, 19 minutes. YAYYYYY!!! I‘m going to read a little longer so I really should keep counting. But I‘m satisfied knowing I reached the goal 🙌🏻
My current read now that I‘ve finished The Great Alone (Still processing my thoughts, but it was wonderful!). It took me a long time to get into this one but the pacing seems to be picking up a little bit. Jury is still out on the plot!
Eh. I felt like I just read two different books that had nothing to really do with each other. If either half (first or last) was more developed and cut out the other half, I would possibly would have enjoyed this significantly more. 🤷♀️
Book club brunch this morning to discuss this mystery (?) novel. And why yes, that is a little champagne of beers chaser that they give you with your Bloody Mary. 😄 As for the book, it held my attention despite being way longer than it needed to be. Lots of twists and turns, some predictable and some surprises. Probably a good pick for people who enjoy mysteries/psychological suspense. So so if that's not your thing.
I'm about halfway through and feel like I still don't "know" the main character. Purposeful deception or poor writing? ? Still intrigued and want to finish this one up in the next couple of days so my book club members don't spoil it during our brunch. #currentlylistening
I have a cousin recouping from major surgery, so I went to the thrift shore to get more books for my buck. Came home with this great batch and now I want to keep them for myself!!! #sorrynotsorry
A pretty slow boil that builds till the last page. My first go with Lehane. Not much of a suspense reader, but I really enjoyed this. He has a way of delving into characters that keeps you interested. Lots of twisty in this one. I would recommend borrowing this from you library. It won‘t disappoint. I could see it as a film.
I don‘t usually reads thrillers but I enjoyed this one. Made for a perfect palate cleanser; if it weren‘t for #BOTM, I‘d likely never have picked it up, which speaks really highly of the ways that service has expanded what I read.
Set primarily in my college town of Boston, the main character is extremely well developed. I appreciated the author‘s take on anxiety & how it affected Rachel. The twists were unexpected.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 • #thriller
Day #17 Of #NovemberbytheNumbers. Just got to chapter 17 in this page turner, perfect timing for this post. So far, I really like it. I have no idea where it‘s going, just the sense that it‘s going to be bad... 🎶insert creepy music here🎶
Really enjoying the Boston setting; takes me back to my college days. I don‘t read a lot of thrillers but I‘m glad I took this one on today. #currentlyreading #BOTM
Day two of being home sick with a wicked cold/cough. 🤧 Yesterday was all about crappy daytime tv & trying to nap. Today I‘m going to attempt some reading now that my eyes are actually focusing again. This book from my #BOTM #TBR seems like the perfect pick for some sickday reading. • #noonetoldmecoldsaresomuchworsewhenyourepregnant #ifeellikedeathwarmedover #maybeathrillerwillcheermeup? #oratleastdistractmefrommysuffering #hashtagstorytelling
I was supposed to read this last month but better late than never 😂
This is a hard one to rate. It almost seemed as though it was two separate books merged into one. The first half is pretty slow and focuses on the protagonist and her search for her father. The second half is non-stop action and reads less like a character study and more like a thriller. I did enjoy the book even though it definitely took me awhile to feel invested in the story and I had to really suspend my disbelief at times.
Finally got around to reading this BOTM pick. I can‘t really recommend this one. The book read like two separate books with the first part only loosely tied to the second. The pace and tension in the second half compelled me to finish it, but then again, I was on a plane with limited entertainment options.
Here's my ambitious #OctoberTBR (likely to change & library books will be sprinkled throughout)
Wanted to start with a few good thrillers from Slaughter, Lehane and Harper and will likely throw in a Stephen King along the way....
PS @TheBookHippie if you still want to do a buddy read if Lillian Boxfish let me know!
#shelfie #riotgram #spookyoctober
Well that was one crazzzy ride! I definitely enjoyed the first 2/3 more than the final 1/3 but it was still an exciting read with some great turns & twists that kept me invested throughout the journey. Might be my favorite #BOTM thriller so far...and another #TBRbingo box completed ✅ looks like Queen of Katwe is #UpNext
Digging in to this past #BOTM thriller and so far I'm quite pleased! I've read enough reviews on Litsy warning that this book can be disjointed and the first & second half of the novel are inconsistent. I'm hoping I have a diffract reading experience because so far I'm enjoying 🤗
Went to visit my family while Blake went to Florida for the Army, but he didn't have to stay as long as we thought. So I came home early and was able to take the hold off our mail, and so many lovely packages! A #booksleeve from @MyBookZleeves that has famous lines from Austen novels, a green library card mug from @outofprint , and a lovely package of two books with the most thoughtful card from @Yournewfriendsams Thank you! 😘 Made my day ❤️