End of Year Book Tag

It’s two (2) days until the new year, I’m two months into this blogging journey and I’m enjoying it thus far. While I didn’t get to share as many book reviews here are a few things I’ve enjoyed this year.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes, sadly I didn’t get a chance to finish these books and I’m giving my self until the first quarter of 2021 to finish them:

Anxious People-Fedrik BackMan

Home Before Dark -Riley Sager

Memorial -Bryan Washington

The Wife Upstairs – Rachel Hawkins

This Time Next Year – Sophie Cousens

For Better and Worse -Margot Hunt

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

I kind of shocked myself with the number of books I read in 2020. According to my tracker, I’ve read 12 books when the plan was to cover at least 5. That’s pretty awesome for someone who is just starting out. I plan to read at least 20 Books in 2021. Wish me luck🙂.

What’s your favorite genre?

I love Self Help Books, A good Thriller, Detective Mystery are books I’ve found myself gravitated towards.

What were your favorite books if any?

I love everything Melinda Leigh- Those Morgan Dane Books were addictive. I also enjoyed reading Rose Carlyle The Girl in The Mirror and lastly Lisa Jewel -The Family Upstairs.

Do you have any books that you didn’t enjoy?

Yes, Wild Game – Andriene Brodeur was oddly disturbing.

If you could recommend any two book what would they be and why?

The Miracle Morning– Hal Elrod

30 Days Change Your Habit Change Your Life -Marc Reklau

I’d recommend these two books because they changed my life. They allowed me to look past what was blocking me in seeing my fullest potential. These books challenged my thoughts and ideals gave me a different and broader perspective on life. I was able to broaden my horizon gain a better understanding of who I truly am and what I can do. If you’re feeling stuck and want that added push I would recommend the two especially going into the new year. You can get both on your Kindle or purchase on Amazon.

Join the tag answer these questions in the comments and or your blog:

1.Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

2. Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

3. What’s your favorite genre?

4. What were your favorite books if any?

5. Do you have any books that you didn’t enjoy?

6. If you could recommend any two books, what would they be and why?

Until next post….

Dee

The Girl in the Mirror-Rose Carlyle #BookReview

Synopsis(Amazon)

Twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam.

Called to Thailand to help her sister sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer.

Iris recklessly goes along with his mistake. Not only does she finally have the golden life she’s always envied, with her sister gone, she’s one step closer to the hundred-million-dollar inheritance left by her manipulative father. All Iris has to do is be the first of his seven children to produce an heir.

Iris’s “new” life lurches between glamorous dream and paranoid nightmare. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth?

And just what did happen to Summer on that yacht?

Only Iris knows . . .

The Girl in the Mirror -Rose Carlyle

My Thoughts:

Well written page turner I did not want to put it down after all wanted to find out what exactly happened to Summer.

I don’t know how it works with twins but if it’s anything as described in this book I want no part of it. Ok, let’s get serious. Iris and her sister are mirror sisters it’s not easy to tell them apart which annoyed me while reading. How could the mom especially not be able to tell them apart. Thankfully their brother Ben who seemed like the only smart one in the family could.

The story was written in a way to make you want to side with the “good sister” “miss perfect” the one everybody loves and is so “pure”. When it got to the plot I was like wait a goddamn minute wasn’t this heffa supposed to be dead?! This can’t be real guys it gets good. Both Sisters will do whatever it takes and I mean whatever it took just to secure the family money. Riveting story, intense, suspense, the ending a definite shocker; I could on and on I want to read it again.

Congrats on this first book. I will definitely look out for more from this author.

P.s I swear a lot but that’s just my natural reaction to the books I read and the characters.

Grab a Copy : The Girl in the Mirror-Rose Carlyle

Until next post…

Dee

The Family Upstairs -Lisa Jewel #BookReview

I’ve finally completed reading this book 📚. I’m all types of feels because of how the book was written. Here’s the synopsis of the book as stated on GoodReads…

Synopsis:

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

The can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

Warning ⚠️ :If you’ve not read the book I suggest you stop here as I’m going to be dissecting the book and eventually spoilers will be mentioned.

The Family Upstairs -Lisa Jewel

My Thoughts:

The story is told of the main character Libby, 25 yr old who inherits her family home. She’s excited and looks forward to the scary and exciting journey. Libby learns that she has older “siblings” and her parents were apart of a “murder” “suicide”. All is still not clear so she works with the lead journalist Miller Roe who covered the story to find out what truly happened.

