Happy happy BOOK DAY!
You guys, on this last day of February, I have FOUR really great books to review!
I have a little light fiction. A little heavy. One memoir and a book by one of my favorite authors.
Settle in, grab that Venti Pike with a splash of cream and let’s get started.
My first book this month was…
Paris is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay.
This novel was suuuuuper cute! This was my first book to read by McKinlay, and let’s be real, it peaked my interest with the title. And the cover. Sold. This is exactly the kind of chick lit I want to read. Adorable lead character, cute boys, delicious food, beautiful European cities and love. Sign. Me. Up. It was light, it was easy to read and up until the end, it was very PG (the end did have a page or two of not-PG…just FYI). This is about a young professional woman who sets out for Europe to recreate a trip from her younger days. She visits Ireland, France and Italy. I just thought the whole plot was adorable. It’s the perfect beach read. Loved it! If you’ve read any of the author’s other books, please let me know! I’d like to read another one!
The second book I read this month was the #1 suggested book last month by one of my favorite authors…
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover.
Hmmmm…I have a lot to say.
So, I love Colleen Hoover (most of the time).
Her novel, It Ends With Us, was my second favorite book of 2016. I absolutely love that book so much! Hoover never lets me down . (Strike that, if you’ll recall, the one and only time I’ve EVER called a book stupid on this blog was when I reviewed her book Verity…because…well…it’s stupid…).
So, needless to say, I was excited to read her latest book here. So what’s the verdict? Apparently I swing between “Top Three” and “I hate it” when it comes to Hoover. Hmmmm…I liked it. I was anxious to read it and didn’t want to put it down. Is it going to be in my Top Three? No. Did I really enjoy it and feel entertained? Yes. Was it a remarkable read like It Ends With Us? No. It was just really good. My only real complaint is that I think they could have found a better title for the book because well…it seems “off” a bit after reading the book. Okay, let’s break it down…this is a fictional tale of a convicted felon who is released from prison and returns to the small town where her baby (now a toddler) lives. She hasn’t seen her daughter since giving birth in jail and well, that’s where the story begins. I would say that Hoover books are almost always Rated R, so buyer beware. I thought the character was likable enough (I didn’t love her), but I was really invested in the story and wanted to know how it would end. It was good. If you read Colleen Hoover or Taylor Jenkins Reid books, you should read it. It’s pretty gritty and not as “chick-lit-ish” as the first book, but I’m glad I read it.
Agh…I am not excited about reviewing this next book.
I considered lying just to keep the peace, but that’s not me, so I’ll spill the beans about…
The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
There are going to be at least three or four of you who get really mad at me, but y’all, I did not love this novel.
This book came highly recommended by some super amazing blog readers, and I didn’t hate it, but I really just got frustrated reading it.
Wait for it.
It involves time travel.
I hate stuff like that.
But I’m weird.
It’s probably amazing.
It’s probably all me.
Please don’t be mad.
I just really didn’t love it. I was frustrated, tired and annoyed by the end. The plot is super original (a woman goes forward in time in order to save her unborn daughter)…but then there are some major twists and turns that just wore me out. I will say that it did check the box of “happy ending” for me (a must when I read a book), but by the time I got to the happy ending, I was too tired to care.
I fully expect some angry comments because I know many of you LOVED this book, but I just didn’t enjoy it. I will say that I can see why it would make an excellent book club read though. There is so much to unpack and discuss that any book club could spend hours debating, contemplating and getting into the weeds about the ins and outs of this tale, I just didn’t love it.
The fourth and final book I read this month was the memoir…
The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan
Oh friends, I LOVED THIS ONE!!
So, if you listen to The Bestie Breakdown, then you know I have a huge crush on…
…actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Well, his wife…
…actress Hilarie Burton (from One Tree Hill) wrote a memoir about their life on a farm in…
…Rhinebeck, NY (a cuuuuuute city about 2.5 hours outside of NYC where Andrew and I visited in November 2019). I honestly have no idea why it took me so long to read this memoir because it absolutely checks all of my boxes. Girls, I loved this one! I thought Hilarie was adorable, witty, raw and full of grit. She shares everything from her struggle to get pregnant, picking wife and mom life over Hollywood, what a dang hard worker she is (this girl runs a farm!), the importance of friendship and community and why family trumps everything. I thought her story was super unique and inspiring. She made me want to plant a garden, call my bestie and hug my kids. If you’re a fan of hers, you must read this book! It’s filled with a lot of wonderful storytelling that will make you want to come back for more. Loved it!
That wraps up this month’s book review!
I would love a few suggestions please!! I would love to read one thriller next month (not too scary), and I would love some light chick-lit for spring break! If you have any recommendations, please leave them below.
Also, don’t forget…
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.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2021 (all 59 of them), click here.
That wraps up Book Day! I will see you back here next month 😉 . xx