It’s my June Book Review!
Some of you are like…
…and others of you are like…
Thanks to a vacation with two lengthy flights, I was able to read six books this month. One I didn’t love and one I loved (by the same author!), one made me trés happy, one was about a quirky bakery, one was very unrealistic but clever and one introduced me to a new author that I now love. They all six would make perfect beach reads this summer. They were all light, easy to read, girly novels (well, one was a memoir of sorts) but the other five were novels. Settle in friends!
Well, I read two Elin Hilderbrand novels this month and this one…wasn’t my favorite. The Castaways is about six friends dealing with the deaths of their two other friends. There are so many main characters that I couldn’t keep them straight most of the time and because there were so many, I really never got to know any of them intimately. I also didn’t love how they all interacted with each other…it just was blah. I read it and was happy to be done with it.
This book, The Year We Turned Forty, has been all over everything lately, so I bought it. Now, I really liked this book even though it falls into a category I don’t typically care for: unrealistic.
I know…I’m weird but I just usually don’t care for unrealistic movies or books and this book is unrealistic because the three main characters go back into time (and last time I checked, that couldn’t happen…). All of that to say, I found this novel very entertaining. These three friends get the opportunity to go back to the year they turned forty (they’re fifty at the time) and they make some changes that they know will change the outcome of their lives. It was very much a story of what-ifs and second guessing…and do you make changes knowing the new result or do you let what is be? I read this one quickly because I was highly entertained and wanted to know how it would all end. Two thumbs up from me!
Bonjour Happiness is my second Jamie Cat Callan book to read and oh it made me smile. You ladies know how I love these French memoir type books and this one did not disappoint. The main theme of the book is how to find your happiness in every day things (which is apparently encouraged by the French) and I loved it. My mama always taught us growing up that happiness comes from little things (candles, music, yummy food, lots of pillows and blankets, a good book) in your every day life and this book, reiterated many of those same principles. This book is just happy. If you need a little happy, get this one!
Well, like I said at the top…one Elin Hilderbrand book I didn’t like and one I loved. Barefoot I loved! This one made me happy and helped me recover from the other one ;). This book is a novel about three ladies who spend the summer on Nantucket each going through their own really hard problems in life (cancer, adultery, loss of job) and how they come through the summer together. I thought each character was delightful to read about, the setting was cozy and inviting, the plot was interesting and there were enough little twists to keep me in suspense just a bit until the end. I believe this is my 13th Hilderbrand novel to read and it might be my favorite (it’s in my top 3 for sure!). If you’ve never read one of her books, start with this one…and if you’ve read some before, make sure you add this one to the list!
Several of you ladies have been suggesting this author and the next one to me for some time now, so I read a book from each. Some Women by Emily Liebert was really good! As you can see at the top, Elin Hilderbrand is quoted, so if you enjoy her books, you’ll enjoy this novel too because it’s similar. I guess I was all about female relationships this month because this is another fictional book about girlfriends. I liked the writing, the setting, the characters…all of it! This is most definitely chick-lit very similar to Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, so if those authors make you happy, try this author. I will definitely be reading more from Liebert.
And finally, I read Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. You ladies have been suggesting this author for some time now, and I’m happy you did because I liked her! This novel is kind of Bridget Jones runs a bakery…a fish out of water tale of a girl who moves to small island town off the English coast and starts baking. I believe it’s the first of a series of Little Beach Street Bakery books, so now, I need to read the others. Thank you for suggesting this one friends! It made me happy.
Well there you have it! My June Book Review. What are you ladies reading right now? I need to read something besides chick-lit in July ;). Actually, I’ll go ahead and tell you what I’m reading first this next month…
…Giddy Up, Eunice! This is Sophie Hudson’s newest book and I’m kicking off July with this one. If you’ve never read one of Sophie’s books, go ahead and order all three of them. They’re faith-based books about real life that will encourage you, motivate you and make you laugh out loud. I’ve already read half of it and it’s FANTASTIC! Such an encouraging and uplifting book for women!
Don’t forget, you can follow along with me on Goodreads and you can see my complete list of books for 2016 here. Comment and let me know your thoughts on these books or any others I should be reading soon.
One last thing…
…don’t forget to link up with us on Wednesday! Our bonus question for the month is “What is your favorite July 4th tradition and/or recipe?”.
Happy Tuesday friends!