3.11.2017

Latest NetGalley Reads

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.


My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella When Katie's London life falls apart, she moves back to the country to help her family with their new glamping business. When her former boss books a weekend, should she get revenge or try to get her job back? This was an easy, breezy read Kinsella is famous for and was perfect for my mood. 


The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney One Folgate Street is a high-tech, minimalist, artistic masterpiece and if you want to live there you have to follow strict rules set out by the architect. The narration goes back and forth between Emma, the previous tenant, and Jane, the current one who is uncovering the house's history. I enjoyed this book for the most part. I liked the writing and switch in POV. I also really enjoyed the little questions at the beginning of each chapter. But it was a little slow at times and I felt like the ending was a let down. I just read Ron Howard is directing the movie, so that'll be interesting. 


The River at Night by Erica Ferencik After the death of her brother and the end of her marriage, Wini reluctantly decides to go on a river rafting trip with her three best friends, who are all battling issues of their own. When a freak accident leaves them stranded in the Maine wilderness, they do what they can to survive. I blew through this book. It's an easy read that keeps you interested once the action begins. 


What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars by David Wood "Moral injury" is the injury to a person's conscience which often occurs after serving time modern warfare. The concept of moral injury emphasizes the psychological, cultural, and spiritual aspects of trauma. This book features veterans' personal stories, commentary from mental health experts, and Wood's personal observations of young Americans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was all very eye-opening to me. I had always assumed this was a part of PTSD, but it's an entirely separate issue that is not being addressed. It's heartbreaking and more has got to be done to help our vets when they return from combat. 

4 comments:

lil desiqua said...

The Girl Before is on my list. I love when authors switch between POVs, but based on your review I would have taken it off if you didn't mention it was being turned into a movie. I kind of love books turned into film. I've never heard of "moral injury" but also would have assumed it was part of PTSD. Can't go wrong with Kinsella; you know what you're getting and sometimes you just need light and fluffy!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I've been dying to get my hands on The Girl Before. There are about 30 people ahead of me on the library list.

Misty said...

I've read all of Sophie Kinsella's books. I need to add this one to my list.

Jo said...

I need more reading time in my life!