Friday, June 1

friday favorites: books edition

Hi Friends!

In my long overdue update a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I'd been on a reading frenzy. I tend to either blog like a crazy fool or read like one, and reading has won out.

Below are the books I’ve been reading since my last book post. I’m sharing my rating and a few brief thoughts. Click through to Amazon to see the full book description.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover
I haven’t read quite all of her books but I am getting close. November 9 is a great story and one that keeps you on edge the entire way tugging your heart this way and that. It’s not my favorite of hers but it was still an “I can’t put it down” read nonetheless. 

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I love Sophie Kinsella and I enjoyed My Not So Perfect Life. However, it was a little slow to start and felt a little more predictable than her other novels. Regardless, I love an easy read with all the feels. 

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A few of you recommended this novel a few months ago and it was just as good as you said it would be. It was a quick read with a lot of heart tugging. The book leaves you feeling satisfied, thankful and humbled. 

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
I had high hopes for this book when I read the description, but it wasn’t as awesome as I thought it would be. It was a little slow and kinda dry. The overall story, however, was enjoyable. 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
This book is hands down the best one I’ve read since Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. There are few books that stay with me for months after reading them. It Ends With Us is one of them and definitely makes my Top 5 best ever read list. 

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer
It's been a little while since I read Secrets in Summer and I couldn't recall it's main idea without reading the book description. It was an enjoyable read but not a memorable one.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I really enjoyed The Hating Game. It was an engaging romantic comedy. I think it'd make a great Hallmark movie minus the language. 

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
I am usually a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks, but this one was not one of my favorites. It was good, but not great and I expect great from him. 

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
This book was excellent. I was mesmerized the entire way through waiting for what would happen next. The love story was wonderfully woven within the drama. After the book, I decided to make time for the movie. BIG mistake. The movie is nothing like the book. I was utterly disappointed.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
I thoroughly enjoy historical fiction novels with female protagonists and The Alice Network did not disappoint. It didn't quite make the best books ever read list (five star books), because there were just parts of it that I thought were out of place. I'd think let's get back to what really matters here. 

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
A lot of you were reading this and raving about it, so I added it to my list. It took me a couple of tries to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked. This opened my eyes to something entirely new about our history. I even researched the basis of the story afterwards. Excellent read.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Although Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors, Hopeless was not one of my favorite novels. It was a good read, but not one I'd recommend to older adults. It is a young adult novel and even though sometimes I enjoy those, this was not one of those times.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
Although a little out of my usual genre selection, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was unpredictable and kept me on the edge of my seat trying to anticipate the next turn. It was definitely an I can't put this down novel with an unexpected ending with which the reader is satisfied.

The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry
I had The Bookshop at Water's End on my want to read list before it was even available and was not disappointed. Patti Callahan Henry's novels are always thought provoking and heart tugging. This would be a perfect beach read.

Hardcore 24 by Janet Evanovich
I think I continue reading this series because I've read all of them. I keep hoping that something ground breaking will come of the love triangle. I'm not sure I am even interested in the comedy/mystery that goes along with the bounty hunter tales, especially this one. Hardcore 24 was zombie centered and I am just not into zombies, of any kind. However, there was a little drama for the love triangle in this one so I gave it three stars instead of two.

I am currently reading Gabriel's Inferno and although it's a series, I have my doubts I'll continue to read through after the first novel. Any favorites you highly recommend I get on my reading list?

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! I hope to get a life update out soon...

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  1. Yeah, I'm so glad you enjoyed One True Loves, It Ends With Us and November 9. Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors as well. According to Goodreads, I read Hopeless in 2014 and loved it. Sorry it wasn't one of your faves. I felt that way about Without Merit. You read a bunch of books this month that I've also read and enjoyed. I added The Alice Network to my to-read list. I read up to book 14 in the Stephanie Plum series but stopped after that one.

    1. I almost picked up Without Merit and thought better of it and always have questioned my decision. This definitely helps! I did like The Alice Network - the overall story is wonderful - it just sometimes moves a bit slow and is slightly far fetched. I probably need to give up on Stephanie too, but I keep thinking they're easy reads and something climatic eventually has to happen, right?!

  2. You read some really good books!! I love Colleen Hoover! I still need to read her newest book Without Merit. Before We Were Yours was my FAVORITE book so far this year! I couldn't put it down and kept thinking about it long after I read it.

    1. I love books that stick with me like that. It Ends With Us and The Nightingale are two that do for me. I'm a little hesitant to jump into Without Merit, so keep me posted!


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