Very Short Reviews

January 25, 2017 audiobook, book review, books 7

I am severely behind in book reviews, most of the books I read in 2016 didn’t get reviewed, and some I liked more than others.  I’m going to attempt to give my thoughts, but I can honestly say they are going to be very brief.  I hope you spot something you didn’t read and might like to pick up.

Physical Books

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris- Lots of talk on this book, I think everyone I know has read it.  Looks can be deceiving when you’re looking at someone else’s marriage. 4 stars (won in a giveaway)

Love Her Madly by M. Elizabeth Lee- I liked this book enough, but didn’t love it.  I was suspicious as one friend disappeared. 3 stars (asked to read by author)

This Was Not the Plan by Cristina Alger- I really enjoyed this book, it was really the story of a man who had to rebuild his life from scratch.  Perhaps a lesson in office protocol.  3.5 stars (received from publisher)

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty- Sadly  this is my least favorite of her books, but it’s still not awful.  I never felt really connected to any of the characters.  Don’t Blink  3.5 stars (gift)

Audio Books

Winter Street and Winter Stroll by Elon Hilderbrand- Both light and easy listens, centered around one family who lives on Nantucket.  Holiday themed, very enjoyable. 3.5 stars

End of Watch by Stephen King- The last of the trilogy and while I found it enjoyable it is a bit a step out of reality, not uncommon in Stephen King books.  I prefer my crazy people just crazy…still good, excellent narration.  4 stars

Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – I listened to this book early in 2016 and it birthed many discussions with my son as he was about to head off to college.  Not a new topic with us, but I wanted to dig deeper into our talk.  Brutally honest, and frightening this book is very well done.  My own Alma Mater, the University of Missouri is cited in some passages, and it pains me to read of such injustice.  Must listening or reading if you’re a parent of a young adult. 5 stars

Columbine by Dave Cullen- This book has been on my list for years, I own the print copy but when I decided to listen to it in audio it was perfect.  So much detail and research, so many missed signals and yet as a parent I know how easy it is to not see things.  Sad and yet important listening.  I’ve also bought the print copy of Sue Klebold’s book, A Mother’s Reckoning, to read.  I’ve heard good things.  5 stars

I’m just a person by Tig Notaro- This was a book club pick, and I’m glad a chose the audiobook.  Narrated by the author, I learned so much about this woman I’d barely known.  I had seen her on some late night shows, but not really familiar with her.  This is her story of losing her mother, battling cancer and an unbelievable infection and how she really found herself.  Very sad and gritty at times, but a good listen.  3.5 stars

I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella- I love listening to theses books, narrated by the authors.  Short essays written by both and sometimes celebrating the mother daughter relationship but always giving me a laugh at just how real and humorous life is.  Highly recommend, very up lifting. 5 stars

The Widow by Fiona Barton- This was a much read and talked about book of 2016 and for me it was just ok.  I liked the mystery of an unsolved child abduction and Jean Taylor’s relationship with her husband, the tales she begins to share.  I disliked any reference to the block buster Gone Girl, and I’m quite honestly tired of the comparisons.  The author has a new book out late this year, and I will try it.  3.5 stars

*all audio books were purchased by me from audible

7 Responses to “Very Short Reviews”

  1. sarahsbookshelvesblog

    I’m not a huge Moriarty fan in general – too much mommy politics in her books. And I’m with you on Missoula…I can see how it influenced conversations with your son before leaving for college. I like your short review format!

  2. BermudaOnion

    I totally agree with you on Columbine and Missoula – both tough reads but, oh, so important. I’ve urged all my friends with kids to read Missoula. Everyone’s said pretty much the same thing you did about Truly Madly Guilty.

  3. Heather

    Columbine and Missoula are two of my favorite audios ever – both so well-researched and thought-provoking and the audios are phenomenal. Have you read any other Krakauer? I’d highly recommend the one about Pat TIllman if you haven’t read it already, and that audio is great, too. Behind Closed Doors was one of those unputdownable ones for me, too.

  4. Lindsey Stefan

    I’m with you on being terribly behind on reviews. I see some mini-reviews in my future too.

    I want to read Missoula and Columbine sometime soon. I know they will be tough, but they seem like really important reads.

  5. Michelle

    I am SO glad you chose this format! I like seeing your thoughts on books, but I know how overwhelming having so many outstanding reviews to write can be.

    I agree with you on the latest Moriarty. Such a disappointment for me. I am sad you didn’t love The Widow more than you did. Had they not compared it to Gone Girl, I wonder if your expectations would have been different.

  6. Silver's Reviews

    Nice wrap up…love your short, sweet reviews.

    BEHIND CLOSED DOORS has many controversial reviews. I hated Jack. 🙂

    I unfortunately haven’t read any of the other books.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Elizabeth

  7. litandlife

    Missoula and Columbine are both books that are hard to read but seem like they should be required reading for all parents. I actually haven’t read Behind Closed Doors but now I’m wondering if I should look at it for bookclub?

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