Friday, August 20, 2021

Book Reviews - Thrills and Feels (Again)

Hey, I'm back with another quartet with a duo that focuses on thrills and one that's more feels as tends to happen so very often.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig was just a wonderful reflective and honest piece from an author who I've come to love through his books, as well as his social media presence. In the social media space, the author focuses on his own mental health journey in an authentic and at times very raw way. This is an expansion of that journey as he shares a collection of what gets him through. It is a combination of reflections, quotes, and just stuff that has brought him (literal) comfort as he's navigated life. This was a quick read, and it's also a book that you could just turn to anyone page when you needed some inspiration and reminder that you're not alone with whatever your struggles might be. 

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry was just wonderful. I love the way this author writes relationships and romance, so I devoured this! The story focuses on Poppy and Alex, two friends since college. Each summer, they take a week of vacation together. Well, they did until things fell apart. The book doesn't immediately reveal what caused the rift and instead focuses on the summers when things were good and also the vacation that's ahead. Poppy has decided to give a vacation with Alex a go one more time to see if they might get things right again. This again was just a delight, as it had just the right amount of cheese coupled with great characters!

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins is a twisty thriller set on a remote island. Lux and her boyfriend Nico are hired to sail two best friends to their destination. Everyone on the trip is eager for a break, and the reasons why are revealed as the story goes. As it turns out, that remote island they're headed to isn't so remote as there are passengers from another boat there. As you can imagine given the genre, these individuals have some secrets of their own. Relationships get twisty, stuff starts happening, and the island is far, far, FAR from a relaxing escape. Here's the thing y'all, on premise alone, you probably could've guessed this was going to go sideways, so it's really just a matter of how it goes down when literally everyone is hiding something! Thanks to NetGalley for the early look at this 2022 release!

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner is a book that just ultimately just didn't land with me. This isn't an instance where I recommend you don't read it, rather it's just me being real with y'all about my own feelings. The premise is there are two women that become connected after one of them inadvertently starts getting emails meant for the other. They have very similar names and emails, so it makes sense it could happen. Rather than just acknowledging the mistake and moving on, the two women connect and form a friendship. Except here's the thing, they may have more of a connection than originally realized, and their connection might not be totally random. It was an interesting premise, especially as the connections were revealed, but again, I just struggled, and I cannot tell y'all more specifics as that would cause me to veer into spoiler territory!

Onto the next ones!