Turning The Page Vol 01

Turning the page will become a monthly article where I share with you books that I have been reading the past few weeks. Each article will feature the Goodreads excerpt along with my take on each book and my personal rating. Don’t worry I will warn you when there will be spoilers in case you want to read the book for yourself. I will also provide you with a link so that you can read the first chapter of each book for free before deciding if you want to buy it. So let’s jump in and feel free to leave me book suggestions in the comments!

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things

Goodreads Excerpt:

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

Goodreads rating: 4.14/5

My Review:

Let me just start by saying that If I could I would give this book more than five stars. To say that I went through a rollercoaster of emotions would be an understatement. I felt everything from…

Skepticism to hope.
Protection to disgust.
Anger to desperation.

I literally put the rest of my life on hold so that I could finish this book. Basically, this is one of those books that leave you feeling empty once it is over. You have to take a few minutes to get your feelings in check before you can continue on with your life.

My personal rating: 5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

The Girl Before

Goodreads Excerpt:

In this powerful psychological suspense debut, when a woman’s life is shattered, she is faced with a devastating question: What if everything she thought was normal and good and true . . . wasn’t?

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing.

In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents. We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name—Diana—and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes. As recollections of her past collide with new revelations, Clara must question everything she thought she knew, to come to terms with the truth of her history and to summon the strength to navigate her future.

Goodreads rating: 3.96/5

My Review:

Honestly, I’ve read this book a few times now and each time I read it I come out with a different viewpoint. This is one of those books that makes you realize the cruelty of the world and makes you wonder how a human being could be so awful. I felt so sad and helpless while reading it, yet at times I was so angry at the main character. I completely agree that she was a victim of her circumstance and the things that happened during her life, however, I can’t shake this feeling that she was at times compliant even when she knew what was happening was wrong.

My personal rating: 4.5/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

All Is Not Forgotten

Goodreads Excerpt:

In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.

As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

Goodreads rating: 3.69/5

My Review:

What drew me to this book was the plot twist of an unconventional drug to help wipe her memory of an awful event. I was interested in seeing how the storyline would play out and it did not disappoint. It is an intricately plotted book with so many curveballs and throughout the book, you maintain the highest levels of suspense and tension. The connection between Jenny and the therapist at the end of the book made me nauseous and I found myself so angry with her therapist.

My personal rating: 4/5

Preview the first chapter for free here.

Tell me your thoughts below and feel free to suggest me some books. You can also follow along with me on Goodreads.


Diana Maria

Wow, I love this idea for blog posts and hope you keep it up! I’m always looking for new reads especially for the summer, so I’ll definitely add a few of these to my list. All The Ugly And Wonderful Things sounds so good, a bit sad but very captivating xx

Sending light & love your way,
My Lovelier Days

BrB Adventures

That is very inspiring 🙂 thank you for sharing 🙂

Bria | Tendril Wild Blog

I love this idea, Alexandria.
And now I have to go add all of these to my ever-growing (seriously, it’s miles long now) reading list. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things sounds especially interesting.

I love that you also give your take on the book as well, without giving away any important details. (I’ve read other posts like this one, and by the end, there’s no point even reading the book because the blogger totally spoiled it.)

Tendril Wild

Mom Noms

Thank you for having a post like this! It is really inspiring and helps me want to go read more. I hope to have more opportunities to read this summer than I have.

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

I’m so glad you shared this! I feel like I have been so disconnected from reading for fun, and I really hope to get back into it this Summer!

Elizabeth Mayberry

I love that you are reading so much! I just got Cultivate what Matters and I am excited to dig into that!

Shannon Mahaney

I need to add these reads to my book list for this year! I am reading a book a month and reviewing each on my blog. I tend to take a long time reading!


These books look interesting. I need to find time in my life to read more. One day my boys will be bigger and I will have more time. right??

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