last month I only managed to finish one book, but it was a good one and I started my new job so I’m cutting myself some slack. I have several work trips coming up so I’m going to be doing lots of reading in the months to come. I just set my goodreads goal for 2018 and I upped it to 20 books this year – which for some of you, is the amount of books you read in a month, but for me… it’s a goal that I know I’ll accomplish this year. so without further ado, linking up with steph and jana for show us your books.
secrets of southern girls by haley harrigan
ten years ago, julie accidentally killed her best friend, reba. what’s worse is she got away with it. consumed by guilt, she left the small town of lawrence mill, mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back. now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in manhattan, julie still can’t forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret. when august, reba’s first love, begs julie to come home to find the diary that reba kept all those years ago, julie’s past comes creeping back to haunt her. that diary could expose the shameful memories julie has been running from, but it could also unearth the hidden truths that reba left buried…and reveal that julie isn’t the only one who feels responsible for reba’s death.
my take: A
on the surface level, this is another murder mystery thriller – but it tackles so many issues including growing up/sexuality/coming of age, friendship, forgiveness, and race in the deep south. all in all, this book is a fast read which brought back a lot of high school memories for me… anyone else have a diary? I actually had a diary that I shared with my best friend, we both had keys. this book got me wondering what the heck I wrote in that book all those years ago. spoiler alert – if you’ve read the book, highlight my next sentence with your cursor. if not, keep reading 🙂 I just knew that pregnancy was going to come up in the book like it does in so many cliched themes – come to find out that reba faked the pregnancy, which made this book even more believable and heartbreaking.
this month, I’m reading a few things including eight hundred grapes, the plot to kill king, angels and demons, and rick steve’s italy 2018. what’s on your bookshelf?