Thursday, December 8, 2016

Oh My Gosh, These Books!!!!

I have always been an avid reader. There's just something about slipping into bed, propping up the pillows, and opening a good book. The chores of the day are complete, and the rest of the evening is just for me.
 
I always love hearing or reading about a new book, and Brenda has been posting book reviews frequently over at Cozy Little House.
 
Well, let me tell you something - that woman is costing me money!! Of course, I pop right over to Amazon and either buy the book outright or send a sample to my iPad, waiting for it to come down in price.
 
This first book is one Brenda wrote about recently, and she absolutely raved about it! I was in the middle of a trilogy, so I had to wait until that was done....but the very first book I picked up after that point was this one.
 
The Memory Box, by Eva Lesko Natiello.
 
Brenda said she couldn't put this book down....that certainly piqued my interest. She was absolutely a million percent right....I read this book in ONE day!
 
It was a Saturday, I had the day off work, and had a bunch of chores to do....which was pure torture since I just wanted to sit by the fire and read. All. Day. Long.
 
So, I made a deal with myself. I read while I had my morning coffee - that's one of the things I love most about weekends, and a regular routine on weekends. After that, every time I accomplished something on my chore list, I was allowed to sit and read a chapter....like a reward!
 
 
"A psychological thriller page-turner with twists and turns until the very last page.

WHAT IF YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF & DISCOVERED SOMETHING SHOCKING?

In this gripping psychological thriller, Caroline Thompson Googles herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn't remember.

A HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD MANUSCRIPT AWARD WINNER

A fast-paced suspense where a group of privileged suburban moms amuses themselves by Googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She's relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to Google her maiden name--which none of the others know.

The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline's terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That's absurd. With every click, the revelations grow more alarming. They can't be right. She'd know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia--upending her blissful family life--desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they're true.

The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession for control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello's page turning suspense cautions:

Be careful what you search for."
 
Wow. Seriously, if you like thrillers even the tiniest bit, buy this book.
 
This book whet my appetite for another psychological thriller....so, next up was Behind Closed Doors, by B. A. Paris.
 
Well, holy smokes, I thought The Memory Box was the be all and end all of psychological thrillers, but this one trumped it!
 
I read this book also in a day, using the same 'reward' technique that worked for me on Saturday. My younger daughter is reading it now - I can't wait to hear what she thinks of it!
 
This book is almost like a car accident that you don't want to look at but you truly can't help yourself. I was completely hooked from page one.
 
 
"THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
 
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
 
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
 
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
 
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed."
 
Do you have any books that have turned you into an obsessed reader lately?

36 comments:

  1. I admire people that can read a book in one day. It takes me a couple weeks to read a whole book. Im putting these on my book list to order later. Im always looking for a good read while I relax on the beach.
    Lisa

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    1. If it's a book I really love, I can read it in one day....on a weekend, of course! Hope you love them!

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  2. Those both sound good. I just finished Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, and I'll did a Goodreads quick review. More later about this page turner.

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    1. Ooh, fun!!! Can't wait to read all about it, Carole!

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  3. I don't seem to be able to read a book in a day. Two days, yeah! Well, sorry I'm costing you money. I just seem to have found some good books lately. Did you see the end coming in The Memory Box? I had to read that last bit twice to totally get it!
    Brenda

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    1. Did I see the end coming? Nope, I sure didn't!!

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  4. Oh, and the second book, Behind Closed Doors, was a keeper too!
    Brenda

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    1. Without a doubt!! My daughter is reading it now and can't put it down!!

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  5. Wow, your reviews make me want to start reading these! I am need of a GOOD book, but I read before bed so maybe these will freak me out and I won't sleep??!! They sound great. I recently read a book to review for a company and I am dreading it because it wasn't good :-(

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    1. I'm not sure they'd keep you awake, unless you're like me and you just want to read one more page/chapter to find out what happens!!

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  6. You are so good to read a book in one day - I don't think I've ever done that! It takes me at least a week to finish a book. I need to reward myself by reading more, like you do. I'm a huge Pat Conroy fan and I'm in the middle of reading his last book, A Lowcountry Heart. I'm loving it, so far.

