Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I finally read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I used to be intimidated by the book and assumed that it would be quite complex especially being categorized as a classic. However, the book turned out to be quite an easy flowing, enjoyable read.

To Kill a Mockingbird is narrated by almost 9 year old Scout. Scout lives with her brother, Jem and their father, Atticus. They also have a friend who features prominently in the book, Dill. Atticus is a lawyer who happens to have been assigned to defend Tom Robison, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Also prominent is the story is ‘Boo’, Mr. Radley. He is a key character although readers only get to interact with him through the children’s narrations.

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around Atticus and his children, his defense of Tom and the children’s interactions with Radley. The book examines key themes such as racism. Scout is a child narrator and so readers get to view racism through her perspective. Its heart wrenching to see how the kids lost their innocence when they had to face the ugliness of racism and the unfairness of the world. Dill and Jem are especially affected by the injustice that they witnessed during the Robinson’s case.

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Apart from racism, there was also an aspect of prejudice in the different social classes. For instance; the Ewolls and Cunninghams were regarded poorly by the townspeople due to their social standing. Aunt Alexandra especially openly discourages the children from mingling with the low people in society.

There are a number of interesting themes in this novel that I will not delve into so as not to turn this review into a literary criticism. However, I will just mention that my favourite part of this book was definitely the child narrator aspect. I also liked all the main characters especially Atticus, Jem, Scout and Dill. Scout is an endearing heroine; she is portrayed as being brave. I also liked the fact that she was a tomboy and quite proud about it despite everyone’s effort in forcing her to be more ladylike. I adored the relationship between Scout and her brother, Jem. I love how they used to fight as most siblings do and then make up the next minute. There was one particular physical fight that was a bit funny to read about. After the fight, I found myself smiling when the two siblings walked to their separate bedrooms but not before bidding each other good night. Jem was a little gentleman always taking care of his sister and trying to emulate his dad. I love how at only 11 years old, he started referring to himself as an old man.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a story about awakening. It’s also a story about bigotry and injustice. However, it is also about friendship and family. I am glad that I finally read this book. The courtroom scene reminded me of my Grisham novels and had me at the edge of my seat waiting for the verdict. The children’s antics kept the story moving even when there were no major happenings in the narrations.  I highly recommend this book to everyone who has not yet read it.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a meme currently hosted by Books and a BeatThis is an opportunity to share the books that you have recently found and added to your TBR.

I have added three more books to my bookshelf this week. All these books were bought at a dollar each from a secondhand books street vendor in Nairobi. They were covers picks mainly although the blurbs were also intriguing.

April 29th

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Synopsis

In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard’s world changed forever—-when Caitlin Somers chose her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomed Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, a magical, wind-blown island where two friends became summer sisters…

Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin has begged Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go—for the friend whose casual betrayals she remembers all too well. Because Vix wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend—her summer sister—still has the power to break her heart…

 

Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

Synopsis

Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. . . .

Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it’s still hard for her to believe it. She’ll never be able to forget, even though she’s trying to lead a normal life–she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. But Alice’s past is dangerous, and violent, and sad . . . and it’s about to rip her new life apart.

The Right Hand of Evil by John Saul

Synopsis

When the Conways move into their ancestral home in Louisiana after the death of an estranged aunt, it is with the promise of a new beginning. But the house has a life of its own. Abandoned for the last forty years, surrounded by thick trees and a stifling sense of melancholy, the sprawling Victorian house seems to swallow up the sunlight. Deep within the cold cellar and etched into the very walls is a long, dark history of the Conway name–a grim bloodline poisoned by suicide, strange disappearances, voodoo rituals, and rumors of murder. But the family knows nothing of the soul-shattering secrets that snake through generations of their past. They do not know that terror awaits them. For with each generation of the Conways comes a hellish day of reckoning. . . .

 

anigif_enhanced-13608-1403724061-20I tried to practice a book buying ban which only lasted 14 days . However, I justify these new buys because I got great deals on the books and I spent just three dollars. It is not too much, is it? The books look really pretty too with interesting synopsis, right?

 

So did you add any books to your bookshelf this week? Have you read of the three books on my post? Let me know.

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Book Review: Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Naele Hurston

I watched the movie adaptation of Their Eyes were Watching God years ago but I only got to read the book recently. I loved the movie so much that I have watched it twice and so I was intrigued by the book.

Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a story about Janie. This was a young woman forced to live within societal rules that sapped away her happiness. She got married to a man that she didn’t love at a very young age. It was a miserable marriage that ended with her running away with another man. Although promising at first, her second marriage leaves feeling empty. Janie is then forced to make a decision that leaves everyone talking about her.

