Spring Book Chat

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.

Spring Book Chat
 

Couldn’t Put Them Down …

Spring Book Chat, It Ends With Us by Colleen HooverIt 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.

Spring Book Chat, Maybe Someday by Colleen HooverMaybe 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.

Spring Book Chat, The Matchmaker by Elin HilderbrandThe 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 …

Spring Book Chat, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAll 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.

What books should I add next to my reading list?

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  • Debra Stachelski

    I’m looking forward to reading The Matchmaker, she is one of my favorite authors. Might check out some of the other reads you suggested too!

  • I just got Maybe Someday from the library and can’t wait to start it! I’m reading Before the Fall now and liking it so far!

  • I love your book rec’s, lady- I need to get on my spring reading list STAT!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I haven’t read any of these yet, but I am always glad to hear when someone gives an author a second chance and it turns out ok in the end. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • The Girls is on my list, looking forward to your review!

  • Biana Perez

    Colleen Hoover is so talented! I’m so excited to keep reading her books!

  • I haven’t read any Colleen Hoover yet, but she’s so popular that I feel like I should give her books a try! I loved All the Light.

  • i’ve heard mixed things about it ends with us, but it’s on my list. i quite like her books most of the time. i haven’t read maybe someday, it’s also on my list. all the light has been on my list for like 3 years and i’m not sure i’ll ever get to it haha.

    • Baha well, I don’t think you’re missing much. I do think you’ll like the Colleen Hoover books, easy reads.

  • I’ve read one Colleen Hoover, with a bunch more on my TBR. One day, one day.

    I did not love or hate The Girls. Looking forward to your thoughts next month.

  • It Ends With Us was my first Colleen Hoover book and I can’t wait to read more! Adding Maybe Someday to my list!

  • I’ve seen a lot of praise for Colleen Hoover and think most of her books are on my TBR. I need to crack one open soon! I wasn’t a fan of The Girls. I like it a lot of the beginning but it went downhill for me. Hopefully you have a better experience.

  • Emily Dunham

    Behind Closed Doors was a really good read for me this month, along with Small Great Things.

  • I have zero desire to ever read All the Light We Cannot See.

    I think I’ve only read one or two Colleen Hoover books. I’ll definitely read more.

  • Laura

    I love this! Adding these three to my list for today’s trip to the library, I just love book recommendations 🙂

    I read a lot of nonfiction so I’m in the middle of Wishful Drinking by Carrie FIsher and Jackie and Me by Clint Hill (about Jackie Kennedy). The last novel I read was This is Where I Leave You which was a fast read and I really enjoyed.

    akaleidoscopeheart.com

  • I LOVED It Ends With Us. Such a heartbreaking, powerful read.

  • Obviously I need to pick up a Colleen Hoover book since she’s been missing in my life. I also really want to read an Elin Hilderbrand book as well since I’ve heard so many great things about her books. I’ve heard great things about All The Light We Cannot See, so that sucks that it wasn’t one of your faves. I’ve been itching to read it for forever!

    • It’s not a bad book by any means, it just didn’t do much for me. Maybe there’s just too many WWII books out there right now, you know? Colleen Hoover is definitely a favorite right now!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I have YET to read anything by Colleen Hoover, but I do want too! I just need to find the time haha

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • So many fabulous titles! I’ll have to check them out!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Definitely need to add The Matchmaker to my list <3

    Green Fashionista

  • This is such a great book list! I need to start reading It Ends With Us…it sounds wonderful! I just finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette which I thought was a fun read! 🙂

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    • Bernadette has been on my reading list forever – I’ll get to it one of these days! Glad you liked it!

  • Christina Sotherden

    The Matchmaker sounds like a cute and fun read!

  • Kristin

    I thought I was the only one who didn’t like All the Light. I read it over two years ago and this might be the first less than stellar review I’ve seen 🙂

    • I’m glad it wasn’t just me! I’m not hating on the fact that it’s a well-done book. I was just so bored with it.

  • I heard so many people loved All the Light, but it’s interesting to see you weren’t a fan (and that many of the people below weren’t too, haha!)

    • Haha, right?! I was a little nervous to give my honest thoughts since I know how loved that book is, but it just didn’t do much for me. BUT … it did win a Pulitzer, so obviously it’s a decent book.

  • Always love how you rank and give honest reviews!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • My number one plan for spring break is to let myself read. That first one sounds like one I’d really like, and an author I need to explore!

  • Ihavent’ heard of any of these!! I’ve got to get on it!!

  • Liza

    Love Elin Hilderbrand, I look forward to her new book every summer- some nice light reading while sitting by the water =) Looks like I’ll have to check out Colleen Hoover since you’ve mentioned 2 of her books!