#5Books: Book recs and taking care of stress

#5Books for the week ending 5 August 2018

You ever find yourself always going, always doing something so that when it comes down to it, you never have the time to just be? I am finding that alot these days, and it’s a cycle I am trying hard to break out of, but I can’t quite get there.

I’ve been told to try meditation, but to be honest, my brain doesn’t quiet down enough for that, which in an of itself is the problem I guess! HAs anyone tried that? What made you keep going?

It’s been harder to get into a couple of books as well — because I’m always exhausted and I’ve hit a slump. I’m currently trying very hard to get into a book I received, and want to desperately make sense of it, because there was another book from the same publisher that made me want to claw my eyes out. So two books, same publisher and I desperately want to like one, because i’m half convinced i’m not giving it a proper go.

Maybe I should give up and move on?

In any case, checking out new releases is still more fun! Also for the record, there are some that were published in June and July, and dammit, I missed them! So they’re on the list too!

When the Lights Go Out

A woman is forced to question her own identity in this riveting and emotionally charged thriller by the blockbuster bestselling author of The Good Girl, Mary Kubica

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

The first thing that popped into my head is that her mother isn’t her mother — but can social security numbers tell you that? Interesting how the insomnia plays into this and are there dual timelines? So many questions!

Girl at the Grave

Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.

Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end

Ah, small towns and long memories make for delicious reads I think. I hope the romance doesn’t overshadow Valentine’s search, because I am dying to know what the horrifying truth is. Also CREEPY Cover!


In this retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, the five Binat sisters and their marriage-obsessed mother navigate a world where money trumps morality and double standards rule the day.

A scandal and vicious rumor in the Binat family has destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to school girls. Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation without dropping out to marry and start having children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire them to dream of more.

When an invitation arrives for the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for eligible–and rich–bachelors, certain that their luck is about to change. On the first night of the festivities, Alys’s lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of one of the most eligible bachelors. But his friend, Valentine Darsee, is clearly unimpressed by the family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her, quickly dismissing him and his snobbish ways.

But as the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal–and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusque manner may be hiding a very different man.

Pride and Prejudice set in modern day Pakistan? YES.

The Thinnest Air

A woman’s disappearance exposes a life of secrets in a twisting novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Memory Watcher.

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears.

Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot—purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

It’s not like Meredith to simply abandon her loved ones. And no one in this town would have reason to harm her. When her desperate sister, Greer, arrives, she must face a disturbing question: What if no one really knows Meredith at all? For Greer, finding her sister isn’t going to be easy…because where she’s looking is going to get very, very dark.

Alright really: What the hell is Meredith up to? I feel like she must be the best con artist every if Andrew and his kids arguably the closest people to her don’t know her?

Jane Doe

A double life with a single purpose: revenge.

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.

Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.

Just as he did to her.

Revenge is best served when it’s quiet, and insidious and inserts itself into someone’s life before that life is ruined. I SO want to see how this author pulls off Steven NOT knowing Jane and dear God, please let it be better reasoning than in the most recent BA Paris book.

Ok, excuse me while I go fall asleep in the corner.


  • Barb (bo says:

    Again, so many good looking books. You are such a bad influence 🙂 I tried meditation but my mind won’t stop so it didn’t work. I’ve had people tell me to write stuff in a journal before bed and close it and leave it alone but I’ve never went that far. For me, reading is kind of how I unwind. In order to get my mind to stop, I have to focus it on something else so that’s usually reading. Often, even when watching TV or movies, if something is racing, it still keeps going so by reading, I’m making my mind do something else. Clear as mud huh?

    • Verushka says:

      Thank you Barb. Strangely, there’s a sort of therapy to looking for books and leaving all the other madness around me behind. And nope, clear as day and making me thankful other people understand where I’m coming from. I think my best bet is journalling, but it’s something I need to learn to be consistent about. =I hear you about reading being your unwinding though.

  • Eep. I have been trying to get back to your blog for weeks now V! I’m so sorry! July was a pretty crazy one for me but I’ve got more time this month and hopefully life can stop throwing me curve balls! I’m ready to catch up now.

    And your first sentence???? ME. However this weekend just gone my darling hubby decided to whisk me and our 4yo away for the weekend to a game reserve and we spent the weekend completely chilled out and just being together. No phone signal, no wifi (half an hour a day is like, ZERO, right?) and just time spent making precious memories. I soooooo needed that.

    Meditiation? I feel like reading is a type of meditation in itself – it always takes me away from reality! My brain needs something to latch on to… So it’s either ruminating on things I need to do or it’s reading…

    One thing I have done semi-succesfully is visualisation before going to sleep. The one I liked the most was lying in bed, eyes closed and you visualise yourself near or standing in a shallow river. You then visualise something that’s bothering you or a problem that you have and you put it into something that floats, a flower, a paper boat or whatever and you set it off down the river. I think itemising the issues helps the most, but also the significance of letting them go for the night is also a good one.

    I really, really hope you have a better week this week and if you need to chat I’m always just a DM away!

    • Verushka says:

      Thank you my darling for your offer to chat! You’re *so* sweet! AND, I haven’t yet tried visualisation and I desperately want to get my stress under control and let it go.

  • I’ve never been able to meditiate, my brain wont shut done for it either.

    Jane Doe sounds right my alley. 🙂

  • Girl at the Grave sounds super interesting. But it’s kinda funny how you only see characters with awesome names like Rowan Blackshaw in books. lol

  • I’ve tried meditation a few times but I had the same trouble with it. My mind just wouldn’t quiet down enough to really get into it. Yoga works pretty well for me, although I’ve not done that in ages either.

    Thanks for the book recs. Unmarriagable sounds especially good!

    • Verushka says:

      Yoga is something I tried ages ago and got intimidated right out of the class bc I couldn’t do anything lol Unmarrigeable sounds so good right! I’m am on pins and needles for it!

  • Angela says:

    My mind is always racing, always thinking about things I need to – I have a lot of trouble sleeping! I’ve never tried meditation, though.

  • Greg says:

    I like the sound of When The Lights Go Out and Jane Doe. And maybe the Thinnest Air too- I like disappearance stories. 🙂 Jane doe kinda sounds like it could be a trip too.

    I’ve never tried meditation but I’d like to- maybe? Although I’m not sure if I could quiet my mind enough- seems like it would be easy to be distracted?

    • Verushka says:

      That is exactly how I feel about meditation — it’s the ability to be quiet in my head. Disappearance stories are beginning to be my jam too 😉

  • I know exactly what you mean! I feel like I’m juggling a lot of stuff and just keeping on top of everything but never getting ahead so I can just do stuff for fun!

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