The End of October by Lawrence Wright

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The End of October by Lawrence Wright. Reading about a pandemic during a pandemic did little to calm my anxiety, but reading this opened up a whole new set of eyes for all the conspiracy and political mess that comes with a pandemic. When 7 people are pronounced dead in Indonesia of a hemorrhagic fever, epidemiologist Henry Parsons travels there on behalf of WHO to investigate. What he discovers is a deadly disease that needs to be quarantined immediately, but officials in Indonesia won’t hear of it and soon it becomes a global pandemic. Retracing the virus and finding the point of origin becomes Henry’s obsession. While Henry is in the middle east chasing the virus his family is back in the US trying to survive what has turned into an all out war. Politicians think this was Russia, the Middle East thinks this was a terrorist attack, some believe this is nature’s way of resetting the balance and taking back what humans ruined, rumors are flying that Putin is behind the whole thing, but what Henry discovers will shock the world and as a reader shock you. While this is a fiction book it feels very real to the situation we are in now with Coronavirus. A state of constant fear and conspiracy theories everywhere but no real answers. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

I got this book for my birthday from my husband. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer. We have all waited for so long to hear Edward’s side of things, this is your chance. For every Twihard fan everywhere and for everyone that was ever #teamedward this is your book! We get to see every event from inside the mind of Edward Cullen and yes, you’ve guessed it, he’s as twisted as you may have thought he was from the very first book. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my sister. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Get Out Of Your Head by Jennie Allen. This book was very helpful for me dealing with the mess of COVID 19 we are all dealing with. Sometimes the circumstances outside of our own homes are overwhelming for our thoughts. We obsess with numbers, facts, what’s real and not real, what’s opinion and what’s fact, truth is you have to harness those thoughts and focus on what YOU can control. Do you know what you can control? Your own thoughts. You own those, they are yours and no one can take them from you. We are equipped to do that and sometimes it just takes someone to help us transform those thoughts, our outlook, and our circumstances. “Freedom comes when we refuse to be victims to our thoughts.” This is a Bible Study book we chose to read chapter by chapter daily because there are other ways besides being stuck in the toxic thinking patterns. These steps will help you process thoughts and stop the spiral of toxic thoughts. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I received this book as a gift from my bestie, Christina. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. This book was different for me. For a few chapters in I really wanted to believe this was a true love story and the more I read the more I had to read only realizing that this was a very troubled adult trapped in a traumatic teenage experience. Alternating between the present and the past this is a story that will make you rethink everything you know about consent, harrassment, assault, and the lines love can draw. The entire book I kept thinking she’s going to snap into reality any moment now. Seventeen years of a story she will never snap out of now……it is a very scary thought process in the mind of Vanessa Wye. Step into the world of a perfectly groomed survivor that has only begun to realize the strength she is capable of. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren, Amazon and my blog at readsbystacie.com

All The Little Lies by S. J. Sylvis

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 All The Little Lies by S. J. Sylvis. I purchased this book the day it released on Amazon but I was a little afraid of reading it. Its unlike anything else Sylvis has written and I found myself such a fan I didn’t want it to be taken away from me, but SHE DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Hayley begins her senior year in a prep school on scholarship and although she at one time belonged with the “in” crowd here circumstances in her life landed her here on a scholarship and living in the foster care system. She trusts no one and she especially doesnt trust anyone from her past. Long ago she had been friends with Christian Powell but now they were sworn enemies based on one night 5 years ago that was full of grief and resentment for them both. He vows to get her kicked out of prep school and she vows to defend herself without any friends to help. Their fighting only lands them both in a place where they swore they would never be again. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie Christina. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Night Swim by Megan Goldin. I read this whole book in less than 5 hours. There is so much going on and everything keeps you at the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. Rachel Krall has been running a podcast and her past seasons have been cold cases that set an innocent man free from prison and helped solve another case but this season she is putting her listeners in the courtroom with an alleged rapist. She wants listeners to know exactly how it feels to sit in a jury box during a major case. But someone else keeps leaving her letters trying to force her to investigate another cold case in the same town. As hard as Rachel tries to focus on only her current podcast the letters keep arriving. It isnt long before Rachel is able to connect this case with that cold case from 25 years ago and when she does this poor beachside community goes into a shock they never believed could happen. It’s funny how Karma finds a way to find justice in its own way. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with the Well Read Ladies Bookclub. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. I was able to read this book in basically two sittings. I predicted the end as soon as I read the first page but I needed to know I was right and how it would get there. Even though I knew what would happen I was curious to see it all play out and it was worth the time. Loigman does a beautiful job of pulling you into the story by making you feel exactly what the characters are feeling and whether you are beaming with pride or crying tears of sorrow, you feel as if the story is very real. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Eyes in the Sky by Arthur Holland Michel

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Eyes In The Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How it Will Watch Us All by Arthur Holland Michel. This book makes any conspiracy theory I had about our Government that much more real. “Big Brother” is always watching. The movie Enemy of The State may be very real, very soon. An amazing story that will really make you think about what you are doing when you think no one is watching. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, Amazon, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Finale by Stephanie Garber

I purchased this book from Barnes and Noble to read with my bestie Christina. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Finale by Stephanie Garber. This is my signed copy of the book and my deck of Caraval playing cards in the photo. I lived this series and I waited as long as possible to read the ending. I have to say…..IT CAN NOT END THIS WAY. This just can’t be the end!!!!!! What happened???? I wanted a gushy ending with all the characters married to their perfect matches. This wasn’t the way it was supposed to end. Legend stole our hearts and minds in book 1 and the Prince of Hearts showed his true colors in book 2. Julian was too sweet through the entire series and the war for Scarlet and Donatella by all these men was so dramatic and I want more. So Stephanie if you read this……we need one more book. The Fates are begging for it!!!!! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

I purchased this book from Barnes and Noble to #buddyread with my bestie Christina. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. I put this series off for so long but after reading book 1 A Curse So Dark and Lonely I had to read the second one. Now I am patiently waiting for the third. In book 2 I loved that it was about Grey more but I liked less that it wasn’t about Harper. Lia Mara surprised me at the end and then Rhen at the very very end made me throw my book at the wall. I need to know where this is going and I’m praying that it isnt where I think it will……ugh the suspense. Read the books you will get it. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Twitter @jason_stacie, Facebook, http://www.goodreads.com/stacieboren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com