I Just Finished Reading…

Being inspired by Janine from Confessions of a Mommyahaulic, I decided to list the recent books I have read. I have been on Goodreads for quite some time now. I believe I first got hooked on the site by my friend Cathy. I love having a reading goal, sharing my books, getting book suggestions, and finding new books to read.

If you remember some of my posts, you know I prefer listening to books on tape in the car instead of music. Don’t get me wrong, I do love music, but with a long commute I prefer to get caught in a good book. I was introduced to books on tape by a fellow co-worker and by life has changed for the better. The very first audio book I listened to was Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly…what a captivating and informational read. 



As quoted on Goodreads –Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

What a read this was, I knew after reading the summary it was not going to end like I wanted or wished for, but the it couldn’t have ended any other way. After I read I looked at other reviews and didn’t understand why people wanted a miracle ending or it to end another way. I truly felt this was the best decision for everyone and it would have been selfish on many levels. Make sure you have tissues handy and time to sob.


 Goodreads summary: If you wanted to kill your spouse and get away with it, you had to do something truly ingenious: something that wouldn’t even be perceived as murder. And that was the service that Andrew Rusk had found a way to provide. Like any quality product, it did not come cheap. Nor did it come quickly. And perhaps most important of all, it was not for those with weak constitutions. Demand was high, of course, but few people were truly suitable clients. It took a deep-rooted hatred to watch your spouse die in agony, knowing that you had brought about that pain. But on the other hand, some people bore up remarkably well.

Wow, what a book. It truly sickened me how much hate one person can have for another and how some people are truly evil. I was terrified the book would end one way and was shocked when it took a completely different turn. I will say that I cheered quite loud when those who deserved to die, did. In the end, despite the twisted and sick nature, the pure evil in the book, it truly is a must read if your heart and soul can handle it.



Goodreads summary: Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

I was disappointed in the ending. Now, I did not expect a fairy tale ending at all. What I did expect was closure of some sort. The entire book is focused on Mariane and her decision eighteen years ago and how Kirby is helping her to face what she did. Again the entire book is focused on what she did and slowly moving towards her reconciling with her past, apologizing to those she hurt, and making good on her bad choices. Then it just ends. I would have preferred a sad ending, a twisted ending, ANY ENDING to a non-ending. Seriously, it just ends… It’s like watching a great series on TV for five years and the network decides to pull the show before the series finale.
HomeRight now I am almost done with another Harlen Corben book. He’s such a fascinating author. I love guessing the ending of books, but he always torments me. I know where the ending is leading, but he always adds a sick and twisted turn that you didn’t see coming, but you should have. This book has extra unsettling feelings and a bit of horror…but so darn good. Another must read.

 An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: a mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes, that of her husband, from before she knew him.

When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation. She doesn’t know where he’s going, or why he’s leaving. Or if he’s ever coming back. Nor does she realize how dangerous the search for him will be. Because there are others interested in both her husband’s past and that photo, including Eric Wu: a fierce, silent killer who will not be stopped from finding his quarry, no matter who or what stands in his way.


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Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.


I Just Finished Reading… — 15 Comments

  1. Aww, thanks for the shout out and seriously love that we can share this. I have so much fun reading and then posting up my thoughts and lving that you are doing this now, too. And I totally read two out of the four here and yes I agreed whole heatedly as you know about Me Before You, as well as the ending to Where We Belong, which was definitely not my favorite of Emily Giffin’s books. But still do love her as a author and will most likely read more from her in the future 🙂

    • Reading is beyond awesome and I wish I could make my students truly understand how amazing it is…sighs. I am truly excited about posting a new book each week, I must meet my goal, LOL.

    • OMG…his books are beyond amazing Karen. Seriously each one had me floored. I am dying to know how this one ends. I think my first one of his was Six Years…I WAS HOOKED

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE GoodReads!! I don’t think we’re friends there, are we? Here’s my profile… https://www.goodreads.com/LisaFarnham Friend me!! I’ve only read “Me Before You” of these books (which left me sobbing…and I agree with you on the ending) but I can’t wait to read the others–especially “True Evil” and “Just One Look”. Reading is my main hobby. I never go a day without reading. (although I’m not always great about putting every book I read on GoodReads, I do try not to get too far behind!.) –Lisa

    • I just added you as a friend Lisa, I love seeing all the books people read. I really want to get Dino on Goodreads (when he’s older) so he can see all the books he has read.

  3. I just friended you, Karen – love GoodReads! I will tell you that I’m a tough rater, so anything 3 stars or better is a book I’d recommend. I haven’t read most of these books, so I’ll have to check them out!

    • It truly is a great place to find and share books. I think I need to be a tougher rater too, I just get so swept up in the book and feel like I am part of the story. There have been a few I just couldn’t finish…didn’t draw me. I don’t see the friend request 🙁

  4. Man, I wish I had more time to read. Once upon a time I read “Where We Belong”. And that’s about all I remember about it. I wouldn’t call that a glowing review. “Just One Look” sounds fascinating….though I’m susceptible to nightmares from reading too much of that kind of stuff at night!

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