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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 […]

March Reads

March Reads

Bachelor Nation: Inside the world of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy Kaufman – Being a Bachelor podcaster, when this book came out this time last year quite a few people asked if I had read it. Well, now I can say yes I have. […]

January Reads

January Reads

Keep Me Posted by Liza Beazley – One Christmas, adult sisters, Cassie and Sid, decide to become pen pals while Sid is living abroad. Cassie is feeling unsatisfied with her life. She’s finding her husband frustrating and her kids all-consuming. She’s looking for a bit of an escape. Cassie is able to live vicariously through her sister’s letters and her own Facebook page. A twist has her husband upset with her, and has her on a plane to Singapore to explain herself to Sid.

I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I felt like the twist should have come a little sooner. There was a loooot of build up to it, and then after the twist it all got wrapped up a little fast and was kind of hard to follow at certain points. Some parts of it weren’t super clear. There was a very loose connection in this book to ‘perfect lives on social media, but struggling IRL’ but it felt shoe-horned in. I feel like there’s better books in this genre, so I don’t really think I would recommend it unless you were strictly looking for some sister-sister novels to read.

The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot – This is the 4th book in the VERY LOOSE “Boy” series from Meg Cabot. I read the first one in the series, “The Boy Next Door” a couple months ago.

In this book, Reed Stewart, a pro-golfer returns to his hometown after a decade away to take care of some family problems. He runs into his high school sweetheart after he had abandoned her all of those years ago. Becky, owner of a successful family moving business helps her old flame, Reed, convince his parents to make some life changes.

Like the previous book, this one is written in texts, emails, journal entries and Amazon reviews. I enjoy this style. Meg does a great job at conveying the story through those platforms, and it’s a great way to hear from all of the characters.

Although the plot was completely predictable, I quite enjoyed this book. These books are really easy reads and that’s what I need every once in a while.

November Reads

November Reads

Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder by Chris Cavender – When I saw this book on the shelf at the library, I knew it was for me. Pizza AND a murder mystery? What more could I ask for. I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn’t say […]