Hip, hip hooray! It’s BOOK DAY!!!
Awwwwww! Is there anything better than a summer beach read? I think not. Right now, thanks to all of your suggestions, I have my Kindle loaded with books to read this summer.
This month, I read four books: a memoir, a thriller and two chick lits. It was the perfect beach read lineup!
Here’s hopin’ you find a book rec today to kick off your June!
Happy Book Day!!
I kicked May off with Live in Love a memoir by Lauren Atkins.
So many of you have suggested this one to me over the last few months, but honestly, I’m not interested in country music, so I didn’t know who her husband was much less her…and I dragged my feet for a long time. Finally, one of you commented that Lauren has an adopted daughter and well, that piqued my interest. I really like this author. She seems really sweet and down to earth. I loved how she described her childhood and family. She very much seemed like a girl after my own heart. Was it my favorite memoir? No. It was really sweet but super long. I loved the part about adoption, but honestly, my heart resonated the most with her childhood stories in Tennessee. I think I would have appreciated this book so much more had I been interested in country music, so for all of you who are, this is a good read. Sweet, wholesome, encouraging…lovely. A little long but lovely.
The second book I read this month was Under The Southern Sky.
I love Kristy Woodson Harvey books.
They never let me down!
This one here is a great beach book for summer! It’s the fictional tale of two friends who reconnect in adulthood…one recently a widower and one, recently divorced and searching for a new life outside of the one she had with her family. The setting is charming (a Carolina beach town), the food references are very Southern (lots of sweet tea and peaches are mentioned), the friends are quirky and adorable…plus, there are twists and turns that I didn’t expect. There was a plot point that really took me by surprise and just when I thought I had it all figured out, I didn’t. If you want a great book to escape into, here you go. It’s just a story about friendship, loss, love, moving on and second chances. It was a lot of happiness for me!
So many of you told me to read The Guest List this month…so I did…and it was SO GOOD!!! You know how I don’t naturally gravitate towards thriller fiction, but this one here came highly recommended by so many that I dug in. Friends, I haven’t enjoyed a thriller this much in a long time! This is a fictitious story about a wedding that takes place on a remote island off of Ireland. Each chapter is from the point of view of someone in the wedding party or a guest. There’s a murder. There’s suspense. There is so much “edge of your seat” writing that I had to basically read it through my fingers. Ha! Once I got into this story, I COULD NOT put it down! As someone who doesn’t really love suspenseful books, I loved this one because it wasn’t gory or too graphic to read. It was just a really interesting story filled with complex characters and a lot of “who done it”. I feel like lately, so many of these books are pretty much the same, but this one was different. It was unique. I appreciated the whole story and especially how the ending was all tied up and didn’t leave me with any questions. Loved.
Speaking of loved…
…my fourth and final book this month was The Newcomer and I LOVED it!
I mean, we’re not surprised though, right? Mary Kay Andrews rarely lets me down. This is the quintessential beach book. It’s the story of a woman on the run with her four year old niece (you’re already intrigued, right?) who finds herself living in an adorable surf side motel in Florida. There’s a bit of suspense, a lot of romcom, great coastal references and lots of cuteness. This novel was just easy to read and perfect poolside. If you always love Mary Kay Andrews, I think you’ll really love this one. It was a bit “meatier” than her other books and totally satisfying to read!
Well, that wraps up my MAY BOOK REVIEW!
Okay, even though my Kindle already feels full, if you have other beach book/summer read suggestions, please share them! I’m so excited to dig into another book!!
One last thing, I am going to enjoy a nice four day weekend with my family, so I’m taking off tomorrow and Monday and will be back here with you on Tuesday for something extra special!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
I’ll see you Tuesday morning!
Also, don’t forget, I keep a running list of every book I’ve read in 2021 right HERE!
To see the complete list of books I read in 2015 (all 63 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2016 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2017 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2018 (all 61 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2019 (all 54 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2020 (all 54 of them), click here.
Happy Book Day!!!