Lots of driving this week helped me get through 3 books! This week, I binged The Reckless Oath We Made and The Passengers, got thoroughly spooked by The Troop, and DNF’ed a best seller.
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
Thanks to Mel @mynightsbooked, I’ll never not think of Dwight from The Office ripping the face off of the CPR dummy and wearing it when I’m masking.
I Finished Reading
The Troop | Nick Cutter | I loved this book! It was genuinely one of the most unsettling stories I’ve ever read. A scouts troop and their doctor Scoutmaster take their yearly camping trip to remote Prince Edward Island. When a man with a mysterious illness happens upon their cabin, the doctor has no choice but to try and help him. In doing so, he opens a Pandora’s Box of horrors- but as is so often the case, the worst monsters are human. This is haunting and memorable- but definitely only for those that can really tolerate horror. 5/5
The Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood | This was another unique hit from Bryn Greenwood! This is quite different from All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, but was enjoyable in its own right. TROWM is a unique love story between two people that have had a rough go at life. Zee is tough as nails and does what she has to to make ends meet, including occasionally selling drugs. Gentry is a neurodiverse man who believes himself to be a knight- and something in him has made him understand that he’s meant to be Zee’s champion. When her sister goes missing, Zee sets off to rescue her in a way the police never could, bringing Gentry and his cavalry with them. I know it sounds out there, but I really loved The Reckless Oath We Made. I’ve got a full review coming out tomorrow, but if you’re open to taking a chance on a nontraditional story with memorable characters, then I think it’s very much worth it. 4.5 stars.
The Passengers | John Marrs | The Passengers goes on my “best capers” list. The book sounded so ridiculous and far fetched when I read the synopsis, but I was able to suspend my disbelief and got sucked in. In the not-too-distant future, the U.K. has switched to only allowing fully self-driving cars. Their systems are supposed to be impenetrable, but eight people find themselves trapped on a head on collision course where public opinion controls who lives and who dies. The plot moved very quickly and had me racing to see how it would all end. I’d give it a solid 4 stars, definitely worth reading, but not on my all time favorites list.
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001 | Garrett Graff | This is a tough book to get through but so so compelling. The author spent years collecting stories from those who lived through and experienced 9/11- over 500 stories were included. I really like the structure of it too- it breaks up the event into sections like 8:00 AM in New York City and The First Plane, and weaves in the individual stories. I’d definitely call this a must read.
The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott | I got about 40% of the way through listening to this one before I decided to put it aside. I might come back to it at a later date, but right now I’m just so bored. This might be one I need to read with my eyes, because right now I’m not even really understanding what all is going on. I hear it comes together but I can’t be bothered; that said, I’m definitely in the minority on this one.
Upcoming Reading Plans
Good Girl, Bad Girl | Michael Robotham | I read and loved his book The Secrets She Keeps, and after Natasha’s raving review I put aside my “no more reading books with Girl" in the title to give this one a shot. I read through the first few pages and it looks like one of the protagonists is a psychologist, which is always hit or miss for me. We’ll see!
Frankly in Love | David Yoon | Out Now | Sent to me by YA Book of the Month
The Ten Thousand Doors of January | Alix Harrow | Out Now | Sent to me by YA Book of the Month
The Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates | Out Now | Sent to me by One World
A Song for a New Day | Sarah Pinsker | Out Now | Sent to me by Berkley
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey | Wendy Wax | Out Now | Sent to me by Jove Books
The Reading Life: The Joy of Seeing New Worlds Through Others’ Eyes | C.S. Lewis | Out Now | Sent to me by Harper Books
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