Episode 20: Anxious People

Summary

A review of Frederick Backman’s “Anxious People “

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Anxious People

Author: Fredrik Backman Publishing date:

Life, Mistakes and second changes are the 3 words that come to my mind after reading “Anxious People” by Fredrick Backman. A story about an ordinary day turning into one of the most unforgettable life changing day for the most ordinary and extraordinary group of people. A tale that will leaving you with a whole new outlook on your life.

Have you ever had a day that was all planned out and the plan never working out? Have you ever thought what you would do if you were held hostage by a bank robber? Well that is exactly what occurred in this book. A group of complete strangers simply went to this apartment open house when a bank robber stormed in and held them hostage all by mistake. Now these complete stranger have to figure out what to do next in order to get everyone out alive!

Fredrik Backman dives right into the struggles that these group of characters are facing. Both currently with the hostage situation and in their personal lives. He has an unbelievable ability to create characters that are relatable to the reader with the many flaws that they carry. The struggles that Backman’s characters face are anything from: financial struggles, fears of becoming a new parent and getting old. All the way to even depression. Backman highlights this groups struggles and then proceed to show the reader the best way for them to get through their own struggles. I learned that if you are in a situation such as these characters are in, you are more likely to open to strangers about your struggles and listen to their own. By doing this you are able to find things in common and offer support to one another rather than criticism. Fredrick has the ability of creating a story with such an important message, all the while having the reader in tears of laughter!!

This book I believe is for anyone that is struggling during this time. To show that you are not alone in your worries whether they are big or small! This book is full of compassion, love, empathy, and lighthearted moments as well. It surely had me having a different outlook on life.

Episode 19 The Night Swim

Summary

A review on “The Night Swim” by Megan Goldin! #hadleybooks #thebestleadersarereaders #happyreading

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The Night Swim

Author: Megan Goldin Publishing date: Aug 14 2020

Crime, courage and jury are the three words that come to my mind after reading “The Night Swim” written by Megan Goldin. A harrowing tale of a town divided by the upcoming heartbreaking trial. A trial that is being podcast for the world to make their verdict. A trial that is full of deep emotion and a deep, dark connection to the past.

Rachel is a host of a popular crime podcast series. A series that covers the investigation and trial of well known cases as it is happening. This is a rape trial in a small town on the coast of North Carolina. However, when Rachel arrives at the start of the trial, things take an unexpected turn, when she finds a note on her windshield from her biggest fan Hannah. In the note Hannah is asking for help to solve what happened to her sister Jenny in the summer of 92’. It was ruled a accidental drowning back then but Hannah believes it was murder!

This book does not shy away from the hard topics. Starting with the gruesome details from the current rape case to the gruesome case that took place in the summer of 1992. The crimes that take place in this books are unthinkable and heartbreaking.

The courage that was shown by the victim in this trial is outstanding. The strength that it her to relive that nightmare is inspiring all in the name of justice in this case. It has me thinking about the courage that it took Christine Blasey Ford to sit before The United States Senate and retell her own nightmare back in college. Never mind retelling that horror for just a courtroom. She had to do it for the whole world to watch. I am inspired by all women who are able to retell their story and become stronger for it.

This story got me thinking about the criminal justice and jury system. How we has Americans have the privilege to be on a jury be the deciding factor in these cases. To think that ordinary people have the power to change someone’s life in some cases for the rest of their lives is a huge responsibility and pressure but on the upside it is impactful and so important.

Overall this book scored a 4 star on my scale. It was a captivating story. I was able to read it in 4 days. I fell in love and was rooting for these characters. There was times when I was confused in what time period I was reading because it is dealing with two different generations. There was times when I had to take a breather from reading because it was so detailed and gruesome. However, I felt that it was a story that needed to be written to bring these situations light. It was beautifully written as well. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves crimes and thrillers.

