Early Fall Reads to Get and Skip

It’s about that time again for a reading roundup! The last month brought me a lot of great books, so let’s discuss some early fall reads.

Early Fall Reads to Get and Skip
 

COULDN’T PUT ‘EM DOWN …

Just One Day by Gayle FormanJust One Day by Gayle Forman – 4 stars

I’ve had this on hold at the library for what seems like a year, but it finally was mine and I thoroughly enjoyed it. To be honest, the whole romance between Allyson and Willem took a backseat for me. It was cute and fun to get caught up in – what girl doesn’t want to be romanced by a cute, non-serial killer stranger in Europe? – but what I LOVED was Allyson’s journey. This sheltered girl that always played by the rules finally took her life into her own hands, fought for what she wanted, and worked to make something happen for herself. The second book is now on hold, so here’s to hoping I don’t have to wait another year to find out what happens.

The Fall Up by Aly MartinezThe Fall Up by Aly Martinez – 4 stars

Finally snagged this when it was free on Amazon after having it on my reading list for.EV.er. (Sandlot, anyone?) I loved it! It was refreshing to read a YA/romance novel that actually had some grit to it. Real, serious issues that needed to be addressed. The whole pop star falling in love with a “normal” guy was kind of overkill, but I tried to ignore that part and just focus on the characters. The epilogue gave me all sorts of feels.

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4 stars

All sorts of YES. TJR wins again. It took me a few chapters to really get into this story since it seemed like such a departure from Reid’s typical books. But, once Monique starts the interviews with Evelyn for her memoir I was hooked. The old Hollywood glamor, soap opera-type drama, ugly and forbidden love. It’s all there! And, at the root of it is still the same theme – discovering one’s true love. This is a must-read if you haven’t picked it up already.

 

The Perfect Stranger by Megan MirandaThe Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda – 4 stars

I really disliked All the Missing Girls, so I went into this book with pretty low expectations. I found this story to be way better. It was suspenseful without being repetitive and kept me guessing right until the very end. I thought I had it all figured out at one point – aka Leah was schizophrenic – so I was happy to be proven wrong.

 

ENJOYABLE ENOUGH …

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – 4 stars

This was my first Backman book, and now I can understand why everybody loves his writing and stories. How could you not love Ove?! I found his character to be pretty true-to-life because I think we all know someone in our life that is similar. Kind of crabby, sometimes mean but really has a heart of gold. I admit that this too me way longer to read than I anticipated because I kept falling asleep and had to constantly reread pages, but I’m glad that I made it through. The ending was bittersweet and beautiful.

SKIP …

Unconditional by Melody GraceUnconditional (Beachwood Bay #3) by Melody Grace – 2 stars (BookBub freebie)

Will I ever learn my lesson with some of these BookBub offers? Probably not. Not much to say about this one. Just don’t read it.

 

 

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  • Debra Stachelski

    Great suggestions, as always! I won’t even begin to tell you how far behind I am on reading!

  • I still haven’t read anything by Gayle Forman, but definitely want to check out some of her writing soon– that one sounds really good!

    • The previous book I read by her (Leave Me, I think it’s called) was definitely not one of my favorite reads, but Just One Day was so. good. Way different from what I was expecting.

  • i totally agree about just one day. i wasn’t expecting that, i was expecting a love story, so it took me by surprise. i still haven’t read the second one so you’ll have to let me know if it’s good! i am glad you liked the fall up. i read it ages ago and ahh. feels. i remember them. so glad you liked Evelyn Hugo!! so different compared to her other books but I adored it for sure. lol @ your bookbub line. seriously though. it took a bunch of books for me to learn my lesson but there you go. i still get sucked in sometimes. i still haven’t read A Man Called Ove, i loved Beartown so much I’m not sure how his other books can compare.

    • Beartown is on hold at the library – I can’t wait to read it after you raved about it so much. Bookbub is seriously like an addiction that I can’t kick lol. Not all my reads from there have been bad, and I think that’s why I always get sucked in!

  • I liked The Perfect Stranger more than her first also.

    Loved Evelyn Hugo!

  • You really did have a lot of good reads this month! I definitely need to check out Just One Day, and hopefully I’ll love it as much as you did! I finally read my first TJR book this month, and I finally understand why everybody is hooked! I’ll definitely be reading more in the future!

    • Yay! I’m so glad that you’re on the TJR train – her stories are just so good. I loved Just One Day, it really surprised me that I liked it as much as I did since I wasn’t a fan of a previous Gayle Forman book that I read.

  • Oooh, The Fall Up sounds like a solid read! Happy Tuesday, babe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I loved Evelyn Hugo. It was my first TJR book and it did not disappoint! The Fall Up sounds really interesting – adding it to my TBR.

    • I loved The Fall Up – for once, it wasn’t just a book full of sexy stuff but actually had depth to it (lol). I hope that you like it!

  • I am a huge TJR fan, have read all of her books, recommend them all day long, and Evelyn Hugo was definitely her best.

  • Ashley Ziegler

    I’ll have to check out The Perfect Stranger!

  • Evelyn Hugo is on my list at the library and I can’t wait to get it!

  • Intrigued by “the perfect stranger”
    thank you for sharing dear!
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  • Definitely adding The Fall Up and The Seven Husbands to my must-read list! I just finished two books so I was on the hunt for something new to read and these both sound super entertaining! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • Yes! TJR can do no wrong, so I think you’ll like Seven Husbands. 🙂 Hope you’re doing well down there in Florida!

  • Biana Perez

    I felt the same way about The Perfect Stranger – such a good read and way better than all the missing girls that I’m still not sure I understand LOL! I love a book that has an epilogue so I’ll check the fall up out 🙂 xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • I’ve heard so much praise about Ove but I keep worrying that I’ll have a similar experience and fall asleep.

  • Christina Sotherden

    You guys look so cozy in that picture! I always say I want to read more then don’t so I’m hoping with the quiet time at home with the baby I can really get going on it!

  • I always know I can count on you to give great book recommendations!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • the perfect stranger has been on my TBR for so long!

  • So many 4 star recs I’m loving it!

  • I always appreciate the reminder from your blog that I need to get reading!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • lol thanks, girl! although i can’t blame you, you have your hands full with the cutest little family. 🙂

  • I’m adding those first three to my list! I’ve been craving good young adult lately, and that seven husbands book sounds so intriguing!

  • I read Ove last month too, and I enjoyed it. I loved that it was so humorous, though it definitely made me cry too. I like Gayle Forman’s writing a lot, looking into Just One Day. Here (super late!) from SUYB. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Jess @ Just Jess

    Ove is on my to read list but it looks like I need to add a few more. Jess at Just Jess