Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of “In an Instant” by Suzanne Redfearn ~ 4/16/21

Here is what I wrote for Goodreads: “I was captivated from the start. Finn made the most relatable narrator. I love a story where you gasp as those around you wonder what happened. In an instant, your life can change”.

Highly recommended read if you like the suspense genre. One of the better free books of the month. I finished it in one day, that’s how good.

As always more to come.

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of “Room to Breathe” by Liz Talley ~ 4/9/21

I’m cooking with gas y’all. Every night I read myself to sleep. Such a wonderful way to relax, getting out of my head space. I am behind on my reviews but decided still one per Friday was sufficient. Unless it is #WATWB or kick off to #AtoZChallenge. Then I will skip completely. Sooner or later I will get all caught up and might have to skip a Friday or two since as much as I am reading again, I don’t read one book each week.

Blah, blah, blah … on with the main event!!

This was my Goodreads review:

Princess loses her crown

But gains the kingdom. Growing up isn’t for the faint of heart. A story of relationships, taking chances, and living an unplanned life. Everyone needs a little room to breathe.

Short, sweet, leaving ’em guessing. Haha!! No spoilers but a recommendation to read. I truly enjoyed storyline. I think I know people like this IRL. The setting was in Louisiana and Texas. Two of my favorite locales. I could hear the accent as I read the words.

Lemme let ya go. LOL.

As always more to come.

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of “Drowning With Others” by Linda Keir ~ 3/19/21

Here is my Goodreads review: Interesting enough character development. No great surprises with all these cliches. Rather mundane story despite the mature themes. Bit of an unrealistic ending.

When it is escapism to read, I am ok with unrealistic endings. I recommend this one for a good pass the time filler. I need more of that in my life. Read for the sake of leisurely reading and going to another place. I think we are overdue a vacation.

As always, more to come.

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of “The Fallen Girls (Detective Clara Jeffries #1)” by Kathryn Casey

Howdy folks, TGIF!! This is the short and sweet non-spoiler review I wrote for Goodreads: Clara returns to the town she grew up in. Several girls have gone missing. The town has secrets they want to keep. Kept me guessing until the end.

Surprisingly that review stood the test of time. Add much more and I’d spill it for you. Go ahead and read it for yourself to see how good it is.

After the fact “Fallen Girls” reminds me of the new TV Series “Big Sky” based on the works of C.J. Box. Similar detective type stories. Starting with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, I have always loved mysteries.

As always, more to come.

Friday Book Club: J Dub’s Review of “Not One of Us” by Debbie Herbert ~ 2/19/21

I enjoyed this book written in chapters alternating between the two main characters Jori and Teagan. My Goodtread review follows and is a little light on details.

Two cases intertwined in this mystery on the bayou. No spoilers here just a recommendation to read if you’re so inclined.

I was surprised by some of the less than lackluster reviews. To me, the story was solid. Good character development that made me feel something. Familial themes and the ties that bind or otherwise break us.

Two thumbs up and recommended read.

As always more to come.

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of “Hadley and Grace” by Suzanne Redfern ~ 2/12/21

And my roll keeps rolling. Second book of 12 in the hopper. “Hadley and Grace” by Suzanne Redfearn was another free Kindle book of the month and in January, they let us pick two. Yeah buddy!

This is what I wrote for Goodreads: I loved this thrill ride of a story. The human connection is evident. Demonstrates family is more than biology. Fictional yet reads like real life. If anyone ever deserved a happy ending, it’s this group. Albeit totally unrealistic ending. That’s the beauty of pure-D as in delight fiction.

Another no spoiler with two thumbs up and a recommendation to read. If you’ve read the book and want to chat about it, please drop a line in the comments.

As always more to come.

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of “Bloodline” by Jess Lourey ~ 2/5/21

I am on a roll y’all. First of twelve books read in 2021. I finished this one up back on January 3rd but waited to write this post since #JusJoJan was all the rage. I needed to pace myself.

I had read “Unspeakable Things” by the same author and liked it so when “Bloodline” was a free Kindle book of the month, I thought why not?

