Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Books Lately

Good book day to you! I went through a bit of a reading slump this month. I thought it was because I read too much (is there such a thing?)  last month but then I realised it was because I was in the middle of a book that I was just not enjoying. So instead of giving up on the book, I choose to ignore reading all together. For some reason, I have the hardest time giving up on books. I keep hoping they will get better. Note to self: they never do.

I finally finished the book I really didn't want to be reading, and it was so unsatisfying. I annoyed myself for continuing to read it when I was clearly not enjoying it. A week or so later, I picked up another book and the formatting was seriously.. like three paragraphs were smooshed together and the lines were alternating so I was attempting to read it all messed up (that probably makes no sense) and what I could understand was so boring that I gave up. I was quite proud of myself, as I am not good at letting go of books, even when I don't enjoy them. Here's hoping I continue to be strong, life is too short to read bad books.




Cocktails at Le Carmen - Isabelle Andover - 3 stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Available on Amazon!

Okay, so I stayed up till 3am to finish this book. It wasn't un-put-down-able, I was just enjoying myself and didn't want to go to sleep. It is the definition of fun, light, easy, chick lit. Not quite deserving of 4 stars, but better than 3 stars, so you'll just have to imagine a 3.5 rating. I did enjoy this book, though there was a lot going on that wasn't really necessary. Also, I felt like it was a wee bit predictable and that the main guy changed, or became less sexy as he became attainable. That probably makes no sense. I enjoyed it nonetheless, but I'll most likely forget about it here soon. 

Letters to Zell - Camille Griep - 4 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Available on Amazon!

At first I thought I had picked up another Spelled (which I did not like), but then I got to the next page and there was a lot of swearing and I was like okay, this is more my speed. Not that I enjoy swearing in books (I generally do not), but I gathered this meant it was more geared to adults, thank goodness. I love fairytales. Yep. No shame. I really enjoyed this book, though at times I would forget which character was supposed to be which princess and I didn't love the ending. But overall, good book. Honestly wouldn't recommend unless you like fairytales though.




Every Day - David Levithan - 3 stars

Meh. Sometimes I liked it, sometimes I really didn't like it. It was a somewhat enjoyable read and I can see how lots of people love it but parts of it bothered me. I felt like the author was trying to force some opinions on to the reader. I had a dream similar to this and I was like, man that would make a great book! Then I found out this guy beat me to it, but my dream was better. Ha. Jk. Seriously though, I almost felt like the author was pushing certain agendas / opinions on me and I just didn't dig it. I felt like parts of it were really contradictory and the ending was so insufficient.


Another Day - David Levithan - 2 stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Available on Amazon August 25th.

I requested this book from netgalley before I had read Every Day. I probably wouldn't have requested it if I had. Then I found out it was the same story but from the other person's POV - man I hate those. So, seriously, this book was not looking good from the get go. It was okay, some parts were interesting, but I don't know if I'd recommend reading it immediately after Every Day. The ending just made me roll my eyes. If you liked Every Day, you'd like this. It is not a sequel though, so don't be expecting that.


The Closer You Come - Gena Showalter - 3 stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Available on Amazon!

I think you can tell what kind of book this is by the cover. Nadine recommended this and though it's not normally my kind of book, I gave it a shot. Honestly, this book wasn't bad. However, a few things annoyed me: the names of the characters (Brook Lynn?! Jessie Kay?), the names the guy called her (angel, honey, vomit) and how instantly protective (obsessed) he was, something that happened at the start of the book (spoilers) that no-one I know would ever ignore and finally the sex scenes got a bit repetitive and boring. Honestly, there was far too much going on and the book could have removed a conflict or two and still been good. I read it in one sitting so obviously I enjoyed it. I think if you like these kinds of books you might like it.
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan - 3 stars

KC got me this for Christmas and I kept meaning to read it, and kept putting it off. It took me a really long time to get into it, and I seriously had no idea who was who most of the time, so many characters to keep track of. I understand why a lot of people love it, I just found it a bit repetitive and rather slow paced at times. That being said, I did enjoy it and it gave me the feels and all that jazz. 
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel - 1 star

This is the book I was struggling with. It's supposedly this amazing best seller and I just could not get into it. It was so boring. Then Kathy mentioned she felt the same, I felt a little vindicated, because everyone (every.one.) else loves it! I really, really did not enjoy this. It started off semi interesting but bloody hell it dragged and dragged. So chalk it up to stupidity, but I just kept trying. I kept hoping it would get better. 

