January Wrap Up!

HAPPY SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!! 

What a better day to recap January than on the day that I hope the team who represents my childhood roots wins.  Care to take a guess at which one that would be?  Moving on now…haha…my total book count for January was 6 books!!  Not bad, I am 2 books ahead of schedule to complete my Goodreads Challenge of 52 books this year!  I also was able to use 5 of these books on my 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge!  Whoop, whoop!  Now, let’s recap the 6 I read!

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The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman: 3 stars

The Life We Wanted by Kelsey Kingsley: 5 stars

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: 3 stars

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll: 5 stars (READ THIS NOW)

Tough Truths by Deirdre Maloney: 5 stars

The Innocent by David Baldacci: 5 stars

 

Not bad, I thoroughly enjoyed 4 out of the 6 books I read, I will take it!  Here is hoping I can on this pace (or increase it) for February!  Any of these reads on your TBR?

Stacking The Shelves: February 2nd

Well…I failed at my attempt of not buying/obtaining any books this week…haha. Here’s my usual blurb about it all…I stumbled across Stocking The Shelves on Jill’s Book Blog (check it out). This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  Here’s what they say about it…

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

So, in theory I only “boughtONE book…but, I added three to my shelf!  *sigh*  I have soooooo many books, but, I can’t leave them be all alone!  All the books I got this week I got via Kindle, so they are all ebooks!  Here we go….

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Educated by Tara Westover

This one I got because I apparently had over $12 in credit on Great On Kindle reads that was expiring so I **HAD** to get a book!  Now I have over $10 in credit and I need some ideas on what to get next so help me out with my next one!  I have seen this all over social media and this looks like a great read, I am super excited!

 

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Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell

This one has been all over my feed on WordPress and the reviews have been jaw dropping!  It was only 99 cents for the Kindle, how could I pass that up?!?!

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The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

This is my pick for the month through Amazon First Reads (so it was free)!  It was the only book that stuck out to me.  It is billed as a domestic suspense novel and you know I love thrilling, suspenseful novels!

 

I am going to attempt to not get any new books this upcoming week…we will see if I can resist the power of the books I come across…probably not, I’m not that strong willed, hahahahaha.  What did you add to your shelves this week?

 

Book Review: The Silent Patient

Let me start this review off by saying when I finished this book I threw it across the room.  This review is going to be one of unpopular opinion, fair warning.

This is a quick read.  A woman is found guilty of killing her husband, but, instead of being in jail, she’s in a psychiatric hospital.  Why?  Ever since she killed him she has not spoken, she’s been silent.  Enter Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who has been obsessed with Alicia ever since her case gained media attention.  He gets a job at her care facility with the intention of getting her to talk once again.  And when I say obsessed, I mean OBSESSED.  He tracks down people that knew her and question them like he’s a detective, it gets a little bizarre.

This was a weird one guys.  I read it and completed the book in just a few days, however, I never felt that into it.  It was enough for me to read it, but, it wasn’t a heart racing, can’t turn the the page fast enough thriller for me.  It felt like a mystery with some messed up characters.

Unreliable narrator.  Without giving much away this is all I will say on that.

The twist?  I cursed out loud.  It was a huge shock and from that point on I picked up my reading speed.  The end?  I cursed again.  By now you should know I love a solid ending…the author tells us, x happened.  This one I felt was open too much.  Reflecting upon the ending maybe the author plans on writing a sequel because you certainly could.  Without giving too much away once again, there are a few characters in here who are batshat crazy.  You could write an entire novel based off of where it leaves us.  If you have read this one, you’ll understand…and you’ll also understand why I threw the book BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE EFF HAPPENED!

3 star read for me.  It wasn’t pulling me in from the get go, it was alright.  It is an easy read.  The book is separated into 4 parts which I feel is a little unnecessary as it all flowed continuously with flashbacks to what happened to before the murder courtesy of Alicia’s diary.  This reminds me of when I read another book and described it to someone saying, “I read it and I wanted to read it, but, it just fell flat and was not that interesting.  It doesn’t make sense I know, but, it was just a weird read.”  And when they read the book they told me the exact same thing, haha.

Have you read this?  Have this on your list?  I know everyone is raving about it right now, but, I just can’t get in to the hype.  Have you read a book like this where all you see are rave reviews and you’re like, what?????

Details

Title: The Silent Patient

Author:  Alex Michaelides

Publisher: Celadon Books

Release Date: Expected February 5, 2019

ISBN-10: 1250301696

Amazon //\\ Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday

I decided to take part in some of That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesdays this year!  It looks like a fun adventure to go!  This week we are highlighting our top ten most anticipated reads of the first half of 2019!  I listed these in scheduled release order!

 

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The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

This is scheduled to be released on February 5, 2019.  It is currently sitting as my next read on my Kindle courtesy of Netgalley!

 

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And Then You Were Gone by R. J. Jacobs

I love a good suspenseful novel and this looks lie it will deliver!  Scheduled for release on March 13, 2019.

 

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Lovely Little Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

This book is scheduled for release on April 2, 2019.  Thanks to her Facebook page I have an advance reader’s copy of this book ready to go!  I am SO excited to read this!!!!

 

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The Night Before by Wendy Walker

I keep hearing so many great things about this novel, it is scheduled for release on May 14, 2019!

 

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The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver

I read a Kindle Single by him and was hooked, I have decided I want to try a full length novel by him and what better than a brand new book?  This book is scheduled for release on May 15, 2019.

 

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Montauk by Nicola Harrison

Being released just in time for summer on June 4, 2019, this looks like it will be a great beach read!

 

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Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Hilderbrand has quickly become a new favorite author of mine!  This is scheduled for release on June 18, 2019.

 

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Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

This book will satisfy my book by 2 female authors in my 2019 Popsugar Reads challenge.  I am a huge fan of young adult novels and cannot wait for this to be released on July 16, 2019!

 

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The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader

The title is what draws me in so much!  Scheduled for release on July 16, 2019.

 

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Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

Scheduled for release on August 13, 2019.  This is currently on my Netgalley shelf!

 

I made sure to link each book to its Amazon page so you can read more about it.  One thing is for sure, I love all their covers!  Yeah, I judge books by their covers, I admit it!  Are any of these on your to be read list for when they are released?!  What do you think of my choices?  What book are YOU looking most forward to being released in 2019?  I can’t wait to chat with you!  Thanks for stopping by!