It’s official. I have completely abandoned my original Goodreads goal. We’re nearly at the end of the year, so I may as well just call it off and accept that I’m clearly not going to stick to a particular genre, but guys I swear I’ll bring it back for October *cut to me writing this same intro come November*. That being said, this month’s genre was supposed to be “Classic” but as you’ll see below, zero classics were read. Ah, oh well. My genre for this month is thriller/suspense and I’ve already got the book covered, so I’m already more ahead than I was last month. As for September, I did have a couple of hits, and one big swing and a miss, so let’s check out the reviews!
(SPOILERS TO ME BEFORE YOU ARE AHEAD…You have been warned) The sequel to Me Before You, Moyes returns to Louisa Clark nearly a year after the passing of love interest, and client, Will Traynor. If you’re like me and finished Me Before You in a puddle of your own tears and the assumption that Louisa was off traversing about Europe and following her dreams, then like me you probably surprised to open After You and find that her dreams had gone to die and Lousia working in an airport bar. Strangely enough, I was happy to see that there was an honest struggle with her character. Grief is hard, and while it may inspire you to get back on your feet, it is also quick to remind you why you were knocked down in the first place. This book felt like a truly honest portrayal of how hard it is to try to the be version of yourself that you thought you would be after loss, and the continuous uphill battle it is just to do the little things sometimes. Despite it’s dark moments, it does contain several laughable quips you may have come to expect from past characters, as well as a “Yes! Go get yours, girl!” storyline for Lousia. Long story short, solid sequel.
After reading the last page, I closed this book, turned to Jake and said “Good god that book was a trip.” The Couple Next Door was my September selection for Book of The Month and…wow I honestly can’t even review this one, and not because it was bad, it was actually wonderful, but there are so many twists and surprises that I feel like trying to give a basic synopsis is impossible. Essentially, it’s the story of a dinner party having gone horribly awry after a couple to a newborn baby discovers that their child is missing. You find who did the kidnapping, and then that goes awry, and then you find out who spoiled the kidnapping, and then THAT goes awry. This book should be called “EVERYTHING WENT AWRY: Mallory Reacts to The Couple Next Door.” Long story short, everything that could go bad does, but it’s a wild read.
I am actually still reading this one, but I am quite close to finishing it! Per the Goodreads summary, “Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.” I received this book as my September pick for Uppercase, and truth be told it isn’t something I think I would have picked on my own, nor can I really say did this sway me back into the Dystopian teen genre. Try as I might, despite all of the YA I read, I just can’t get into the sci-fi/post apocalyptic/kind of like Hunger Games but kind of not world. Maybe my brain isn’t that fantastical, or I have trouble relating, but my least favorite feeling arose shortly after starting the book, which was “Ugh, I kind of can’t wait to finish this.” and I hate that feeling! Obviously like anyone else I want to love whatever I’m reading, but once I hit the point of it feeling like a chore, then all hope is lost. Here’s to hoping the ending reels me back in. Long story short, no thanks!
What books are you currently reading?