Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
This has been quite the popular read and everyone seems to have loved it. My sister gave me her copy because she loved it. I must admit, I loved it too. Bernadette is kooky and you have to love her for it. She doesn’t fit in with the private school crowd of Seattle and is pretty much agoraphobic. Her daughter wants to go to Antartica, she starts making plans, and disappears. We then switch to her daughter trying to find her and figure out what happened. It’s not one you can easily figure out.
We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
This one made me cry. A lot. It’s the story of a nurse and a girl. The girl is sick and in a hospice like place to recover. She’s not dying yet. The nurse works there. They interact, but it’s more about their individual stories. What got me though, was the nurse’s story. Her husband was injured during a deployment and lost a leg and his best friend. He is having issues (some of which reminded me of my husband) and their marriage was having issues. There was a lot of similarities between their situation and where my husband and I were a couple years ago. I’m crying now just thinking about it all again.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
This is not one I would have picked on my own. It’s kinda fantasy/sci-fi. Kinda. Kristen said it was one of her favorites of 2016, so I read it. I LOVED it! It was short, less than 200 pages and I read it in one sitting. Such a good story. It sucks you in right away. It’s kind of hard to summarize and the book jacket didn’t do the best job of it either. I definelty recommend it. I even told my 11 year old to read it. It’s right up his alley (and it was told from the POV of a 7 year old, so the bad stuff wasn’t even that bad).
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
This one was an odd story. Mid 1800’s, an English nurse is sent to Ireland to sit in a room all day and keep watch over an 11 year old who has lived without food for months. She is convinced the girl is getting food. The nurse comes off as a bitchy know it all through a good portion of the book. She gets to know her charge though and grows to like her. She then goes from wanting to point out the fraud, to wanting to help the girl. The middle of this was kinda slow growing, but I liked the end and came to like the nurse.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
I picked this up because the cover was colorful. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. It’s the story of two girls and a guy. It starts when they are in high school and goes up to their mid-twenties. It’s a big messy love triangle. There was also lots of Marines. Not that that has anything to do with anything. It was just set in Oceanside, which I found funny. It was a good story and a good book though.
Troublemaker by Linda Howard
It’s you basic Linda Howard mystery/thriller/romance. These are always good though. Guy is paramilitary (is that really a thing or is is just used as an occupation in books like this). Someone tries to kill him, he is sent to live with his bosses ex-stepsister to recuperate. They become friendly, he fills her in on what’s going on, they become more than friendly, bad stuff goes down, everyone lives happily ever after. The dog stole the show in this book though.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
This one may have been slightly overrated. The really popular ones usually seem that way to me. A couple’s baby disappears when they are next door for a dinner party. As time goes on, we figure out, step by step, what happened, until it’s all pieced together at the end. She totally left it open for another book to follow too. It was good, I just don’t know that it was anything special or out of the ordinary.
Blue Heart Blessed by Susan Meissner
I’ve read a couple of her newer books and loved them. This wasn’t so great though. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it was basic fluff. Girl gets dumped right before her wedding, opens a dress selling used wedding dresses, but can’t bear to sell her own. Meets a guy, then she can all of a sudden bear to part with it. There’s obviously more going on, but that’s the general, easy to figure out gist of it.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
I read this because so many people have said it was great. I’m talking about people whose opinion I trust, not reviews on Amazon. I did like it, but I really felt like it could have been edited down. It just got to lengthy for me. It’s a WWII era story involving two women. We jump to the present then where one of their daughters is trying to piece together something that she witnessed happen to her mother and how it all relates to her mother and this other woman. I did not see the end coming. I had my ideas, but I wasn’t even close.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
This one might have been a bit overrated too. Also, when I think cabin, I think cabin in the woods, not cabin on a small cruise ship. A woman goes on the inaugural trip of a small cruise ship. She sorta witnesses a murder of a woman. No one will believe her though and she starts to doubt herself. I didn’t have this one figured out either. Again, it was good, but not anything that stands out in my mind.
Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney
This was my pick for the January Book of the Month Club. I liked it. It started off a little slow, but once it got going, I did like it. It’s NYE in NY, 1984. 84 year old Lillian is going out to dinner at her usual place. In doing so, she walks around New York and remembers things from her past. She worked in advertising in Macy’s in her younger years and a lot of stories relate to that. So far, so good on my picks for BOTM.