The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted; but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all. If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair. I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


“There are few sights sadder than a ruined book.” 


I swear the books just get worse and worse (meaning the content, not my thoughts of the books). I think Aunt Josephine was the absolute worse guardian that the Baudelaires ever had, not including Count Olaf of course. I don’t think anyone can be on par with Uncle Monty except their parents, and of course, if their parents were alive they wouldn’t have had to deal with all of these unfortunate events.

Reading this for the second time – the first time being a long, long time ago – I had to realize that the Baudelaires were practically thrown away by Aunt Josephine. I don’t know if I ever realized it to the extent that I did today just how terrible she was. She was a coward, and I don’t know how her husband Ike ever dealt with her. I don’t know how she never died of fright earlier. How she lived so long was beyond me.

In case you didn’t notice, I’m trying to get through all of these books to finally see what happened to the Baudelaires. I never finished the series the first time around, but here I am, trying to accomplish this goal. So here goes.

Poor Baudelaires.

Rated: 4/5 

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I’m afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.

In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.

I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know.”


Another quick read to take a break from the previous book I read. It wasn’t that the previous book was a long read, but it was so thrilling and stressful that I needed something that could be considered light. Sure, nothing in this book is particularly “happy”, but these books remind me of my adolescent years and sometimes I just need a little reminder of the smaller books I used to read.

I liked this book a lot, but I also had to remember that none of these books have a happy ending. It’s not like Lemony Snicket warns us of that in every book or anything (sarcasm). To me, Uncle Monty was the best guardian that they ever had, and it broke my heart when they couldn’t be with him anymore.

Sorry, was that a spoiler?

Go read this book!

Rated: 4/5 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors–a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family–a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.


“…nobody makes that much money without taking advantage of somebody. It’s much easier to make money if you don’t care who you hurt. If you have scruples, it’s much harder to get rich.” 


This was one of the books that I listened to on Audible, and I think that I’m leaning towards listening to more books than I used to. Seriously, if you haven’t tried audiobooks yet, I highly recommend them, especially for books that you probably wouldn’t read normally.

So anyway.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I couldn’t believe it, actually. I mean, I know that this was deemed a mystery and a thriller, but I don’t know if I was expecting to actually like it! I think the main reason why I really couldn’t stop listening to it was because I wanted to find out whether the baby would survive by the end of the book. That was the main endgame for me: does Cora survive? Was she killed? Will she be reunited with her family? Who cares about the rest of these people! I just want to know what happens to the only innocent party in this entire book.

To be honest, I did not like any of the characters in the book. That fact alone made it interesting that I even still wanted to listen to it and actually finish it. Especially since this isn’t the type of book I would normally choose to digest. (Thank my amazing Buddy Reads partner for this accomplishment.)

I had so many thoughts while reading this book, mostly revolving around the expression of “WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?!” There were so many little tidbits that the author added throughout the book that didn’t seem to make sense at first until it made more sense at the end. Oh and the ending?! That last chapter was something I was not expecting, and yet I was so happy when it happened. If you have read that last part and you know what I’m talking about, I swear I’m not a bad person. That’s all I have to say about that!

I highly recommend this book, if you’re into those crime procedurals where you just want to know who the bad guy is, or you want to find out what happens to the victim. It’s exciting like that. I’m not sure if you’ll like any of the characters, but if you do, good on you. Just know that nobody in this book – except for the baby – is entirely innocent. Everyone has secrets, and they all somehow tie into one another by the time this book is done.

Rated: 4/5