Happy Monday, friends!! It’s my AUGUST BOOK REVIEW!!!!
PLEASE READ THIS BELOW…
I dare say that this summer (including May!), I read some of the BEST BOOKS I’ve read in a long, long, long time.
Please make sure you go back and check out these book reviews…
…did you see that?! From May through July, I read 22 books and LOVED almost every single one of them. (There were a few flops, but I would say I LOVED 90% of them!!)
I say all of this to say, this month was a letdown.
Please read this book review but then if you’re truly looking for a great book, go back and read one of the above reviews instead.
Here we go…
The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle
Um, this one was okay. This is a fictional story that’s a nod and a wink to Harry and Megan leaving Britain to live in Canada and have a family.
So, that’s the inspiration.
These royal characters move to a Canadian island and live next door to this single woman and her mother. Obviously, they befriend the royals and then also their bodyguard. That’s the gist. It was cute and sweet with a charming little setting (I want to live in that town) and a likeable lead character. I liked this book, but here’s why I didn’t love it…I didn’t think the royals were relevant at all to the story. They just weren’t. It annoyed me. Has anyone else read this and thought the same thing??? They weren’t detrimental to the story, but they certainly weren’t beneficial either. You could have inserted a variety of characters next door who needed a bodyguard (singer/author/politician/actor/billionaire) and had the same plot from beginning to end. I don’t know, it annoyed me, and that is what knocked it from love to like.
One more thing…buyer be ware. I always note a little rating on my phone as I read a book and this one here was super Hallmark and PG for about half the novel and then plummeted to R in about three sentences. Hahaha! If you don’t purchase books that could lean R, then I just want to point that out. I had this one pegged as Hallmark and then it hit HBO fast.
My next book…
Smells Like Tween Spirit by Laurie Gelman
…this is the fourth novel in the Class Mom series. These books come out every single August, and so far, I have LOVED them all. I would say out of every book this year, I was the MOST excited to sit down and read this one.
I LOVED IT!!!!!!!
This was the shining star of the month for me 🙂 .
Friends, if you’re a mom to kids who have or are going through elementary school, you must read these books. BUT BONUS, if you have or have had a middle schooler, this novel is about them. I COULD SO RELATE! Laurie Gelman has a gift of articulating what it’s like to be a parent in today’s world. She’s funny, she’s spot on, her novels are charming, cute and laugh out loud funny. The first three books in this series follows her as the class mom for her kindergarten son and then as he gets older into elementary school. This novel has him in middle school and she (hysterically!) covers youth sports, their hygiene, what they eat, how loud/ridiculous/impulsive/dumb middle school kids can be. I just love these novels.
Start with BOOK #1 and then just read them all. I have gifted these books to friends and last year, I gave it to the mom who was in charge of our elementary school volunteers. Trust me, YOU WILL RELATE! Nothing will put you more in a back to school mood than this series!
The Office BFFs by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
So, I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again…The Office Ladies is my VERY FAVORITE PODCAST!!! Each and every week, I get SO excited to listen to their new episode and always am sad when they take a week off. I love these ladies, so, of course, I bought their new memoir about being on The Office. After listening to them discuss the new book on podcast episodes, I bought the hardback book because I knew it included over 400 personal, behind the scenes photos from their time on the show. If I’m being suuuuuper honest, the first half of the book really annoyed me, but I liked the second half (buuuuut there’s a reason why).
So, they said over and over again on their podcast that the book would have behind the scenes stories they haven’t shared before…except as I was reading, I had already heard all of those stories on the podcast. I mean, I’m sure there were maybe a handful that I didn’t’ know, but I would guess that 85% of them had already been shared on the podcast. Why did I love the second half? Because they haven’t discussed those episodes yet on the podcast, so I didn’t know those stories…but as their show continues (and seasons of The Office get discussed), then I’m sure they’ll be talking about those stories too. So, great stories, adorable ladies…but it just felt boring to me since I listen to the podcast.
Annnnnnnd…yes, they had SO MANY FUN PHOTOS of their time behind the scenes, but they didn’t have a single caption. I’ve been listening to their podcast now for two years, so I know all of these people’s names that they worked with (not the actors…because they’re recognizable, but the crew), but without a caption, I couldn’t appreciate/didn’t care about those 400 photos of faces I didn’t know.
If I had to do it over again, I would have skipped this book. I love their podcast and will continue being a loyal listener, but I didn’t need to waste my time on the book.
This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
…another nope for me.
So many of you told me to read this novel, but it left me feel ugh every time I put it down.
Am I going crazy here? Please let me know.
This novel is kind of like the Jennifer Garner movie 13 Going on 30 but also kind of like the Bill Murray movie Groundhogs Day. I just didn’t love it. I don’t exactly know why either? It’s set in NYC. There is a charming townhouse involved. It has a strong female lead. I don’t know? It just felt kind of gray and blah. Every time I opened it up, I just didn’t love it. It was kind of depressing to read. Is that weird? Why didn’t I enjoy this one? It wraps up at the end and honestly, I couldn’t even appreciate it…I was just thankful it was over.
Please tell me what you thought about this one! I’m dying to here why so many of you loved it.
Okay, here we go…FALL BOOKS are next up!
I would like some recs for thrillers, memoirs, and cozy chick lit. Please share your latest suggestions!!
I’ve wrapped up a summer of beach books and now, it’s time for the fall reads. Thank you in advance for sharing them with me!
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! Sending you all so much love on this Monday! I’ll see all of you back here tomorrow! xx