I read a blogpost yesterday titled “5 star reads of 2021”, something along those lines and it inspired me to write this. I have always loved to read, I always found comfort in reading and there was a moment in my life where I realized I read my best when I’m having a rough time.
This is common though, no? I feel like it may be. Escaping what you already know.
I don’t want to sit here and lie, there would be no point in that. I got out of my ”reading slump”, if you can call it that, about four months ago. I wouldn’t call myself in no way an experienced reader. Hell, I will feel odd writing a “review” due to the fact I would feel completely incompetent to share my incomplete and messy thoughts.
Although I have to say if I summed up my five star reads of 2021, the list would consist of two books. Literally. My five star reads are picked very carefully and I almost don’t like saying that because I feel like the emotions a book pulls from you are the ones that make the judgement call. I can credit a book by the writing, the plot, the twists, the ending, the quality of the writing style regardless of my personal preferences, of course – but I just feel that a five star read needs to be felt, in every single way. That may be my best description yet of a five star read.
Now, apologies in advance for my rusty and dusty way of expressing myself, please bear in mind I took a very long break from writing down my thoughts or experiences altogether. I joke that my brain had gone quite rusty and needs a goood grease of the wheels for WHICH I found books make a good substitute! Letting yourself go almost disoriented in life and surrounding yourself with people that don’t benefit your “brain hunger” takes a big tool on your mental health and the way you approach everything.
Anyhow, I’ve already gotten way too sidetracked. BOOKS!
Now, I am going to start with my five star reads. I have two. As I said, my five star read is not and cannot be faulted. I have nothing negative to say about them, which is why there are two. For now.
Now, let me provide you with a brief synopsis. A very brief one. Tracey Whitney and her journey. A woman who has it all and all is stolen away from her in one day. One impulsive decision leaves her getting arrested and in jail.
Her revenge becomes her passion.
Sidney is an outstanding storyteller and I am glad a lot of people recognize this fact. This book falls into the Thriller genre, but this book has it all. Intrigue, intelligence, humor, suspense, excitement and a tiny glimpse of romance. I have heard a lot of people get overwhelmed by the action in this book and I can concur that it makes your breath stop only because Tracey does not stop. The restlessness, bravery, (or sheer negligence?) and risk taking makes you want to take a breather, but you cannot. You started reading this book and you are going to finish it. Trust me.
This book. I am not going to lie, I got on the Colleen Hoover bandwagon only due to the explosion of her books on TikTok i.e. YouTube. There is not a YouTube book video that includes the persons all time favorite book or one of them, that does not include a Collen Hoover book. I read three of her books back to back, the only three ones that are available in paperback form in our bookstores and in this order – “Ugly love”, “Verity”, “It ends with us”. Reading the summary of this book, I will understand if you roll your eyes so hard you see your skull twice. Not to discriminate any book that may have the plot of a love triangle unfolding and the main twist is who gets picked – but this book is so much more than that. The summary you read will make you feel as though you will be reading exactly that – a love triangle drama. No. This book and my rating of it may have something to do with the fact it touched me on a personal level. My unfortunate periods of my childhood. The main character Lily will meet one person, Ryle, that will make her question all that she thought she knew her life would be, and recounter a dear person from her past, Atlas, to remind her what her life needs to be. That is as much as I can tell you without giving you spoilers and even this seems unfair. I don’t want it to come across as an excruciatingly heavy and dark book, it is not. I think Colleen Hoover did an amazing job at portraying the complexity of a persons (in this case womans) mindset when struck with the question “How far is too far”, and that’s just one question.
People who have read this I’m sure are nodding their heads. I cried, I cried multiple times on multiple occasions in the book. I have no bad thing to say about it. Read it.
It would be completely unreasonable to leave out a few honorable mentions.
“One day in December” by Josie Silver was a book whose first 70 pages I read for two weeks. Two weeks. I got annoyed with myself. It was slow, but I said I was going to read it. I read the other 200+ pages in one sitting. A lot of mixed feelings about this book, I understand them. I realize this book is one I will re-read in different stages in my life in different ages and each time I will have a different view and rating. 99% it will be a much lower rating. As of right now, in my early twenties, still not understanding a lot of life, it’s a 4/5. It made an impression on me.
4.5/5 but let’s simplify it and call it a 4/5. A good, solid book. You see what I mean when I say that it all depends on how the book affected you? A heartbreaking twist on a juicy and erotic story.
Definitely recommend. It is a quality book and Colleen has a style that I would call “Expect the unexpected”.
The poetic writing style was not for me, even though sometimes beautiful and touching, it kept breaking my concentration. Very hard to explain. That is the only but rather crucial point why I deducted a point. If you know what I mean, you know.
Here’s a few more;
“The green mile” – Stephen King
“Punk 57” – Penelope Douglas
“Before I saw you” – Emily Houghton
This is not the post in which I want to go over the few flops, but there were a couple, of course. We’ll save those for now. In the upcoming weeks I’ll go over the bad, the mediocre, the up and coming, all of it. The last four months fit quite a number of books on my shelf!
At the moment, I just finished today “Harry Potter an the Prisoner of Azkaban”. I am going through the Harry Potter series yet again!
I have a craving though, before I move on to “Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire”, to read Colleen Hoovers “November 9” on my Kindle. And you know what? I will do that and start that as soon as I hit Publish! Well that was easy.
Anyhow, again, I think I’ve suffocated you enough. I would really really really love to hear your thoughts, opinions, suggestions. Have you read any of these four books, did this post strike an intrigue within about these books? Your favorites? Let me know!