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!
My Favorites …
A 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.
The 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.
The 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 …
Rumour 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.
The 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.
More 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 …
Today 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.
Come 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?
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