Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with @saltwaterreads. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. Nine people decide for very different reasons to go to a health resort that offers to change their lives forever in just ten days. After dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s on their consent forms they begin to arrive at the retreat where they are greeted in very unusual ways……just when they think they have fallen into a routine they discover something is amiss and just when they discover what’s amiss something even more tragic happens and it all becomes a very messy situation. That messy situation changes everyone of them in a way but doesn’t necessarily transform them into someone else. 10 days they will never forget for nine perfect strangers……Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Circe by Madeline Miller

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 🌟Circe by Madeline Miller. This one started out slow but immediately picks up after Chapter 5 and becomes one of those books you can not put down. Circe is a goddess not one that is respected but daughter of Helios nonetheless. She is hated by her siblings, her mother, and even when you think her father is on her side……wait for it. She lives on and on surviving decade after decade and even growing into her newly discovered talent she longs for something out of her realm. This book reminds me of a female Percy Jackson meets Female Castaway story. If you give this one a chance you will not be disappointed. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

#fashionvictim by Amina Akhtar

I purchased this book in my @bookofthemonth box and read it with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #fashionvictim by Amina Akhtar. Who knew the world of fashion was such a cut-throat industry. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ The cover of this book says it all Bitches get stitches……..people die…….heads will roll….and magazines will still get published and publicity the more of it the better the sales. So even bad publicity is better than none. Anya is obsessed with Sarah and Sarah is obsessed with being Queen Bee and Celia had to manage them all. What a shocking story of twists and turns and death. Review posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

I purchased this book in my @bookofthemonth box. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. I started this book as a #buddyread with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. About 4 chapters in we were ready to put it down. Building the story the book takes off kind of slowly but I promise after Chapter 15 you will not want to set it back down. The suspicion builds and the suspect list keeps growing with every twist in the story until you are questioning yourself about who you believe is or isn’t innocent. Everyone in this story appears guilty at one point or another. The final twist in the story leaves you reeling and the landscapes are beautifully described. Emma goes back to Camp Nightingale a summer camp she visited fifteen years prior where her cabin mates go missing and she sets her sights on finding them only everything she thinks she knows unravels quickly, leaving her feeling like she is coming undone too. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. Bizarre! Amazingly bizarre! 16 year old Ellie Mack goes missing one day on her way to study. After years and years of searching the closure that her family so desperately needed is anything but a normal missing person case. As the plots unfolded page after page I found it hard to set down. I needed to know more. I had to know why. Most of all I needed to know what happens now? This one has to be one of my favorites this year. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth in my July box. The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey. 🌟🌟🌟🌟Jaime grew up in an abusive household with a family of criminals. But at some pint luck has to change right? She dreams of a life outside of her small town and sets her sights on playing the odds in her favor. Blind River is not A place she wants to live the rest of her life and she risks it all to have a life somewhere in the South where it’s warm. The amazing twists in this one keeps the pages turning quickly. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

June Wrap Up

I am wrapping up June with 24 books read! I am glad to say Thank you summer for giving me my groove back! I struggled for a few months thinking I could get over 20…..maybe it’s the hot weather or more time or the kids are home, I can’t tell you but whatever it is, I will take it! Yay! My list includes Everless by Sara Holland, Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio, Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion, Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman, The Fates Divided by Veronica Roth, No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong, Its Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor, Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The 3 Everyday Rules of Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill, Boying Up by Mayim Bialik, Lights Camera Cook and The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper, Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, A Million Junes by Emily Henry, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Thank you to all the book clubs I read with: @halflostbutterflyreadalong @saltwaterreads @blackheartreads @purewowbookclub @bookofthemonth @uppercasebookbox @25infive Modern Mrs. Darcy (@annebogel)and all the #buddyreads I pair up with @mycornerforbooksand and @kaylasteirwalt and to @kidlitexchange to make this one awesome month of reading! You can find all of my reviews on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I purchased this book from Target to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I wanted to love this one, I had heard so many great things about it, but I felt it was a little predictable and a lot of clichΓ¨. I hated Celestial from the moment the story began. She was evil and I could feel it right away. Raised in Louisiana making a big move after college to Atlanta, getting married ready to start a family, Little Roy was making his parents proud and going places until he is accused and convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. What will happen to everything he has worked so hard for? How can he salvage anything he had while behind bars? A man struggling to hold on learns life changes and somethings are only salvageable with fresh eyes. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. A Million Junes by Emily Henry. This mystery begins building on page one and continues to build until you become obsessed with knowing more, but sometimes the more you know, the more confusing things become. I love the references to creative writing scattered here and there. To be completely honest when this one started I almost stopped and set it back down, it seemed a Shakespearean retelling. It twisted so often though I was pleased it wasn’t nearly as tragic. There are moments in which it will make your heart ache for all the right reasons, but it quickly leads to another clue and another twist that it doesn’t break you. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with @blackheartreads. All opinions are my own. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. This is a twisted love story told from his point of view. It’s different. It’s twisted and sweet and vengeful and the entire time I was reading I kept thinking this guy is twisted. Have I said twisted enough? It’s twisted!!!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I took less than 5 hours to read front to back because you won’t be able to put it down. You have to know what Verity and Mike do next or rather what Mike does to her next. A twisted love story. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com