dAs an aspiring old woman, I have tried to adopt the habit of reading before bed. This is due to the fact that I have a ton of books I want to read and I also find that it helps me sleep better when I avoid screens. Lately, I have been spending my nights watching Queer Eye so I have fallen off a bit from this routine but I aim to get back into it as soon as I binge watch the second season. Here is a recap of the books I’ve read so far in 2018.
The Hate U Give
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Although I finished this on January 1, this was my favourite book I read in 2017. The Hate U Give is an extremely appropriate and relevant book for the world today. In the novel, Starr (the main character) lives between the poor neighbourhood she calls home and the fancy prep school that she attends. Her balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend at the hands of the police and the story unfolds as she is forced to decide whether she should share what happened that night. This movie is set to release October 19 and I can’t wait to watch it!
Recommend to: Someone who will read it before seeing the movie
Rating: 3 out of 5
Fierce Kingdom is the story of a mother and her young son stuck at the zoo during a shooting and how she aims to keep him safe. As someone who once worked at the zoo, I had a hard time reading about a shooter scenario in that setting. I am also fairly certain I would not like reading about a shooting in any case. For me, the book was intense but it was just too long with not enough action. I felt for the main character and wanted to see how it ended, but I also started this book and left it for about a month without picking it up again. Overall, I didn’t find it very engaging.
Recommend to: Anyone but your mom
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Exit West covers the love story of two main characters that are living in a country on the brink of a civil war. They end up leaving their homeland and old lives behind which results in a struggle to hold on to each other and their past. The writing in Exit West was unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was interesting, yet I also found it a little complicated and hard to keep up with. This was another book I easily put down and forgot about. Some may find it enjoyable but it wasn’t for me.
Recommend to: A person that likes detailed writing
Lie to Me
Rating: 4.75 out of 5
At the beginning of Lie to Me, I worried that it was going to have the exact same twist as Gone Girl. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Gone Girl but you don’t want to read the same thriller twice. Lie to Me also follows a couple with a perfect life that is not as great as it seems. Eventually the wife goes missing, police investigate the husband and a wonderful thriller occurs. I would definitely recommend this to fans of thrillers. I couldn’t put this one down!
Recommend to: Your friend that is still talking about how much they liked Gone Girl
Year of Yes
Rating: 4 out of 5
Shonda Rhimes has been an idol of mine since the first episode of Grey’s that I watched. Her poise and creativity upon which she has built an empire never ceases to amaze me. Shonda is an extreme introvert and I was impressed by the challenge she made to herself to continually push outside of her comfort zone. I loved getting a behind the scenes look into the life of someone whose work I admire. I’ve been regularly reminding myself to say yes since reading this.
Recommend to: The person at work who is always asking you whether you watched last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Jojo Moyes won me over with Louisa Clark in Me Before You. As someone who is not generally a fan of romances, I surprisingly love this series. I bought it almost as soon as it came out. I really enjoyed the third installment of the Me Before You series which takes place in New York City. Although it started a little slow, it has the same hit you in the feels moments as the first two books so I would continue reading the series if there was another one available.
Recommend to: Your best friend who bawled her eyes out when you took her to see Me Before You