Book Review Part 2

by Courtney El-Ghoul

Guys!!! I have been meaning to do this post forever. It’s like COVID happened, I started homeschooling, and everything I had planned for just went on the back burner 🙁 Anyway, I am super excited for this one, cause I have read so many good books! Especially with us all being cooped up at home.

I know that, for me, reading is always a great distraction. It is something that I look forward to doing when I have some downtime. If you remember my last review, you know I am into fiction, but this time I tried to switch up my typical genre a bit. Let’s dive right in!

Quarantine Reading Recommendations & Reviews

The Snakes by Sadie Jones Okay this one totally stumped me. I will be honest, the first few chapters I was like… “huh??? I am not into this book.” However, I stuck with it and I ended up liking it a lot. The title really threw me off, I knew it was about a family and some type of drama happening within the family, but I kept expecting some creepy snakes to attack someone! Ha I won’t spoil it too much for you, but, in a nutshell, it’s a scary tale about the damaging effects of money & power. It will keep you on your toes, the way it plays out is totally not what you will expect!

 Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng– You guys already know that I love her books! Little Fires Everywhere was so good, and if you haven’t seen the series on Hulu check it out… This book is mysterious, heartfelt, sad, and just… so many emotions. It is the story of a Chinese-American family living in small-town Ohio during the 1970s. It is a mystery that dives into the nuanced struggles of a mixed-race family at that time. It was such a good book. I can totally see another TV series coming out of this one… (fingers crossed).

 The Girls by Emma Cline- Another book that I typically wouldn’t go for, but I did actually like it. It’s dark and disturbing, and will for sure keep you on your toes and interested in what is going to happen next! I don’t want to ruin the book, but it’s loosely based on the Manson Family… These teenage girls are choosing to live an alternative lifestyle, in a cult. so to speak. I will be honest here, it wasn’t the favorite of my recent reads, but it was interesting. If you are into the history of the Mansons, you will at least enjoy the parallels in the story. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens- This book!! I loved it so much. I even convinced Khalil to read it and even he was hooked. The main character, Kya, just draws you in. It will almost certainly make you cry. It was such an emotional book but in a good way. It feels like I read it so long ago that I was just thinking of reading it again for a refresh. It is the most heartfelt love story. Ahhh just so good… Please read this one. 

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood– This book was super interesting. This is another one where you just have so many emotions throughout the whole book. It is the story of a little girl, Wavy, daughter of a meth dealer. Throughout the story, you see how she ends up being the caretaker for herself and her little brother. It’s dark, it’s a love story, and it’s a mystery. There were so many things packed into this book. It’s worth the read!

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware– I love her books! They are the perfect choice when you are looking for an easy read. This book is full of mystery and suspense, but I wasn’t left crying, haha This one is about 4 women, now in their 30’s. They reunite as they are bonded by an awful mistake they made back when they attended boarding school together. It’s a good mystery that keeps you wondering… What happened?? Grab this on the just have on hand next time you just need to relax with an entertaining book.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty- Okay. I got this one, strictly because I loved Big  Little Lies so much! It’s about what seems like a typical family balancing work/family life. Then, they have this backyard BBQ, which turns into a nightmare. You end up learning so much about each of the characters at this BBQ. I don’t want to give away too much, but it is a good one! So glad I gave it a try. Not what you expect! You think you know, and then, a twist! 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides- Lastly, this one gives me the chills just thinking back on it! Total thriller, mystery, suspense, and all my favorites packed into one. It is a bit confusing, especially towards the end, but in a good way. In a nutshell… the main character, Alicia, is in a mental institution for the murder of her husband. The burning question is if she really did it, and if so, why ??? Insert dramatic music, haha

Okay, honestly as I am looking through my book collection there are even more I haven’t reviewed!!!! I have more to share with you guys in a future post for sure. In the meantime let me know what you think of these if you have read any of them??? Or any other recent favorites you may have.



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