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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 […]

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 by their favourite politician, and the father of another one of her schoolmates. Stevie keeps trying to figure out the mystery of who is killing students and what happened in the Ellingham kidnappings so many years ago.

I found it a little harder to get into this book than the first one. Once I did get into it, the story moved along nicely. I found myself kind of rushing through it so I could get to the third book and find out what actually happened.

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

4/5 Stars

Stevie Bell continues to investigate the intertwining mysteries at the remote Ellingham Academy in the third book in the series.

Once finishing the second book, I needed to get my hands on the third book. My library didn’t have it, so I did end up buying it. I finished it in one day. I could not put it down. I needed to know what happened! After the first two books ended in cliffhangers, it was nice to get a conclusion in both cases.

I really enjoyed this series. I thought it was a really good YA Mystery series that could be read by both teens and adults. It was a good mystery that didn’t feel too juvenile. The book also never felt too gory or upsetting to cross it into only adult territory. I would absolutely recommend this series.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

4/5 Stars

Millie Morris is a true-crime obsessed university professor with a close group of guy friends that also work at the university. Millie suggests that they join an online dating site to find dates for an upcoming gala a the university. She then *spends the night* with one of her friends, Reid. They decide to keep things platonic, though neither really wants to. Reid meets Catherine online and starts chatting with her. The only thing? Catherine is actually Millie, who created another profile to avoid chatting to the creepers who contacted her on her original profile. You can imagine what ensues.

Another book by the writing duo Christina Lauren, The Unhoneymooners, was one of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year. This book has the same charm. I really enjoyed reading this one as well, and I can’t wait to add more of their books to my ‘To Read’ list.

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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 […]

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 goal is to read at least 3 books in April to make up for it. I definitely will have the time!

American Royals by Katharine McGee

2.5/5 Stars

I put a hold on this book last summer, and it finally came to me. It’s obviously a very popular book. I’ve been hearing about it for a while now. I was really looking forward to reading it.

It takes a look at an alternate reality in which America has a Royal Family. After the Revolutionary War, a crown was offered to George Washington, and hundreds of years later his family still reigns. Princess Beatrice is set to become the first Queen Regnant of the American throne.

The book follows her and her sister, Samantha, and their struggles for normalcy, as well as Samantha’s friend, Nina, and their brother’s ex-girlfriend, Daphne.

I love the concept of the book. I’m very interested in the British Royal Family, and I thought it was an interesting idea to see what that would look like in the USA.

I just didn’t think the book was that great in execution.

It was a lot longer of a book than I was expecting, clocking in at nearly 450 pages. I found it to be a bit too long. It was hard for me to get into at first. I feel like we could have gotten to the point a little bit earlier than we did. That’s probably the difficulty of having 4 narrators interwoven. Each character talks about their POV of each situation, which makes it a little drawn out for my tastes.

I also wish the characters were just a little older. Beatrice is 21, and Samantha, Nina, and Daphne are 17-18. I think if they were in their mid-to-late 20’s, it would all feel a bit more realistic to me? I have no issues reading books where the characters are in that age range! It just doesn’t feel like a good fit here.

Am I going to read the new book in the series coming out this summer? I mean, probably. I’d like to see where the story is going.

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]