*Reviews may contain spoilers.
The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett – 3 Stars
When I stumble upon this book I pictured a modern day mystery mixed with Annonymous. I enjoyed the book, however, I found some of Peter’s storyline repetitive. I also had a little trouble remembering who was who in the flashbacks. Overall, it was a fairly entertaining read. It had me thinking about the storyline when I couldn’t read it and wanting to push on to discover the ending.
Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin by Adina Grigore – 3 Stars
I checked this book out from the library because I have an obsession with skincare. There were many parts where I was nodding along in agreement and many parts where I wanted to quit reading altogether. Grigore challenges you to throw out your beauty products and completely overhaul your skincare routine. Perhaps I would have been more open to such a suggestion if I had terrible skin. As it is, I am happy with the skin I have. Plus, my current routine is almost meditative for me. There were many parts regarding nutrition that had me saying “Yes! Exactly this!” I do plan on trying some of the treatment recipes in the future.
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen – 4 Stars
In 1999, the film adaptation of this book was released. I am not sure when I first saw it, but the movie always kind of stuck in my mind. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago when I discovered it had been based on a memoir. Of course, I wasn’t all that shocked when I found Hollywood had taken many liberties when writing the script. I really enjoyed reading Susanna’s tale. It was a quick read (one afternoon), but I found it really gets you thinking about life. What is crazy and what is sanity?
The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman – 5 Stars
Backman had me invested in this story before the end of the author’s note! I have really enjoyed reading his works thus far and this novella was no exception. In the short span of pages, Backman spins a tale on the meaning of life and death. If you are looking for a quick read that will leave you feeling all of the feels this holiday season, definitely give this a go!