What I have been reading lately

A few months ago now I set a goal for myself to read more this year. I think I have been doing a pretty good job at it (except for when I pick up a book that doesn’t hold my interest too much but am determined to read it through anyway). I decided to hold myself accountable by every few weeks writting a post about the books I have been reading, regardless of if they were great (IMO: in my opinion) or not.

Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
why not me mindy kaling

A spin-off if you will of her first book “Is everyone hanging out without me?” which I loved, I found it to be laugh out loud funny. This one not as much. While it wasn’t the best book I read I would still probably recommend it if you want a good chuckle, to learn more about Mindy and some of the ins and outs of “Hollywood.”

Too Close to Home- Linwood Barclay
too close to home linwood barclay

A friend lent me this book and at first I was apprehensive about it. The cover looks like one of those trashy books you would pick up at CVS (nothing wrong with that) I just usually judge a book by its cover. She assured me it was good. Within the first 4 pages I was hooked. In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in a house only one door away, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. And you think to yourself: It could have been us. And you start to wonder: What if we’re next? It is a thriller, page turner, at times a tad unrealistic but lets be honest what thrillers aren’t? Definitely recommend this book if your looking for a quick thriller.

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology- Leah Remini
troublemaker leah remini

I’m not even a little ashamed to tell you I read this book. It was beyond interesting and informative. As someone who didn’t grow up religious, learning about different religions has always been interesting to me. People’s different beliefs, practices that sort of thing is super intriguing to learn and I always find it interesting to see how they compare to the things I personally believe in. Scientology has always seemed to be somewhat of a hoax to me and this book solidified that for me. It was crazy to hear about all the things Leah Remini and her family sacrificed and did for the Church of Scientology. Definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in hearing what Scientology is about and Hollywood and Leah’s career.

Where They Found Her- Kimberly McCreight
where they found her

This book is by the same author who wrote Reconstructing Amelia and if you haven’t read that one, I highly recommend it (they aren’t in anyway related so you don’t have to read one to read the other). Judging from the title you can tell this is a super uplifting book, right!? The book follows the main character Molly who is a reporter for a local paper who is still struggling with the loss of her second child. When a body of an infant is found in the river Molly is forced to face her demons and cover the story. They story is told from multiple perspectives and keeps the book exciting and on your toes, as the story goes on you slowly begin to piece things together with a few wrenches thrown in here and there. I would 100% recommend this book, it is a page turner for sure and if you are into mystery/thrilleresque books you will be left satisfied.

Serena- Ron Rash
serena by ron rash

If you need help falling asleep at night this book is great for that. It took me far too long to finish this book and it was mostly because of how boring it was. It must have sounded interesting to me at one point because it was on my Goodreads for a while now. Serena and George are newlyweds living in North Carolina creating a timber empire. Serena is determined to prove herself as tough if not tougher than the men. Serena and George spend most of their time seeking revenge on people who “have done them wrong” or basically said no to them. You won’t be missing anything if you skip this book.

Everything I Never Told you- Celeste Ng
everything I never told you celeste ng

This story follows a Chinese American family living in the 1970s. In the opening chapter you learn that Lydia the families middle child is dead. From there you learn more about the family, about the parents and all the things they wished they had done and how they projected those wishes onto their children especially Lydia. The story is a quick read, it is sad, depressing and interesting all at the same time. The ending leaves you wishing the family had just communicated but and makes you really think and appreciate life. I definitely recommend this book.

I’ll be back in a few weeks to recap the books I am diving into now!

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What are your thoughts on any of them if you have?

What are some books you have read lately? Any must reads!?

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