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    1. I'm off to look up that Pat Conroy book, Melanie - thanks for the suggestion!!

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  7. I love to read and especially love it when I find a book that I can't put down. You've piqued my interest.

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  8. I'd much rather read in the evening than watch tv. We're only a few blocks from our library, so I make frequent trips to get first dibs on new arrivals. Right now I'm reading Carol O'Connell's "Mallory" suspense novels. I'm taking note of the 2 you've listed today. Thanks!

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    1. I'm with you, Vickie! When I'm alone the tv rarely goes on!!

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  9. I do the same thing with treating myself after completing chores, how funny!

    I think you've got me tempted to read that second book.
    Enjoy!

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    1. That's funny, Daisy - I thought I was the only weirdo who did that!!

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  10. The guild at our nearby hospital sells books .50 for paperbacks and $1 for hardback, they are donated by guild members. When I go there for tests I always pick up several. This week "Daddy's Little Girl" by Mary Higgins Clark. I had not read her in years but this was a very good story. You introduced me to Gladys Taber. I am collecting her books. The Best of Stillmeadow is a favorite but too expensive now to buy so I checked it out of the library. Love your posts! Rhonda

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    1. Thank you so much, Rhonda!!I read all the Mary Higgins Clark books years ago - they were terrific!! And oh, Gladys Taber - she's in a totally different league than the books I wrote about here...she's a peaceful read, quiets the soul. These books are on the opposite end of the spectrum, but also amazing!

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  11. I need to find time to read again. I used to love getting into bed with a book!

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    1. You need to make the time, Kim - it won't just happen!!

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  12. Gracious Dow, I can't wait to read both of these. I'm a John Grisham fan. I just about faint with anticipation, when he has a new book come out. HaHa!

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    1. Ha ha, Laurie - I used to be a huge John Grisham fan as well!!

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  13. I don't make the time to read anymore since moving to the Midwest. Guess its time to go get a new library card.

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    1. Yes, for sure, Karen!! You don't know what you've been missing!!

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  14. I honestly haven't read a book in a long while, other than my bible reading in the morning and my devotionals. I was a bookworm growing up, always had my head in a book. Now, not so much, no time, but I still enjoy reading. These books certainly seem like page turners for sure. Maybe someday I'll have time to read again :)

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    1. Well I certainly hope you find the time to get back into reading!

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  15. You're not the only one Brenda is costing money! lol I picked up The Woman In Cabin 10 a couple of weeks ago. I tried to get memory box while at the bookstore (I like getting my books in small little shops) but they didn't have it. I read a chapter a week ago but haven't picked it up again. NOT because I didn't like it, but I've become somewhat obsessed with playing chess in my downtime! LOL I will definitely pick it up again this weekend. There. I said it. So now you can hold me to it ;).

    Stay warm by the fire today Deb! As for me, I'm going to the market because fisherman was reduced to eating an English muffin with NO butter! Seems like someone has been baking so much and used it all up...

    xxx

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    1. I have a sample of that book in my kindle - when it goes on sale I'll order it! I get the Kindle Daily Deals email from Amazon, and as soon as that book pops up it's a go!!

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  16. Deb, These books sound great. I've added them both to my list on my Kindle. I usually do all my reading at night, once I'm in bed; but there's always the occasionally books that you can't put down, no matter what you're doing or have to get done. Thanks for these recommendations!

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    1. It seems so rare to find books like that, doesn't it, Carol? That's why when I got two in a row like that I had to share!! :)

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  17. One author I look forward to reading is Louise Penny. She has such a way with words (I know, cliche) and I always hate to see the book end. My late MIL had first editions of Gladys Taber and the granddaughter took them and sold them. ugh... xoxo

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    1. Ok, now I must go check out Louise Penny - I don't believe I've read any of her books yet, Donna - thanks so much for the tip!! Wow, too bad about the Gladys Taber first editions....they would have been great items to hold onto for sure!

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