Breaking Free – Rachel Jeffs // Written by Warren Jeffs daughter on her “captivity” in the FLDS church. This book was really hard to read – the sexual abuse, the restrictions, the belief in a Prophet that has nothing to do with God. I’m glad she got out and is living a better life with a husband she got to choose and her children, but I guess I will always have a hard time wondering why some people are so easily susceptible to things like the FLDS and other cults. Can anyone recommend a good book on understanding brainwashing? I’d be truly interested in reading it.
What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton // I was nervous to read this book – I didn’t want to relive the election, but I did want to hear things from the side of the candidate I voted for. My favorite chapters were the ones were she shared some of herself – some more of her personal reaction to what happened during the campaign and election. I also didn’t mind the slight digs at our current President and administration.
The Hating Game – Sally Thorne // This was so cute, and so appropriate for a month with Valentine’s Day in it. I love a good book with some raunchy scenes in it – but I’ve always had a secret jealousy of short and cute and tiny girls (like the main character is) – probably because I’ve never gotten to experience what it would be like to be able to be carried and thrown around. At 5’8″, it’s pretty impossible. Anyway – definitely a cute and fun and easy read.
American Drug Addict – Brett Douglas // I honestly don’t know how I felt about this book. The guy definitely comes off as a selfish asshole who did whatever he could to get high, regardless of his family, blah blah. On the other hand, I’ve never been an addict or close to an addict (but according to this book, you really don’t know who is an addict), so I don’t know how it affects people and their lives. It was interesting to see the highs and the lows of a drug addict, but I don’t know.
One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid // I couldn’t put this one down! Nadine told me this was her favorite TJR book, and I adored it as well. I have since added every single TJR book I could find to my library hold list, but I may just bite the bullet and buy them. This was such a good book that would make you ask, what would you do if put in the same situation?
Patriots Book 1 – Will Kane Thompson // (c/o Netgalley – all opinions are my own) This was such an interesting read. The swapping between characters sometimes got confusing, as there were several main characters – but the book was written as such that you don’t know who did “the thing,” and that it could have been any of them. The author is clearly well-read, as he often cites quotes from different books. There are a ton of relevant cultural references (Black Lives Matter, current presidential situation, etc) that he intertwines into the main characters stories. I will be really excited to read the second one when it comes out.
City of Thieves – David Benioff // A WWII book set in Russia, which I have never ever read before, and honestly never really thought about. This was such a great book – the ending was sweet, it keeps your attention, and is a quick read.
Hungry For Love – Maya Sacher // (c/o Netgalley – all opinions are my own) I hated every single bit of this book. I should have DNF’d it, but I pushed through. The main character seemed really immature for 37, and some of the scenes and situations made me cringe. Without giving away too much, her husband is in a coma, she meets someone else and then tries to decide who she should choose- while adding in a bunch of side stories (her step-mom situation, her sister situation, the daughter of the man she met). I really didn’t like it, and I wouldn’t recommend it.