Happy Monday friends! I had an extra day off for the holiday weekend and we spent some time with Gary's family outside of the city! It's always nice to relax & unwind - with a good book mind you. Once I finished this latest read I thought it was time for another "recently read" post!
Swear on This Life || 5/5 This was such a great read and if I had to pick one as a must read from the list, this would be it!! A book within a book really, which is such an interesting concept. I started the first chapter of this book super late one night & couldn't stop thinking about the characters so I actually finished it the following day - thankfully it was snowing so that was helpful! Emiline, an aspiring writer, reluctantly starts reading a book that is being hailed as a literary work of art - as she starts reading the novel, she quickly realizes that the story is about her life & her first love that she hasn't seen or spoken to in over 12 years. Honestly, I can't write anymore about the book because I don't want to give anything away. It was a romance through and through and I feel like everyone can fall in love with these characters.
PAUSE - if you have not read Me Before You, don't read this!!
After You || 3.5/5 Admittedly I read After You, long after I had finished Me Before You - but the story of Will and Louisa was still fresh in my head, maybe it was because I had recently watched the movie. Regardless the book picks up almost 6 months after Will's death & Louisa is forced to learn how to put her life back together after losing Will. I'm not sure I liked this book as much as I enjoyed reading the first book & I really wish there was an epilogue to sort of finish things off. I also thought Louisa's character was a bit rougher around the edges this go around, maybe it was meant to be that way because of her loss. Overall it was a good read, but not as great as the first book.
Behind Closed Doors || 2/5 Oh man, this book was seriously disturbing and not in the thriller sense, but in the could this really happen sense. Jack and Grace have the perfect life - he's a successful and handsome attorney and she's the doting wife that pulls off flawless dinners and always looks put together. Successful in her own right as a former buyer for a store, why doesn't she work anymore? These types of books are hard to review, but I will say that it was a quick read for me because I needed to know everything. It's nothing like Girl on the Train or even Gone Girl which people have compared it to. It's on it's own disturbing level and if you're someone that is squeamish, this book is not for you!
On Second Thought || 4.5/5 I was so happy to read something relatively light and airy after Behind Closed Doors. Kate is Ainsley's older half-sister and each chapter alternates between their two points of views. I thought the extended family dynamic was an interesting touch to add to the book and made the character's a little more human to me. It was at times predictable, but what some-what romance book isn't. I enjoyed every single one of the character's in the book, while I may not have liked all of them, the author did an incredible job of describing them and gram-gram had to be my favorite! There are a few one-liners that were laugh out loud funny. The book itself is about loss and how these two sister's deal with loss in their own ways.
The Next Best Thing || 4/5 This is the same author as On Second Thought and again we're met with a young widow. I'm hoping this isn't a theme with Kristan Higgins books! I always check the Amazon descriptions before I write anything about a book because I don't want to give anything away. With that being said, the story was a little far fetched to me, but I'm a sucker for anything romantic and this book was just that. Lucy is mourning the loss of her husband Jimmy and after 5 years she feels like she's ready to start dating again, but just not her friend with benefits Ethan who also happens to be her late husband's younger brother! Yep she went there. But once you get over that little fact, the book is an easy and light read. I'm a sucker for a good epilogue and I'm grateful to any author who gives us a complete picture!
A few good books over the last month - I'd call that a win! What are you reading these days? Let me know!
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