July Books Hits and Misses

Hooray for book day! I’m never quite sure how to write an intro to these posts, so let’s just jump right into July books hits and misses.

July Books Hits and Misses
 

COULDN’T PUT THEM DOWN …

Into the Water by Paula HawkinsInto the Water by Paula Hawkins – 4 stars

I was a little unsure going into this book so I heard/read so many mixed reviews. But, I actually really enjoyed it! It was mysterious and suspenseful. I was left guessing until the very end. I do understand other people’s criticisms of too many characters, though. It took me until I was a quarter of the way through to finally get everybody straight and know what was going on. The ending also was a little abrupt/lackluster. It definitely wasn’t Girl on the Train, but I think it’s worth a read.

 

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan MallerySecrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery – 3 stars

This was an impulse Target purchase. It was on sale, I liked the cover, AND it was signed by the author. Unfortunately, this was one of those beach reads that was kind of bad but I couldn’t put it down. So, it made it good. You know what I mean? There was so much conflict going on with all the characters on every single page that it got a little repetitive and boring pretty fast. Nonetheless, it was a quick read and I did like the location and that Kelley was a tulip farmer. Doesn’t that sound fun and interesting? I think so.

ENJOYABLE ENOUGH …

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina GeorgeThe Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – 3 stars

It’s possible that I just wasn’t in the mood for this book when I got it from the library because it’s actually a really good/cute story. I kind of struggled through it, though because I kept falling asleep and then lost track of what was going on. Any book lover would enjoy this – there are so many literary references – and I loved the concept of a bookstore on a boat. It just seems like something you would find in Europe.

 

Fates and Furies by Lauren GroffFates and Furies by Lauren Groff – 3 stars

This was an interesting read that both upset and infuriated me. How can two people in what’s supposedly a committed relationship/marriage have so many secrets from each other and recall events so differently? I guess that’s the reality for some, though. I found the first half pretty boring – Mathilde’s perspective and side of things was way more interesting of a read.

 

SKIP …

None!

Currently reading: The Fall Up by Aly Martinez; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid; and The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda.

What books are you hoping to finish before the end of summer?

Also be sure to check out mid-summer reads and reading hits and misses from June!

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  • I’ve been wanting to read Into the Water! I’m currently on a two week trip, so I’ve been getting a lotttt of use out of my Kindle. I just finished up It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, and now I’m on to Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella! Nothing too substantial, but great little by-the-sea reads.

    • Oh, two of my favorites!!! I LOVED It Ends With Us, such an emotional read but so good. Finding Audrey is one of my favorite books from Sophie Kinsella (she’s one of my favorite authors), so I hope it doesn’t disappoint you. Good vacation reads!

  • That picture of Finn is so adorable! I’m on the waiting list for Into the Water at the library and am excited to read it even though I’ve heard mixed reviews. Glad you liked it!

    • Thank you! He’s such a good photography subject. 😉 I did enjoy Into the Water, so I hope that you do, too!

  • Debra Stachelski

    Love starting the day with Finn’s sweet face! I’m looking forward to reading Into the Water after I finish the other 50+ books I’ve been wanting to read. You’re doing great with all your reading, thanks for passing along your recommendations!

  • I still haven’t read Into the Water but I think I need to. I keep hearing mixed reviews about it too but how can you not love a good suspense?! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • I was hesitant with all the mixed reviews I had read, too but I surprisingly did enjoy it! Just stick with it because it does take a little bit to get all the characters straight.

  • it totally took me ages to get all the characters down with into the water. sometimes that really annoys me and sometimes it doesn’t bother me at all. weird. i want to read that book purely for the tulip farming. ha! adding it. it’s been a couple years since i read the little paris bookshop – i think – so i don’t really remember it, but i remember not loving it as much as i’d hoped. it sounds like such a fabulous book but it wasn’t really there for me.

    • I’m with you! I thought it sounded so cute, and then I couldn’t even stay awake. Ha. Let me know how you like Tulip Sisters! There’s not a lot about the actual tulip farming, but just the idea of it kept me interested. It’s a brainless/silly summer read.

  • I have heard about F&F before (probably through this link-up) & it has such mixed reviews!

    • It’s definitely a love it/hate it type of book. The second half is way more interesting, but still just OK in my opinion.

  • Not a huge Fates & Furies fan.

    I did enjoy Into the Water.

    I like a book that is sort of bad but that’s what makes it good every once in a while!

  • I just finished Into The Water and I think that I didn’t love it as much as you did because I listened to it, which I think made it harder to keep the characters straight. It was pretty suspenseful though and definitely kept me guessing! I’ll probably still pick up The Little Paris Bookshop because it does sound really cute, but I do understand needing to be in the mood for a book!

    • Oh gosh, I can’t imagine listening to Into the Water instead of reading it – I would be so confused! Sorry you didn’t enjoy it too much – it was an okay suspenseful read though. Little Paris Bookshop is pretty cute, I just must’ve been tired while reading it!

  • Agree with what you said about Fates and Furies. It was mediocre at best and Mathilde was way more interesting.

  • The mixed reviews for Into the Water haven’t made me want to rush out and get it. Plus, the wait list is long and I’m feeling too lazy to add myself to it. LOL! And yes, I most definitely have read a bad book that was so bad that it became good in it’s weird bad way.

  • Biana Perez

    I have the perfect stranger on my TBR list and can’t wait to get it! Good for you for finishing into the water – I just couldn’t get into it!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • I’ll be sure to report back about The Perfect Stranger – I wasn’t a huge fan of the last Megan Miranda book I read, so we will see!

  • Into The Water is on my list! Glad to hear you liked it 🙂

  • I’ve heard so much about Into the Water, and am so glad to hear it’s not another Girl on the Train <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Definitely not! I can see why a lot of people didn’t care for it, but I still thought it was a suspenseful read.

  • Glad you liked Into The Water, I did too and was surprised since I heard a lot of bad reviews. The Little Paris Bookshop wasn’t an easy read but it was lovely.

  • That last one sounds like it would have made me mad too!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    Great little reviews! I’m hoping to finish Astrophysics for People in a Hurry before the summer is over!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  • I wish I had more time to read. These look like some great books!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Def need to dig into Into the Water! And hiiii there, handsome Finn!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I can’t help but love the fluff that you can’t put down. There’s something said for feel-good reads. 🙂 I’m going to look into this one! 🙂 Here from SUYB. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • The Little Paris Bookshop sounds kind of fascinating, I’m a sucker for some good literally quotes. Although, I also give up more than I’d like if I don’t get hooked :/. Into the Water sounds interesting!