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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]