Happy Book Day!
Okay, today’s a big day because not only am I reviewing the FOUR books I read this month, but I’m announcing the details on our SUMMER BOOK CLUB! I was nervous when I sat down to select and read my books this month because I loved so many of the April reads BUT I was thrilled with each and every one!! #iloveitwhenthathappens
Sit back, grab your coffee, a notepad and pen, it’s time to jot down your next summer read!
This month, I kicked off my reads with…
Okay, I don’t know when you ladies told me to put this on my Kindle, but it was there, I opened it and flew through it! This little rom-com was so adorable!! Now, out of the four books I read this month, I will say that this one was the most Rated-R, so buyer beware. This fictional story had everything I love in a summer book: light, happy, love, funny, banter and an ending. It ticked all of my boxes!! It’s a story about an out of work actress who pretends to be a administrative assistant at a big company while she’s unemployed. Of course, her boss is cranky, uptight and cute…so, needless to say, the story unfolds from there. I loved the South African setting and how it reminded me of all of those British rom-coms I love so much. If you love all of those little happy chick lit books I read (on repeat!), you will love this one too! Two big thumbs up 🙂 .
The next novel I picked up was Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews. Now…you know I love her books. They’re happy, they’re kind of cheesy, they’re always a little predictable, they’re light…I love them. The only thing I ever complain about when I read her books are…that they are so long. Oh my gosh. They’re long. Let’s pretend that a “normal” light little chick lit book has 400 pages…her books have 18,000. (Kidding. Kind of. It feels that way.) That being said, I was prepared to spend half the month reading this book (it’s basically the equivalent of reading 12 novels 😉 ), and I did like it…but I’m not sure I loved it quite as much as some of her others. This novel was a little different than her other books because the plot was mostly built around a “who done it”. I would say that typically, her books don’t have a lot (or any) mystery/suspense and this one had quite a bit! That part, I did enjoy because it kept me going, guessing and trying to figure out the end. I also loved the two charming little towns the main character went back and forth between. They both put me in a beachy kind of mood! The only thing I didn’t love about this one was the main character. She was…okay. I actually enjoyed several of the minor characters more. For some reason, I didn’t find her super likable/endearing but nevertheless, I’m so happy I read this one! Another Andrews book for the win!
Okay, I loved Feels Like Falling.
This novel right here was the perfect summer read!!
This story is actually about two very different women both going through challenging times in their lives and how their lives intersect and their relationship develops one summer. When I was about 4 chapters in, I really couldn’t figure out how the author was going to pull these women together, but then, she did it in a very unique way. I loved both women, and I loved all of the minor characters too. There was a nice little twist at one point that I didn’t see coming (which kept me on my toes), and the end wraps up all nice and neat (which I love!). This was just a really likable book about two women and even though it’s fiction, it felt very familiar and warm. If you’re looking for something light and happy but with a little substance underneath, here you go. This was my favorite book of the entire month!
The fourth and final book I read this month was Julie Andrews’ autobiography, Home Work.
I feel like I have a lot to say about this one! I had several of you recommend that I read this autobiography and her previous one Home. Well, I didn’t know how much time I had to invest in Julie Andrews, so after reading reviews about both, I picked the second book (as the first one was about her childhood and the second one was about her film career and roles as mother and wife). When this book here ended, it FOR SURE left an opening for her to write a third book about life on Broadway as well…and you know what? I can’t wait to read it! There was so much I learned and loved about the Mary Poppins actress by reading this book (co-authored by her daughter). I found her charming, endearing, passionate, thoughtful, a hard worker who was laser focused but also remorseful and reminiscent. I couldn’t put this one down! I also, of course, loved that she had two little girls whom she adopted from Vietnam when they were babies. Reading about those relationships (and the ones with her step-kids and bio daughter) really warmed my heart. I loved hearing all about her marriage (a very long one!) and how she recovered and bounced back after things didn’t always turn out. Of course, I loved hearing the behind the scenes scoop of her movies and now, there are several I want to watch. I loved this book, so if you have other similar autobiographical suggestions, I would love them! This was a win! (And don’t worry, the introduction recaps the entire first book, so even though I didn’t read it, I felt very up to speed on her early years!)
Whew! That wraps up May!! Now, it’s time to talk about our SUMMER BOOK CLUB! Here’s what I thought we’d do, for this first month, I’m going to share these three books for us to read. Read one, read two, read them all…we will all be discussing these books (with spoilers, so be careful!) in the comment section of my JUNE BOOK REVIEW. After that, I may only pick one or two books for us to read every month, but when you see the list for June, you’ll understand why we have so many…
…because both Elin and Nancy have new books out!!! WOOHOO!!! I thought there wasn’t a better way to kick off our little book club than with two brand new books by my two favorite authors. We’ll start with these three for June and then, I’ll have picks for July and August too (at a later date!). Read along with me and we can review at the end of next month. Sound like a plan?
Speaking of which, what else should I read in June?????
Comment, share, discuss and tell me what to read next 🙂 .
Happy Book Day, friends!