Recently Read: November 2017

October was a rough month for me and so I was having such a hard time concentrating on reading. But when November rolled around I was glad that I was finding my concentration again. I managed to finish 4 books this month and two were great, one was good and one was just blah!

The Woman in Cabin 10

by Ruth Ware (2 out of 5 stars)

This was the blah book. I gave this book 2 stars because I did not like the main character. She was legit crazy and had honestly one of the worst character names I have ever come across: Lo Blacklock. Apparently “Lo” is short for Lauren? That makes no sense to me, but the character didn’t make much sense to me either so hey, it fits! lol The book starts off great… I really had high hopes for it just from reading the first pages and it does pick up again towards the end but the middle parts were not that great. ALL of the characters sucked. I didn’t like a single character! Maybe there were just TOO MANY characters that it was hard to develop any substance in them? *shrugs* I would not recommend this book.

Second Nature

by Ric Flair and Charlotte Flair (5 out of 5 stars)

There are two parts to this book and part 1 starts off with Ric Flair’s stories. His half was interesting but I was mostly excited to read Charlotte’s part. She is not the best writer and some sentences read like they were just randomly inserted or didn’t really go anywhere, but it made it more authentic because it had a personal journal-type feel to it, like you were really just reading her thoughts. She went through some tough relationships, and marriages, that I could really relate to some of the hardships she went through. So much in fact that I had to stop reading it for a few weeks because the feels were just too relatable. It made me appreciate Charlotte even more and she is such an inspiration to me.

Dark Places

by Gillian Flynn (5 out of 5 stars)

Awwww shit, this book was CRAZY and really fucked up and I loved every bit of it. I didn’t read the summary on the back of the book, or online, so when I started reading this book I was totally unaware of the crazy story that I was about to get myself into. It’s about a 15 year old boy who is charged with murdering his mother and 2 of his 3 sisters. The book follows the surviving sister Libby (yes, Libby is 1000x better than Lo) as an adult in first-person perspective. The cool thing about this book is that it also goes back to the day of the murder in a third-person perspective of the mother and Ben (the brother) in different chapters. It’s so freaking brilliant. Great, fantastic read. Definitely recommend this one.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

by Amy Morin (3 out of 5 stars)

This was NOT a bad book but it did not leave me as inspired as “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero did. However this book has a lot of good advice… probably advice that a lot of people don’t want to hear but should. Chapter 2 focuses on the 2nd “rule” of what mentally strong people don’t do and that is “They don’t give away their power.” This chapter was life-changing for me and I couldn’t have read it at a better time. It is basically telling you that if you let someone make you mad or extremely sad that you are essentially giving them the power to control your emotions. She tries to teach you that even if something shitty happens in your life that you are the one with the power to decide how you will react to the situation. She basically just wants you to react productively and to learn from the shitty situation instead of living an unproductive life. One thing I didn’t like was how each chapter ended with a list of what to do and what not to do, the way it was worded was kind of strange. I’ll try to make a video to explain what I mean. But it’s not a bad book, I just don’t think I would re-read it (I’ll probably re-read chapter 2 though) and I felt like it was not aimed for my specific audience (young adult, recently single, starting fresh, college student, etc lol)

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