The story is told from three persons point of view:

Libby

Henry *brother

Lucy *no relation yet

Henry:

Henry a 12 yr old boy talks of his wealthy family and how he looks forward to going to a top private school. He lives with his mom dad and sister Lucy. Henry talks of his mom a budding socialite and dad a man who has inherited his family’s money. He later learns that his family is no longer rich soon after his mom takes in a family Birdie and Justin. Henry doesn’t like Birdie and he is puzzled because his mom allowed her and boyfriend to stay. Soon after another family comes David, Sally, Clemency, and Phin. His home has become crowded. Henry is obsessed with Phin. He’s in love. Henry grew closer to Justin a herbalist. He made different types of potions for ailments. It was not until Justin left Henry started doing his concoctions. Henry is very pissed with everything that is happening in his house, he’s now homeschooled with the other children, and living as a poor family thanks to David who was now in charge of the family’s finances.

Lucy:

To be honest I wasn’t sure where the story was going with Lucy. I was somewhat lost. Here’s what I gathered. A single mom of two kids Marco and Stella. She was once married to a wealthy man Micheal, he was very abusive and also happens to be Marcos Dad. Lucy did odd jobs playing her 🎻. She wasn’t stable she moved around a lot. It was not until she got a message notification that the baby was 25. Lucy must do everything she can to see the baby even if it meant committing murder?

The story started out slow but gradually developed and was a page-turner. It got spooky at one point but nothing you shouldn’t be able to handle. I was kind of disturbed about the alleged “Child Abuse” that was briefly mentioned. The circumstances around the alleged murder/suicide was cleared up, Libby gained new love and siblings. Henry is a whole character,they’re some points in the story where I felt bad for him but that little boy is the devil 😩😩. Y’all I was cursing him out. Henry’s mother I wanted to knock some sense into her, can she be any more stupid and gullible urgggggh. Henry’s dad was just there anything to make his wife happy.

This book also made me think how as parents we ought to consider how our actions affect children. Children have feelings too.

My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You can get a copy of the book : The Family Upstairs-Lisa Jewel

Currently Reading:

The Girl in the Mirror – Rose Carlyle

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Until Next Post…

Dee

Book Mail #BookoftheMonth

I received my Book of The Month September and October subscription box today. I’m over the moon, I can’t wait to read all Five books. I copped two in the Septembers box and three in the Octobers box.

What’s Book of the Month?

The Book of The Month is a monthly book subscription box. Every month, they reveal 5 new-release hardcover books, and subscribers can pick which book they want, or skip any month. (You also can add up to two more books to your box for $9.99 each) use the coupon code BOOKUP on check out and get money off your first order.

Sign up Book of the Month and let’s catch up. I’m sure you will love it.

Book of the Month(September & October 2020)

The Reveal:

1. Anxious People – Federick Backman

2. Home Before Dark – Riley Sager

3. The Girl in The Mirror- Rose Carlyle

4. The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell

5. Wild Game – Andrienne Brodeur

I have seen some of these books making waves on #bookstagram and I can’t wait to read them. Be sure to come back to read my thoughts on each book.

Which Book should I read first?

No Spoilers please 🙏.

Until next time…

Dee

Book Mail #BookoftheMonth

I received my Book of The Month September and October subscription box today. I’m over the moon, I can’t wait to read all Five books. I copped two in the Septembers box and three in the Octobers box.

What’s Book of the Month?

The Book of The Month is a monthly book subscription box. Every month, they reveal 5 new-release hardcover books, and subscribers can pick which book they want, or skip any month. (You also can add up to two more books to your box for $9.99 each) use the coupon code BOOKUP on check out and get money off your first order.

Sign up Book of The Month and let’s catch up. I’m sure you will love it.

Book of the Month(September & October 2020)

The Reveal:

1. Anxious People – Federick Backman

2. Home Before Dark – Riley Sager

3. The Girl in The Mirror- Rose Carlyle

4. The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell

5. Wild Game – Andrienne Brodeur

I have seen some of these books making waves on #bookstagram and I can’t wait to read them. Be sure to come back to read my thoughts on each book.

Which Book should I read first?

No Spoilers please 🙏.

Until next time…

Dee