7 Books in 2020 so far

I have not been up to doing videos for awhile so I thought I would post an update on the books I have read so far this year:

  1. The Institute by Stephen King was the first one I finished (I gave it 5 of 5 stars). I had purchased the audio book for my Kobo. The story explores what if children were being taken for their psychic abilities to an Institute. We follow Luke’s abduction and experience. The characters are good and plot is gruesome as only King can do, but it was the psychological thriller aspects that stayed with me after reading the story. I love how the kids learn to work together for the greater good. This story stuck with me and if you can bear Stephen King’s gore, it is very engaging.
  2. Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire was another great audio book! I gave it 4 stars because I love her October Day series so much more. We follow the ghost of Rose Marshall as she runs the ghost roads of North America. I love how McGuire slowly reveals the characters and their world. She is really great at creating complex worlds that make the reader feel like they are real and the characters are friends. I love a good ghost story and this was one of the best. I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next book.
  3. Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep by Michael McGirr was a hardcover I picked up after the holidays. I gave it 3 stars. I have been having a terrible time sleeping lately so I thought looking at the history of sleep through the eyes of a fellow sleep deprived person might help. McGirr had trouble sleeping throughout life but the arrival of his twins made the value of sleep even more evident. He delves into the history of sleep, sprinkling the facts with his own experiences. It was a good read for my sleepless nights.
  4. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty was another audio book I borrowed from our local library. I gave it 2 stars because it is a bit frustrating to read. This is a slow burn. You know something happens at a BBQ but you do not learn what until almost the end of the book. The characters tell the story from different viewpoints and it is a bit disjointed. It all comes together if you give it time but I did not love reading it.
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green was another audio book I borrowed from the PEI Public Library. I liked this realistic view of mental illness giving it 4 stars. Aza deals with her mental issues as a teenager would. Not really believing the medication can help and thinking she know better. She is also getting in her own way with her spiraling thoughts. I love how her mental health is the background to the plot about reconnecting with her rich friend from camp and helping to find his father. It explores how relationships are complicated and change throughout a lifetime; and notes that Aza will have to continue to deal with her mental health as she matures (no quick fixes here as in real life) .
  6. Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber narrated by Laural Rankin and Luke Daniels. I loved how the narrators really made the story come alive and gave it 4 stars. Macomber is one of my favourite romance writers and I love to escape to her locations. She really made the small town in Alaska come alive. I loved the characters and their love for their hometown. It reminded me of characters I know from PEI.
  7. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney narrated by Stephanie Racine. I might read/watch too many of these because I figured it out. I only gave it two stars, but I do hate unreliable narrators so that probably influenced my rating. Amber wakes up in a coma in a hospital. The story flips between just before the accident, her childhood, and in the hospital. I would not recommend this book but I also did not like Girl on a Train so if you liked that you might like this one.

I am currently reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. I have to finish it for bookclub on Thursday. It had great reviews and I know it was based on short essays so I was hoping for wonderful things. I am not as engaged in it as I had hoped but I am only about part way through so hoping it will pick up again.

Happy Reading!

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