I’m back with another book review for a book from TBB’s Virtual Book Club.
Book review for March’s Book Club
When I first saw this title, I instantly thought it was related to THAT Shades of Gray book and I immediately dismissed it. But then I read the GoodReads description for each book and looked in Overdrive to see what was available. Partly because I don’t like psychological thrillers and partly because it was immediately available from the library, this is what I ended up reading. (I listened to it on audio which still counts as reading, right?)
I gave the book a 3.5 rating on GoodReads. Although the book was good, it reminded me a lot of The Endless Steppe. Very similar stories. I liked this one but I liked the writing of the other book better. This is such a hard topic and definitely not one I can read frequently. I certainly can’t say I enjoyed the book, but I did appreciate the story and the characters’ daily struggle. As you can imagine, there was much to be sad about, but I was amazed at how the mother remained positive in the face of hardship and extended grace and love in the worst of circumstances.
You can join us for April! Here’s the form you need to fill out. You don’t have to be a blogger to join the virtual book club. You just need to be a reader. Once you join you will be added to our Slack account where you can participate in the conversations.
The April choices are already out. I have placed a hold on two titles but I’m pretty far down the list so I doubt they’ll come in in time for me to participate in the conversations.
The Widower’s Wife is described as “tense and enthralling page-turner” so that one is out.
In The Silent Girls the protagonist faces “the darkest abominations of the human soul” so that one is out too. This is probably thriller bordering on horror. I just don’t do that kind of genre.
So my choices are between Small Great Things and The Nightingale and truthfully both sound good to me. I’m #7 out of 4 copies for the Nightingale and #23 on 7 copies for Small Great Things. I’ve heard of Jodi Picoult but I’ve never read any of her works.
A Man Called Ove finally came in from the library! It was in February’s reads but it got such good reviews from those girls that I’m going to read it even if I can’t discuss it with the group.
Other books I’ve been reading lately:
For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn – My husband and I attended a marriage retreat and the leaders recommended these books. I read this one and Michael read For Men Only and then we discussed them. Highly recommend!
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood – I heard about this one several times on What Should I Read Next and I found it on audio. 4 stars.
Connecting With Your Husband by Gary Smalley – We really like some of his other books so when I came across this little book at the library I grabbed it. Short, quick read but good advice! 4 stars.
What have you been reading lately? Any good books I need to add to my TBR list?