Moral of the story, er review: I did not like it. You might. Lots of people do. I need to abandon books that I do not enjoy.
A Little Something Different - Sandy Hall - 5 stars

Purely out of enjoyment, 5 stars. I don't like multiple POVs and this is one of the only books that I a) didn't mind and b) didn't get confused because of the way it's labeled. Yes, there are POVs from a bench and a squirrel. It sounds weird and I guess it kind of is but this book made me SO HAPPY. Guys I'm not kidding I freaking LOVED this book. It is so adorable. If you are a cynical unhappy anti rom-com person, it's so not for you okay? I'm not kidding, don't read it if you don't like stuff like this. But if you love awkwardness and happiness and love and all sorts of adorableness you need to read it. LOVED IT.








AbandonedThe Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham. I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, but the formatting was so bloody messed up that I could hardly make sense of it, and what I could was dreadfully boring so bye Felicia. I'll wait for the movie. 

Linking up with Steph and Jana for the show us your books link up.


Life According to Steph

Hmm. Skimmers, I don't have much for you today. If you like adorable cheesy books, A Little Something Different was definitely the hit this month. You could also try Station Eleven, because apparently the rest of the world loves it.


Read anything decent or awful lately?

67 comments:

  1. Sounds like I need to read A Little Something Different next! I just finished my current read on the train this morning so I was looking for something new!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. station eleven - nope. i tried and tried but i was like WHEN DOES THIS GET GOOD? so i turfed it. there were a lot of books this month that i ditched; most of them were probably because i was expecting similar stories as previous book (that were so good) so i'll give it a bit before returning to them because those books did get high ratings on goodreads.

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  3. I haven't heard of most of these, but some sound pretty good. I'll have to check them out!

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  4. I am definitely going to add A Little Something Different. That one sounds really good!

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  5. Oh! Ryan bought me some books recently - it was the bundle set of 16 stories (most of which almost qualify as "short stories") and I feel obligated to like all of them since he bought it for me, but the truth is if you can buy a bundle for $3, chances are there's a lot of crud in there. :P Seeing as I love fairytales, I will be adding Letters to Zell to my Goodreads list.

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  6. I also didn't care for Station Eleven, I felt like there was a point to the story that the writer forgot to include. I had such high hopes for the book but it just wasn't my thing.

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  7. Five stars for A little something Different - I have to read it. I have so much to catch up on - I honestly didnt read too much in the last 3 weeks.

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  8. I'm with you on hating giving up on books! It's hard- like you already put so much time into it, you sort of feel obligated to finish!

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  9. I can never not finish a book either-- usually because I feel like I've already invested time into it, so I might as well see it through, but then if you end up still not liking it, it seems like a waste of time, haha. Cocktails at Le Carmen looks so cute. I've wanted to read Station 11, but I definitely won't rush to it now. I just started The Storied Life of AJ Firky per your recommendation and gahhhh sooo good already!

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  10. I stop reading a book if I dislike it enough. Or I might look at the ending, then read to see what made that ending happen. Sometimes it adds excitement.

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  11. I had a slumpy month, too. I think they just happen when you read as much as we do. I am sad to hear you didn't like Station Eleven and Kathy said the same because it's on my TBR already. Which isn't written on stone tablets so I can move it around or off if need be.

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  12. I totally stop reading a book if I don't find it interesting. I use to feel really guilty about it but I don't anymore. I hate wasting my time on a bad book.

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  13. Ugh I am the same way about putting a book down when I'm not enjoying it, it's so hard for me to do! At first I blame myself and think "what is wrong with me, why am I not enjoying reading as much lately?" and then I finally realize it's because of the book I am trying to force myself to read.

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  14. I have no problem putting books down or shutting movies off if they don't suck me in. I'm too impatient to wait around and see if things turn around! hahahaha

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  15. haha I hate it when I feel like the only one who dislikes a book.. haha :) Something Different looks really really cute. Zell sounds good, I've wanted to read joy luck club. And I'm up for chick lit... so why not on the first one. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  16. Letters to Zell - I gotta check out - you know I love fairy tales
    & that last one? Yep, going on my Amazon list right now too!

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  17. I'm the exact same with books I don't like; I'm awful at deciding that this is going nowhere and I need to stop. I'm going to take your advice and try harder next time, though! I'm not really into fairytales but I reckon I could give a bench POV a go...!

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  18. I can't stand when books have too many characters! It makes it really hard for me to follow, and I honestly have to write down the characters and who they are just to make sense of it. That's what I'm dealing with in Judy Blume's new novel. Not a fan. I do like changing POV (only if it's up to 3 people though)

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  19. I think I'd like A little something different! I need to start planning out my time better! I miss reading! xo

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  20. Always love and appreciate your book reviews! I've seen Joy Luck Club movie, so I guess I can understand why the book may be hard to get into. I just finished all four books in the Sylvia Day Crossfire series - think 50 Shades of Gray with a slightly better storyline (imo). Now I'm onto Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham!

