I thought I would get through more books this month at the beach and by the pool but no such luck…the ones I did read/listen to were all 4 or 5 stars so I guess it was quality over quantity! Linking up for Steph and Jana for the June book reviews!
I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi – 5 stars
Soooo good. This story is heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. For a debut novel, it was very well written. I listened to this book on Audible and never wanted to step away from listening, it really pulls you in to their lives! Each chapter is told from three points of view: Maddie, a wife and mother who really liked her life, stuck in the middle between life and death, a pseudo ghost trying to help her family cope with her death before she can no longer be with them; Eve, her teenage daughter blaming her selfish, very normal teenage behavior for her mothers suicide; and Brady, a hurt and angry husband trying to figure out where he went wrong and learning how to be the father Eve needs. It’s emotional and taps into feelings of loss and family love that hit home for me.
The Shack by William Paul Young – 4 stars
I’ve heard some great things about this book and really wanted to read it for a while. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. I really liked the personification of God, I thought that it was a great way of picturing Him. The underlying message of being in a relationship with God and His forgiving love is definitely something I stand behind. Some of the descriptions of how it all works tripped me up though – some things were a little too in depth and I was happy to focus more on the story than the ideology behind it. I’m looking forward to watching the movie now.
In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch – 4 stars
A good beach read. Five former Penn students return to the house they shared twenty years earlier on the eve of what would have been their sixth roommate’s 40th birthday. They all are bring with them some serious baggage. I think anyone can relate to this story because we all have had friends we thought would always be close but somehow grew apart from. With the personalities of the roommates, there’s a character for everyone.
Received from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This was the first of a 6 part psychological thriller. It was short, only 5 chapters. It did suck me in and I read it all in one sitting but I can’t figure out why it’s broken into so many parts. I hope it makes more sense if I read on and I hope the remaining parts are longer. The characters are intriguing but I don’t think I’m fan of it being released in installments.