This is what I wrote for Goodreads: Easy to cheer for the protagonist Joan Harkin. This story is Stepford Wives meets Rosemary’s Baby with Deliverance mixed in. Shocking as it was entertaining.

See no spoilers and enough to pique your curiosity. AmIRight? I had misunderstood the book was based on a true story when instead a true event inspired the book. That’s a big difference in my opinion. Not big enough to change my mind about the rating. I’m no longer giving stars unless compelled to do so by a website. In my opinion, this book gets two thumbs up and a recommendation to check it out if you’re so inclined.

If you’ve read the book and want to chat about it, please drop a line in the comments.

As always, more to come.

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle ~ 1/8/21

I have a thing for memoirs, just saying. When someone suggested to me that I should turn all my “stories” into a book, I guffawed. Underneath I was thrilled. But I digress. Back to topic: My review of “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle which just so happens to be a …

drum roll puhleese ….

A MEMOIR.

At last count, I think she has written three.

“Untamed” is known to many being a New York Times Best Seller. Over one million copies sold!!! Me? I got mine from the library. The Libby app is bar none that best invention since sliced bread!! Again I digress. On to the review.

As I usually do with personal stories, I will not give a rating. Who the hell do I think I am to judge someone else’s steps without walking a mile in their shoes? Huh? Who? No stars and even no thumbs up, down, or sideways today. I will recommend you read the book though for the human connection. This one is relatable to anyone who has ever tried to be someone they were not or someone they thought they were “supposed” to be in order to please everyone but themself.

Instead of a review, this is a ramble. Shocking I know!! I will add a few quotes from the book that struck a chord with me. Then I will bid you a fond adieu.

First this is what I wrote on Goodreads: I got lots of good quotes for my common place book. I need to remember I’m a cheetah. Wild and free!

“Every truth is a kindness, even if it makes others uncomfortable. Every lie is an unkindness even if it makes others comfortable” Liz Gilbert

The remainder are from the author – Glennon Doyle.

Own your wanting.

Eat the apple.

Let it burn.

I have to set this one up a little. It was her turn to bring the bagels for the kids and another mom asked her to get more variety of cream cheese because last time little Sally or Johnny did not care for what was served. “Cream cheese parenting is the result of following our memo: Successful parenting is giving your children the best because we haven’t stopped to ask: Does having the best of everything make the best people?”

“Privilege is being born on third base. Ignorant privilege is thinking you’re there because you hit a triple. Malicious privilege is complaining that those starving outside the ballpark aren’t waiting patiently enough.”

As always, more to come.

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Book Review of “Unspeakable Things” by Jess Lourey ~ 1/1/21

Some months ago “Unspeakable Things” by Jess Lourey was my free Kindle book of the month for being a Prime member. Ya I know, I sold my soul to the devil by becoming a Prime member and making Besos even more insanely rich than he already was but that’s a post for another day.

My reading has been off this year with March to June a dry desert until a re-read of “Andromeda Strain” pulled me out of my slump. With time off last week, I read for “just because” again and my free Kindle book was just the ticket. A plus was that “Unspeakable Things” was in the Goodreads books of the year contest. I got to see what all the hype was about.

No spoilers from me and this review is really just a ramble. The premise was that the author took a real life event and fictionalized it. She did the same for my December free Kindle Book “Bloodline” too. I started following the author to see if that is her gimmick but appears she has only done that twice.

Back to task … The setting was small town MN in the 1980s. A predator attacking young boys eventually killing one. There was quite a bit of sub-plots going on which made things hard to follow. Cassie the main protagonist was relatable to me having once been a teenage girl. Some universal themes going on throughout like haves and havenots, small town gossip, cliques in school, bully bus rides, friendships, hurry to grow up, love is love and “unspeakable things”. That part read to me as more 1970s key club than 1980s but some things carry over I guess. The end was abrupt but they got the culprit. Wonder if in real life the outcome was the same?

Anyhoo, I have forgone my star rating in favor of thumbs up or down. This book is two thumbs up. A recommended read. I finished it in less than 24 hours mainly because I was hostage at the car dealer while my car was being repaired. But I’ll take it. I need more days where “just because” reading is part of my life.

As always, more to come.