Happy Friday friends! Boston finally decided to show off and grace us with gorgeous, albeit hot, weather! It's promising to be a flawless weekend as well which is good news because we have a wedding we're coordinating tomorrow!! There wasn't necessarily an "omg that was such a great read" book this month, but definitely ones I was happy to have read! Ratings are all relative - so even if I didn't like, doesn't mean you wont and same goes for books that I love!
The Futures 3.5 stars|| Evan & Julia are college sweethearts and recent Yale graduates that moved into their first NYC apartment together and are ready to tackle their futures. The book is interesting in the sense that it takes place in 2008 during the start of the financial market crash and also in the sense that you get Evan's point of view of things and then in the next chapter you'll get Julia's point of view of things. Obviously, the two are very different. I can't say that I liked Julia's character at all, she seemed to self sabotage herself, but at the same time she was a 23 year old fresh out of college and on some level we could all understand what she was going through. Evan works at a Hedge Fund and Julia works at a Non-Profit - how do their two worlds intertwine now that they really don't have much in common anymore? This book is one that could have done with an epilogue - I felt like I didn't get the full complete picture of things! It was a decent read and working in finance, I think the author did a really great job of bringing to life the events of the 2008 financial crisis.
Pretty Baby 3.5 stars || Of the few Mary Kubica books I've read, I'd have to rank this as my least favorite one. I found it to be in line with her dark, thriller motif, but I was less engaged with it than with other books in the beginning. I will say that as the story unfolds it does become far more interesting, but to me, it felt like a pretty abrupt ending. Each chapter alternates with points of views, but I felt like adding in the husband's point of view made it too fussy - it was an added part that wasn't needed - again in my opinion. If you're a fan of thrillers, then I think you'll like this one too.
Wedding Night 4 stars || I'm a fan of Sophia Kinsella books and this one is on par with her other's. It's a little quirky with the escapades that the characters find themselves in, but overall, the book had me smiling so I find that to be a good beach / pool read! Told from the point of view of two sisters, Lottie seems to be the more flightly one, while Fliss is a bit more level headed yet doesn't really have it all together. I think we can all agree that we remember times in our lives that were the best, but in reality we're not really remembering everything all that well...we just see little snippets of the good times. I felt like that was the point while reading this book - you can't relive your past & you certainly can't go back to who you were when you were 18, but you could have fun trying! Lottie basically flies off the handle and decides to marry her former flame after her current boyfriend decides not to propose to her...and hilarity ensues. Kidding, but it's a cute read!
The Best Man 2.5 stars || This was my third Kristen Higgins book in a row and my least favorite out of the bunch. I am happy to report that there wasn't a widow in this one, but rather a jilted bride - left by her coming out of the closet groom thanks to his, you guessed it, best man! After some time away from her hometown, Faith returns to her family's vineyard just in time to for the harvest and running into her least favorite best man, Levi, all over town. This felt like a Hallmark movie in the making. I just barely got through it. Sorry to say that I wasn't really a fan.
Confess 4 stars || Colleen Hoover is an amazing author and one that has you connecting to the characters at the start of the book. With that being said, Maybe, Someday & It Ends With Us were so amazing to me, that this one, while a great read wasn't as amazing. I'd still say it's a solid 4/5 stars, but after being completely enthralled with each character I didn't connect with any of them in this book (once you read the book it might be a good thing to not connect with them LOL). It could have been the age of the characters - they are in their early 20's. As you can guess the book is about confessions and as seamlessly as she intertwined lyrics into Maybe, Someday - she does the same with art and confessions in this book. All of the confessions were made by anonymous people which I thought was really powerful.
What have you read lately? Anything I should add to my reading list?
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