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January Reads

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

4.5/5 Stars

In the latest offering from the writing duo Christina Lauren, the frequently unlucky Olive ends up taking her twin sister’s honeymoon due to an extreme illness that took over her and her beau’s entire wedding. The catch? She has to take the trip with her new brother-in-law’s insufferable brother, Ethan. But what’s a little time with the ‘devil’ for a free vacation, right?

This is a chick lit romcom type of book, so you know what’s coming. Obviously Olive and Ethan fall in love on the trip. But how we get there, and how we get to the end of the book doesn’t feel like your typical chick lit. There was some nice twists and turns along the way to lead you to the satisfying ending you picked up the book for.

I thought the characters were all charming, and I loved the scenes the authors built. There were also a couple moments I found myself genuinely laughing out loud.

I really enjoyed this book, as I expected, it’s right up my alley. I can see myself re-reading it in the future.

Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

4/5 Stars

For what a classic this one is, I can’t believe I’ve never actually read it. I’ve seen the movie once or twice, and I liked it. I saw it at the library and thought it was time.

Bridget is fumbling her way through her early 30’s as she watches her friends get in relationships, her mom experience a mid-life crisis, and as Bridget falls in love with a playboy co-worker, all while trying to cut back on cigarettes. This is all while everyone asks her when she’s going to get married and have kids. She takes most of it in stride, but makes some ‘interesting’ choices along the way that she regrets immediately.

I had a great time reading this. I will say, that it’s crazy how far we’ve come as a society when it comes to women’s weight. This book was published in the late ’90s, and every chapter starts with Bridget mentioning how much she weighs with anything over 125 being ‘fat cow’ category. I can’t imagine this flying today, and with good reason.

The book was funny and I am looking forward to reading the whole series, and then maybe watching all of the movies too.

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