Ready, set, HERE WE GO.
This month, I took 8 flights and spent countless hours sitting inside airports, so I READ ALL THE BOOKS.
I read them all. 😉
Okay, I read seven books, but am only sharing six of them with you today. In November, I am reading nothing but Christmas books again this year (I did it last year too!), so that I can review it at the end of the month and you can read holiday books all December long. The last book I read in October was a Christmas book…because at that point on my flight, I thought “heck, I should just start one now while I have the chance!”.
So, SIX BOOKS FOR YOU TODAY!!
And they’re good.
Like REALLY GOOD.
Grab your coffee and settle in…IT’S BOOK REVIEW DAY!!!
Here we go! Starting with…
Okay, friends, this book was realllllllllly good. Please hear me when I say though THIS BOOK IS VERY MUCH RATED R.
Did you get that?
VERY RATED R.
I just don’t want someone mad at me that they bought it and didn’t know.
You all know that I love Colleen Hoover. Her book It Ends With Us was my second favorite book in 2016. IT’S SUCH A GOOD READ!!! Hoover tackles very tough topics in her fictional stories. Topics that are are painful yet so relevant today. In All Your Perfects, she tackles infertility and its affect on marriage. I couldn’t put this one down. Even though the story isn’t real, I thought it was a very genuine and honest look at how fertility issues can profoundly hurt a marriage. When this book was over, I kept thinking to myself, “am I going to recommend it to women currently struggling with infertility” and the answer is…probably. I think all of you will like it (AS LONG AS YOU KNOW IT’S RATED R), but I think if you’re walking the road right now of infertility, you will really relate to it. In my opinion, Hoover nailed this one. You’ll breeze right through it. I had to know how it would end…and I bet you will too.
Next up, I had several of you ladies recommend, Cage of Stars to me. Whoa. This was a weird read for me.
I would love a little feedback from those of you who have already read it. I think I’m about to screw this review up because my thoughts are all over the place.
This is a fictional story about a girl who witnesses the very brutal murder of her two little sisters. Gosh, I’m not going to lie, I had a hard time with it. I’m not a huge fan of kids dying in books…but this one was particularly graphic. Even though I knew the book wasn’t real, I was disturbed by their deaths. Also, I know this is going to sound weird, but the way it’s written seemed so real that not once BUT TWICE I went back to double check that it wasn’t a memoir. The second time I checked, I kept telling myself I was being ridiculous because I’d already checked once, but that’s how well it’s written. This author really had my mind believing the events that took place were real (the way she wrote it…it sounded so much like a memoir!).
Other thoughts about this book…I thought it started off really slow, picked up in the middle, and then the ending was very abrupt and unrealistic. I questioned the point of this book many times. I couldn’t ever quite place my finger on what it was. In my mind, it almost felt like two different books crammed into one. Needless to say, I wasn’t a fan. That’s okay though…because I loved these next books…
Thank youuuuuuuuu! This novel was so cute!! Now, I don’t think I loved it quite as much as I did How To Walk Away, but I was really entertained! This fictional tale is about a woman whose fiance walks out the day before she has a baby. After that, she has to figure out her own life and how she’s going to move forward. I loved the relationship between her and her parents (who are divorced, so each one is uniquely different), I loved her neighbor, her best friend…it was all so cute! My only complaint is that it ended too abruptly for me. I almost always need an epilogue in a book and this one totally needed one. Other than that though, I have zero complaints! It was charming. I like charming…especially after reading about the murders of two small children…
This book right here, The Dinner List, was the most INTERESTING book I’ve read so far this year.
I feel like everyone is reading this book right now (it’s all over social media), so I hopped on the bandwagon and was not disappointed. What I loved most about this book is how it didn’t explain itself. It has a strange premise and they didn’t justify if one bit…it just was what it was…and I loved it. When this novel opens, the main character finds herself at a dinner party in a restaurant with everyone on her “dinner list”. You know that old game of “if you could have dinner with 5 people dead or alive, who would you pick?”. Well, this book opens and she’s having dinner with those people. I thought this book was crazy original and unique.
I have always had a “dinner list” in my head, but now that I’ve read this book, I’ve totally reworked it. I never thought before about “what if these people do not get along, what if they’re bored together, what if it’s a dull evening because we’re not a good match up as a group?”. Also, I never thought about this…on my “dinner list”, I would obviously want my sweet grandfather who passed away…but before this book, it never occurred to me that I would also need my grandmother (who is alive and well!) on my list too because how much would he want to see her if he was at this dinner party (and vice versa), right? Doesn’t that give you chills? I can’t “bring him back” to this dinner party and not have his bride there too.
I just really reflected a lot as I read this book and was engrossed in the main character and her guests. One chapter of the book is them at the dinner party and then the next is her thinking back to how she got there and why she picked each person and then it goes back to the dinner party and then back to her reflecting. I really found this one brilliant, friends. Read it!
Kristan Higgins books are some of my favorite…because they read like a Hallmark movie. They’re sweet, a little predictable, easy to read and HAPPY! You probably should read the whole series, but you don’t have to…this can be a stand alone book in my opinion. This novel is about a woman who runs her family’s winery and is very worried she will never find love…and then she meets a British man whose US Visa is about to expire, but he wants to stay because he has a relationship with his former fiance’s teenage son. So…they decide to get married because she feels like an old maid and he needs a green card. Ahhh! The makings of the perfect predicable love story 🙂 . I ate it up.
Easy. If you’re looking for an easy book to read that makes you smile, pick this one up.
Okay, the last book I’m reviewing this month is Elin Hilderbrand’s new one, Winter in Paradise.
I just had to check myself before I started writing this review because I know I am particularity hard on Hilderbrand…because she is MY VERY FAVORITE AUTHOR, so I have high standards for each of her books. I love her. I love her so much…but this book was just okay. It was just released this month, but it’s the first book in a trilogy (the other two books being released in 2019 and 2020) just like her Winter Street Series (that wrapped up last year). I will read the other two, but if it wasn’t Hilderbrand, I wouldn’t. Gosh, that sounds so harsh! Am I the only one????
Here are my feelings: I miss that this book wasn’t set in Nantucket (it’s her very first book not to be set there, it’s set in St. John instead). I personally don’t think she did a great job describing how wonderful St. John is compared to how she makes Nantucket sound. I’ve been to St. John and it’s beautiful (there is a whole chapter in this book about how it takes place pre-hurricane, so that’s how she is referring to it and therefore, I am for this book), but the book is more about the people and less about the island (where typically the setting is one of her main characters). Speaking of which, I didn’t love any of the main characters (I didn’t hate them…they were just all okay to me and not a single one of them stood out to me as super memorable). I also didn’t understand how this was “winter in paradise”. I don’t know if her publisher really wanted her to do another “winter” series following the Winter Street one…but it was super irrelevant to the plot. Eh. I probably need to check myself again. Hahahaha! I just love her books so much and look forward to their release all year long…so it bums me out when I’m disappointed. I did not walk away from this one with all the happy feels that I typically do when reading an Elin Hilderbrand book. I still want to be president of her fan club (someone sign me up!), but I can’t lie to you and say that I loved this novel. Boo.
So, that’s my October Book Review!! Next month, all Christmas books!!! Everyone comment and let me know what you’re reading right now!!
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