Last month I shared six must read books and I'm back again with some more great reads and two I wish I would have steered clear of! These are quickly becoming my favorite posts to put together - mostly because I love finding out what everyone else is reading!!
The Matchmaker || I can count the number of times a book has actually made me cry - this would be #2! I didn't just cry, I started sobbing, on the train, on my way home! It was such an emotionally charged book and you could just feel what the main character was going through. Was the entire book that emotional - the answer is no, but if you are a fan of love stories & believe in true love then this is a great read. Elin Hilderbrand has a way with words - that woman knows what she is doing as a writer and I'm hooked on her novels!
Here's to Us || Reading this right after The Matchmaker probably wasn't a good move on my part because I kept comparing the story and even some of the characters that were in previous books of Elin's were mentioned in this book which was kind of cool. This book is about three women, that were all married to the same man - not at the same time - and make their way back to Nantucket to say goodbye to him & the house they all once called home. Deacon Thorpe is a wild, charming & unpredictable celebrity chef & I loved that she included amazing recipes throughout the book. She also weaved each of his relationships in with the present so nicely, but with all that being said - it wasn't my favorite book of hers. It was still a solid beach read, but not my first pick if you've never read one of Elin's books.
The Couple Next Door || I had waited to read this book for what felt like a year. I was split down the middle, while I didn't love it, I also didn't hate it. I don't think it's nearly as riveting as other thriller's - I don't even know if you can categorize this book as a thriller. A couple goes over to their neighbor's house and leaves their infant baby alone in their house next door. Both Anne & Marco check on the baby every half hour until they come home, later than anticipated & in shock to find out that their daughter Cora has been kidnapped. I will admit that I was a little shocked with both the outcome & the ending of the book. It wasn't a terrible read, but not nearly as riveting as others like the woman in cabin 10 or any book by Mary Kubica!
I've got your number || This book has been on my reading list for years and for some reason I just didn't get the chance to read it until recently!! In true Sophia Kinsella fashion (she also wrote the Shopaholic books) it's cute and sharp with fun back and forth dialogue between the characters. The premise of the book is that Poppy loses her phone & engagement ring during a night out and happens to find a phone that was thrown away that belongs to Sam's former PA - so she begs and pleads to use the phone until she can sort things out & promises that she will forward all emails and important things to him. What develops is a witty texting back and forth & of course meet-ups, but what about her fiance?! It's a cute read if you're looking for something light and fluffy --> sounds like I'm describing a pancake!
The hating game || Sometimes you read books because they'll make you smile and forget about other nonsense! This was exactly that type of book, predictable, but cute! Lucy & Joshua are forced to work together after both of their publishing companies merge. Not only do they both loathe one another, but they like to play games with each other to see just how far they can push the person before the threat of "HR" comes out!! Both up for the same promotion, their hating game starts to turn into more of a dating game.
Three Wishes || In a word, this book was "meh" - to expand on that - this book was seriously all over the place. It was so hard to follow and keep all the names straight. The abridged version - three triplets - Cat, Gemma & Lyn are 33 years old and each have their own issues. They fight like crazy & love like crazy & truth be told I found this book to be a little manic. There were two Liane Moriarty books that I liked & two that I haven't - this is one that I didn't like. The book starts with the sister's celebrating their 34th birthday and then backtracks through the year.
Sweetbitter || In my honest opinion, this book was pretty terrible. It was a hard read, with too much going on & trying to weave too much restaurant jargon into every single page. The only thing I liked (and that's being generous) about this book was the relationship between the main character and the "bad boy" and even then it was such an ugly romance that I couldn't stand reading about it. It's about a 22 year old girl who moves to NYC for some reason, not necessarily "to make it" but almost because she has no where else to go. She happens to find an opening at a restaurant not even as a server, but as a back waiter & from there the relationships take off. There was weird characterization & too much drug use and honestly it was so hard to follow, I felt myself just reading to finish not really comprehending the words on the page.
Not necessarily my favorite month of reads, but you might remember that I highly recommended It Ends With Us in one of my Friday favorite posts because I couldn't wait to share it with you all, that was most definitely my favorite read this year so far! What have you been reading lately?
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