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  21. I felt the same way about Station 11 as well, I just don't get it.

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  22. I keep seeing Station Eleven and the premise sounds interesting but also like it's not quite my thing, so I haven't tried it. Thanks for letting me know I'm probably making the right decision!

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  23. I also crapped on Station Eleven. I told Kathy not to read it but could not spare her the pain. LOL. I was like why does everyone like this? It sucks. LOL

    I liked The Joy Luck Club. It took me a little while to get into its rhythm, I do remember that from years ago when I read it.

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  24. Of course cocktail at le carmen is totally up my alley - really want to read a little something different! Thanks for the suggestions!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  25. Goodness you read a lot! I've added A Little Something Different to my "to read!" :)

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  26. SO many books!!! What I did take away from this was Net Galley. :) I signed up and started requesting.

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  27. Good for you for quitting! You're right they're too many great books out there to waste your time waiting when you don't enjoy.

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  28. I'm always in awe of how much you're able to read in a short time! I need to channel my inner-Kristen! Oooh Cocktails at Le Carmen looks like the perfect pool/beach read - adding to my list!

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  29. bummer about the joy luck club! i liked the movie but i never bothered to read the book. i just ordered the luckiest girl alive sooo im hoping i like it. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  30. I also have trouble giving up a book and I need to get better than that because, well, your ecard says it all. After Steph's and Kathy's and now your take on Station Eleven, I know I'm staying far away. But I did add A Little Something Different. It sounds right up my alley!

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  31. I am the worst about giving up on books also. I think I've given up on one in the past like 3-4 years.

    I just read David Levithan's first (I think it was his first) book Boy Meets Boy...and I kinda hated it. It may have been the voice of the narrator (since it was an audio book) but this doesn't give me too much hope. Although I remember liking Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist...who knows.

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  32. I hate when you read a lot of books that are just meh. Glad you found one you really enjoyed though :)!

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  33. I'm adding A Little Something Different to my tbr list. Sounds adorable.

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  34. Hey now, I warned you about the honey and stuff in that book! Haha!!! And I agree with the girl's names, they were a bit ridiculous but you have to admit you liked the book more than you wanted to. I had to give up on a book this month too. I completely agree with that first ecard!!!!

    A Little Something Different sounds totally cute and I am totally going to have to try it out!

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  35. Iv'e read the Joy Luck Club and I'm with you -- it was okay but I didn't love it!
    xo Southern Style

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  36. I know this post is about books... But did you change your blog template a little bit?! Different font or social icons/buttons or something?! It looks different! Am I on crack?

    If it is, I like it! It's super clear and easy to read. Nice job!

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  37. Oh dear, not too many books above 3 stars this month!! No wonder you were in a reading slump! I understand about not wanting to quit a book...it makes me feel like a quitter! But I was proud of myself because I recently quit one really, really early. I just felt like I wasn't ever going to care about the characters or story and I already wasn't liking the writing style. And life is too short for that. But as usual, I'm appreciative of your reviews for better or worse!

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  38. A Little Something Different looks good. I think I want to reread The Joyluck Club now too!

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  39. I hate giving up on books too, and try so hard not to. One that I have vivid memories giving up was Tess d'Ubervilles in high school because I thought it was so terrible!
    I loved Station Eleven, but I'm also obsessed with the Walking Dead, so I was kind of comparing it to that post-apocalyptic world (minus the zombies, of course). It was the book club book this month, and a lot of others didn't like it either, so you're not alone!

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  40. I mean, all those books up there are considered a bad reading month?! You are too much! I'm going to add your 5 star book, A little something different to my list.

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  41. Haha first person I've heard say "Bye, Felicia" to a book. Love it! I'll have to check out your high-scorers. Holy moly you read A LOT girl :)

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  42. I'm going through a bit of a reading slump myself, but A Little Something Different sounds really cute :)

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  43. I'm really bad about having to finish books, even when I think they're bad. Sad to hear you didn't like Station Eleven-I've been wondering about that. A Little Something Different sounds fun! Looks like you went on a NetGalley binge. My next book post is going to be almost all NetGalley! Haha.

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  44. Cocktails sounds like a great in-between heavy books kinda read. Thanks! The Joy Luck Club -- yes, I couldn't keep the characters straight. Who was whose mom again? LOL. I LOVED the movie though. I have Station Eleven on my night stand. I'm reading it after I finish Animal Farm and Princess Bride. Hopefully I like it better than most people who've blogged about it.

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  45. The JLC is on my end of year list! The movie drew me in.

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  46. I JUST finished my current book last night and so I'm def in search of another!!

