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October Reads

October Reads

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood 2/5 Stars Susan Green is what some would describe as ‘prickly’. She has a job she tolerates, and apartment that serves its purpose, and a family that is often more trouble than Susan appreciates. She likes to do things by […]

September Reads

September Reads

Another month, another failed attempt at reading more than one book. I am slacking. Hopefully I can use the back half of the year to catch up on my reading. Does anyone have any recommendations for me? The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor […]

August Reads

August Reads

August was a very sad month for me reading. I just couldn’t really get into anything. I tried to read ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ a few times, but just couldn’t really get into it before my borrow expired. Even the one book I’m counting here as my SINGLE August read, I didn’t finish until a few days into September. I’m hoping this month will be a bit better of a book month for me.

The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

2.5/5 Stars

Bryn Turbull’s first novel explores the life of Thelma Morgan in the ’20s and ’30s during her marriage to a Lord, her affair with a Prince, and her sister’s high-profile court case against the Vanderbilts. It’s a work of historical fiction, but a lot of what happened in the book was true.

I was looking forward to reading a new book by a Canadian author, and I love me some royal fiction. I just wish I liked it more than I actually did. For me, it was a slow read. I was never particularly gripped at any point. I didn’t feel a whole lot of depth to any of the characters. It all felt very surface level.

The book jumps around a bit in regard to time. I didn’t really mind that. The chapter titles told the reader what time we were in. I thought it was interesting to see what action lead up to what event. The book just felt like it was taking a long time to get somewhere, and I don’t really feel like I got anywhere.

After finishing the book, I read the various wikipedia pages for the real-life people in this book, and the book was pretty accurate towards history. It was an okay book, I just didn’t really love it.

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July Reads

July Reads

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston 4/5 Stars What if the first son of the United States and the Prince of England were in their early 20’s and fell in love during a tumultuous election year? Red, White & Royal Blue explores just […]

June Reads

June Reads

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson 3/5 Stars The Vanishing Stair is the second book in the Truly, Devious series. Stevie Bell is pulled out of Ellingham Academy by her parents after the murder of her housemate. They were convinced to let her go back […]

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

In Julia Whelan’s debut novel, we follow American Ellan Durran as she follows her dreams through a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. In her first moments in England, she bumps in a rude stranger who ends up being one of her professors. Later he becomes much more than just that. Ella must figure out if she wants to stay in England, or continue her job with a presidential candidate back at home.

Lately, I haven’t really been reading the descriptions, and have just been diving into books head first based on recommendations and pretty covers. So there was a bit of a twist that I really wasn’t expecting. I did enjoy the book, but it probably wasn’t my favourite that I read this month. It did feel a bit darker than my usual romcoms.

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

3/5 Stars

I’ve never put a whole lot of thought into Jessica Simpson. She always seemed to be the distant third of female pop stars of the late 90s. I’d of course heard about her desire to remain ‘pure’ until her wedding. I knew she married Nick Lachey and they had a TV show. She just was never really at the forefront of my mind.

But I LOVE a celebrity memoir.

Especially one that tells me the dirt. I love when a book names names, and Jessica did that. She was very open and honest in a way that I didn’t really expect from her. The book is a compelling read, as she talks about her struggles with alcohol, assault, and body image. I found it a really endearing book. But please note that it is pretty religion heavy. Which I guess is to be expected from her.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

5/5 Stars

Tiffy Moore was recently broken up with and she needs to get out of the apartment they shared FAST. She’s on a tight budget, as she doesn’t make much at her job as an editor for specialty craft books. Most of the apartment she sees are not really what she’s looking for. She finds an add for a flatshare – and more importantly – a bedshare. Leon is looking for someone to share his flat as he works nights and only sleeps during the day, and wants someone with an opposite schedule. He could use the extra $350 a month to pay the lawyer in his brother’s armed robbery case.

Tiffy and Leon, while avoiding meeting, get closer and become good friends through a series of notes left around their shared apartment. They get to know each other and themselves better than they could have hoped. Tiffy faces the dark truths about her recent breakup.