Red White and Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston Publishing Date: May, 2019

Romance, politics and hope are just 3 of the many words that come to my mind after reading “Red, White and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston. The ultimate American, British love story for the ages. It will keep you smiling and entertained from beginning to end.

When Alex, The First Son of The United States and Henry, The Prince of Wales get into an altercation at the Royal Wedding, the two of them are forced to befriend one another to avoid a dilemma for both The Royal Family and Alex’s mothers Re-election Campaign. The archenemies quickly form a real romance that needs to remain secret from the families to avoid it getting into the tabloids. This book is a whirlwind romance, revelations, and political schemes that will have your heart swelling with emotions!

First and foremost this book is literally my utopia! From Royal weddings, romance, a women president, and a few political schemes along the way. It is the book that I have been dreaming about. It is the opposite of what this world has been like since the 2016 election and it is a breath of fresh air. Red, White and Royal Blue is heartwarming, loving, caring and compassionate! You will shed a few tears of laughter as well! Some people might think it is a book for Democrats and liberals, but it is a must read for everyone especially during this time! We might learn a thing or two about being just a down right human being again!

Episode 18: Red White and Royal Blue

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A review on Casey Mcquiston debut novel “Red White and Royal blue “

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Episode 17: The Bright Lands

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A review of the Debut novel from John Fram “The Bright Lands”

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The Bright Lands

Acceptance, Secrets and Family are the 3 words that come to my mind after reading “The Bright Lands” by John Fram. A horror thriller about the secrets with deathly consequences that are being held by beloved members of a small town.

Dylan Whitley is the star quarterback and beloved member of the small town of Bentley, Texas. After leading his team to the state championships, Dylan goes missing the week before the big game. Now Joel Whitley a disgrace member of the town and Dylan’s older brother must return to his hometown after running away 10 years prior to help find his younger brother. Leading Joel to relive aspects of his past to bring about the truth of× the present.

Between the secrets, horror, and thriller aspects of this story, it keeps the reader captivated from beginning to end just wanting to see what happens next. With an ending that will have you speechless! At the same time begging for more!

In his debut novel John Fram does an amazing job by inserting real life aspects into this horror/thriller/ mystery novel. It gets the reader having deeper thoughts about the atmosphere that small towns can leave on such young minds. The expectations that smalls town create on their members and at time the corrupt nature and lasting effects they can leave as well.

I would recommend “The Bright Lands” to anyone who enjoys Thrillers with horror aspects, that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Episode 16: The Giver of The Stars

Summary

A review on the popular historical fiction book “The Giver of The Stars ” by JoJo Moyes

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The Giver of The Stars

Author: Jojo Moyes                                           Publication date: November 2019

Education, gender equality and friendships are the 3 themes that I take away after reading “The Giver of the Stars” by Jojo Moyes. A historical fiction story of a group of women fighting for the right of education through the power of spreading books.

Alice Van Cleave is a young naïve English women that comes to the United States after marring the young and much sought after bachelor Bennet Van Cleave. Soon after her arrival to the strange and unknown town in Kentucky, she learns of this reading program called “The Packhorse Librarians” where a group of women deliver books around town to people that don’t have the means to get books themselves. She quickly strikes up this wonderful friendship with Margery O’Hare one of the lead women in the program. It the encouraging love and support from O’Hare that give Alice the courage she needed to finally stand up to her over bearing father-in-law and strange husband at home and finally that situation behind. However, being quite angry about the situation Van Cleave doesn’t not make her decisions the easiest by stocking her and making her life a living hell around town.

This book is a powerful story of the importance of reading and education and of friendships and girl power. I fell in love with these characters from the very first page to the very last. I enjoy going along with them of the journey of fighting for equality in education and in the home life as well. I appreciated the fact the Jojo Moyes put in males characters that were on the side of the women in this case and it wasn’t all men against all women. Jojo Moyes really represented that fact that men can have their own opinions about a situation and they don’t always have to agree with each other. Overall this book is a must read for all women who are looking for some encouraging words in times of doubt!