Happy BOOK DAY!!!!
What makes a Monday better? Chatting about BOOKS!!
Last month, I asked/begged/pleaded for more recommendations of books that weren’t super light/predictable/beachy/easy to read. I wanted meatier, heavier, and more substantial. You gave me recs and this month, I read them! Today, I’m sharing the FOUR books I read this month along with my reviews.
Friends…this was my favorite month of reading so far in 2021! Settle in…I have some books here today that YOU need to read!
Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel is hands down one of my favorite reads this year. This novel gave me everything I needed. It was cute, it had a charming setting, it involved food, family, love, and music. This story has an amazing cast of characters…every one I loved! It’s a fictional story about a musical trio in their mid-50s made up of a pianist, cellist and…they’re looking for a new violinist. This story unfolds during the summer at one of their homes outside of New York City. Even though the plot gets a bit complex, it still keeps it’s lightness. It’s a story of their friendship dynamics, their family dynamics (how friends can be family), it’s sweet, it’s surprising…it’s feel good. There is an occasional naughty word, but really and truly, it’s not rated R at all. It’s just a great story about flawed people who love each other, their craft and their family. It will make you want to listen to classical music, gather your family for a delicious supper and get outside and enjoy the last days of summer. Read it!
Next up, I read…
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller.
So, I had two friends tell me that I was going to hate this book. Ha! In hindsight, I’m SO HAPPY THEY DID because even though this is on every top book list right now, it really lowered the bar for me…and I loved it! Again, I would say this was one of the BEST books I’ve read this year! I actually thought this story was very reminiscent of Malibu Rising (which I read last month and didn’t love), and now, in hindsight, maybe I would have loved that book more if someone would have lowered the bar for me going in. I had high expectations for that one, and it fell flat…whereas, I had low expectations for this one, and it was a homerun!
This novel is really complex, is most definitely rated R for content and subject matter, and if I had to sum it up in one word, I would say it was…haunting. I don’t know? That’s the word that keeps coming to me. It’s reminded of Where the Crawdad’s Sing. You know…fictional yet deep…very reminiscent and thought provoking. This is the story of one woman who visits her family’s summer home each year carrying a burden with her. The book opens with a mistake she makes and then works backwards from there…and then, works forward. I was putting myself in her position. I was sad for her. I was mad at her. I was hopeful for her. I had all the emotions and COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. If you want a really meaty book that will make you think, ponder and stew about life, choices we make, burdens we carry…this book is for you. Loved it.
The third book I read this month was…
Yoga Pant Nation by Laurie Gelman which is the third book in her Class Mom series. Every single mother should be required to read these books at the beginning of each school year. I LOVE THEM!! Each and every book is fantastic! They’re funny, they’re witty, they’re so dang relatable! As a class mom myself (8 years and running!), I laugh and laugh as I read this series because geez, it’s so true. Even though this is a work of fiction, you will feel like you know this mom. That you are this mom. That you read her emails, wear her yoga pants, drive her minivan, and see her at school. If you want a back to school novel to warm your heart and make you giggle, grab this one. Please make sure you do start with the first book in the series though as they do go in order. I was thrilled to see that she has one more coming out next year too. I always look forward to these books each year. LOVE. THEM!!
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave was the fourth an final book I read this month. Hmmmm…I have all the thoughts. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I didn’t want to put it down, couldn’t wait to pick it back up and was totally sucked in. Now, this fictional story has many unrealistic moments/events (in my opinion), but the pace of this suspenseful novel moves so well that I didn’t mind one bit. The main character’s husband…well, he disappears and leaves her with a step-daughter, a note and a whole lot of questions. As the two of them unravel the situation, there are many twists, turns and surprises along the way. Did it end the way I wanted it to end? Not really. Was it super realistic? No. Did I love every page? Yes. If you like thrillers/suspenseful books, this is your novel. If you’re like me and don’t particularly love that stuff, this is probably your novel too. It wasn’t too scary…it was just the right amount of suspense and intrigue. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time.
Okay, that wraps up my August Book Review! If you read any of these books this month, I’d love to hear your thoughts!! I would also love new recs for fall too please!! If you have any really FALL-ISH books, make sure you share those!!
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 Monday, friends!!! I can’t wait to read your recs!! xx