{If You Liked…Then You Might Like} The Nightingale & From Sand and Ash

I’ve seen different variations of this post on several blogs and have been toying around with the idea to start doing my own post. Although these books share some similarities, they also stand out in their own way, and are ones I highly recommend reading.

If You Liked…. The Nightingale

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Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Then you Might Like…. From Sand and Ash

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Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.

But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

 

I loved these two books equally. They are also equally heartbreaking and if you’re a crier like me, you’ll be sobbing by the end of both. But it’ll be totally worth it!

{Review} Behind Her Eyes

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about the book

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

My Thoughts

Everyone is talking about the ending to this book, and rightfully so. It’s pretty crazy. As in so crazy that it’s hard to believe. It’s surprising and bizarre and if you read this book you’ll have to suspend all disbelief to enjoy it. Thankfully I was able to do that, and I did enjoy it. I know that’s not easy for everyone to do, but I think it’s definitely worth reading.

Bottom Line

Suspenseful page-turner that will leave you speechless at the end.

4 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Suspense/Thriller

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Published January 31, 2017 by Flatiron Books

Length: 320 pages

Five Things Friday ~ 2-17-17

1. this week in reading

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Both were highly anticipated reads, and both were just meh. Kind of a bummer.

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This one is getting a lot of good attention lately, so I picked it up a few nights ago. I’m telling ya, I need this book to be fantastic and get me out of my reading funk!

 

2. New Books I’m excited about

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3. fun thing(s) from the week

On Monday we told Sunnie about going to Disney. She had the most precious reaction. To say she’s excited is an understatement! She has been counting down the days. Being the OCD person that I am, I’ve already gotten the suitcase out and started packing. To be able to wear shorts for a couple days will be awesome! The weather is looking to be fantastic while we’re down there.

And today I’m going to Sunnie’s school to help with her Valentine’s Party all afternoon. I love being in her classroom whenever I can.

4. life happens

I went from a small flu bug to a cold virus, so that has been real fun. I was so worried it was a sinus infection and I didn’t want to be sick on vacation, so I went to stat care earlier in the week. Of course it’s viral (that’s their answer to everything), and they wouldn’t give me anything for it. All I wanted was a damn ZPACK! Those things work miracles. Alas, I have been taking Sudafed and after a few days of absolute misery, I’m feeling human again today! Human enough to disinfect the house and clean it. The only down side is I still have a slight cough, and I’ve completely lost my voice. I don’t think my hubby would call that a downside. 😉

5. looking ahead

Tomorrow I plan on surprising Sunnie and taking her to get ‘manicures’, which translates to just having her nails painted. I want to get mine done too – I thought it would be a fun girly thing to do before we leave for Florida. I’ve never taken her before, so it should be fun.

And then Monday morning we get up bright and early and have to be at the airport by 5 am for our flight. Disney, here we come!

You won’t see a Wednesday post from me next week, but I’ll hopefully be back with a post on Friday.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

 

cheers!

{What I Read} November 2016 – January 2017

Instead of doing a monthly recap, I started these quarterly ones. Here’s what I’ve read the past few months!

Click on the images to be taken to Goodreads.

 

What I Read

 

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The one that blew my mind: Illuminae

The one that pleasantly surprised me: Close Enough to Touch

The one I couldn’t put down: The Hating Game

The one that was a most anticipated release: Bad Mommy

The one Stephen King says is worth reading (and he was right): Final Girls

The one that I think everyone needs to read: From Sand and Ash

The one with my favorite cover: The Perfect Stranger

Not a bad couple of months of reading! My favorites were definitely Illuminae, The Hating Game, The Perfect Stranger, & From Sand and Ash. Add those to your TBR!

 

WHAT’s ahead

Some books I’m looking forward to reading soon…

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{WWW Wednesday} 2-15-17

W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. Except I’m changing it up a bit, since I can never plan what I’m reading next (moody reader). Instead I’m going to talk about a book I’ve recently added to my TBR that I’m excited about!

 

It’s almost 2 a.m. as I’m typing this post, and I’m wide awake thanks to Sudafed. Rather than toss and turn all night long I figured my time could be better used catching up on reading and blog posts. I see a nap in my future…

 

what i recently finished reading

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Behind Her Eyes was good. A serious page turner. I think it was worth reading, even with the bizarre/crazy ending. It’s the kind of book that you have to suspend all disbelief to read or you won’t enjoy it.

I was so excited to read Undeclared that I pretty much started it immediately once I was approved for it. I LOVED the first book in this series, Undecided. Well, I really think I’m broken. This book was just ‘meh’ to me, and I’m starting to feel like ALL books are just ‘meh’ to me, lately. I haven’t had a good 5 star read since Illuminae. WTH is going on?! It’s very unusual for me – I need to find a book that blows my mind and soon. I’m starting to think there’s something wrong with me.

 

 what i’m currently reading

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I’m close to finishing this one, and I’m not feeling it. Started out pretty good and had a decent creep factor, but now the main character is getting on my f’ing nerves. I’m telling you I am broken! I can’t find a book I like! *sobs*

 

WHat i have recently added to my tbr

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I have yet to read anything by this author, even though I hear such great things about her books. YA isn’t always my go-to genre (although since nothing else is working for me these days, maybe I should change that). I was pretty excited to get this one from Netgalley – it sounds really good!

 

 Reading anything good this week?