It’s My Birthday

birthday ecardHey guys so I decided that today’s post is going to be a non-bookish one. Today is my 25th birthday. I can’t believe I’m 25. I honestly can’t believe it’s my birthday. It feels like yesterday that I still had a couple months to go. Not only is it my birthday but it’s Friday the 13th. I enjoy sharing my birthday with such a creepy day. Plus on Netflix there is a new show about serial killers called Mindhunter. I’m super excited to check that out, I hope it’s good!

So I’m super excited for today. I plan on getting my makeup done at Sephora in the morning. After that I’m stopping at Barnes and Nobles. I mean there is one right by the Sephora so I really can’t pass this up. Then later my boyfriend is taking me out to dinner at a surprise restaurant. I’m super excited for that. Then tomorrow I’ll be celebrating with my friends at the bar. So I’m excited for the next couple days.

I honestly would just like to take this time to thank all you guys in the community! I’m so thankful for you all. You guys motivate me to keep blogging. I also have found so many amazing new books from you guys. I just love being around people who love to talk about books as much as I do. Plus I’ve made some amazing friends in this community. I hope to continue to make even more friends as the months go on.


Since I’ll be hitting up Barnes and Nobles today, do you guys have any suggestion on what I should buy? Feel free to give me some recommendations. You guys know I love my thrillers, so many some lesser known ones you enjoy. I am leaning towards getting a Stephen King book. Maybe Gerald’s Game or Pet Cemetery. I also was thinking about getting The Snowman By Jo Nesbo.

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September Wrap-up

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I finally posted all my September reviews. So now it’s time for my September Wrap-up. I ended up in a little bit of a reading slump during the month of September. I didn’t end up reading as many books as I had planned. I did have some really good reads. I hope for October I can read more than 5 books. I’ve already finished 2 books. I hope I can keep this up. Now let’s get to the books I read in September. Continue reading “September Wrap-up”

Book Review: The Lying Game By Ruth Ware

The Lying GameThe Lying Game By Ruth Ware

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Adult, Suspense
Pages: 370 pages
Published: July 25th 2017
Publisher: Gallery/ Scout Press
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

Continue reading “Book Review: The Lying Game By Ruth Ware”

Arc Review: The Breakdown

The BreakdownThe Breakdown By B.A. Paris

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 328 pages
Published: July 18th 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her… Continue reading “Arc Review: The Breakdown”

July Wrap-Up

Hey guys!! It’s time for another Monthly Wrap-Up. I usually try to post these the first of the month but I have been slacking this week with posts so I do apologize for that. I do hope this weekend on Sunday I sit myself on the computer to schedule some posts for the next coming weeks. The next couple weeks will be extremely busy for me so I do apologize for my absence this month. Also make sure to check out my giveaway which is going on until August 18th.  Alright now let’s get to the books I’ve read in July.


Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever By Kaira Rouda

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 384 pages
Publication Date: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Graydon House
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.


A List Of CagesA List of Cages By Robin Roe

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 320 pages
Publication Date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.


The Trees Crept InAnd The Trees Crept In By Dawn Kurtagich

Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 352 pages
Publication Date: September 6th 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: A spine-chilling psychological thriller from stunning YA talent and author of THE DEAD HOUSE, Dawn Kurtagich.

When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.

Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. . .


This is Our StoryThis is Our Story By Ashley Elston

Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 320 pages
Publication Date: November 15th 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.


Girl in SnowGirl in Snow By Danya Kukafka

Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 368 pages
Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
My Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: Who Are You When No One Is Watching?

When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.

In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka.


Summer House with Swimming PoolSummer House with Swimming Pool By Herman Koch

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 387 pages
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Hograth
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meiers’ extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.


BonfireBonfire By Krysten Ritter 

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 368 pages
Publication Date: November 9th 2017
Publisher: Hutchinson
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
My Review

Plot: It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?


Overall I would say July was a good month! Have you guys read any of these books? I would love to hear your thoughts on them if you have.

Arc Review: Bonfire By Krysten Ritter

Bonfire

Bonfire By Krysten Ritter

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, and Suspense
Pages: 368 pages
Published: November 9th 2017
Publisher: Hutchinson
My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Should you ever go back?

