It’s July and it’s my June Book Review!
Okay, my brain always goes two different ways in July. I get a little panicky that summer is going by too quickly…and at the same time, I start looking at the pumpkins at Hobby Lobby. Ha! Clearly, I’m torn during this middle summer month 😉 .
Book review days are always one of my favorite posts of the month. If you recall, it was June 2014 when I decided to stop making excuses and start reading again. I always loved reading (I was that kid who listed reading as a hobby growing up instead of anything outdoorsy or athletic 😉 ), but I had let the habit drop as I became a mom. Instead of reading, I was watching more TV and just looking at social media. Three years ago though, I made a goal to read two books a month and it was one of the BEST things I’ve done for myself in a long, long time. Now, I read at least 4 to 6 books a month and I love it! You guys have encouraged me to read, you have introduced me to my new favorite authors (hello, Elin Hilderbrand!), and you have gotten me to explore books I never would have picked up five years ago. So, anyway, THANK YOU! These book posts have been such an encouragement to ME!
This month, I read five books, and I must be honest…I only really loved two. (Insert that monkey emoji covering his eyes). Urg. I just couldn’t get excited about some of the books…until the end. Nevertheless, here they are. This month, they’re all five fiction…
I kicked off my month with Secrets in Summer. Now, this was my second favorite book of the month and honestly, a great beach read. I love Nancy Thayer books! The only thing that keeps me from love, love, loving Thayer books though is…Elin Hilderbrand books 😉 . Thayer’s books are almost always fictional stories set in either Nantucket or Cape Cod. They’re light, they’re easy to read, they’re perfect for flights, beaches and other vacations. They’re just happy stories. This one was no exception. It’s about a woman who lives on Nantucket and one summer, her ex-husband and his new family rent the house behind hers. I liked the main character, I liked the setting, I liked the unexpected plot twists…I really liked it all. Add it to your Amazon cart if you’re looking for just an easy little read this summer.
Has anyone else read What Happens in the Hamptons??? Based on all of the Hilderbrand/Thayer books I buy, Amazon kept recommending this book to me, so I ordered it. And I did not like it. At all. Urg. I took this book on our cruise and honestly, felt like it was a big fat waste of time. The book went nowhere until more than halfway through and by then, I didn’t really like any of the characters and wasn’t invested in the story. Andrew asked me what it was about…and I had a hard time explaining it to him because it wasn’t really about one thing. I don’t know? I really did not enjoy this book.
Okay, friends…what am I doing wrong here? Please help.
I read A Hundred Summers in November and LOVED it! I loved that book so much that I named it the third best book I read in 2016 (out of 62!). I was obsessed with that book, so I immediately read another book by Williams the following month (A Certain Age) but was so disappointed. This month, I thought I’d try another Williams book, so I read The Wicked City, but I didn’t like it either. HELP ME! I know you know what Beatriz Williams’ books I will love, so tell me. I want to read more of her books, but I keep getting the wrong ones. The Wicked City was just okay. It goes back and forth between two characters (one present day and one from the past), but I didn’t love either of them. I don’t know…I thought the plot surrounding the present day girl was okay but because she was only half of the book, I didn’t feel like I got enough of her and her story. When this book was over, I was relieved. That’s not a good feeling to have at the end of a book.
What Williams book should I read next? PLEASE HELP!
I’m laughing to myself right now. As I’m writing this post, I’m getting annoyed. Ha! I’m just mad because I hate reviewing books that I didn’t love. WHAT A DOWNER! Okay, the second best book that I read in 2016 was It Ends with Us. You can read my review of it HERE. I found it thought provoking, hard to navigate with my emotions (but in the best possible way!), and it stuck with me for months after. Well, since I loved that book so much, I tried another one by the same author…Slammed. Urg. It was fine. Let’s put it this way, I read it in no time flat because I was into the story enough that I wanted to see how it would play out, I was very surprised by the big twist in the plot, but at the end when I realized that it had a sequel, I didn’t even consider reading it. I liked the book okay, but I have no desire to read the sequel…so, I’m pretty sure that sums it up. Read It Ends with Us instead.
When we got home from Alaska, I had Elin Hilderbrand’s newest book waiting for me in my mail…and it was WONDERFUL! The Identicals made up for all of the so-so books I read this month. I am not ashamed to admit that she’s my favorite author (thanks to YOU all for recommending her to me!). I had been looking forward to this book for months and it DID NOT disappoint! This is THE PERFECT summer read! I almost always love me a Hilderbrand book, but this one was extra fun because it was set in both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. (Her books are always set in Nantucket…so the MV twist was fun!) I loved both main characters…they are identical twin sisters who each live on one of the islands but then switch and start living on the other island…all very Parent Trap a la Hayley Mills but as adults. I also loved the supporting cast too (their mother, significant others and daughter/niece). This book would be perfect by the pool, on a plane or at the beach. Read it! And yes, please also sign me up for the Hilderbrand fan club. I should probably be president 😉 .
That wraps up my June Book Review. Now seriously, help a girl out! What did you read this month??? Comment and share! I need new ideas!!!!!!! I cannot read a streak of not great ones again this month!
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.