It’s my July Book Review!
If you’re a reader like me, then you’re all…
…but if you’re not a reader, then I know you’re all…
For all of you non-readers out there, might I suggest a show to binge watch? I think my very favorite shows to binge on are…
The Good Wife
If you are a reader, then today is a GOOD day!
Last month, I read a whole lot of books that I didn’t love. I read them, I didn’t really like them, I reviewed them and then you ladies suggested some more for me to read. That afternoon, I opened up Amazon on my computer and then went through your comments and added so many books to my cart! So, this month, my review is much HAPPIER because I LOVED the books!! Go ahead and get out paper and a pen…you’re going to need to jot several of these down to read as well!
Wow! This one was nothing like I expected. So many of you ladies recommended Winter Garden to me because you know that I liked her other book The Nightingale. I ordered it, it arrived, and I immediately read the back cover before I started the book…but after about two chapters in, I wanted to call the publisher and re-write the back of the book because I really thought the book was so much better than the synopsis on the back. I don’t know? I was pleasantly surprised by this one, and the more I read, the more I really liked it. The Nightingale was good and it was intense…but I remember having to go back and re-read some paragraphs because it was so heavy that it almost was a bit confusing/hard to read at times. Would anyone else agree? Winter Garden though, was much easier for me to read. It had that same intense quality of a Hannah book…but in my opinion, it flowed a lot easier than The Nightingale.
This book is about a Russian mother and her two adult daughters. Some tragic events occur which make the mother start sharing more about her past before she moved to the U.S., but at the same time, each of the daughters is going through her own issues at home. I would not call this book “chick lit”. I think men and women would equally enjoy this fictional tale! It’s also for those of you who like a heavier book instead of the lighter, beach reads because there isn’t a lot of that romantic fluff (that I enjoy so much), just a deep, highly complex story about mothers and daughters/secrets and lies/life and death. I really couldn’t put this one down. I was very much wrapped up in this story and wanted to see how it was going to play out. Random side note: the mother and daughters go on an Alaskan cruise at one point in the book and stop at all of the same ports we just did back in June 😉 .
So, after the intensity of Winter Garden, I needed to shake it off with something light and frivolous, therefore, I read Paris Street Style.
You know how much I love these little books on the French way of life, and this one did not disappoint. It’s cute, it’s cheery, it’s fun, it made me rethink some of my closet organization and it was the perfect light read after a heavy one. Amazon is always recommending these books to me, so that’s why I had this one. If you love these books, order this one. It’s just a bunch of happy.
Many of you ladies recommended Delicious to me and well, you had me at the book title.
This is a fictional tale about a girl who goes to work for a food magazine in NYC and the unexpected things that happen to her along the way. My favorite parts of this book where her figuring out her new life in NYC and the relationships she had a long the way (with a family in a cheese shop and other people that worked for her magazine). A big portion of the book are letters she finds from a young child written way back in the ’40s and to be honest, I didn’t love those pages of the book. I much preferred when the author wrote about her life, her love of food and cooking, and her relationships. I was kind of bored during the letters. That being said, this book was fun to read! The story telling is fantastic, the description of food (tastes, smells and textures) was superb! I promise you…this book will make you hungry as you read the pages! I thought this book was cute, easy to read and unexpected.
The Light We Lost was the number one recommended book by you guys last month. I bought it, I read it quickly and…I’m not sure what I think about it.
I feel like everyone is reading this book. My social media feeds are filled with pics of people reading it. This is probably THE book of the summer…but do we like it? I’m so conflicted! As soon as I read the last page, I started texting friends to see what they thought. I don’t want to give anything away about the plot or whatnot…but I really don’t know how I feel about this one?
This is a fictional story about a woman who is kind of caught between two loves…one of her youth and one present day. This is an intense read (not a fluffy beach read), but I loved how quickly the story progressed. That being said, I’m not sure how I feel about the main character, and I’m having a hard time reconciling my thoughts on how this story plays out. People ask me all the time what they should read and out of all of the books this month, this is the one that I’ve recommended the most but always with the disclaimer of “I’m not sure if I liked it, but I think you should read it”. However you feel about this book, here’s one thing that I know will happen, IT WILL STICK WITH YOU. It’s one of those books that you think about long after you read the last page.
Annnnnnnd…here is your fluffy beach read for the month!
So many of you told me that I would like Dorothea Benton Frank because she is kind of the Elin Hilderbrand of Charleston, SC books. I had several of you suggest Same Beach, Next Year and you know what? I enjoyed it! Based on this book, I will be reading more of her books in the future. This one is about two couples who vacation together every summer and the things that transpire between their lives over a twenty year span. It was light, easy to read, kept my attention, made me happy, surprised me a bit and was a nice change after several of these heavier books. Loved it!
I have a new favorite author.
My friend Amanda is a big reader too, and she told me she had a major girl crush on Kristan Higgins. She said she could not stop reading her books, so I ordered one. And as soon as I finished, I ordered a second one. Go ahead and predict a lot of Higgins books in the upcoming months. I loved this one! I started with If You Only Knew which was a total chick lit/beach read/sit by the pool book. It’s a fictional story about two sisters. One is a girl who moves from NYC to the suburbs to kind of start over after her divorce. She is a wedding dress designer and even though she’s trying to move on, her ex and his new wife kind of keep pulling her back. The other sister already lives in the ‘burbs and it’s about her navigating life with her triplet daughters and hubby. I thought this novel was just cute as can be! It was the perfect way for me to end my month. If Amanda is right, then I’ll be reading many, many, many more Higgins books!
And one bonus book for the month…
Last week, I shared a picture of me doing my quiet time with Sophie’s new devotional All in All. If you are looking for a sweet devotional that will encourage you, uplift you, speak to you and make you laugh (yes, her devotional is funny!), then you should buy this one. There are 100 days of devotionals inside each with a spot for journaling. I have loved having it in my mornings! It has blessed me, and I know it will bless you too!
So, that wraps up my July Book Review.
I was really happy with my lineup this month! I thought it was a good combination of heavy and light. I need you all to read these and let me know what you thought (especially about The Light We Lost!).
What did you read this month??? Comment and share!
To see a complete list of all of the books I’ve read so far this year plus links to their reviews, click HERE.
Don’t forget, you can catch my 2016 Book Review HERE. It includes the names and reviews of all 62 books I read last year.