If you've read anything by Clare Macintosh (I See You, Let You Go, Let Me Lie), you immediately associate her writing with the mystery and thriller genre. I have loved all three of these books and highly recommend them. Her books are captivating page-turning, and stay-up-all-night kind of reads. After the End was a surprisingly emotional read, that explores love, marriage, and commitment. This is the perfect Book Club choice, because this book encourages discussion from an ethics/morality standpoint, the challenges of marriage, and how each person encounters and deals with grief. I LOVED how this book is written in two parts. I found the first half depressing, and actually took a break before starting the second part, probably due to the fact that I recently had a child, and the content really hit home for me. The second part however, gets all the stars, and it is so uniquely written, with an incredible take on the Robert Frost poem 'The Road Not Taken'. One defining moment, and the path you choose to take... Highly recommend this one!
It's officially January, and I promised myself back in December when I started my two week break that I was going to get loads of blogging done, read my foot high TBR pile, and paint a piece of furniture...suffice to say, not one was accomplished. So rather than post separate book reviews, I have chosen to summarize two December reads in as few sentences as possible because...#lazy.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
I've been looking for a romantic comedy to fill the void that The Hating Game (Sally Thorne) left me in. It was my favourite RomCom of the past decade. Roomies has been splashed across the bookstagram community and I had to get my hands on it. I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book, but then it lost me. I am not a 'romance' fan (I actually despise reading steamy explicit content. I'll usually skim pages), and I felt that it went down that avenue and stayed there. This may be for you if you like romantic contemporary.
Wow! A solid 5 stars. I don't know why it took me so long to read Beartown. This is a book that has everything, covering many different facets, full of emotion and deeply insightful. The characters are diverse, beautifully detailed, and complex. I could literally write quote after quote because each one resonates, and makes you question and ponder this moral fiction. I actually felt transported to the town as Backman does an incredible job of describing the emotional and physical response the barren land has on this community and the people. Did I mention it's a sports story? I am not a hockey fan, and yet I quickly found myself rooting for the players, until the unspeakable act disrupts their dream. Beartown is the perfect Book Club selection because the discussion's would revolve around moral dilemmas, loyalty, race, and right vs. wrong,
"People round here don't always know the difference between right and wrong. But we know the difference between good and evil."
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