Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Some of my recent favorite reads....

You all know how passionate I am about reading.  If I was trapped on a deserted island, all I'd need is my Kindle and a tube of Chapstick and I'd be perfectly happy.

Oh and of course a half-naked, deeply tanned, muscular Christopher Atkins (ala Blue Lagoon) would just be icing on the cake.

So, I thought for those of you who love reading just as much as I do, I'd review a few of the books I've read recently in case you're on the hunt for a new read.

The Playdate (by Louise Millar):  I absolutely LOVED this book.  As a mother, I could easily relate to the characters.  The main character, divorced single parent Callie, has just moved in to the neighborhood and hasn't had an easy time making friends.  But then she meets her neighbor, Suzy, who has three children and they become fast friends.  All is well until a strange woman moves in near them, prompting the police to suggest that danger is lurking nearby.

This is one of those stories where you think you're aware of what's going on until a sudden twist occurs, which throws you completely for a loop!  You'll never see it coming!

Hopeless (by Colleen Hoover):  I don't normally like romance-type stories but this book was suggested by a fabulous blogger, Natalie, who has amazing taste in books so I at least wanted to give it a try.  And let me tell you, I was so happy I did.  This was a book I could not put down....seriously, stayed up until 2:00 am one night because I had to know how it ended.

The main characters, Sky and Holder, seem like two lost souls.  She's just kind of floating through life, unable to feel any strong emotions.  And he's a somewhat sad, angry guy, harboring secrets of his own....secrets that will change everything if/when they are revealed.

This book completely captivated me.  And the ending....well, you'll just have to read it.  You will not be disappointed in the least.  It's one of those books where you'll need a few days to process it before you pick up another book.

Never Look Away (by Linwood Barclay):  This book opens with David Harwood accompanying his wife, Jan, and their 4-year old son to an amusement park to an enjoy some quality family time.  Almost immediately, their son goes missing. And the story unfolds from there...

It's fast-paced and full of surprises.  You'll find yourself constantly guessing what really happened to that little'll want to know, you'll NEED to know.  It'll make you question how well you truly know your spouse.

Another fabulous I couldn't put down until I knew the ending.

Before I Go To Sleep (S.J. Watson):  I actually read this book awhile ago but it's definitely one of those stories you won't soon forget.

Imagine waking up every single morning and not remembering who you are, who your spouse is....and forgetting everything you've ever known.  This is what the main character, Christine, lives with day in and day out, after a traumatic accident that leaves her with a horrible case of amnesia.

Christine's doctor urges her to keep a journal, which she reads every morning to help her remember details of her life.  All is well until she opens up her journal one morning and reads that she has written, "Don't trust Ben".  Who is Ben?  The man who says he's her husband.

You will not want to put this book me.

Then Came You (Jennifer Weiner):  This is a story that captures your heart because, without even realizing it, you'll find yourself invested in the characters.

The storyline centers around three woman who each have their own personal reasons for doing what they're doing.  One woman desperately wants a child, a young college student who decides to sell her eggs to earn some serious cash to help her drug-addicted father, and a struggling stay-at-home mom who is yearning for a sense of purpose in her life.

They are all brought together in a strange twist of events that none of them saw coming.

As a smart reader, you'll be able to figure out how the story will end.  However, I doubt you'll feel disappointed.  It's exactly the way you want this story to end....and I'll bet you'll have tears in your eyes just like I did.

So, tell me....have you read any of these books?  If so, what did you think?

Also, please share with me a favorite or two of yours!!!

*  None of the links listed above are affiliate links nor have I been asked or compensated to write these reviews.  The books reviewed here are simply stories which I have enjoyed and wanted to share with my readers. Registered & Protected


Marcia (123 blog) said...

Thank you, darling helene.

I've just gone to buy the playdate (love books set in the UK) and the Jennifer Weiner (love her!) and got the kindle samples for all the rest.

Now have you read Sinead Moriarty? And What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty?

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing!!

I've added a few of these to my list, I own Before I go to Sleep just haven't read it yet, and I loved Then Came You.

I recently read Gone Girl and could not put it down!! Those were some very sleepy days at work :)

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

Thanks for sharing these. I've bookmarked this list for the next time I'm looking for something to read. I'm trying to work my way through a few of the classics, because they are free on Kindle, and I've never been able to get into them before. So once I'm done with the ones I've already downloaded, I'll be searching these ones out. I also have a hard copy of Room by Emma Donoghue on the go at the moment. So far I am captivated.

Karen Peterson said...

I haven't read any of these, but they all sound good. More to add to my to-read list! said...


I have not read one of these books, but I shall.


Karen and Gerard said...

We read BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and you are right, it's definitely a page turner you won't want to put down. I read it over a year ago and still remember it!

Tiffany said...

I've never read any of those. However this year I have 11 on my list and two from last year that will be re-reads b/c they are that good.

The Circle Maker - by Mark Batterson (life changing)
Praying Circles Around Your Kids - by Mark Batterson
The Hole in our Gospel - Rich Stearns (also life changing and I'm reading for the 2nd time in a year)
Power of a Praying Parent - Stormie O'Martin (just started for a MOPS group and it's fabulous)

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Marcia (123 blog) said...

I'm so happy you posted this and that we're goodreads friends :)

After this post I read the Jennifer Weiner. Then I finished a book (CRazy little thing - you will love!!!) last night, had some reading time left so read the kindle sample of Never look away - AM HOOKED! If I'd had the whole book, I probably would have gone to sleep at 2 am...

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Shelby said...

Dearest Helene, wth are you?! I miss reading your blog!

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voucher mama said...

Thanks for sharing these. I've bookmarked this list for the next time I'm looking for something to read.


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