Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson. I have wanted to read Shout since I picked up Speak almost a year ago. The two books say something so loud you need to listen. The one thing these two books say is silence to stay quiet. There is no shaming involved but the book was deep, personal, almost so personal anyone can relate. It is about not being silenced when you feel you are wronged either by someone else or by a family member or friend. It is about finding your voice when you feel like you don’t have one. A set of poems that will inspire you to Shout not be silent. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

March Wrap Up

I’m wrapping up March with 15 books! While you are doing your wrap up posts for the month do you ever feel like, “I should have read more” ? I do. I mean 15 isn’t a terrible number but I my personal goal is 4 books a week……Im not close. Not yet….but I have faith and will continue to read until I reach that goal! I have reached it before I know it’s possible, just need to be more consistent. Do you set yourself these goals too or am I the only crazy person that does this? Undead and The City by K. E. Radke, The Dark Vault by Victoria Schwab, Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda Brunstetter, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace, The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace, The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace, 12 Strong by Doug Stanton, Heart of a Champion by Jennifer Freeman, The Cursed Series by Rebecca Donovan, One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake, Enchantee by Gita Trelease, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, and Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I purchased this book in January @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. MIND BLOWN!!!!!! There are no words to describe this book other than that. I have no idea how to even begin to tell you how wonderful this twisted thriller is! Alicia had the perfect life, she’s an artist, her husband a photographer, they have a home with her studio and one night the while world turns upside down. Her husband murdered, tied to a chair gun lying in the floor and Alicia the only other person in the house. He refusal to speak, not one word, gets her institutionalized in a secure psychiatric hospital. Theo Garber finds her story and is determined he can help Alicia tell the truth. Only the truth is hardly ever what everyone thinks. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

I purchased this book from book of the month to read with my bestie Christina. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Watching You by Lisa Jewell. Jewell has done it again! An amazing read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A tiny picturesque town in England becomes complete chaos when a murder happens. An unsettling timeline emerges showing the shadows of everyone’s day to day life in Melville. Three married couples, several teens, and one very disturbed mother all have secrets that no one should see but everyone knows but it isn’t until all the pieces fit together just right they uncover the deep, dark secret that lead to murder. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Still Me by JoJo Moyes

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Still Me by JoJo Moyes. Lou has done upscale English living, Paris living, and now we upscale Manhattan, Fifth Avenue living. Lou has taken her life to New York. Getting her bearings, learning a new job, finding friends, all while trying to hold together her relationship with Sam. Living 3000 miles apart is terrible for a new romance but tragedy breeds growth. Especially in Lou’s small world. We get a surprise with her sister Treena’s new romance and Mom and Dad are still settling in their new world. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first two books but Moyes was entertaining as always in Lou’s world. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I can not say I would have picked this book for myself if it had not been a suggestion of my bestie I probably would not have ever read it. But this book was awesome. Struggling magazine reporter Monique Grant is given the chance of a lifetime when an aging and reclusive Hollywood star chooses her to tell her story. Only her story is nothing like what you would imagine. Evelyn’s life was all the scandal of Hollywood you can imagine with cover ups and stories that will shock your socks off, but her story is so much more than just 7 husbands and emerald green ballgowns. The bond you build with these characters will make you hurt when they hurt and angry when they are done wrong. The twist at the near end will make you hate every character in the story but just when you think you are mad you will fall in love with them all over again. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

I purchased this book from book of the month to read with my bestie Christina All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks. Such a cute story of Hope and Tru. His name is Tru. Her name is Hope. Tru Hope couldn’t make a better story! Tru from Africa, Hope from North Carolina meet on a beach and begins a whirlwind romance that keeps the other hoping for those same feelings for over 20 years. Only a miracle could bring these two back to where they need to be. I didn’t particularly care for the ending of story, it was such a sweet thought turned sour quickly but all in all the writing was beautiful and wonderfully descriptive. It felt like I could read this and taste the salt water in the air. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Golden State by Ben H Winters

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Golden State by Ben H Winters. This dystopian novel will suck you into it’s mystery and action. It is stories inside of stories buildt upon stories of what the truth is known to be. Laszlo Ratesic has lived his life based on truth. Facts that are concrete and absolute. But in two days his world comes crashing down around him and it takes a very wrong turn for him to realize truth is based on perception not buildt on facts. While this book wrapped me in a world unknown I didn’t complete enjoy the twist at the end. It does bring some closure to the book just not in a way I expected. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

I purchased this book from Book of the month to read with my bestie Christina. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle. We have all played this game: 5 people dead or alive you could sit down with and have dinner one night who would you pick? Sabrina and Jessica played this game in college and here it is a decade later on the night of her birthday and her fantasy list has become reality. She sits at a table with her best friend Jessica, her estranged father Robert, her old college professor Conrad, her ex boyfriend Tobias, and Audrey Hepburn. As the story unfolds you get to walk through Sabrina’s life with her on again, off again boyfriend Tobias for the last decade they have been dating, her strained relationships with her father and her best friend and two Audrey Hepburn and her old college professor seem to just be awkwardly settling in. But Sabrina gets one night to fix everything at this one dinner and as the evening progresses shocking secrets are revealed, relationships mended, and Sabrina walks away a bigger person for having a birthday fantasy dinner. I laughed, I cried, and in the end I felt closure. A fun read overall. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

For Better And Worse by Margot Hunt

I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt. It’s funny how we all have those moments when we can say, “this is the moment or weekend my life changed forever” that is exactly what this book was the moment everything changed forever. Natalie carefully went through life avoiding the stuff that would upset her “perfect” world until after one weekend no matter what happened she wouldn’t ever be the same again, not for her, her husband or their son. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com