I was not as good about reading every day as I usually am (blame it on a hectic work month), so I only read three books this month. I realize that’s still pretty good, but for me it’s low!!! I’m hoping January’s reading list will be a little longer as I’m going to take some time off during the holidays. Regardless, these three books are all great! A thriller, a YA novel, and another incredible political memoir. Katy Tur’s book is a must… it took me a while to read as there were so many details I didn’t want to miss but I really loved it.
If you’re looking for a book, don’t forget – you can always check out my Book Club Page. I have literally listed every.single.book I’ve read in the past few years…. and you can filter + search (memoir, light read, historical fiction, thriller, etc!) to find exactly what you’re looking for And of course, you can also take a peek at last month’s reading list, which was one of my favorites to date.
AND! Please comment and tell me what you are reading… your suggestions are my favorite… I literally shop the comments section of these posts (so many of you suggested Unbelievable!!!)… you always have such good recommendations for me, which I really appreciate!
The Dark Lake, by Sarah Bailey, is a thriller – I chose it from my Book of the Month subscription. A local woman (the beautiful, magnetic teacher Rosalind Ryan) turns up dead in a lake and her old classmate Gemma (now a detective) is put on the case to solve the murder. The book takes us through the case, as well as Gemma + Rosalind’s past… with lots of secrets. Overall, I really enjoyed it, though I did have a few mixed emotions. It’s well written and interesting, and kept me guessing. And the ending threw me. All positives. BUT once I had finished it I realized that there was so much information in the book that wasn’t really necessary. I know the author put all of that in there to throw us off, but at the same time I felt a bit frustrated that I’d paid such close attention to little details that ended up not even mattering in the slightest. But that may be just me… when I’m reading a thriller I become hell bent on solving the mystery myself. So I got annoyed by that. But I still really liked it!
Unbelievable, by Katy Tur, is a really important read. I could not put it down. It was indeed, unbelievable, but sadly all indeed very true. Katy Tur is a journalist for NBC who was assigned to cover Donald Trump’s campaign from the very early days when no one thought he was actually serious. It is fascinating… alternating between the night of the election and moments along the campaign. Trump called her “disgraceful,” “third-rate…” amongst other things. She was spat on, frequently demeaned, and often singled out by the president himself. (He’d call down to her from the stage!!) You get a firsthand look at how volatile his behavior is – we see it on twitter, but it was really interesting reading Tur’s account, experiencing it herself. His behavior is just plain strange and weird. Some days he’d try to charm her, other days, he’d tell her they should be friends, and others, he’d shame or intimidate her. It was really hard to read at times (I don’t know about you but election night was pretty emotional for me), but also extremely difficult to stop reading. I highly encourage you to read this one!!!
Devil in Ohio, by Daria Polatin was the perfect palette cleanser after reading Unbelievable (reading about the election is STILL stressful!) If you are looking for a fun YA thriller that will keep you up all night reading, pick up this one. What’s probably ultra crazy is that it’s all based on a true story! Jules is a fifteen year old growing up in a small Ohio town. One day, she arrives home to find that her psychiatrist mom has taken in a girl her own age (one of her patients). It is supposed to be for just a few days but she stays and stays… flirting with her crush, wearing her clothes, basically doing a little SWF. We come to learn that Mae ran away from a devil worshipping community – enduring unbelievable violence and abuse. A wild ride ensues. I couldn’t put it down and you won’t be able to either!
photography by Trent Bailey.