Reading Wrap-Up {1}

Hey, there! So, some changes are coming to my blog. Book of Secrets is at a crossroads, should I quit or do something different? I love reading and books more than ever, but writing reviews – not so much.

I’ve decided that most of the books I read will just get a super-quick mention in a “Reading Wrap-Up” post every few weeks, monthly, or longer. Books I’ve received for review will probably get a separate post, though there will probably be fewer of those in the future. I’ve been utilizing the library more and more for new releases, as opposed to requesting them from NetGalley, etc. (Though I still have plenty of NetGalley & Edelweiss books to get through!) Anyway, I hope this new system works. I’d hate to give up 5½ years of blog work!!

Without further ado, here is my reading wrap-up (for non-review books) for the past several weeks (click on the title to find on Goodreads):

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Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
★★★★★

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Now that’s my kind of love story. A tad melodramatic, sure, but dang. Haunting, haunting.

 

MagicAndMacaroonsMagic and Macaroons
by Bailey Cates
★★★★½

This is book five in the Magical Bakery series, and it was just as wonderful as the previous ones. I loved meeting the infamous voodoo queens of Savannah. A strong mystery with a dash of witchy woo-woo.

 

WhereTheyFoundHerWhere They Found Her
by Kimberly McCreight
★★★★★

One of my favorites this year. It’s told from the point of view of three women, Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, who become entangled in the mysterious death of an infant. Strong characters, intriguing psychological suspense, and a fantastic ending. Loved it!

 

BonesOfYouThe Bones of You
by Debbie Howells
★★★★

This was a dark and chilling tale, partially narrated by the murder victim postmortem. Fast paced and multi-layered mystery. I enjoyed the small English village setting too.

 

JaneEmilyJane-Emily
by Patricia Clapp
★★★½

The malevolent ghost of a hateful girl haunts young Jane and her Aunt Louisa. This is a Gothic classic first published in 1969. The story is set in Massachusetts around the turn of the last century. Spooky in parts, but nothing too scary. Lots of drama, and some romance too.

 

RuinFallsRuin Falls
by Jenny Milchman
★★★★½

I swear I had a knot in my stomach the whole time I was reading this book. So suspenseful!! While on a family vacation, Liz Daniels wakes up to find her children are missing. Many layers to this mystery, and Liz is reluctant to trust anyone. Milchman’s first book was okay, while this one was great.

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9 thoughts on “Reading Wrap-Up {1}

  1. Diana, I’m feeling much the same as you. My life has taken a different focus in the last few weeks and I am not feeling the review/blog vibe at all. Trying to keep my ‘urge to blog’ going, but I’m not sure I will. I’m reading and listening a lot though. Anyway, I’ll keep reading thoughts by others as my time allows. Love your little review format here.

    I enjoyed Where They Found Her and have The Bones Of You and Ruin Falls on my stack as well. Looking forward to reading them.

  2. Definitely keep blogging! I like the idea of quick little reviews in one post and I always enjoy them. You’ve got some great books listed. I think Jane-Emily sounds like a fun Halloween-y book and I really need to try Bailey Cates again soon. I read the first book and enjoyed it but haven’t tried anymore. Which kind of feels like the story of my life.

  3. Do what ever is going to work for you in the now, because that’s fine. It will keep it enjoyable and keep your blog going! Looks like all these books were worth reading.

  4. I hope you keep on blogging. You are smart to make changes that will keep it fresh for you. Your shorter reviews are always good to read.

  5. Keep blogging and post whenever you can. I don’t blog often so one or two posts a week is good to me. Short reviews work too as long as we share our thoughts. :)

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