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I loved this book although I really struggled with the dialect. I have read other book with strong dialects such as The Help by Kathryn Stockett but the dialect used in this one was quite heavy. However, once I got used to it then it became a bit easier to understand though I had to ignore the words and try reading them in the usual dialect. That was the only struggle that I had with this book. Below is a quote from the book, it will give you an idea of the dialect that I am referring to.

“If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don’t keer if you die at dusk. It’s so many people never seen de light at all.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Otherwise, Their Eyes Were Watching God is such a fascinating reading. I love strong female protagonist and so I enjoyed reading about Janie’s ambitions and determination to follow her heart even when the whole town was talking about her. I really liked the relationship that she had with Tea Cake. It was fabulous, dreamy, passionate, romantic, magical. oh I loved it. The idea of falling in love and leaving all life’s comforts in exchange for companionship and happiness sounds like the perfect fairy-tale.

 

Tea Cake and Janie as portrayed in the movie by Halle Berry and Michael Ealy

The book was tragic and did not have the usual happy endings that are common in romance novels. However, it was quite a beautiful story. I recommend Their Eyes were Watching God to all readers looking for a different kind of romance novel. It’s a great book for readers who also like strong female characters. However, be prepared to deal with the dialect. It is not a very easy read but it is worth it. Oh and you should definitely watch the movie too.

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“It is so easy to be hopeful in the daytime when you can see the things you wish on. But it was night, it stayed night. Night was striding across nothingness with the whole round world in his hands . . . They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against cruel walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

 

I leave you with a random GIF of the gorgeous Michael Ealy who plays Tea Cake in the movie adaptation of Their Eyes were Watching God

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T5W: Favorite Mother Figures

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey. Every week, readers/bloggers/vloggers get a new topic to discuss and list top 5 books (or whatever is specified) that relate to that topic! If you’re interested in joining, you should come join the fun over at the Goodreads group!

Here are my favorite mother figures from some of my favorite books

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Marta in Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

I loved Marta’s character and her struggle to be a better mother inspired me although it also broke my heart considering the relationship that she had with her daughter, Hildemara. She is the strongest fictional mother that I have come across in a while. You can read my review of this book here.

 

Ma in Room by Emma Donoghue

She went through a lot in the room in which she was imprisoned  for 7 years but she still managed to create a life for her son Jack even when they were still in captivity. You can read my review of this book, here.

 

Rosa Hubbermann in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I liked Rosa although the story focused more on Hans, the father. However, Rosa was a strong woman with a quick tongue but she was quite endearing and she definitely loved her family especially her adopted daughter, Liesel Meminger. My full review of the book is here.

 

Angela in Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

A lot has been said about Angela especially about the alleged incest mentioned in the memoir. However, I still think that she was a great mother. She practically raised her family alone as her husband drank away all his wages and deserted them. She also endured so much loss with the death of three of her kids. Angela loved her kids and although not everyone may agree with her actions. I think that she was a really good mother to the McCourts. Here is my review of the book.

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Jacqueline in Abducted: The Fourteen Year Fight to Find My Children by Jacqueline Pascarl

Jaqueline went through so much agony after her children were abducted. However, she remained strong through the fourteen years that they were away and kept on fighting long after everyone else had given up. Her memoir is quite inspiring. My review of this book is here.

 

Honorable mention(Clever way to add a sixth mom to my Top 5)

the-invention-of-wingsCharlotte in Sue Monk Kidd’s  The Invention of Wing

I have already mentioned this in my blog but I have a new favorite book. I absolutely loved The Invention of Wings and so Charlotte had to be added to this list. Charlotte is Handful’s mother. They were both slaves but still, Charlotte was strong, fearless and despite their situation, she tried everything possible to make life better for her daughter. You can find my review of this book here.

 

 

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A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

I haven’t yet read this book but I have a copy of it and it is on my TBR. I can’t wait to read it. Sue is Dylan Klebold’s mother. Dylan was one of the shooters in the Columbine High Massacre.

 

So, have you read any of these books? Do you have other books that had mothers as protagonists or main characters? Do share and please feel free to add your T5W links in the comment section.

PS:the featured image shows a Kenyan Maasai mother and her baby.Source.

WWW-Wednesday

This meme is currently hosted by Sama @ Taking on a World of Words.

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To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So here’s my 3 W’s for the week.

Recently Finished

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica- This book was quite exciting. It had so much suspense, many good twists and an unpredictable plot-line. The book reminded me of how much I love good psychological Thrillers.

