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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 […]

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 […]

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 since Reese Witherspoon listed it as one of her must-reads.

Based on the first novel I read by Balli Kaur Jaswal, I had some idea of what to expect. This was going to be focused on a strong-willed woman fighting with her western and eastern ideals. In both books, they had lost someone close to them recently and were dealing with that.

What I didn’t expect was for this book to take a bit of a true crime twist. I was pretty surprised by that turn of events. I also didn’t expect that there would be some of the widows’ stories to be included in the book and boy were they graphic. I probably wouldn’t recommend listening to the audio version of this book with other people in the room.

I really enjoyed this book. I read through it pretty quickly and I found the story engaging. I laughed, I cried (just a little), and left this book feeling really good about it.

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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 […]

October Reads

October Reads

No Judgments by Meg Cabot 4/5 Stars In Meg Cabot’s newest offering, Bree has come to live in a sleepy island town in Florida after a traumatic experience. A hurricane is starting to roll in and while most of the town is evacuating, she decides […]

September Reads

September Reads

September was a really crazy month. My work schedule was packed, and that mixed with other events, commitments, etc made it tough to do much reading. Also, most of my holds are still like, 6 months away from getting to me. Sometimes I feel like when there isn’t pressure to finish a book within a certain timeline, I don’t start it.

Anyway, I could use some book recommendations. You can probably guess what kind of books I’m into based on the months of book reviews here on my blog. Preferably not super new releases, because I don’t need my holds list getting any longer without an end in sight.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

3.5 Stars

Speaking of my holds list, this one was on there for a long time.

Nikole Paterson is a freelance writer in a very casual relationship with a typical LA model. So needless to say she was pretty surprised when he proposed to her in a very public setting, at a Dodgers game. This was a life-changing moment for Nikole, and the rest of the story unfold from there.

I think when I have to wait a long time to read a book, I have higher expectations. It’s super popular so I’m going to love it! And while I liked it, I didn’t love it. I don’t think I would re-read this book, but I am interested to read some other stories by Jasmine Guillory. The story was pretty formulaic, but with some fun little twists that kept me going. Some of the writing felt a little clunky in some places (but who am I to judge?)

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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, […]

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 have both lived very full lives, and I couldn’t wait to read about it

I enjoyed the book a lot. It was a fairly quick read, and I liked that they were able to develop chapters based on some of their favourite catchphrases. It was a fun read, and I liked being able to get an in depth perspective of their lives. It wasn’t a life-changing book, but I enjoyed it.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 

This Nigerian novella was recommended to me by my friend, Ali (check out her blog!). It follows Korede, a nurse in Lagos that lives with her mother and sister in the estate of her late father as she cleans up all of her sister’s messes. Literally and figuratively. Korede’s sweet, charming, beautiful little sister Ayoola is in fact, a serial killer. First it started off as an act of defense, at least that’s what Korede was told, and it has evolved into something more sinister.

This was a very quick read. I finished it in a matter of hours. There’s a low page count, small pages, and a chapter style that lends to a lot of half-empty pages, which all contributes to a quick read. But it was also a real page-turner. I found the story gripping and I couldn’t wait to see where the story was going.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

British-born, Punjabi sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina lose their mother after a long illness. The sisters, who have never really gotten along, agree to go on a trip to India to fulfill their mother’s last wish. The trip, as expected, gets off to a rocky start with Rajni and Jezmeen quarreling, while Shirina tries to avoid the conflict. They’re all holding onto secrets that are rocking their world.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The ending was kind of predictable, but I liked the way Balli got there. This was a fun book about sisterhood with a satisfying ending.

May Reads

May Reads

I didn’t get to reading many books this month. I’ve been trying to keep up with my goal of reading two books a month, but in May I missed the mark. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave I am absolutely a sucker for literally judging […]