What I’ve Been Reading

It has been a couple months since I last shared what I’ve been reading. I admittedly went through a dry spell with reading throughout most of November. Between home projects, the stress of hosting Thanksgiving, and binge-watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix, reading was the last thing that I wanted to do for fun. But, I finally got back to it a few weeks ago. With the end of 2016 in sight, I only have six books to go to accomplish my Goodreads challenge!

What I've Been Reading

My Favorites …

What I've Been Reading - A Matter of ClassA Matter of Class by Mary Balogh – 4 stars
If you’re into regency romances, then this is for you. It’s short and sweet, and I loved it. I kind of felt like an idiot that I didn’t figure out the twist ending sooner, but that just made me love it all the more.

 

 

 

What I've Been Reading - The Magnolia StoryThe Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines – 4 stars
No surprise here that this was one of my favorite reads from the last couple months. As much as I love Chip and Jo, I really didn’t know much about them individually or as a couple. For example, I was floored to learn that Joanna has zero background in interior design. How can someone be so innately talented?! I thought it was interesting that Chip really was the one that started their whole journey – he’s the brains behind their entrepreneurship! It also was fun to see the photos that they included, such as the night of their engagement and so on. If you’re any sort of Fixer Upper fan, then you’d enjoy this.

 

What I've Been Reading - The Bookshop on the CornerThe Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan – 4 stars
Okay, this book definitely has flaws, but I don’t care. I adored the premise of this book and fell in love with Nina, the main character. It was refreshing to read a book about someone that has nothing but pure love for books and reading. Even better is that she wants to share that love with the masses. I thought the romance side of things in this book were a little meh – pretty predictable yet kind of random with some of the details, but it kind of worked with Nina’s dreamer-like qualities. Plus, the whole book is based in England and Scotland, so what’s not to enjoy there?

 

Pretty Enjoyable …

What I've Been Reading - Rumour Has itRumour Has It by Jill Mansell – 4 stars
Another British rom-com of sorts, this was a cute and light read. I adored the couple that was having an affair of sorts, even though the guy was separated from his wife. Although, I’m not exactly sure why (spoiler alert) the ex-wife had to die? Kind of random. Of course, I also loved the mysterious brooding main male character. It was no shock that him and the main female were going to end up together, but it was a fun ride until they got to that point. I was glad that he really wasn’t the man whore that the town made him out to be.

 

What I've Been Reading - The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – 3 stars
For as much hype as this book received, I was pretty disappointed. So many people compared it to Girl on the Train, which I LOVED, so maybe my expectations were too high. I thought the main character was annoying and slightly pathetic, and what suspense there was barely held my attention. And, that ending? Was the author trying to recreate the ending of the last movie of the Jason Bourne trilogy? This book wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t good either.

 

What I've Been Reading - More Than ForeverMore Than Forever (#4) by Jay McLean – 3 stars
I really need to stop getting sucked into these free romances from BookBub. This one had promise – high school sweethearts with broken families, teenage melodrama, etc. But, it just really fell short. I don’t think the author spent enough time developing the characters – one minute the girl is this broken, naive little thing mourning her mother’s death, and the next minute she’s basically a sex fiend in the house that her dad built for her and her boyfriend. Did I mention that they’re in high school?! I guess some of the situations were realistic, but I mostly rolled my eyes through this one. I think this was the last book of the series, so maybe the other ones are better.

Skip These …

What I've Been Reading - Today Will Be DifferentToday Will Be Different by Maria Semple – 2 stars
I can sum this book up in one word: boring. I’d read a couple pages, fall asleep. Read a couple more, fall asleep again. I didn’t even remember what I just read, but I was so desperate to finish it that I just kept going. I’m scratching my head as to why this was on so many magazine must-read lists at the beginning of fall. Maybe I just couldn’t relate to it? Either way, don’t waste your time.

 

 

What I've Been Reading - Come Away With MeCome Away with Me (With Me in Seattle #1) by Kristen Proby – 2 stars
Again with another free BookBub romance. In my defense, I always check Goodreads before I download these, and I don’t waste my time with anything below an average of 3.8 stars. People gave this series RAVE reviews – I’m talking up there with 50 Shades and the Crossfire series. Why? I’m not exactly sure. Nothing new or exciting here. There is zero character development or conflict. Any time you thought there might be a real problem, it was resolved within seconds and back to the bedroom they went.

 

Currently Reading …

Leave Me by Gayle Forman – so far, so good!

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch – only through the first chapter/prelude. I’m looking forward to seeing where this one goes.

Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand – this is a new author for me, but my mom and several others enjoyed this book. I’m always down for a beach read in the winter.

What have you read lately? Any recommendations?

Linking up for Show Us Your Books.

 

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  • I’ve been wanting to read Chip & Joanna’s book! So glad to hear it was worth the read!

  • Debra Stachelski

    I always enjoy seeing what you’re reading, it always inspires me to pick up a book! I hope you like “Here’s to Us”, she is a favorite of mine. Happy reading!

  • I didn’t understand all of the hype of The Woman In Cabin 10 either. I felt like the main character was really similar to Rachel in The Girl On The Train, but other than that I didn’t particularly care for it. And I’m so excited to read The Magnolia Story! It was a super cheap eBook on Cyber Monday so I have it downloaded but I need to start reading it! The Bookshop On The Corner and Rumour Has It both sound really cute and interesting! Sometimes you just need the really light and fluffy reads!

