Book Review: My Lovely Wife

My Lovely Wife

By Samantha Downing

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What.a.RIDE! Phew! I was fully into this book 100% of the time. I badly needed this after the slow books I read before this. I am a thriller lover at heart so I can’t stray too far away before so have to come back lol

Did I figure out the twists? Almost none of them! Just one little tiny one did I figure out ahead of time. Otherwise the major twists just slapped me in the face as they came!

This was a read-so-fast-you-skip-words-because-you-need-to-know-what’s-coming book!

And, for what it’s worth, I absolutely loved that it was told all through one perspective! Yeah I like multi-perspective books, but it’s really nice to read a single perspective book every now and then!

5 giant stars from me!

Book Review: The Luminous Dead

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

My first three star read of the year. This book was not for me. It was a struggle and never really delivered. I also would not consider this horror really at all. So disappointing.

Book Review: Courting Mr. Lincoln

Courting Mr. Lincoln

By Louis Bayard

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#bookreview time! Thank you to @algonquinbooks for including me in your blog tour for Louis Bayard’s Courting Mr. Lincoln.

The paperback (pictured here) was just published yesterday, Feb. 11th and I am posting my review today, Feb. 12th, which is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday!

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Louis Bayard spins just an absolutely lovely and compelling tale in Courting Mr. Lincoln. Alternating view points from Joshua Speed and Mary Todd, this tells the story of the love Lincoln had for his best friend Joshua Speed, and for his wife Mary Todd. The tale starts before Lincoln has even met Speed or Mary and finishes with Speed’s eventual marriage and Lincoln’s eventual marriage. With a lovely Epilogue told again from both Speed and Mary.

Louis Bayard wanted to tackle the oft written about notion that Lincoln and Speed’s relationship was perhaps more than just two friends. Perhaps there was a deeper love there. And, frankly, I love that theory. Was there more there? Of course we’ll never truly know, but yes most likely. A lot of men married because “that’s what men of a certain age do.” Marry because that’s what’s expected of them. Or, marry because for Lincoln it would help his political future.

I thought Bayard’s writing was superb. I thought his prose was elegant. He really made you feel like you were in the mid-1800’s. Even some of the classic terms from that time period were foreign to me and I had to do a little googling!

I thought he really captured the spirit of Lincoln, Speed, and Mary Todd. Everything I know about Lincoln really made me feel Bayard did an excellent job of capturing likely what Lincoln’s attitude and eccentricities really were like. And what his relationships were really like. I really loved the last little bit, and I won’t give it away, but when Mary Todd learns of something Lincoln has gotten himself into and journeys to stop him.

This was a great, heartwarming five-star read for me! And I’d love to read more from Louis Bayard!

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Book Review: Unspeakable Things

Unspeakable Things

By Jess Lourey

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed this book. I think it did a great job of amping up that suspense slowly. Killing me slowly as I wind towards the end desperate to know who was taking the children and what was up with Cassie’s dad.

I do agree with others that the ending was very abrupt, but, I also understand that there’s an epilogue online. I think I’ll go find that now and get a bit more of a wrap up!

Overall 4 star read for me. Left me a tad underwhelmed in the end, but is still a great little thriller with a good amount of suspense and nice characters!

Shakespeare 2020 Project

I am participating in the Shakespeare 2020 Project this year with my friends!

It’s a plan to read every one of Shakespeare’s works over the whole year. Started by Ian Doescher, the web site is https://iandoescher.com/shakespeare/ and on that site he has the schedule for what’s read and when!

It’s a daunting task, and I think I’ll fail at the histories and I know I’ll fail at the poetry, because poetry is not for me, but I’ll try to get through all of the comedies and tragedies!

First one done with Twelfth Night! I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ overall. I absolutely love performing in Shakespeare shows, I’ve performed in Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but reading them is a whole other ballgame, and it’s not necessarily that fun or easy haha! But it’ll be fun to try!

Up next is Henry VI Part One and it’s a history play soooo I’ll likely fail!

Book Review: Unfollow Me

Unfollow Me

By Charlotte Duckworth

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I enjoyed this twisty book. I needed to know what happened to Violet and to Yvonne and Lily so there was no way I was DNFing this book! But it did take me longer than usual cause sometimes it was a little repetitive and to be honest a little confusing sometimes but it got there in the end and I was glad I read it.

Book Review: Full Throttle

Full Throttle

By Stephen King

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I enjoyed it quite a bit, and more than I actually expected to! The last two stories I’d read previously, In The Tall Grass I read on its own, and You Are Released I read in Flight or Fright, so I didn’t reread those. Here’s my order from best to worst:

  • You Are Released
  • All I Care About Is You
  • Late Returns
  • Faun
  • In The Tall Grass
  • Throttle
  • Twittering from the Circus of the Dead
  • Dark Carousel
  • Mums
  • By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain
  • Thumbprint
  • Wolverton Station
  • The Devil on the Staircase