You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes- So after reading Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica, I decide to find other psychological thrillers. I got a number of good books from our library and some from friends. These two books came highly recommended. They are twisted, creepy and quite fast paced. The two books reminded me of the TV Show, Dexter. They both feature Joe Goldberg, a creepy serial killer searching for love.

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I used to love this TV Show though I  never read the books.

 

Currently Reading

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Where I Lost Her by T,.Greenwood- This is another psychological thriller. A woman spots a three year old alone running into the woods at 11:00pm. She knows what she saw but nobody else believes her. I am almost done with one. It’s a quite interesting. The suspense is on and off though.

 

 

Reading Next

So I have abandoned my TBR list and decided to read a bunch of psychological thrillers. I really don’t want to read any other type of books right now. I don’t know which book to pick next but below are the books that I have collected.

Have you read any of these books? Do you know any other psychological thrillers that I should add to my reading list?

 

So  how about you, have you read anything interesting lately? What are you reading now? What do you plan on reading next? Share your WWW links (or any similar memes) in the comments section and I will pay your blog a visit.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Delightful Bookworm Things/Experiences

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by  The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails listing ten things based on the topic.

Today’s topic is Bookworm Delights.

Book Gifts

gifts.jpgOkay, so I love books. I think it’s pretty obvious that I do. However, I hardly receive book gifts. I really don’t get it. I thought my hints were clear but I always get non-book gifts. Honestly, I don’t get it.lol. End of rant. Bottom line though,book gifts are awesome though.

New Books

New books are always a delight. I guess that is why  many readers struggle with adhering to book buying bans.

book dealsGreat Deals on Books

This is always a great excuse/justification for book buying.Lucky for me,Nairobi has so many books street vendors who offer great deals on second-hand books.

 

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The smell of books

Especially new books. Or old ones. Any books really.

 

 

Bookstores and Books Street Vendors

I get my books from street vendors who I absolutely adore. Interestingly, most street vendors in Nairobi are not readers but they still know the best books.For instance; On Saturday, my favorite vendor saw me going through the pile of books and quietly passed me a Sophie Kinsella from his stash.”Madam, all the women usually buy this one, I promise…its really nice. These books sell like hotcakes.” That is how I ended up with a second copy of Undomesticated Goddess.  I think that the second-hand books from street vendors also tell stories of their previous owners.

 

pavement-bookworm1-550x550One of the most renowned books Street vendors is Philani Dladla, the homeless South African books street vendor. I loved his story about how he reads all the books that he sells and explains the synopsis of each book to the prospective buyers.I read an interview in which Dladla explains Jodi Picoult’s book; My Sister’s Keeper as follows:

“You know, when you got a car. But this car, it always gives you problems. Now, you go maybe buy a second-hand car just to take some parts from that and fix this one. This lady, she was suffering from leukemia. So her parents decided to give birth to another sister, so she’s gonna be like a donor,” he explained wisely.

Here is a video of Philani.

Beautiful and well stocked libraries

Is there anything more enchanting that a well stocked library? The excitement of walking between rows and rows of books. The endless possibilities offered by the libraries. You can read about my favorite library here.

Coffee plus Books

Ever walked into a coffee house where some nice Jazz is playing and  so you find a table(preferably at the corner) and settle with your book and a cup of coffee? The simple pleasures of life.

Solo travels

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I love traveling long distance by bus. The farthest I have traveled by bus is from Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam (12 hours). I am usually on the road every other weekend plus daily commutes during the week to and from work/school. However, I think I have one of those faces. The chatty, friendly ones. I often end up next to strangers who want to talk. Nevertheless, there are other times when I get to enjoy the view and just read. This is pure bliss.

Finding a new favorite book

I can’t tell you how many times I get a new favorite book. My favorite book in March was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Right now it’s The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd although Pretty Baby by Mark Kubica is a close second. I don’t have an all time favorite book so finding new ones is always such a delight.

Meeting other readers so that we can talk books

 

I guess this is why I love the book blogging community and my book club. It is always nice to meet other readers and talk about books.

So what are your bookworm delights? Do you often receive book gifts? Do you have books street vendors in your country?Share your TTT links in the comment section. I would love to hear about the book-related things/experiences that delight you.

 

Credit for the featured image. If you are in Kenya and would like to donate books, you can do that through Storymoja’s Start a Library Campaign. Enjoy your delights and if you ca,spread the cheer by donating books to those who cannot afford to buy them.

