Happy Tuesday! Who’s ready for a little spring book chat? This past month brought some of the best reads yet this year for me.
Couldn’t Put Them Down …
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover – 5 stars
Even though this book shattered me, there was nothing I didn’t love about it. I rooted for Lily the entire story – to get away from her dad, to fulfill her dreams of owning a flower shop, to make Ryle a better man, to be with Atlas at the end of it all. Admittedly, I was hoping that Ryle wasn’t going to turn out the way he did either. I liked him – a lot! I thought he was a decent person most of the time, but he obviously had some demons that hid the good. After reading Hoover’s author’s note at the end of the book, I felt better for feeling that way toward him. Also, if you haven’t read the author’s note, you must – it puts the whole story into context.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – 5 stars
Colleen Hoover is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I just seem to fly through her books, and this one was no exception! I loved Sydney and Ridge’s love story. It was funny, heartbreaking, unique … pretty much everything you’d hope for from a story like this. I adored how Sydney never made Ridge feel like his disability was a challenge and how they developed their own special way of communication. It was so obvious that they were meant to be together. I’m glad that both characters went through what they needed to in order to start their relationship on the right foot.
The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand – 4 stars
I wasn’t a big fan of my first read from Hilderbrand (see the review in this post), but I’m so glad that I gave her another chance. This book gave me all the feels. I even cried a few times, which isn’t the norm for me these days while reading. There’s nothing not to love about this story. I admired Dabney’s skill for love and willingness to risk everything to get it back in her own life. However, I wish there would’ve been an epilogue to find out what happens with Agnes and Riley.
Enjoyable Enough …
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 3 stars
This didn’t do much for me. It was incredibly detailed and wordy that some of it was lost in translation. My brain just couldn’t absorb the amount of information that was on every single page. Marie-Laure’s father was the redeeming quality and character of the book. He was relatively selfless in all his actions, and everything he did was for the benefit of his daughter. He taught her to be brave and independent, which ultimately helps her save her own life. I came away admiring them both for that.
Currently Reading: The Girls by Emma Cline.
Final recommendations: Read all the books under Couldn’t Put Them Down. Seriously. You should.