May Book Review

Happy June! There was a whole lot of reading being done the last few weeks. Here are the books that sucked me in and as always, leave a comment if I need to add anything to my ever-growing wishlist.

 

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I read this one because Mix and Match Mama (one of my fave blogs) said it was one of her favorite reads last year and because of super high the Amazon ratings. It was enjoyable enough but just kind of eh. It took me about a week to read which tells you right there that it was just okay. The book follows a young woman who travels to Georgia to spread her mom’s ashes and learn a little more about her mom’s past. She gets help from various people in the town and learns not only a lot about her mother, but herself too.

 

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The Bright Effect by Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope

I had to check out another book by these two authors because of how much I enjoyed Steering the Stars. This one is told by two narrators in alternating chapters, Amelia and Bash. They come from completely different worlds, but also find out they have much more in common than they originally thought. The story is told in two parts and let’s just say Part 1 was much happier than Part 2 (I gasped when I read the last few pages of the first part). Definitely recommend for those that enjoy young adult.

 

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I wish I could erase this book from my memory and start it all over again! Emiline is a struggling writer who never talks about her past. Her roommate, Cara, lends her a new book she just couldn’t put down and Emi reluctantly starts to read it. After the first couple chapters, she realizes the protagonist of the book is based on her. She struggles with reading the book, seeing the books author for the first time in 12 years, and figuring out her current relationship. This was basically a book within a book and I loved every second of it. The epilogue was way too short; I need a whole other book!

 

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Chasing Polaris by Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope

This is another one by Doughton and Cope. It was probably my least favorite out of the three that I read but I still liked it okay. This one follows Seth, Bash’s best friend who appears in The Bright Effect. He meets Imogen and they embark on a scavenger hunt to try to win tickets to a music festival. Little does Imogen know though that Seth is in the band that is headlining the show. It was okay and definitely an easy read but out of the books by these authors, I would definitely choose one of the others.

 

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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is another one I read based on Mix and Match Mama’s review and also the reviews on Amazon. I liked this one WAY more than Cancel the Wedding! I read it in about two days and I am fairly certain that if work didn’t get in the way, it would have been done much sooner. Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse, and they are living a wonderful life in Southern California, traveling the world. Jesse goes missing in a helicopter crash the day before their first wedding anniversary and is declared dead. Fast forward three years later, Emma is engaged to another man and is happy again… until she receives a phone call from Jesse. Now Emma has to choose between the two loves of her life. It wasn’t sure who I wanted her to pick but I will say that I am satisfied with how it ended.

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

This is the third in a series by the author and despite having read the previous two SO SO long ago, it didn’t take me long to fall back into the characters. The book was totally predictable and the main character, Lara Jean, was such a goody-goody at times, but it was enjoyable enough. The author left it fairly open so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is another one in the series at some point.

 

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This one has been out for several years and was never on my to-read list for whatever reason. My mom bought recently bought it and lent it to me to read during state testing (no electronic devices allowed. Sorry, Kindle) and I am so glad she did! Alice is a well-respected Harvard psychology professor who, at the age of 50, begins forgetting things here and there. After seeing her primary physician, she wants to consult with a neurologist who tells her that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The rest of the book is Alice and her family navigating her (and their) new life as she starts getting progressively worse. Definitely add this one to your list– don’t wait as long as I did!

 

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With how much I enjoyed One True Loves, I needed to get my hands on another one by Reid. I liked this one just as much, if not more. Hannah moves back to Los Angeles after living in several cities. She goes out with her best friend to meet up with old high school acquaintances and finds herself having to decide to go home with her best friend or home with her ex-boyfriend. From here, the book is told as two different stories in alternating chapters what would happen if she made either of those choices. I liked both storylines equally and in the end, couldn’t decide which I wanted to be the “what was actually happening” story. Two more books by this author; can’t wait to read them!

 

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I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re the Gone Girl or Girl on the Train type of book lover. The book is told in alternating points of view– one of the mother whose child is killed in a hit and run accident and the other the police officer investigating the case. It was pretty intense and there were some pages I needed to read again because I got confused with the narrators but overall, this one was a quick read that kept me picking it up.

