These reading lately link ups are probably my favorite time of the month. I love being able to share what I’ve been reading with you and seeing what you have been reading lately! And I love that I get to say I’m working when I’m reading 🙂
This month I was able to read several great books that I definitely recommend. I’m really excited for next month because Erin’s Book Challenge 5.0 starts on July 1st! It’s not too late to join if you’re interested! Follow me on Goodreads so you can see what I’ve been reading before these linkups and so we can find new books to read.
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
Wow. Just wow. I don’t normally want to jump to the end of the book to find out what happens first. My mom always read the last chapter or two and it made me so angry – why would you want to spoil the suspense and mystery of a story?! But I was seriously tempted to do just that reading this book. I wanted to get to the end to find out what was happening and what was going to happen but I couldn’t get there fast enough. Not in a “just let this book end please” kind of way, but a “it’s so good I have to know what’s happening this suspense is killing me” way. I couldn’t put this book down, and stayed up way too late to finish it.
A woman nicknamed “Zoo” goes on a reality tv survival show that’s designed to push people to their limits and find their breaking points. There are 12 contestants and they face group and solo challenges. It kind of reminds me of Survivor or Naked & Afraid (only because they’re in the wilderness – they’re not naked). While they’re filming the show, something happens and a plague wreaks havoc on society. The contestants are unaware of its occurrence, so as Zoo comes across this destruction she only assumes it is a part of the show.
The book is told in alternating perspectives, which at first I didn’t like because it seems that a lot of books are doing it now. But wow does it add to the suspense of this novel. In one perspective, Zoo is in the present, devastated world and the other is at the beginning of the challenge leading up to the present. In the present world, we learn more about why she decided to go on the show and watch her struggle with the decision to quit the show. She believes that the plague is all a part of the show, that all of the chaos she sees is just part of the game.
There are parts that are a bit too graphic for my taste, but it was very interesting to read about their survival in the wilderness. It also provided an interesting take on reality tv shows. But I feel like the book just sort of ends leaving me with questions and wanting to know more. What happens next? Why caused the plague? I got a little annoyed with Zoo because of her stubbornness or inability to discern the game show from the real world. Still, I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it!
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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
You should know by now that I am absolutely obsessed with the Jurassic Park franchise. I love all the movies, and have even dreamed about becoming a geologist or paleontologist. So I knew I just had to read this book. And it did not let me down.
The story is about John Hammond and the InGen Corporation creating a theme park/resort off the coast of Costa Rica. Hammond “spares no expense” in researching and creating his park featuring dinosaurs grown from preserved DNA.
The novel was quite different from the movie but just as intense and thrilling. Definitely a page turner, I couldn’t put it down and finished it in two days. And now I have to know what happens in the next book (even though I know what happens in the movie). Dr. Ian Malcom was definitely more confusing in the novel. The parts where he went into his scientific and mathematical explanations were slow and hard to understand. But I love Crichton’s writing and want to binge read all of his other books now!
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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
This was an interesting book in several different aspects. It was told in a unique perspective that at first I thought was weird then I actually enjoyed because it added to the suspense and helped solve some of the mysteries. The book is told backwards, so it starts setting up the premise of the story and why a young woman returns home, then jumps two weeks to Day 15 where it starts going back, day by day, to the beginning. Back to day 1.
Nicolette (Nic) Farrell comes from a small town, which she left after her best friend Corinne disappeared. The case was never solved and Nic wanted something more than this small town, leaving behind all those close to her – her father, brother (Daniel), and friends Tyler, Jackson, and Bailey. She has returned only a handful of times to help with her sick father and for other important family matters.
When she receives a haunting letter from her father and a phone call from her brother saying their father isn’t doing well, she packs up as soon as she can and heads home to Cooley Ridge, North Carolina. She returns home and history repeats itself as another young girl, Annaleise Carter, is missing. Is there a connection between the two disappearances? As the story goes on, we dig through a web of lies and uncover the truth about what happened to Corinne ten years earlier and what’s happening to Annaleise now.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and it was very intriguing, I had to know what had happened and didn’t predict any of the twists. It read quite quickly but I was probably spending more time reading than I realized. The ending definitely surprised me and I actually found it a little weak which was a let down because the plot was interesting and the way it was told was extremely unique. I didn’t feel like I connected with the characters because they weren’t well developed but they were also horrible people. I wouldn’t say there were plot holes, but there were a few things that didn’t seem to add up. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it!
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As always, join our link up below so we can see what you’ve been reading lately! Have you read any of these books before? Have any suggestions for next month? Tell me in the comments 🙂
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I enjoyed reading your thoughts on these different books!! I have already read Jurassic Park – so good – but I will look into the others. All the missing girls sounds a lot like Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, have you read it? I liked it. It was suspenseful and I did not see the end coming.
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I haven’t read Sharp Objects, I disliked Gone Girl so I was really put off from reading another one of Flynn’s books. I guess I just really disliked the ending so I’ll give it a try! Let me know what you think of All the Missing Girls!
Carly Blogs Here says
I have The Last One on my iPad, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Oh you have to read it! I couldn’t put it down!! You have to let me know what you think of it!
I’d love to join, but I’m currently re-reading Harry Potter books 1 to 4 because I haven’t read books 5 to 7! I’m on the 5th book, so I hope to be able to join the link-up before it closes! 🙂
P.S. Discovered this thru Michelle’s retweet! 🙂
I really want to go back and re-read all the Harry Potter books! My boyfriend is currently doing that, he had only read 1-3 I think? He’s on the 5th book now as well and taking forever!! And we’d love to have you join us whenever you can 🙂
I ran to Netgalley to see if they still had the Last One – I love books like that and it sounds so interesting.
I read Jurassic Park as a kid – maybe time for a reread. For the Lost World, just disregard the movie. Just forget it – the two have little in common.
Oh it was so good! I seriously couldn’t put it down. And I can’t believe I hadn’t read Jurassic Park until now. I figured the second book would be different from the movie with all the different deaths in the first book haha. Makes me even more intrigued to see what happens in the book 🙂
My stepson is 8, and he loves the Jurassic Park franchise too. His bedding is Jurassic World, and he can rattle off so many statistics about dinosaurs and the movies. He’s only 8 and loves to read. I hope he continues that love, so I can introduce the book to him as he gets older.
I added All the Missing Girls. Sounds like a book I’d enjoy.
Thank you SO much for the blogger, book challenge, and Instagram love!
Of course! Thank you for supporting our link up 🙂 I really enjoyed All the Missing Girls, I really liked that I couldn’t figure it out ahead of time. And it was very realistic, nothing fantastical about it and had real drama in relationships and between siblings. And that’s so adorable about your stepson! I hope he doesn’t grow out of it just because Jurassic Park is awesome haha!
Alison @ Puppies & Pretties says
The Last One sounds crazy good. I actually went right over to Netgalley to see if I could still request it, only to find out it is already on my shelf. Guess that will be moving up my list to read next!
Oh it was so good! Definitely let me know what you think!! That’s hilarious you already had it on your list haha.