50 Books in the Bag (and Still Going!)

I did it! My 2017 reading challenge is officially complete! 50 books in the bag! *cue the self-indulgent cheering section* Obviously, I’m pretty proud of myself and consider this an accomplishment. Now I’m anxious to see what my final number of books read by the end of the year will be! But, in the meantime let’s get onto this month’s reviews.

50 Books in the Bag (and Still Going!)

COULDN’T PUT ‘EM DOWN …

The Royal Treatment by Melanie SummersThe Royal Wedding by Melanie SummersThe Royal Treatment and The Royal Wedding: Crown Jewels Romantic Comedy Books 1 and 2 by Melanie Summers – 5 stars

I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH! Think Bridget Jones meets The Prince and Me meets The Royals meets The Princess Diaries. That’s a lot of “meeting of,” but you get the picture. Tessa also is a blogger in the first book, so I enjoyed being able to relate to that part and some of the funny stuff that goes along with it. Of course, these books are far from perfect, but I could set aside the flaws because of how much I enjoyed the stories. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed such fun and cute reads. The second book is more like 4 stars, but I figured it was easier to just rate and review them together.

Just One Year by Gayle FormanJust One Night by Gayle FormanJust One Year and Just One Night by Gayle Forman – 5 stars

I reviewed the first book of this series last month, so I was happy that the library came through for me pretty quick with both of these. The second book surpassed all my expectations with flying colors. One Year chronicles Willem’s side of the story and point of view of everything since that fateful day with Allyson. His journey of feeling lost only to finally reconnect with his family and find home again was so well written. I was yelling at the book a few times because of how many times Allyson and Willem crossed paths without knowing it! One Night basically is a 50-page epilogue. I don’t know why Forman chose to have all the other characters share their point of view when we so clearly only cared about Willem and Allyson. But, it was a decent way to wrap up the series.

Hello, Sunshine by Laura DaveHello, Sunshine by Laura Dave – 4 stars

This was way different than what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. The overall theme from Eight Hundred Grapes (one of my favorite books) was still there – a woman trying to rediscover her true self. There is no doubt that Sunshine was/isn’t the best person around, but I recognized why it was easy for her to get caught up in the lies that she agreed to tell from day-to-day. (Probably something we all should take a step back and evaluate when it comes to social media!) The end wrapped up quickly and a little too nicely – albeit far from perfect – so I wish there would’ve been more there. Or, an epilogue to know how Sunshine is doing now in her “new” life.

ENJOYABLE ENOUGH …

A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne WhiteA Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White – 4 stars (Amazon Prime Library)

I had this book figured out pretty quick, but nonetheless it held my interest until the end. It’s pretty suspenseful and will keep you guessing at some parts. There could’ve been more background about Sarah/Olivia, and I think the romance part could’ve been more developed. It all seemed kind of forced. The ending also was a little abrupt and too perfect given what everyone just went through … but I’ll quit dissecting the book now before it drops down to three stars. 😉

 

Anything But Love by Abigail StromAnything But Love by Abigail Strom – 4 stars (Amazon Prime Library)

This was a cute, light and easy read! Obviously, there was minimal character development and the little that there was I was left wanting more. BUT, if you’re in the mood for a quick romance/chick-lit read then this will make you happy. Ben and Jessica are pretty cute together.

 

 

SKIP …

None this month!

Currently reading: Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty (I know, a little late to the game with this one!)

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  • Way to go on completing your reading goal for the year! That’s so awesome! I still have a while to go, but my fingers are crossed that I’ll get some good books read by the end of the year! And I’m all for cutesy types of books and The Royal Treatment series sounds right up my alley! Everybody keeps on talking about the One Day series, so I definitely need to add that to my list too!

    • Yes to the Royal books! Very cute and light reads – they were a nice escape for a few days. The One Day series are great reads, I was pleasantly surprised and highly recommend them!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Congrats on reaching 50 books so far! That’s awesome. I’ve gone over my goal already too, so now I’m just excited to see how many I read this year in total.

    I’ve never read the One Day series but I have read a couple other novels by Forman and enjoyed those.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • The One Day series are really good reads – I highly recommend them. And, congrats on hitting your goal!

  • So impressed you are still going. Great reviews!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • So jealous! My goal is 25 books this year. I’m reading the Harry Potter series for the first time and I’m almost done book 6… I love it but I also can’t wait to go back to reading my thrillers. Right now I’m at 17/25 books and I’m hoping I can hit 25 this year! Last year I only made it to 20

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    • You go, girl! It sounds like you’re on track to finish your goal. I’ve never read the HP books – glad to hear you’re liking them!

  • Wow look at you go! I officially need those Royal books in my life <3

    Green Fashionista

    • They are SO cute! So nice to read something light with all the heaviness in the world going on right now. xo

  • congrats on completing your challenge! you go girl! so glad you liked The Royal Treatment, both books are on my list! okay, i read just one day but haven’t read the other two. you’ve made me want to! i totally understood/recognised why sunshine did what she did too. i liked her. i agree though, i wanted more from the ending or an epilogue (i ALWAYS want an epilogue). adding anything but love to my list!