    • I’m glad it wasn’t just me! I loved Girl On the Train, but Woman in Cabin 10 just didn’t do it for me. Maybe because these authors are all following a similar formula now? I don’t know. You will love The Magnolia Story especially since you live so close to everything. Bookshop on the Corner is so cute!

  • Bailey

    I’m on the library’s wait-list for The Magnolia Story. I’m SO excited to read it!

  • The Bookshop Around the Corner sound right up my ally! I’ll have to add it to my TBR! I have plans to read The Woman in Cabin 10 over my Christmas break so I’ll get to see if the hype is worth it or not! πŸ™‚

    • Yes, Bookshop is such a cute book! I’ll be curious what you think about Woman in Cabin 10. I think it’s like any of those books (Girl on the Train, Gone Girl) – you either love it or hate it!

  • The Bookshop Corner sounds awesome! Great rec’s, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • aww so glad you loved a matter of class! it took me ages to get the twist as well haha. the bookshop on the corner is on my list.. i’m like #19 in line at the library. rage! i remember liking rumour has it but totally don’t remember the ex wife dying. oh wait, yes i do! the cancer one! yes, very weird. i haven’t read any ruth ware books – i’m waiting until the hype dies down so i don’t have super high expectations lol. and yes, the romances form bookbub… they are rarely good (for me at least) and i’ve had to step away lol, even with the good reviews on goodreads.. i don’t trust those people anymore haha. today will be different is on my kindle from netgalley but i totally want to skip it. blah.

    • I’m so glad that it wasn’t just me that didn’t figure out the ending! I think you’ll enjoy Bookshop on the Corner like I did … definitely not perfect, but how can you not love a story about a girl that loves books? I know, I need to cut it out with Bookbub romances and the Goodreads reviews. People are out of their minds with some of these, lol. Today Will Be Different is SO boring!

  • Biana Perez

    In 20 years has been on my reading list so I’m excited to see what you think of it! I don’t think I’ve heard of many of the books that you did read so thanks for sharing all of those! xo, Biana

  • The Bookshop on the Corner is on my TBR and it’s great to see another strong review for it. I don’t think I’ve seen one positive (real) review for Today Will Be Different. Such a bummer!

  • The characters in Twenty Years annoyed me. Hope you fare better.

    I was meh on Cabin 10. I liked In a Dark, Dark Wood better!

    Thanks for joining us!

  • Today Will Be Different was definitely such a snooze– so disappointing! I just got Magnolia Story and can’t wait to start reading it!

  • Stephanie

    ‘today will be different’ is my book club book this month! i havent got it yet, but had little hope for it going in anyway. i couldnt get into maria semple’s other book ‘where’d you go bernadette’. hoping i can at least find something to like about it. thanks for the other recommendations!

    • I had Bernadette on my reading list, but after I finished Today Will Be Different, I deleted it! I just don’t think I’m a fan of her writing style or stories. Hope you have better luck than I did!

  • I want to read the Magnolia Story so badly! I periodically gaze through BookBub and find one or two to download, but don’t know the last time I actually read one:( I always rely on the amazon reviews to help me out. Yours are great- perfect roundup to give an overview!

  • I really like Jill Mansell’s books, so I’m sure I’ll pick up Rumour Has It as some point! The Magnolia Story sounds great. πŸ™‚

  • I haven’t read any of these but thanks for sharing. I bet I’d love the one about Chip and Jo.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Dang girl, look at you! I totally need to read more, and this is very inspiring πŸ™‚ I’m going to check some of these out! xx

  • Such a great round up of books! I wish I had more time to read. Happy holidays!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • I’ve been wanting to scoop up Chip and Joanna’s book, so glad you enjoyed it <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • Emily Dunham

    I can’t wait to read Chip and Joanna’s book – first I need to get through my Christmas reads!

  • MΓ³nica Sors

    Cute post πŸ˜‰

    xx

    MΓ³nica Sors

    MES VOYAGES Γ€ PARIS

    NEW POST: IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME…

  • jointhegossip

    I have the audiobook of The Woman in Cabin 10. I thought because I don’t have a lengthy commute, that was why I haven’t finished in the last few months, but I think it’s just because I’m not super excited about it. Like you said, it’s not bad but it’s also not amazing. I should finish the last few chapters tonight lol.

    And the photo of you and the dog? SO cute!

    • Haha, isn’t it funny how that works sometimes? Hope you were able to power through it! And thank you, Finn is my little man for sure. πŸ™‚

  • A Matter of Class definitely sounds like a book I’d like. I’m picking up The Bookshop on the Corner tonight at the library!! πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • I did not like Cabin 10 at all. I thought it was a terrible book. And I keep hearing not so good things about Maria Semple’s new one so maybe I’m glad it’s taking forever for the library to get it to me.

  • Christina Sotherden

    Fantastic photo of you two! I’ll miss the Christmas craziness but with some downtime in January I’m hoping to get more reading in.

  • I think that since I read in a dark, dark wood first – it made me think that woman in cabin 10 was really good (in comparison). I think you’re right about it not being great or terrible.

    • I haven’t heard of Dark, Dark Wood so I might add it to my reading list. You’re the second person that’s mentioned it!

  • Kristin

    I also quit Today Will Be Different. I enjoyed Bernadette and this was no Bernadette.

  • I just finished and loved The Hating Game by Sally Thorne or The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot!

  • You always have the best book lists πŸ™‚ I should really join a book club!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  • I totally agree — Woman in Cabin 10 was so hyped up, which was really disappointing. I liked her first book so much better…

    — Dara || http://www.peoniesandhoneybees.com