Only read three books this month, but they were all so different and wonderful in their own way.
None of these books are super new. I’m still working through a book wishlist I made prior to quarantine. I also started two other books this month & had to put them down. Reading books that feel boring to me or start out awful are just not appealing anymore. I used to power through & just finish the book, but if it doesn’t catch my interest within the first few chapters- I’m giving up!
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
This was hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read. I devoured it in three days. If I could have stayed up all night to read it, I would have. This story is about a woman who lives her life as if it’s all planned out. Right down to the age she’s going to get married & when she’s going to land her dream job. Until one day, she wakes up to a whole new life. A boyfriend she doesn’t recognize, an apartment that’s not hers- she wakes up exactly five years into the future & her life looks nothing like she had planned on.
This story is filled with friendship, love & learning to let go. It was so well written & will make you think about your answer the next time someone asks you “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
The Swap- Robyn Harding
This book was SO warped. First of all, it’s written from the point of view of a few different characters so that made it a bit confusing at times. At first you think this novel might be a thriller, then maybe it might turn out to be a love story?
The Swap ends up being a story about a toxic relationship, one night of wife swapping that goes wrong & manipulative teenager who has a sick obsession with one of the wives. The lives of these two couples & this psycho teenager are so intertwined. The ending was a bit jarring, but this book will definitely keep you on your toes with all the twists & turns.
Followers- Megan Angelo
Ok I’m just going to say it- this book was weird. It got good about halfway through. I was SO lost in the beginning.
The book jumps between present day & thirty five years from now. Apparently in the year 2020 the US faces a cataclysmic event that leaves the country looking extremely different (sound familiar). In the future, the government completely runs the country (in a scary, makes you feel like you’re always being watched way). The government has set up a village in California where people are made to be celebrities/social media influencers. These “celebrities” have followers & are being recorded 24/7 (like Big Brother almost).
One of the main celebrities, Marlow, realizes she doesn’t know her past as well as she thought. There are secrets about her parents that date back to before the meltdown of 2020. She’s determined to find out what they are- even if it means disobeying her followers & the government.
This book really makes you think- is putting your personal life online really worth it? I ponder this as I sit here writing a blog post that I’m about to share with the entire internet. Only time will tell!