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May Reads

May Reads

In the month of May I managed to read quite a few books and make up for my lacking in other months. I’m now on a better track with my reading challenge! Anyway, on with the books. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan 3/5 Stars […]

March Reads

March Reads

Well, I didn’t read much in March. I aim for at least 2 books a month. Things came up I guess. I also had a hard time getting through the one book I did read so I guess that slowed me down a bit. My […]

January Reads

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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December Reads

December Reads

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal I read The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters in June, and then immediately put in a hold request for Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. It took this long to come in. It’s been a popular book […]

November Reads

November Reads

I Might Regret this by Abbi Jacobson 3.5 Stars I’ve been wanting to read Abbi Jacobson’s ‘memoir’ since it came out. I watched the first few seasons of Broad City (I loved it! I just haven’t gotten around to finishing it). It’s not quite a […]

August Reads

August Reads

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

2/5 Stars

I had this book on my holds list for about 5 months before I finally got to read it. I was really looking forward to it, and frankly I was a bit disappointed.

The story follows Raina, an Indian-Canadian woman in her late 20’s whose grandmother is dying for her to get married. Raina is much more focused on her career, and still suffering from the heartbreak of her last relationship. This is all well and good.

I was still enjoying this story, until <<SPOILER ALERT>> her ex-boyfriend comes to town. To cover this up, she more or less leads her grandmother to believe that she is gay. Her grandmother is very accepting, but the community around her is not. Raina’s best friend is upset because she knows this is a lie. A former family friend comes to her and tells her that he is also gay and she convinces him to come out to his family, which didn’t go well. And he is justifiably upset when he finds out she isn’t gay. I didn’t love that she was lying about her sexuality. The story would have been more interesting if she was actually gay. It just felt all a little off for me. I also hate stories where the trouble people get into are from their own doing over lying.

I didn’t realize before I started it that it was set in Toronto. This was super exciting, I rarely find books that are set in Canada. So I did really love that part. The whole book just felt too long, with the inciting incident coming pretty far into the story. Let me know if you’ve read this one and feel differently.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

3/5 Stars

This is the 4th book in the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling’s alter-ego Robert Galbraith. I have really enjoyed reading this series. I’d have to say that this is my least favourite book in the series so far. If you’ve read the Harry Potter series, you know that she has the knack for really detailed stories. Well, that’s definitely true here. It almost feels like a long book just for the sake of being long. There are so many characters that it’s almost hard to keep them all straight. And I just kept waiting and waiting for the moment when the story actually started. Which, I’m not even kidding, was like 300 pages in.

I’d definitely recommend this series, the Cuckoo’s Calling was an incredible page-turner. This addition to the series just felt a bit meh.

The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith

3.5/5

I picked this up at the library because I liked the cover, and I figured I could get into a book where France itself was basically a character.

Cookbook writer, Paul Stuart, is stuck while writing his latest book. His cousin invites him on a trip with her to France, and he thought that a change of scenery would treat him and his book well. His time in France is filled with ups and downs and just a touch of food poisoning.

I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the first one I’ve read by Alexander McCall Smith. I love books set in small French cities, and this one didn’t disappoint. It felt a little slow in some parts, and I wouldn’t say it was one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. But it was a light, easy read.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

3.5/5

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read so many of her books over and over again. I was super excited to read this one.

Fixie Farr is dealing with managing her family store after her dad dies a couple years ago. This isn’t easy with her mother getting sick, and her siblings being pretty useless. After a run-in with a stranger that changes her life, she works to act for herself instead of everyone else.

I liked this book. It wasn’t my favourite ever of her stories, but it wasn’t my least favourite. It’s a fun, easy read. I tore through the book in a day. I think I will definitely re-read this one at some point.

July Reads

July Reads

Maybe This Time by Jane Mansell This had the makings of a perfect book for me: set in the UK romcom/chick lit endorsed by one of my new favourite writers, Katie Fforde Mimi goes to visit her dad and his partner in the Cotswolds, where […]

June Reads

June Reads

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardtark I’ve been a big fan of the My Favorite Murder Podcast from pretty early on in their run. When they announced that they were writing a book, I was ecstatic. Georgia and Karen […]