Happy Friday everyone! For everyone in Florida, Georgia & the Carolina's - hoping you all stay safe and have all the supplies you need to make it through the storm! I've called my parents way too many times making sure they have enough gas, food, water & all of their stuff charged just in case!
I've briefly mentioned that we don't have a television in our bedroom anymore - it was actually Gary's idea and one that I'm glad he sort of felt strongly enough about to make sure it happened. Because of this change instead of watching TV before bed, I read! These extra 20-30 minutes have given me the opportunity to fly through books! I also read on my 20 minute train ride to work, so if I'm really into a book (which I have been recently) I'll finish it in about two - three days! Here's a few that I've read with some reviews and a few more that I have on my list!
I actually purchased this book back in February to read on one of my long flights - when I found out that Emirate Airlines had close to 1,500 different things to watch on their in flight TV's I didn't want anything to do with books...so it stayed unread! After reading the first chapter sometime this summer I really couldn't get into it, so I put it away again. Then finally not wanting to spend money on a book a few weeks ago, I decided to give this one another go and I'm so happy that I did! The reviews said it was a "psychological thriller" and I don't think I agree with that as much as I think it's more of a romantic (in a bizarre way) suspense book. When I think "thriller" it immediately makes me think that something scary is going to happen. This book isn't scary, but it will have you turning (or swiping) to the next page to see what happens next. The author does a really great job of weaving in the past (20 years ago) and the present. When I finished the book I was a bit sad, not with the ending, but more so that the book was over! I felt really invested in the main character. It had moments of The Girl on the Train & Unfaithful (the movie).
Have you ever found yourself actually laughing in public while reading a book? Well that was me while reading The Hopefuls! For some reason the writing style of Jennifer Close in this book was spot on. It felt like I was listening to a friend tell a story, rather than reading. This book takes place over the course of a few years and deals with politics. More so what happens when one person in a relationship is working on a campaign and what happens when the person that you married completely changes their ideals, feelings & basically who they are all because of this new job? Did they change or was this always them and you never really paid attention! If you like watching House of Cards and enjoy politics - you'll enjoy the Hopefuls. I again, couldn't wait to keep reading this book wanting to know what happened next with the characters.
I've had Girls in White Dresses on my reading list for years - it came out in 2011 and everyone was going crazy for it! I really don't know why I kept putting off reading it, but then I started to read it and got utterly confused by how the author (same one that wrote Hopefuls that I liked so much) was jumping around with each character. It got to a point about 40% through the book that I honestly couldn't remember which character was doing what and who their significant other's were. There was just too much going on. With that being said, as soon as I got about 60% through the book I got hooked. I couldn't wait to see what the girls were going to do. I felt like the book sort of just ended and I wasn't ready for it to be over, probably because it took me so long to get into it. I think in some ways we could all relate to at least one of the characters at some point in our early 20's/late 20's! I found myself rushing through other parts of the book to get to the characters that I really liked.
If you like Jennifer Weiner & Emily Giffin then you'll more than likely like this book and author. I really liked the age of the main character - it sort of made her more relate-able! This is a chick lit book through and through and I love that! I didn't really like sadness relating to Sarina's family and I sort of wish there wasn't as much focus on that in the book, but overall I thought the flow was great. It sort of reminded me of "Something Borrowed" which was a book I loved - so if you liked that - I think you'll like this!
I've read two other Brenda Janowitz books in the past and didn't realize until after I was done with the Dinner Party - I realized it because I thoroughly enjoyed the others as well. The Dinner Party deals with the intricacies of 3 different families all figuring that the other's have a perfect life, not realizing that behind the façade of "having it all together" - everyone really has issues. This was actually great timing in terms of reading this book because it started out during the Passover Seder and worked all the way up to Yom Kippur, which we will be celebrating next week. This book was all about family and we can all relate to that!
I really loved Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid so I have not one but two books on my list to read by her! After I do takes a look at a couple after the "honeymoon phase" has warn off and what it means to be a we instead of an I!
This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.
I'm not going to lie - the description of this book sort of reminds me of a Lifetime movie, which are movies I happen to love! I can guarantee that I will fly through this book - whether I think I'll love it as much as I do is still to be seen!
One morning Jillian wakes up seven years in the past. Before her daughter was born. Before she married Henry. Suddenly she’s back in her post–grad school Ikea-furnished Manhattan apartment. She’s back in her fast-paced job with the advertising agency. And she’s still with Jackson, the ex-boyfriend and star of her what-if fantasies.
What books have you read recently? Hope you all have a wonderful weekend (stay safe everyone) and see you back here Monday for Weekending!
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