I had heard about this book from blogger Beth Sandland and put it on my hold list immediately. It finally came to me in the middle of this month. I loved this book. I thought it was an interesting entry into my favourite genre. The Flatshare also dealt with some darkness that I wasn’t expecting, and a darkness that I don’t usually see in many books. I’d definitely read this one if you love a British romcom!

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

3.5/5 Stars

Vivian Morris is a young woman in the 1940s with no direction. She is sent to live with her aunt in New York City after being kicked out of university. She romps around town with showgirl, Celia Ray, while working as a costumer at her aunt’s playhouse, The Lily. One evening, she makes a misguided, childish choice that changes the course of her life, and she returns home. She later returns to the city with her aunt to help her during the war. She continues to live her life in a different way in a whole new NYC.

So, I think I liked this book.

The whole story is told by Vivian to a woman named Angela, who wrote to her asking what she was to her father. I kind of forgot about that part, because it didn’t totally become relevant until the very last quarter of the book. In fact, the part where is kind of is relevant, the 20 year span is covered in a few pages. Whereas we spent 3/4 of the book on about a year or 2 of action.

I feel like the first half could have been condensed just a touch. I feel like Elizabeth Gilbert takes pride in being exceptionally wordy. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. The world she created was very clear and robust. It just felt a bit disconnected.

So yeah, I liked the book. But it wasn’t an absolute page-turner for me. I wasn’t craving to pick it up and read it every day. It took me a little longer than it normally does to finish a book.

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April Reads

April Reads

Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West 3/5 Stars Lindy West’s 2016 debut novel reads like a collection of essays about her trials and tribulations of growing up and coming to age as a self-proclaimed fat woman. She discusses how it feels to […]

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 […]

My Favourite ‘Comfort’ Reads

My Favourite ‘Comfort’ Reads

Many of us, myself included, have a lot more time to read these days. I’ve always been a big reader. It’s a great way to escape into another world. There are a few books that I read over and over again because they are warm and comforting.

Most of these will fall in the category or predictable romcom or funny person autobiography.

Anything by Sophie Kinsella, specifically Can You Keep a Secret? and Wedding Night

Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favourite authors for a very long time. I picked up Confession of a Shopaholic early in my teens, and have read almost all of her new releases since. My absolute favourite is Can You Keep a Secret? As you can tell by my copy in the photo, it has been well-loved by me. It’s a book I pick up whenever I want something easy and breezy to read.

I also really loved Wedding Night. I feel like it’s one that doesn’t really get brought up when talking about Sophie’s books. I think it is a funny, unique concept and I love re-reading it.

The ‘Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging’ series by Louise Reninson

I was obsessed with this series as a teen. I went back and re-read the first book in the series recently and I still thought it was great. Although it’s undoubtedly a series for teens, it doesn’t feel particularly juvenile. It’s a really funny, light-hearted coming of age series.

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I mean what a perfect time to dedicate a few weeks of your life to reading this behemoth of a series. Especially if you haven’t read it before!! I’m sure everyone who had any interest in reading it has done so, but maybe try something new.

Check out my visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour here.

Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? and Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I loved both of these books by tv’s Mindy Kaling. I love her in general, so it’s no surprise I was a big fan of these books. It was a nice insight to her life and why she does what she does. It’s honest and vulnerable but not in a sad or dark way.

The Unhoneymooners

This is a book I’ve read pretty recently, but I loved it. I laughed all the way through it. It was a very fun romcom story.

The Joy of Cooking

Okay obviously this isn’t much of a reading book (although there are lots of great tidbits to read sprinkled throughout!) But this is my favourite cookbook. I got it as a Christmas gift, and I haven’t put it down since. Anything I can think of that I want to make is in this book. It’s not the fanciest cookbook on the block, hell there isn’t even pictures. It’s definitely the most useful one I own.

Let me know what books you’re reading, I’m always looking for books to add to my holds list.

If you’re looking to purchase any of these books, check out the websites for your local bookstores to see if they carry them. Or check them out online through your local library. Most times, you can sign up for the online services without going to your library as long as you have a card. If you don’t have a card, contact your local library to see if you can sign up over the phone or internet.

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February Reads

February Reads

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes 5/5 Stars I had heard of Linda Holmes years back. She made a few guest appearances on a Survivor podcast I listen to, so I was excited to hear she was writing a book. I had this on […]