Back again with some more book reviews, this time with my reads from the month of May! I started May out strong and was finally in my groove for free reading and I got into some good ones this month! Let me just tell you, May was filled with some awesome reads! If you aren’t already, be sure to follow my GoodReads account to see my book progress and so I can check out what you’re reading as well!
It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
- Rating: 9.5/10
- Read from 5/3/20-5/10/20
- I really enjoyed this book. It followed a bit of a similar premise as one of the books in my April Book Review, If You Knew Her. This book follows three former college roommates and jumps between their freshmen year of college to the present day, when they are 40 years old. All three girls are very different, but they form a strong bond during their first year of college. You have Kate, who comes from a wealthy family, loves to drink and party, and is the star and center of attention everywhere she goes. Jenny is smart, ambitious, and wants nothing more than to be successful. And then there is Aubrey, the girl from a broken home and living off of her financial aid. For me, this book was such a page turner and left me constantly trying to figure out what the heck happened at this dangerous bridge in town, who was dead, and who was the one who did it. Just when I thought I had it figured out, the author threw in another twist and more details, which left my mind constantly second guessing my original hypotheses! Without giving away the ending, I will say I was a bit surprised with some of the turns this book took and was pretty satisfied with the ending, although I was definitely left wanting to know a little bit more about how all the characters ended up. This book had me completely captivated and interested from the first chapter all the way to the end. I would definitely recommend this book if you are interested in a bit of a thriller and like to make your own guesses of who done it.
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle
- Rating: 8/10
- Read from 5/11/20-5/19/20
- I want to first say that my overall rating of this book is the average of two different ratings. I would rate this book a 6/10 on the writing, due to the organization, some of the information that was provided, and my overall preferences for the topics involved. I would definitely, however, give this book a 10/10 simply because this is a story of a war hero and the awareness that this book brings to the reality of life at war and life after war as a civilian. I will say, I am not a big history gal. I never enjoyed history classes at school, I am not big on historical films/documentaries, and biographies/autobiographies are not really my jam- but this was a book one of my college friends lent to me (sorry Chris, I still have your book 5 years later and have yet to return it 😅) and I saw the movie when it first was released in theaters which peaked my interest in reading the book. I had attempted to read this book when I first borrowed it, but I just couldn’t get into it back then and struggled with the writing as well as the technical military jargon. I felt like I flew through the beginning chapters of the book, where Mr. Kyle discusses his background, personal life, and just getting started in the military. Once I got deeper into the book when warfare was happening and the discussion of the different types of rifles and weapons used, I felt like everything went over my head. This time around, I knew a little bit about what this book was like and had an open mind and determination to read it all the way through. Perhaps my maturity level and having more information about Mr. Kyle’s story beforehand made this book an easier read this time around. I will say that having seen the movie beforehand, I was visualizing certain scenes in my head as I was reading the chapter the movie depicted. I have not watched the movie recently and I plan to do so in the near future, because I love comparing books to their movie (and 9 times out of 10, I always enjoy the book more). I think that knowing that this book was written by Mr. Kyle (with snipets from his wife, Taya) and can always include much more description and detail, while the movie was unable to always refer to him to make it as accurate as possible due to his murder, the book will be my preference. Overall, I loved hearing Mr. Kyle’s story, felt emotional tugs as events were described, and was very pleased with getting the chance to read this autobiography. This book definitely is not for everyone, but in the end, it was one that I truly ended up enjoying, even though I struggled when I tried to read it 5 years ago.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
- Rating: 10/10
- Read from 5/19/20-5/23/20
- Y’all, I seriously absolutely loved this book. I really did not think that I would enjoy it as much as I did but holy cannoli. This was a book that I literally could not put down. I honestly did not think the erotica and romance was going to be something I could get into, but whoa did I love this book. I will say I was quite concerned when I read reviews ahead of starting this book and seeing a lot of negative reviews mentioning that rape (a very sensitive topic for me) was a theme in this book. Let me just tell you, rape is NOT depicted in this book in any way. In every sexual encounter that occurs within this book, the main characters mention how important consent is. People also mention that abuse is strong throughout this book- again, a sensitive topic for me and one that I did NOT see at any point (with the exception of slight mentions of Christian’s childhood). This book goes through the relationship of Ana, a shy soon-to-be college graduate who loves to read, and Christian, a handsome, young highly successful entrepreneur, who is very into a BDSM lifestyle. I found this book to be well written, quick paced, and addicting. I ended up watching the movie alongside my time reading the book and found that there were details in the book not brought up at all in the movie that I felt were very important or interesting and would have loved to see depicted on screen. This is definitely one of the instances where I really prefer the book over the movie. I seriously just wanted to keep reading every time I picked it up. I love the occasional mindless read where I just get lost in the characters and their world and this definitely did that for me. I will admit this it will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I would highly, HIGHLY recommend reading this. It was so good in fact that the second I finished it, I purchased the next book in the trilogy off of Amazon.
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
- Rating: 8.5/10
- Read from 5/23/20-5/31/20
- This was another book that I really enjoyed. I struggled at first getting into this book, especially just coming off of Fifty Shades of Grey. The start was a little slow, I felt a little confused about what was going on initially, and just wasn’t sure where the storyline was going to go. Once I got a little more into the book, I started to adjust to the flow of it and it started to become more intriguing and I easily picked up the pace of my reading! I found this book well written and intriguing with excellent character development. Similar to a few of the other books I have reviewed, this book switches between the perspective of several characters, including Rachel, our train riding, alcoholic protagonist, Megan, a young married woman that Rachel often observes from the train who ends up in serious danger, and Anna, a beautiful woman who interfered in Rachel’s life in such a way where now Anna is married to Rachel’s ex-husband. As I mentioned, once I got a little deeper into this book, the pace really picked up along with the plot development and it was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. A thriller mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened to Megan, what was Rachel going to find out and to what lengths would she go to be involved? The character development that occurred left me wanting even more information about them, as they all have involved pasts and I loved learning more about them each time I picked up the book. Again, I still need to watch the movie, but I strongly feel this will be yet another where I prefer the book. I would say that I personally liked other thrillers over this one, but this one was very engaging and I still very much so enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.