Happy Book Day, friends!
I have been super excited to talk to you today because this month, I loved so many of the books I read!
This month, I read five fictional stories that were all very different, all very unique and a few of them could even possibly make it into my Top Three for the year starting with…
…The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. Friends, I loved this book!! If you’ll recall, Silver also wrote another book I loved, One Day in December, but if it’s possible, I think I even loved this one more (and you know how much I loved that one!).
This story is about a woman who basically ends up living in two parallel universes (it’s not realistic, but you just have to go with it!). She’s cruising right along in life until, at the very beginning of the book, her fiancé unexpectedly dies, so from that moment on, one chapter, you see how her life unfolds without him, but then in the next chapter, you see what would happen if he wouldn’t have died. Make sense? You get both sides of the coin…and you know what they say, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. I really loved the main character in this novel and my heart hurt for her while reading many of the pages. It’s one of those British books I love with lots of quirkiness and banter, but it was also a little deeper and more thoughtful than most chick-lit books I read. All in all, I really feel liked it plus, it was pretty PG too, and I could absolutely see it in my Top Three for the year!
If you’re looking for a good book about life, loss and what ifs, here you go. It really reminded me of The Dinner List too (which I loved) which brings me to…
…In Five Years …a novel by the author who indeed did write The Dinner List. And guess what? I loooooved this one too!!! In fact, I cannot tell you another book I read as quickly as this one. I finished this in 24 hours as I stayed up until 1:30 AM just to see how it ended.
I LOVED this book!
This is another book where you kind of have to go along with things even if they’re not exactly realistic. In this book, a young attorney has the job of her life, the brand new fiancé she’s always wanted, a gorgeous apartment in New York City and then one night, falls asleep and has a dream about her life five years from that date but nothing is the same. New apartment, new love, new everything. This dream is so realistic and freaks her out so much because she just knows it’s her future…and then, the story unfolds from there. I could not put this book down. It’s very similar to the first book where it’s about love and loss in a magical little way, but it’s also about taking chances, reinventing yourself and risking your heart. I cried at one point when I read this one because it has a really sweet and sad subplot too that tore at my heart. Friends, I loved it! (FYI: for those of you who ask, this one is more PG-13ish.)
Now, I’m bracing myself to talk about the third book I read this month because it was highly recommended by many of you but, as much as I hate to say it, I did not like…
Please don’t be mad.
Ugh, okay, where do I begin? Um, I’m not a huge fan of Ng’s books. I like some, don’t like others, so that’s why I never picked up this novel in the first place. BUT now that there is a show/series based on this book, it’s back and super popular, so many of you suggested I read the book and watch the show. I read the book. I didn’t love it. I don’t plan on watching the show. Please tell me I’m not alone! Anyone else?! Here’s the deal…I didn’t hate it, I just thought it was okay. I didn’t love any of the characters, I wasn’t pulling for anyone, I kept waiting for someone to leap out at me as “the one” to root for, and it never really happened. I didn’t love the plot and thought the first half was kind of just stuck in there with the second half but didn’t think they complemented each other in a real organic way. I don’t keep the page numbers at the bottom of my Kindle because I don’t like to know where I am in the story, but during this book, I must have swiped up a dozen times to see if I was almost finished with it, and I wasn’t. In hindsight, I should have put this one down, but I kept thinking it would redeem itself. I don’t know about the show, but I would probably rate the book a strong PG-13 for content as well.
Now, all of you leave me comments telling me how I’m wrong 😉 . I’m prepared. Ha! I just didn’t love it. I hope that’s okay?!
After reading the previous book, I wanted something light and HAPPY, so I opened up The Jetsetters because the reviews promised me a darling little read…and it was…but it was also so much deeper than I ever thought it would be! Geez! Where are the light chick-lits this month? These books all had heavier undertones than I was expecting. Great books but heavier than some of the fluff I also love to read.
This is a fictional story about a woman in her 60s who wins a European cruise vacation for herself and her three grown children. Now, there was so much to love about this book as I’m a “cruiser” myself and couldn’t get enough of the delicious details about their itinerary, their ship, their food, their cabins…the traveler/travel agent in me loved it all! BUT (you knew there was a but coming), this novel also covered some really serious topics…everything from suicide to depression, resentment, infidelity, alcoholism, acceptance and more. It covered some really serious topics between the pages of Mediterranean cruise fluff. All in all, I really liked this book. I loved the main character, I liked all of her kids, I was pulling for certain people in big ways, I loved the detailed descriptions of their vacation…I liked all of it. The only thing I didn’t love was that, in my opinion, it ended a bit abruptly. After the whole big story, I was hoping for more at the end. I will say that based on the topics this book covers, I’m going to rate it R for those of you who might be sensitive to such things.
I was really, really excited about my fifth and final book because the author also wrote MY VERY FAVORITE BOOK OF LAST YEAR…
…Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer.
Awwww! I love when I pick up a book by one of my favorite authors, and it does not disappoint. This one was just as fantastic as I had hoped it would be.
Now, all of that being said, this book was painfully hard for me to read at times, and I want to go ahead and throw it out there that if you (or someone you really love) struggles with severe depression, postpartum depression, suicidal thoughts or someone you love has committed suicide, you might not want to read this book. There were multiple times during this book when I stopped and talked to Andrew about it. Even though this story is a work of fiction, the picture it paints was very similar to ones people I love dearly have expressed to me about how they live with mental health issues. This book broke my heart in many ways, but also gave me peace and joy in others. (That probably all sounds super dramatic but seriously y’all, this book is deep and hits to the core of depression.) This story toggles back and forth between three different characters who live decades apart and is about a family coming to terms with new discoveries made after the patriarch gets really ill. This book not only focuses on depression, but since half of the book is set in the late 1950s, it also focuses on women going to extraordinary lengths not to be pregnant in order to avoid the reoccurrence of postpartum depression. It’s really heart wrenching, friends and yet so thought-provoking too. I would again, probably rate this one R just because the subject is really raw and graphic, and I know many of you are sensitive to that.
Where was the light chick-lit?!
I am going to need to read me something fluffy this next month 😉 .
Speaking of which, what should I read????? I would love some fresh ideas please!!!!
Comment, share, discuss and tell me what to read next 🙂 .
Happy Book Day!