Show Us Your Books – April Edition (with Giveaway!)


Happy Show Us Your Books link-up day! It’s been a weird last couple of months for me reading-wise. I started reading Devil in the White City about the Chicago World’s Fair, but my library e-book expired halfway through and there were other holds so I couldn’t just renew it. Right after that, my hold on Radium Girls finally came through, but THAT one expired when I was only 70% finished! Back on the wait list for it, too. I did finish a few new books, though, so it’s time for reviews!

As usual, I link to both the Goodreads and Amazon page for each book. The amazon links are affiliate links, which means that purchasing something after clicking that link throws a little money into the “Crystal needs to trade in her car!” fund without costing you any extra.


Someone You Know

Goodreads * Amazon

I’ve seen mixed reviews of this on Goodreads, but I really liked it. It’s a mystery told from two different perspectives in different time periods. One is a first person perspective from Tess, whose twin sister went missing as a teenager. The alternating chapters are told third person from her sister’s perspective 20 years ago. I liked how the stories built towards the same event, and loved a totally unexpected twist near the climax.

It’s not an edge of your seat thriller, more of a slow accumulation of clues that leaves you suspecting pretty much everyone. The writing is solid but not remarkable, but it was a fun way to spend a few evenings.

I received a complimentary e-book for review via Netgalley. The Kindle edition is currently available on Amazon for just $1.99! Not sure how long that price will last – the book was just published in February.



The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

Goodreads * Amazon

Someone raved about this on last month’s link-up (sorry I don’t remember who!) and my library had it available, so I grabbed it. Such a fun, feel-good read! I read it in one evening, so it’s pretty quick, too. I originally thought it was YA, but the main characters are in their late 20s. A great poolside read if you’re looking for quick and fun.


Orange Is the New Black

Goodreads * Amazon

This was a re-read for me. I recently re-watched the first couple of seasons of the show, which made me want to pick the book up again.

I’m really happy that the first time I read it, it was before watching the show. It’s a really interesting look at a woman’s experience in the prison system, but compared to all of the super dramatic things that happen in the Netflix version, it’s fairly tame. Still an interesting read, but reading it before and after watching the show are totally different experiences.


The Girl He Used to Know

Goodreads * Amazon

I actually reviewed this book a few days ago in its own post here! The publisher accidentally sent me two review copies instead of one, so I’d like to pass one on to one of you guys! Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to get it.

Due to shipping costs and different giveaway rules in different countries, this is only open to those 18+ with a US mailing address.

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17 Responses to “Show Us Your Books – April Edition (with Giveaway!)”

  1. Someone You Know sound intriguing, and I love the cover!

  2. That is my biggest pet peeve when I lose my ebook (or physical book) and can’t renew it because others (how dare they) are in queue for it. 馃榾 I’m in search of some lighter, fun books so adding Accidental Beauty Queen to my TBR.

  3. I’ve heard the best things about The Girl he Used to Know! Also, really want to read The Accidental Beauty Queen!

  4. I bought Someone You Know, my library doesn’t have it and I have the digital credits!

    • Crystal says:

      I’m curious to hear what you think of it! Opinions seemed pretty varied on Goodreads, but I think it’s totally worth the two bucks.

  5. I wonder if I’d like OITNB more in book form. The premise is interesting but the show was a bit much for me.

    • Crystal says:

      The book is definitely less dramatic and less… graphic? for lack of a better term. Just hearing the real experience of a fairly average woman was interesting enough for me – I get why they made it more out there for TV, but the real story is still pretty fascinating!

  6. Monica L says:

    Ive heard good things about Someone you know! I have it on hold but its like #230

  7. shootingstarsmag says:

    Sorry you weren’t able to finish a couple books, but it looks like a good reading month nonetheless. Accidental Beauty Queen seems fun!


  8. Kay R. says:

    I loved OITNB when I read it years ago. It would be interesting to re-read it now!

  9. i always forget who recommended what during this link up, and i get most of my recommendations from the link up! The Accidental Beauty Queen is on my list, so glad you liked it.

  10. Beauty queen and the girl he used to know are on my to read list. Glad you liked them!

  11. I read Devil in the White City for the murder and skipped the World’s Fair parts. Which says a lot about me, I guess.

  12. Laura says:

    The Accidental Beauty Queen looks so cute! Can’t wait to hear what you think about Radium Girls when you read it! I am so curious about that one.

    • Crystal says:

      From what I’ve read so far, it’s interesting and shocking, but stretches on a bit too long. Makes me super thankful that workplace safety has evolved since the 20s!

  13. Heather says:

    Oh yay I really enjoyed The Girl he used to know too! How fun that you are giving away a copy!!!