Book Review: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd so when I heard that the author has another book, I definitely had to get it. I will admit though; I had no other prior information about the book apart from the author’s name.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is about slavery. It’s not just about physical slavery but also mental slavery. The story is about Sarah Grimke and Handful (Hettie),two women from very separate worlds whose lives collide at some point . Sarah was a white woman living in the south. She was born into affluence and had everything  (or so it seemed at first). On the other hand, Handful is a slave. She was given to Sarah as a birthday present. Handful came from a generation of slaves, as a matter of fact; her own mother Charlotte was also a slave for the Grimke’s family.

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This was the second book that I  read about slavery.The first one was Beloved by Toni Morrison. I watched 12 years a Slave, of course because it featured the amazing Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyongo. I also watched The Butler which had aspects of slavery but I hadn’t yet come across anything like The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Unlike Beloved, this book covers both the perspectives of the slaves and the slave masters.

15e2b381c43c57adb594d6db2c208a53e1fe6798_400x300The details about slavery were shocking. There were incidents of endless whippings and torture. It is ridiculous to think of a time when humans could own other humans. The slaves lived in misery. They had no freedom at all such that even leaving the gate required a written permission slip. Another surprising aspect was that slaves had to take up the family names of their owners. For instance; Charlotte and Handful (Hetty) were both Grimkes.

 

“My body might be a slave, but not my mind. For you, it’s the other way round.”
Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings

Despite the harrowing narration about slavery, this book also told of unlikely friendships. The mistress and slave formed a unique bond and a friendship that defied all odds. I really enjoyed reading about Sarah and Handful and their friendship. I also liked the fact that Sue Monk Kidd portrayed the friendship with its imperfections. I liked the relationship between Charlotte and her daughter, Handful. It was a beautiful relationship full of hope despite their life in imprisonment. The relationships between Nina and Sarah and Sky and Handful were also quite beautiful.

 

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd had an easy flow. I found myself turning the pages lost in the narration and the struggles of the characters. Slavery is ugly and so the narration was mostly heart wrenching and shocking too. However, the strength of the female characters; Nina, Sarah, Handful was very inspiring. These women were fighters and I enjoyed reading about their fight to make a change in the world. I love books that feature strong women protagonists and this one definitely did not disappoint me.

I loved this book and as I said, I didn’t have any information about it before turning the first page. However, I was pleasantly surprised to later find out that The Invention of Wings was actually inspired by true events. The main protagonist, Sarah Grimke was an abolitionist who not only fought against slavery but also fought for the equal rights of women. This made the book even more amazing.

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The real Sarah and Angeline Grimke. The book was based on their life story.

Book Review:Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers

This was my second Christian Fiction Book. The first one was Halos by Kristen Heitzmann. There is so much to say about Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers. I took quite some time (a month) reading the whole book. It’s quite big but also very interesting.

Her Mother’s Hope traces the life of Marta from her childhood all the way to her adulthood where she now has grandchildren. It tells the story of strength and determination despite obstacles. Marta struggled from childhood to have a good life. She was described as being intelligent but then again being a girl; she didn’t get much support to pursue her education. She was also described as being unattractive and this also impacted on her life and on how other people related with her. The first section of the book is narrated abour Marta and it details her life from childhood to her marriage.

The second section of the book is narrated by Hildemara, Marta’s daughter. The relationship dynamics between mother and daughter become more evident in this section. However, there is an obvious conflict between Marta’s hopes for her daughter and the interpretation of her actions by Hildemara. This conflict is heartbreaking and confusing. Like Hildemara, I found myself confused by Marta’s actions most of the time.giphy

The third section is narrated by Marta and it sort of explains the second section. Marta’s actions become clearer. It was more heartbreaking reading this section especially keeping in mind Hidemara’s thoughts in section 2. My heart ached for the two just thinking about the misunderstanding and how it had shaped their thoughts about each other.

hhI cried buckets while reading this book. Each time I thought the storm had passed, another one came and so did the tears. It was an emotional but beautiful book. The aspect of Christianity and faith was the background of the whole story. Prayers, Bible and belief all featured in one way or the other although this was all in the background. Apart from religion, the book is also set against a historical background covering the two world wars. There is also an aspect of immigrants to America and how they were perceived due to the various roles that their countries played in the war.

 

IMG_20160228_161942I have the second book in the series, Her Daughter’s Dreams and I can’t wait to read it. I am already bracing myself for the emotional roller coaster which I know will definitely come. Francine Rivers is an amazing writer. At the end of Her Mother’s Hope she explains that the book was inspired by some events that took place in her own life.

