Book Review Catch Up- The Five, Stars Above, and This is not you fault

Hello bookish friends and welcome back to the blog. It has been a really long time since I have written a book review for you all, so I wanted to play catch up today and talk about three books I have read since July that I want to give my thoughts on, but that don’t necessarily warrant full book reviews on their own because each would be pretty short and its been awhile since I have read most of these.

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed By Jack The Ripper- Hallie Rubenhold

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Published: 2019
Pages: 333
Genre: Non-Fiction

If I am being honest I am not usually a non-fiction reader, but this was the first book that we read this year for the Reading With Friends Group Read. The focus of this book is not on the story of Jack the Ripper, but on the women that he killed. The writing style of this particular book kept me super engaged and didn’t feel like I was reading a text book; which is usually a problem I have with non-fiction books and is the majority of the reason why I don’t read them often. I did have to switch over to the audio book about halfway through due to having to drive two hours a day for work, and I actually think I made it through the book quicker listening to the audio book than I would have had I not. I did enjoy this book because it didn’t focus on Jack The Ripper, nor did it focus on their murders. It gave background stories to the victims and gave them their story back. I had personal issue with how the investigations of these murders were handled, but of course that has nothing to do with the book. Overall I think that Rubenhold did a fantastic job in making a non-fiction book engaging and I really appreciated the read. I am glad that I took time to read this in July.

Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection- Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Published: 2016
Pages: 369
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi

I have super short yet sweet thoughts on this one. This book is a collection of shorts stories and if you were a fan of the four original Lunar Chronical books you will likely enjoy these. They are just small short stories that continue the discussion of the lives of the characters. I fell even more in love with Cinder and Kai, and even ended up liking Thorne and Cress more than I ever thought I would Thorne and Cress were kind of my least favorite couple in the series. Overall it was a great ending to the series and if you feel like you need just a little bit more Lunar Chronicles in your life you should pick it up.

This is Not Your Fault- Courtney Maum

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Published: 2020
Pages: Audio Book on Audible
Genre: Contemporary??…maybe

Alright I have strong opinions on this book. The entire idea behind this book is what it is like for a couple that is going through a divorce in the COVID-19 pandemic. I actually hated this book. I dont generally listen to books that I hate, but it was a pretty short listen and I liked the idea behind it. The problem I had with the book was the way it was written. It is written all in a series of journal entries and emails to lawyers. I did not feel like it really explained anything about how the couple was handling the divorce in the pandemic. The other problem I had was that the book just ended. There was no resolution to anything. Overall I dont recommend the book. I think it was a good idea, but it was not very well executed. I would definitely be interested in reading a story written with this idea in mind, if it wasn’t written like this one was.

Well there you have it folks, a very quick book review catch up for some of the books I have read while I was away. I read quite a few more but I have actual opinions on those as they are series of books and not just standalones that I didnt have super big opinions on. There will probably be one more catch up post talking about some books that I read in September and October and then we will be getting into another pretty long series of reviews. I’ll give you a hint: they are by Sarah J Maas.

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