It’s September 1st AND my August Book Review!!!
September 1st has always been my VERY favorite day of the year. I just feel like it’s kind of like New Year’s Day…it’s a start for fresh beginnings along with the season. So, happy September 1st to YOU! And bonus, my book reviews are ALWAYS one of my favorite posts each and every month…and this month is no exception. I read FIVE books and loved them all! I mean…that hasn’t happened in a long, long time, so I was so excited for today’s post!
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Grab your coffee and log in to your Amazon account to look up each of these books. Five books…all fiction…all delightfully fun to read (maybe under a cozy blanket by a fire this fall???).
The Little French Bistro was recommended to me by several of you…and it was fantastic! Here’s my one and only complaint…I didn’t think the book was titled correctly. Sure, it’s a cute title, but it really has very little to do with the book. The book is so rich, the story is intense…it’s a mix of charm, heartbreak, adventure, new beginnings, starting over and forgiveness. I had no idea what it was going to be about, but I was captivated by the first page and couldn’t put it down. This is a story of a woman (more mature in age) who, when her suicide attempt fails, decides to abandon her life all together and start over on the coast of France. There were so many unexpected turns, so many lovely characters…it is just filled with imagery that makes you want to buy a ticket and head to Europe. Stat. I wasn’t sure at first if I was going to like the main character (and you know I like to love the main characters of my book), but I did fall in love with her and found her story endearing. This is just a good read for all ages. It was one of those books that I continued to think about days after I read the last page. It will just stick with you.
Well, this book was such a fun surprise! Erika and I were waiting to board our flight to Mexico and she spotted I See London, I See France in the bookstore and told me I needed to buy it. I read the back of it and knew she was right…it was PERFECT for me. I loved it so much that I’ve already ordered a second book by the same author. I just liked her! It was very Sophie Kinsella-style. Now, I loved this book because I could relate to a lot of it…but maybe it’s not for everyone. I would say that the book is rated R for language and some sexual content, so disclaimer if you need it. This fictional tale is about two college girls who head to Europe for the summer and the adventures they get themselves into. I did this when I was in college with a girlfriend, so it was a lot of fun reading her spin on things. I flew through this book. It was light, it was funny, it was easy to read and it made me laugh out loud. Two big thumbs up from me!
Well, you know how I’m working my way through all of Nancy Thayer’s books? I read The Guest Cottage this month. It’s a sweet little story about a newly divorced mama of two and a widower with one son and how they accidentally end up renting the same guest house on Nantucket for the summer…and well, it plays out a bit like a Hallmark movie, but I’m okay with that! Sometimes, it’s just nice to read a sweet and happy story. This is the perfect light read! You will like both of the main characters and of course, the setting. I just love reading these books that take place on Nantucket! You will breeze through this book and be left with all the happy feelings. I’m a big fan of Nancy Thayer. A big, big fan!
I’ve been on a Kristan Higgins kick lately, so this month, I read The Best Man. This novel is about a young woman, who after being jilted at the alter three years earlier, returns to her small town again. I mean…let’s be honest, this one reads a lot like a Hallmark movie too (I’m not knocking those…they just are typically happy, light and a little predictable), but I enjoyed it! The story also involves her dad and siblings and how they all run a winery there in town. My favorite part though is the picturesque little town where she lives. I wanted to move there when the book was finished. Happy, light, easy to read…that was obviously the theme this month 🙂 .
But my favorite book of the month was Class Mom by Laurie Gelman. Oh my word! This book resonated with me and kept me laughing out loud! I read about this book in a magazine and pre-ordered it, so I was delighted when it showed up at my door just in time for back to school season. Laurie Gelman is Michael Gelman’s wife…you know, the executive producer of Live with Kelly and Ryan (and all of the other versions before that) and her debut novel is about a kindergarten class mom and the shenanigans she gets herself into. Maybe it’s because of the season in life I’m in right now…but I could not stop laughing. This class mom says what’s on her mind in emails to the other parents and they’re downright rude…but hysterical too. It’s about how she has navigates the world of being a parent at school and the drama that comes with it and the other parents. I found this book funny, charming, and perfectly timed. I hope she continues to write because I really liked this one! I’m not sure if the subject matter is for everyone…but if you’re in the trenches like me right now, I think you’ll really get a kick out of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Okay, that wraps up my August Book Review! What did you read this month??? I would love some new suggestions to carry me into fall! 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.