Not sure about you, but I’m not too busy during this time of year anyway. In a way, this COVID-19 pandemic is hiding the fact that I don’t have going on. It took me a bit to realize that I should stop pretending to be busy when I’m not…because I’m not busy at all. This is due to the fact that I’m finally finished with school 🎉 and the fact that this time of the year isn’t busy for photographers anyway.
Yes, I could be more proactive and plan better for the future so that future Olivia has an easier, smoother time during the inevitable busy season. In some ways I am being proactive, I hired a business mentor who is helping me to get things on track.
Other than that, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. A lot of baking, puzzles, watching Netflix+ Amazon Prime, and reading.
My goal this year was to read at least twenty books. Now that I’m not in school, I can read what I want to read, and I’m SO excited for that. I used to read a lot. When I was in middle school, I loved it. But then you have to read so much in high school and college that it sucks the fun out of it.
Thanks to COVID, I’ve been able to blame my lack of busyness (and business) on something tangible, and so I’ve had the opportunity to read a lot more. So without further adieu, here’s what I’ve been reading…
(fair warning, the link to buy these books are affiliate links)
- Truth Be Told. Truth Be Told (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5) is about a murder, a podcast, and a woman who suppresses her past. The main character, Josie, was a little girl when her father was murdered. A suspect was convicted, arrested, and everyone moved on…except for Josie. Well, except for Josie and Poppy Parnell. Poppy is a podcast host who is looking to discover the truth of what happened to Josie’s dad, and discover just who it was that killed him. Over the course of the novel, you see just how far Josie has buried her past, and just how hard Poppy will dig to un-earth the whole tragedy again. Truth Be Told is now a TV series on Apple TV.
- The Glass Ocean. The Glass Ocean (⭐️⭐️⭐️) is told from the perspective of three women across two different eras. Two of the women are passengers aboard the doomed Lusitania, and the third is an author in 2013 who’s trying to place her great-grandfather aboard the same boat. The timeline’s of the two women on the Lusitania slowly start to line up with author Sarah’s present time as she unravels more of her family’s past. In finding out about her family, Sarah also discovers evidence that the Lusitania‘s fateful trip wasn’t all that it seemed.
- The Ragged Edge of Night. The Ragged Edge of Night (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) takes place in Hitler’s Germany. The story is told through the eyes of a Franciscan Friar (Anton) after the school where he teaches is taken over by Nazi’s. Anton believes he has nothing left to him, until he answers the newspaper ad of a woman who is looking for a husband-in name only- to help support her children. When Anton answers the ad, he has no idea that his life will be forever changed. Not only does Anton come to love these three children as his own, but he realizes he will do anything to protect them and this new family of his- even if it means risking his own life to defy the Nazi’s.
- The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) is told through the eyes of almost everyone met in the novel. When middle-class merchant Jonah Hancock is handed a mermaid (albeit shriveled and dead) by one of his captains (who sold Jonah’s ship and all her cargo for the mermaid), he has no idea what to do. Once the shock wears off, Jonah realizes this mermaid can help him make back the money he lost when his ship and cargo were sold. However, Jonah never thought that this mermaid would bring him so much more than monetary wealth.
- The Woman in the Window. The Woman in the Window (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) is a psychological thriller to be devoured. We see life through the eyes of Dr. Anna Fox, a child psychologist who has agoraphobia (and a bit of a drinking problem). Anna spends her days living vicariously through her neighbors…which means she spies on them. But it’s harmless curiosity….until one day Anna sees something she wasn’t meant to see. Something nobody was meant to see. Anna sees her neighbor being murdered and all of the sudden, she doesn’t know what to believe, or who. She’s ignored by the police, her family, therapist, and even her own neighbors. We see just how far Anna will go to prove that she’s not crazy, and just how far the killer will go to make sure everyone thinks otherwise. The Woman in the Window is soon to be a movie! Watch the trailer here.
- The Silent Patient. The Silent Patient (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) is another psychological thriller that will leave you reeling because Alicia hasn’t spoken in a very long time, and you’re about to find out why. The Silent Patient takes place in modern day England and follows the story of Alicia and Theo. One a patient in a mental hospital, the other a psychotherapist. When Alicia is brought into the care of Theo, he doesn’t know what to make of her, and he doesn’t know how to make her speak again. What becomes your basic client-therapist relationship turns into something obsessive. As Theo (in the present) tries to put together exactly what happened to Alicia, we see through Alicia’s eyes (in the past) exactly what made her silent. And when these two timeline’s catch up to each other, you’ll wish Theo never tried to help Alicia.
Next up on my bookshelf is An Anonymous Girl. Yet another psychological thriller, because I’m a psych major and that’s what we love 😉. I will post another blog once I’ve gotten through the next few books in my queue.