 

 

I am currently reading one now that I cannot seem to get into so we will see if that one will make my June post or not! Happy reading!

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March Book Review

It’s book time again! I usually finish every book I start; I hate stopping in the middle. I started a few this month that I just didn’t get into. My fellow book lover, Tricia, told me why finish it if I’m not enjoying it? There are far too many books to read to waste time on something you don’t enjoy! Here are the ones that I did finish, along with one that I *almost* finished.

The Widow by Fiona Barton Unknown-1

I read this one at the beginning of the month and weeks later, I honestly can’t give you a synopsis without looking at Amazon. I do know that I whizzed right through it because it was good! If you like a good thriller like Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, definitely look for this one at your library.

 

 

 

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this one. Nicki goes back to her small town when her brother calls her, asking for help with her dad who is in a home. The reader comes to learn that Corinne, her best friend went missing after the city’s carnival about 10 years earlier. While in town, another young girl goes missing and Nicki gets invested in the case because of the similarities to her friend’s disappearance. I really enjoyed this one despite sometimes being confused with the format of the book. The events move backwards so keeping all that straight in your head can get a bit confusing at times. And while I liked this one, my mom wasn’t able to finish it.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Unknown-3.jpegI love Colleen Hoover and I’ve enjoyed every one of her books (It Ends with Us and November 11 are my favorites). This one was enjoyable but definitely did not go to the top of my Colleen Hoover list. Maybe what I enjoy most about her books is how quick and easy they are. I am drawn in, get invested in the characters, and stay up a little later than I should to finish reading. Slammed follows Layken who moves back to Michigan with her mom and brother after her father dies. She becomes close with her neighbor, Will, and starts seeing herself liking Michigan but then learns that they can’t be together (for a reason I won’t spoil). She is also struggling with the thought of her mom dating again but finds out her mom is going through something much bigger. There are two more books in this series that I will probably read at some point, mostly because I’ve read all of her other books and need something to tie me over until a new book comes out!

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Unknown-2I’m not usually an audiobook kind of gal. I always find my thoughts drifting and then end up needing to skip back 30 seconds and then another 30 second and then another 30 seconds until I am basically listening to the book twice.  The Kindle book was on hold, but the audiobook was available so I gave it a whirl. I loved it! It definitely made my commute much more enjoyable and I loved that Lauren was the narrator. My favorite chapters were the ones where she talks about Gilmore Girls, season by season. She explains her favorite parts of each season and gives commentary on her hair/wardrobe choices, as well as giving insight in to what was happening with her personally during the making of the show. If you enjoy Gilmore Girls, check this one out. I am not sure I would read the book, but the audio version was perfect.

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I belong to two e-librarys (Phoenix and Corona) so that I can maximize the books that are Unknownavailable to me. Things that may be on hold in Phoenix’s library for months may be available in Corona’s and vice versa. This was one that I was surprised to see available. Of course, it’s another YA book but you know why I love YA– it’s easy peasy! I liked this one… I got a little tired of the narrator and wanted to shake her at times but then I felt bad because her actions/behavior were based on horrific things that happened in her past. Essentially, Melody and Rider are in a pretty abusive foster home together as kids. Fast forward several years when both have found better living situations, Melody goes back to public school and finds out that Rider goes there and is in her speech class. I’d recommend if you like YA books.

The Book of Joy: Finding Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

51VaMOqmsjLI am trying to read more non-fiction but unfortunately, this was the one that I didn’t finish. I liked the entire premise of this book but I found most chapters to be extremely repetitive. They discussed “Ubuntu” on several occasions in the portion that I did read which made me smile. Whether they were talking about joy, how to remain joyful, the things that can get in the way, etc… it all came back to thinking about others. Perhaps I will finish this at some point but, like I said, it was a little repetitive for me.

 

 

I’m already flying through my first book for April! Anything you recommend?