I recommend this book to everyone interested in reading about love, family, hopes and dreams. It is an amazing book and although I hardly rate books, this I gladly give 5 stars.

Book Review: This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done

 

Synopsis

A pupil and a teacher. Is it ever right to break the rules? Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley. After all, he was her first love when she was fifteen years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment. Now, seventeen years later, Matthew returns to Norfolk, with a new identity and a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter, who know nothing of what happened before. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together. With so many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present? From debut author Rebecca Done, This Secret We’re Keeping is a powerful and provocative novel about the ties which can keep us together – or tear us apart.

Review

Britney-Spears-Cringe-Face-1I decided to read this book just based on the synopsis.   I tried to read the book without any  pre – judgment but there were quite a lot of cringe-worthy moments so probably I wasn’t as open minded as I should have been.

This Secret We’re Keeping by Reecca Done is told in two timelines. There is the present which is mostly narrated from Jess’s perspective. Readers only get to meet Mathew/Will when he is with Jess. The second timeline is the past which is narrated by Mathew. The two timelines were interwoven really well. The present was mostly told in two chapters before a chapter on the past. Rebecca Done did this perfectly. Clues from the past explained the present and vice versa. For instance; a piece of jewelry will be described in a manner to show that’s it important in the present but going back to the past would then explain the importance.

This Secret We’re Keeping is narrated masterfully. It’s hard to believe that this is Rebecca Done’s first book. The pacing is also really good, I found myself turning pages up to the end. There was no real suspense for me though. For instance; Jess kept alluding to a secret but I pretty much guessed what it was from the start. I think what had me at the edge of my seat was thinking about whether or not Mathew’s secret and identity would be revealed.

Despite all that, I didn’t like the protagonists at all. Mathew was 25 when he started hooking up with Jess who was 15 then. The story is narrated in a way that portrays Jess as the initiator of the relationship although Mathew was the grownup in the relationship. However, it sort of seems like he was just seduced and couldn’t help himself. Jess was clearly a troubled teenager with so many issues at home. There was also a scissor self-cutting incident that was just brushed off. She had some issues  so Mathew just seemed like he should have known better. On the other hand, I also didn’t like Jess. Her actions even as an adult didn’t make much sense to me. The other main characters were Anna and Zak who were both portrayed as unstable people.Anna was Jess’ best friend with one single preoccupation. Zak was a doctor who had some ‘mafia’ blackmailing tendencies. He alternated between being really sweet and then just creepy. I can’t explain that without spoiling the story.

supernatural-books You have to read the book to understand what I mean about the characters. Let me not spoil it for you by giving away any more details.

The final chapter was almost like a wrap-up. Everything was concluded in just one or two sentences.  However, the book ended with a cliffhanger so perhaps there is a second book coming.

I don’t really rate books but if I had to, I would give this one 3 stars. I liked it and read the whole of it but couldn’t get past the controversial topic which clouded my judgment and influenced my feelings towards the characters (seriously, she was a troubled 15 year old). If you want to read This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done then go into it with an open mind and you may actually enjoy it.

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a meme currently hosted by Books and a BeatThis is an opportunity to share the books that you have recently found and added to your bookshelf.

I have added four more books to my shelf this week.

Obsession by Nora Robert

Synopsis(from goodreads)

obsessionNaomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

 

When I’m Gone by Emily Beeker

Synopsis9(from goodreads)

goneLuke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for—a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie’s handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they’re genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on—in written words, in memories, and in the promises it’s never too late to keep.

Sleep Sister by Laura Elliot

Synopsis9(from goodreads)

sleep sisterTwo childhoods destroyed.
One story they will never tell.
Until now.

Beth ran away from her family when she was a teenager. She left behind a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left behind her sister, Sara. When Beth returns home, she is shocked to discover her terrible secret is not just hers alone…she shares it with Sara. Under the shadow of a remote headland, the sisters make an oath they promise never to break.

Eva’s birth is a mystery that remains unsolved. Years later with her marriage in ruins, and her future uncertain, she realizes that to move forward with her life, she must first understand her past. But while Eva is drawing closer to the truth about her roots, Beth and Sara’s lives are falling apart, crushed under the weight of the secret they carry. They must confront the past and face the darkness once more. But this time, their story will be heard.

 

When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Synopsis9(from goodreads)

breathe airAt the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Have you read any of these books? Did you find any interesting books this week?Let me know in the comments section and share your Friday Finds or any other similar links.

giphyHappy Friday and Have a lovely weekend ❤