I promise, this will not happen often! It really seems like summer got away from me and next thing I know, I am 3 months behind in reviewing my books. It’s so bad that I just dumped a bunch onto Goodreads and just rated them, no reviews.
Here’s my chance to redeem myself with my quick reviews of my summer books. All were read on the Kindle as we did some traveling and traveling and hardcopies of books do not mesh well with me.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this summer… while wearing my Shawl Dawls Shawl (don’t forget to join the giveaway!)
LOTR: trilogy and The Hobbit
As a Catholic and a nerd, I am ashamed to say that this was the first time I have EVER read these books. I know, I know, they are essential reading for both Catholics and nerds, but I just could not get into them! I would get as far as the damn mountain in The Fellowship of the Ring and I’d toss the book and say “Ugh. Forget it.”
This time it was different. I read them on my Kindle and that was a game changer for me. Maybe it was because I don’t have 1000+ pages in my hand, just my little Kindle with percent read.
The Magpies by Mark Edwards
Can you say Neighbors from Hell? There is no hiding the antagonists in this book. There are no twists or turns, just psycho neighbors. A little trivia? Magpies destroy the nests of others birds. Psychological Thriller.
Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
Young couple takes one final trip to eastern Europe before “settling down.” Something awful happens, lost passports, shady police, communism, generally creepy settings collide in this thriller. Made me visibly shudder when it was all revealed. Ew.
Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards
She Loves Him. She Loves Him Not. She Stalks Him. She Stalks Him Not.
Too Close to Home by Tressa Messenger
Styled a “forensic mystery,” it had neither good forensics nor a good mystery. At least one red herring thrown in willy-nilly and forensics were based off of watching Seasons 1-3 of CSI. Writing not the best, but the author is a romance novelist so that may have a factor in why this book just did not jive with me.
Bent Road by Lori Roy
Southern Gothic. Family moves from Detroit back to Kansas and has to deal with secrets left behind. Very dark, few likable characters. Not a kind look at Catholics either.
Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy
Has Roy’s characteristic Gothic voice. About how a white neighborhood deals with the disappearance of a mentally handicapped girl overlaid with the racial tension of 1950s Detroit and the beginning of the White Flight. My favorite of the three Roy books I read.
Let me Die in his Footsteps by Lori Roy
This one was harder to follow. Lots of time jumps and very similar characters in both time frames. Superstitions and rituals in a Southern town, what does it mean to be evil and can you pass evil along through the generations?
The Ender’s Shadow Series (5 books)
If you liked Ender’s Game, you’ll like the Ender’s Shadow series. Tells the story from the POV of Bean and continues on with what happens to Bean (and other characters) after the events of the end of Ender’s Game. I won’t lie, one of these books made me cry, and I don’t cry.
Be sure to comment below because I can’t wait to hear:
This post contains affiliate links.