Weekly Wrap-Up Wednesday January 1-9, 2019

Wrap-UP

I decided it might be less daunting to do weekly wrap-ups versus montly wrap-ups. My weekly wrap-ups will include the books I read the past week. This way I am hoping to do mini reviews for all the books I read.

I am planning to do monthly reading challenge wrap-ups where I talk about how I did on my reading challenges each month and how I did with my monthly TBR.

Bird Box

Bird Box by Josh Malerman.
Format: ebook
Genre: Thriller
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Date finished: 01/01/2019

Something is out there…

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

My Thoughts: I thought this premise was really interesting. It did remind me a little bit of the movie A Quiet Place only it involves staying blind instead of quiet in order to survive. This book kept me on my toes and I really appreciated that the author kept us “in the dark” about what the creatures looked like. That really kept it true to the story if you consider that no one looked at the creatures and lived to tell about it.

Lost & Found (Rocky Pelligrino, #1)

Lost & Found(Rocky Pelligrino, #1) by Jacqueline Sheehan
Format: Paperback
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Date finished: 01/02/2019

A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog

My Thoughts: I thought this story was cute although it had some rather weird characters and even weirder scenes. This book did have some action which I was not expecting. The ending was heartwarming and happy. Overall, it was just okay.

I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Narrator: Ken Howard
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Date finished: 01/03/2019

One of the most acclaimed novels of our time, Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True is a story of alienation and connection, devastation and renewal, at once joyous, heartbreaking, poignant, mystical, and powerfully, profoundly human.

My Thoughts: There were parts of this book that I enjoyed and parts that I really had some problems with, to the point where it affected how I felt about the book.

Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, #2)

Two for the Dough(Stephanie Plum, #2) by Janet Evanovich
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Mystery
Rating: ⭐⭐ 1/2
Narrator: Lori Petty
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Date finished: 01/04/2019

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso – a suspiciously weatlhy, working class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend – the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli – who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch – only makes the hunt more thrilling…

My Thoughts: This was an abridged copy of the audiobook. It ended up being only an hour of listening and I felt that there was a lot missing from the story and it felt rushed. Unfortunately, this affected my enjoyment of the book. I think the first book had a lot more humor than this one and I really missed that.

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line by Abby Johnson
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Biography
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Narrator: Abby Clark
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Date finished: 01/07/2019

Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life.

My Thoughts:  The writing style was very simple. I had a hard time believing how naive Abby was at the beginning of the book. She does admit to this in the beginning of the book.

Winter Street (Winter, #1)
Winter Street(Winter, #1) by Elin Hilderbrand
Format: Ebook
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Date finished: 01/07/2019

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can’t get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley’s second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

My Thoughts: I just love Elin Hilderbrand and her books. This story was so sweet, but also contained a lot of drama. Some of the scenarios were not exactly believable, but it was still a very entertaining book regardless.

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