Happy Monday, friends!
Guess what?! It’s our favorite blog post of the month! It’s BOOK REVIEW DAY!!
Grab your pumpkin spice latte and settle in…I read FOUR BOOKS this month that you might want to read.
I read a chick lit, a motivational book, one about family and one that surprised the heck out of me.
Here we go, starting with…
Hello Stranger by Katherine Center
So, if you’ve read these reviews for a while then you know that I really love Katherine Center books. Her novels are always cute little chick lit reads that are happy, feel good, easy to read with strong. female leads and adorable love interests. I was excited to pick up this one here, her latest novel, but if I’m being honest…it fell a flat for me.
This book started off really promising. She’s an artist whose surgeon dad doesn’t approve that she’s no longer pursuing medicine. She goes out one night, there’s a fall, she wakes up with a condition where she can’t see people’s faces. I know. It sounds weird, but that’s the premise of the book. She can see other things, but her brain doesn’t comprehend faces, so she can’t recognize people. Now, at the end of the book, this author explains this particular condition and how it really is a thing WHICH IS TERRIBLE, but I thought for this particular book, it made it “cheesy”. The condition isn’t cheesy, but how the book plays out and how it ends felt very cheesy/unrealistic to me.
Light, happy, feel good and adorable…yet just a bit too “out there” for this romcom loving reader.
Thirty Chic Days Vol 3 by Fiona Ferris
I have read many a book by Fiona Ferris and listened to her interviewed on many different podcasts. This New Zealand Francophile speaks my language about living each and every day to the absolute fullest. I picked up this book which breaks down each day over a one month period and ways to really enjoy/maximize/live your very best life. Each day had ideas/applications/her wit and banter as she truly does motivate and encourage women. I love a lot of things about Fiona Ferris, but one of them that I love the most is that she’s always so complimentary of her husband. You can really tell that she loves and respects him and even when her days can hurried and frazzled, it doesn’t appear that she ever takes it out on him.
This book (and honestly, her others too!) are about lifestyle, leisure, travel, beauty, fashion, and are just plain inspirational and motivational. If you need a little “oomph” right now in your life, I highly recommend it. It will just encourage you to be the best version of yourself right now today.
Maame by Jessica George
This novel has been all over the place. Everyone who seems to be anyone in my feed has read and reviewed this story, so needless to say, I was “influenced” to read it too.
This book is about a young London-born woman whose parents immigrated over from Ghana before she was born. She has to learn to navigate life after tragedy for the first time truly on her own. She, of course, is influenced by her British culture but also that of her parents’. This is a story about grief and growth, complicated family dynamics, loss and forgiveness. It’s also about not being too hard on yourself or people you love…we’re all human.
I really liked the main character, and my heart was broken for her and her situation, but I did feel relieved when it was over. I felt this book was a bit too long and honestly, just kind of sad all the way through. I was really looking for any sort of joy/relief/moment of happiness, but they were very few and far between. This is good book, but a heavier book. I will say that other than a few curse words sprinkled in, this book was pretty PG-13 until about the second to last page where it got R, so if you’re sensitive to that, just a heads up.
I was thinking this novel might have ended up in my top based on other reviews, but I really kind of think it’s going to end up being a forgettable read for me.
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
My sweet friend Erin had suggested this novel to me before but you know, the list is long of books I want to read, so when she told me about it again at a football game this month, I told myself I needed to try it. You guys…I LOVED IT! This book here will be one that I will recommend/think about/talk about/share for years to come. I could NOT put this down.
This is the fictional story of two “friends” who are authors…one successful and one not so much…and then the successful one dies…and well, the other one takes her unpublished book and passes it off on her own.
It was suspenseful, it was thrilling, it was very provocative in that way that makes you think…I MEAN THINK about what you would do/how you would handle it/who is really the victim and who was just capitalizing on an opportunity. This story is about race, racism, how we handle those very sensitive topics these days and who is better/not allowed/shouldn’t be writing/sharing/telling certain stories.
This book was everything and more. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can’t say much more because it’s fast paced, twisted and will keep you on your toes. You do not want me spoiling one delicious page of it. Read it. It’s a thought provoker. The entire book is one topic after another that could really lead to a myriad of great conversations between friends and family. In fact, if you’re in a book club, I would say this would make an excellent book club book as there is truly just too many nuggets to discuss. Read it.
And those, my friends, are my SEPTEMBER reads!
Okay, please share! What did you read and love this month? What do you think about these books above? What should I read next month? I can’t wait to read your comments!
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.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2022 (all 60 of them), click here.
That wraps up Book Day! I just LOVE Book Day!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you all back here tomorrow! xx