    • Haha, I always want an epilogue, too! Or in this case just a better ending. I was kind of like okay … Anyways, you should totally read the Royal books because I know you’ll love them. And Just One Year is way better than the first book!

  • The Royal Wedding books sound so fun! I just watched Bridget Jones for the first time a few months ago and loved it, so I’m definitely intrigued by your comparisons!

    • Oh my goodness, isn’t Bridget Jones the best?! Some of my favorite movies. I think you’d love the Royal books then if you’re in the mood for something cute and fluffy.

  • Congrats on your goal! I met mine, too, for the year!

  • Congrats on reaching your goal! It’s all gravy now!

  • I am close to meeting mine! I read the first of those Royal books and just requested the second on netgalley – thank you for the reminder! 😉

  • wow, 50 books is awesome! adding hello sunshine to my TBR!

  • Ooo – can’t wait to hear what you think of Big Little Lies? (Have you seen the show yet? I think the book’s much better without spoilers… so if you have, it may color your opinion of it a bit.)

    My goal for the year was 52 books, but I just hit 53… Thinking I may up it!

    • You go, girl! Since I wrote this post, I’m up to 53, too. So I’m just anxious to see how many I finish by the end of the year. I loved BLL and am watching the show now … so far I agree that I like the book better.

  • Wooohoooo 50 books?! Awesome!!!

  • Congrats on reaching your goal! “I’ll quit dissecting the book now before it drops down to three stars.” I laughed so hard because I am so guilty of doing this. I just can’t help myself. I figure it’s fair because we give hours of our time to reading a book, so we get to critique it.

    • Thank you! Lol, I’m glad someone else can relate to over analyzing a book! But, you’re right. We give up a fair amount of time reading, so I think we are entitled to think about and share our opinions!

  • Biana Perez

    Way to go girl! I’m adding the royal books to my reading list ASAP!! I just finished Just one day and just one year as well and liked the second book way more as well!

    • I was so happy to see your reviews on those books last week – loved the second book! Hope you enjoy the Royal series, they’re seriously so cute.

  • A

    I always look forward to your book reviews! Have you read The Hating Game? I took it out from the library on my Kindle thinking it would be kind of a mindless chick-lit book after reading something heavy, and I ended up LOVING it! I even purchased it so I could read it again.

    • I just checked that one out at work and can’t wait to start it!

    • So glad you like these posts! The Hating Game has been on my list all year – it sounds like I need to finally get it from the library ASAP! You’re one of several people who’ve told me they loved it. Thanks for letting me know!

  • always a good month when there are no skips. Congrats on your goal.

  • Congrats on hitting your reading goal!

    I refuse to read another Gayle Forman because I hated the ending to If I Stay

  • I set a goal on goodreads but then usually get sidelined by picking long books that I want to finish but take forever to get through. Or life gets in the way (as it did this year) and I fall off the reading wagon. Interested in all things royal though so I’m adding the Royal Wedding and Royal Treatment to my list!

    • I hear you! Same thing happens to me all the time. I just try to give myself grace and take a little time for myself each day, and that usually involves reading. I hope that you’re able to do the same!

  • Debra Stachelski

    What a great accomplishment, I’m so jealous! These all sound like interesting reads, I’m anxious to read Big Little Lies too!

  • I just finished my yearly goal too! Congratulations! 🙂 I added the first of the series, Anything but love to my TBR and also The Royal Treatment. I am excited to read them. I’m often in the mood for fluff, especially when the outside world is so chaotic and not fluffy. Here from SUYB. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • Yay! Congrats on your goal, too! I agree with you – I love fluffy reads because it’s a nice escape from the negative everyday that we’re currently in. Hope you love them!

  • Adding The Royal Treatment to my list asap! Those sound so good!

  • Way to go for meeting your 50 books goal! That’s my goal this year too–I’m so close, I’m at 47 right now 🙂 I have Hello Sunshine on my TBR. Like you I also loved 800 Grapes.

    • You’re almost there! Hello, Sunshine is way different from 800 Grapes, but I still enjoyed it. Laura Dave is an easy author to read!

  • Wow! I’m so impressed with all he books you’ve read. If i ever need a suggestion for a good read, I know who to turn to! Great post!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Beth Parker

    I used to have a reading goal, and every year I tried to surpass it. I stopped counting, because 1 the amount of reading I did in a year was scary and 2 life sometimes gets in my way! But I have Big Little Lies on my TBR list and I’m hoping to start it soon!!
    XO- Beth
    http://www.behindmyheels.blogspot.com

    • That totally makes sense! Most important thing is to just read for fun. 🙂 I hope that you love Big Little Lies!

  • The Royal Treatment and The Royal Wedding have now been added to my list! Gayle Forman is a great author, so I want to read those too!