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past? Continue reading “Arc Review: Bonfire By Krysten Ritter”

Book Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Summer House with Swimming PoolSummer House with Swimming Pool By Herman Koch

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 387 pages
Published: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Hogarth
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot: When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meiers’ extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

Continue reading “Book Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch”

Giveaway Alert

Hey Everyone!! I just wanted to let everyone know in honor of me hitting 100 followers on here and 300 followers on twitter I am doing a giveaway on Twitter. Basically all you need to do is Follow my Twitter and Retweet my pinned Tweet. I am letting you guys pick whatever book you want. Plus following me on here gives you an extra entry! I just want to give back to all of you guys for being so supportive and generous.

Giveaway

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Must be following my Twitter
  2. Must retweet my pinned Tweet
  3. There’s an extra entry for those who follow me on Twitter and on my blog

My Twitter is @BookishinBed.

Giveaway Prize:

You guys will be able to pick out any book on Amazon or Book Depository. I want this to be opened to all my followers. This means it can be a pre-order as well. Whatever book you want. This will end on August 18th.


Thank you guys for all your support. I am so happy for all the people I have met on here and all the people I will meet in the future. I wish you all a good luck!

Month of Matson

So I recently found out that Maureen Graham over at MaureenKeavy on YouTube created Month of Matson where you spend the month reading Morgan Matson’s book. She started it in 2015 and has continued doing it since. The Month of Matson will begin tomorrow, May 1st.

When I heard about this I was super excited. I ended up buying Morgan Matson’s box set in March which included Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, and Since You’ve Been Gone. I had to get my hands on this because two of these books I haven’t read yet. I’m excited that the paperback of The Unexpected Everything was just released because it has extra bonus content on it. So I need to get my hands on that one A.S.A.P.

I am super excited to read the books I haven’t read already and to freshen up on the ones I have. I know I am going to discover new things because Morgan likes to have old characters appear in her recent books. So I’m super excited to see what I missed.

Morgan Matson is hands down one of my favorite contemporary authors. I am excited to be partaking in this. I am excited because in June Morgan will be making an appearance at Book Con in June. I really hope she ends up doing a signing because I would love to meet her and get my books signed. I know she will be doing a panel there so I hope I am lucky in getting in on this.

Will you be partaking in Month of Matson? If so have you read any of Morgan Matson’s books or will this be your first time reading them? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Top 5: Authors You Want to Read More From

It is time again from another Top 5 Wednesday! I’ve really been enjoying these. I really enjoy switching things up because I always write reviews.

The theme for this week is: Authors You Want to Read More From — Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!


The Girl You LostKathryn Croft  – I recently just read The Girl You Lost. I really enjoyed the book. It started off very fast paced and kept me guessing all the way through. I felt very freaked out after reading this book and I’ve never felt that way after reading a book. I know Kathryn has a couple more books. This isn’t even her most popular book. I’m excited to read more of her books in the future.

 

 

 

 


You Will Know MeMegan Abbott – So I’ve read two Megan Abbott books. I didn’t like the first book I read, Dare Me, but I absolutely loved the second book, You Will Know Me. So I really would like to read more of Megan’s books to see if she is an author I actually enjoy or I just ended up getting lucky with the one book. I have been eying reading her other books and I’ve heard a lot of good things about them. I have been wanting to buy them from Book Outlet. So many I will give them a chance soon.

 

 

 

 


Silver Linings PlaybookMatthew Quick – I read Silver Linings Playbook a couple years and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been wanting to read more from Matthew for a while now. I actually own a couple of his other books but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them. I am super excited for Every Exquisite Thing. My one friend was raving about it to me. If anything that is going to be the next book I read by him.

 

 

 

 


Before I FallLauren Oliver – I read Before I Fall a couple years ago and absolutely loved it. Now that the movie came out I really wanna reread it and watch it when it comes to DVD. Since then I’ve been really looking forward to reading Lauren’s other books. I recently just picked one up at my Library’s book sale. I am super excited to read more from her.

242006Augusten Burroughs – I feel I have become close friends with Augusten just from reading his books. I don’t read too many autobiographies but his are some of my favorites. Each book shows you the different stages of his life. I’ve only read two books so far but I feel like I know so much about him from how detailed he is. I really can’t wait to read more of his books and continue to learn more about his life. If you haven’t read his books I would highly recommend. Augusten has a lot of interesting stories to tell and his books do not disappoint.