Book Review | One By One by Ruth Ware

*I was given a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Summary: Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Review: I was pretty disappointed in this book. The story sounds like it could actually be really good, but it was poorly executed. The author did not do a good job bringing this story to life.

None of the characters were even remotely relatable. It was seriously hard to believe there people were in their 20's and 30's, let alone believe that two of them created and were running a company. On top of that, most of the characters were annoying.

I like the idea of this story so much, but the writing was subpar and the ending was lackluster. There weren't any real twists and the book was very slow moving.

I'm not sure if I have ever read a Ruth Ware book before, if I did I don't remember. But, I cannot recommend this book.

Day Trip to Memphis

This past Friday, my boyfriend and I both had the day off, so we decided to take a day trip somewhere. We landed on Memphis, which was about a five hour drive from us. Neither of us had ever been to Memphis in a way we could actually explore.

We left the dogs with family and friends Thursday night so we could leave early Friday. Around 6am, we started our adventure.
We ate lunch at King Jerry Lawler's Memphis BBQ (my boyfriend is a wrestling fan and coach). If you are ever in the Memphis area, go here and get these nachos. AMAZING.
We also visited Dixon Gallery & Gardens. I think this was mostly for me, because my boyfriend knows I love taking photos. The inside was closed, but their outdoor gardens were still open and beautiful. They had all these trails you could walk on.
Next, we went to Beale street and visited a couple of shops. It was starting to rain a little, so we didn't stay very long. 
Finally, we visited the National Civil Rights Museum, which I thought was amazing. If you go to Memphis, definitely stop here.
After that, we headed back home. My boyfriend planned the entire day and all of our stops. I think he did an amazing job and I had such a good time. We got the dogs and got back home around 8pm. A long day for sure, but so much fun!

Book Review | The Girl From Widow Hills by Megan Miranda

*I was given a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Summary: Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Review: I really like Megan Miranda books. I've read a lot of them. I would even go as far as saying she is one of my top 10 favorite authors. Mystery/thriller is my favorite genre to read and she does it well. She did not disappoint with her newest book.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the twist ending. Typically with mystery/thriller books I can figure out the ending about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through the book. This one I did not see coming at all and I was pleasantly surprised at how the author decided to end the book.

I devoured this book in less than one day. It was easy to relate to the characters. I do wish there was more follow-up/closure regarding Olivia and Bennett. I feel like that was kind of left unfinished, especially with her thoughts about him before finding out who the true killer was.

I liked how the author had a bunch of players involved in the story and made each one of them suspicious in some way. That's what kept me guessing and unable to figure out the ending. I enjoy when a book surprises me.

If you are a fan of mysteries and thrillers, I definitely recommend this book, along with her others.

St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo opened up this past weekend (they do have guidelines in place to practice social distancing and limit the number of people in the zoo). My partner and I decided to go on Sunday for a relaxing, day date. Here are some photos from our day:

Top 10 Favorite Books on My Shelf

If anyone needs any Summer or quarantine book recommendations, here are my top ten favorite books that I currently own, in no particular order.
  1. Year of Yes by: Shonda Rhimes
  2. Tuesdays with Morrie by: Mitch Albom
  3. Girl, Interrupted by: Susanna Kaysen
  4. Another Man's War by: Sam Childers
  5. A RIP in Heaven by: Jeanine Cummins
  6. Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline
  7. The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern
  8. Becoming by: Michelle Obama
  9. The Sun Down Motel by: Simone St. James
  10. Beyond the Point by: Claire Gibson
Some of these books I would have never heard of if it wasn't for Book of the Month Club. If you wanna join me, you can save money by using my referral link (I do get a discount if you use my link).

Also, I've been thinking of doing an online book club with my friends? One book a month, zoom meeting at the end to discuss? Who's interested?