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  47. In a bit of a slump myself. This always happens at the beginning of a new school year, so I trust it will pass as I acclimate to being back to work. I am currently listening to A Dog's Purpose. It's cute and light, which is exactly what I need right now. It is taking me longer to listen to it (in comparison to similar length audiobooks) because I don't want to listen for long periods of time right now. I just have too much on my mind. I trust it will pass as I get back in the work groove.

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  48. It's the worst when a book is a bestseller but when you read it it's the worst read of your life! I was reading nonstop back in May and June but in July I stopped and now I'm stuck on a book that I really don't like. I'm slowly getting closer to the end so I think I'll try to stick it out and quickly move on to some more enjoyable reading material! I want to read A Little Something Different!

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  49. lovelovelove thissss because it helps we weed out what I need to read!! Especially the bestseller that wasn't very good, it would be kind of annoying to read a best seller and find out it kinda sucks.
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  50. I really enjoyed Every Day but I think the biggest draw for me was how unique the premise was. I'm excited for Another Day, it's a bummer you didn't enjoy it!

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  51. I didn't know Another Day was a different POV. I hate those too. It feels so lazy. I tried Station Eleven and wasn't into it at all, but thought I'd give it another try. I'm defintely adding A Little Something Different!

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  52. Oh no, I LOVED Station Eleven. I do think it got cut short though, it needs a sequel (which would be the opposite of what you think) :) A Little Something Different sounds TOO cute!! Totally adding that one. Hope next month is a better reading month!

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  53. When reading your review about Letters to Zell, I laughed about the curse words. I just finished Big Little Lies, and there was one part where a character said "What the fuck?" as I said the same thing about what had just happened. Sometimes a good curse word makes it relatable.

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  54. I've contemplated Station Eleven in the same way I've contemplated The Martian. Maybe I'll wait for a movie...

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  55. Ooh, added A Little Something Different to my TBR list. I love multiple POV books and am always up for a good romance/chick-lit book!

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  56. I've never read The Joy Luck Club, but it has been on my list for aaaages. I think it might be a nice winter read for me. Really intrigued now that I've seen your review. Will be especially interested to see how I like the book now!

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  57. Blergh I hate when everyone loves certain books and then I don't feel the same. I'm usually pretty good about quitting books if I don't like them but the peer pressure associated with those particular books makes push myself through. I keep thinking that surely they get better since everyone likes them!

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  58. I'm just like that - I have a hard time putting down a book I'm not feeling. I just try to power through it. I think it comes from school. When in school I'd start reading some classic or required reading (like The Crucible and Tess of the D'Urbervilles) and I'd hate it but power through because I had to and then ended up loving it. So I got in the habit of thinking if I just read it, it might end up a favorite. This is SO not always the case.

    Eeep! That sucks that Station 11 was so disappointing. I know how excited you were about that one. Also, I've heard a lot of people say that The Joy Luck Club was just okay, which is upsetting because I really love the movie!

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  59. I need some good chick lit/romance to read between these difficult books I'm reading! Thanks for the suggestions! :)

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  60. I could have written the introduction to this post. I even mentioned in my post for this link-up how it took me a while to get through one of my recent books because I just never felt like picking it up. It's a terrible habit (especially since my "To Read" list just keeps growing and growing!), but I always feel like I HAVE to know what happens.

    I've read a lot of mixed reviews for Station Eleven. It's on my list, but I'm in no hurry to pick it up. The premise still intrigues me, so I'll probably read it eventually … There are just other books I want to read more.

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  61. I've been in a reading slump too. It just took me 3 weeks to read a book, shenanigans! I didn't dislike the book, I think I've just been TV addicted instead. I actually haven't read any of these. I may have to try A Little Something Different :)

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  62. Great reviews! I've been in a reading slump after finishing the first 6 books on my list but now I'm so into the Goldfinch that I'm even sneaking in some reading time via Kindle's PC app while I'm at work. Shh...don't tell!

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  63. First, love the idea of signing up to NetGalley! And two, about station eleven, this is very interesting! I mean I heard it was amazing, but didn't know how to feel about the summary, will have to pick it up to see if it tickles my fancy. But I'm with you - if I really don't enjoy a book I'll put it down (reluctantly, but I will) it happened last year when I truly couldn't bare to keep reading the Magicians..terrible book!

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  64. The "A Little Something Different" book sounds so absolutely adorable! I need to check that out! :)

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  65. Oh man, I've read some not so good opinions of Stations Eleven and I've had it on my shelf since it came out. It seemed like a book that I was going to love but now I'm hesitant about reading it.

    I'm going to check out Letters to Zell. I never read The Joy Luck Club but she wrote The Bonesetter's Daughter and I loved that. Similar to Memoirs of a Geisha and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

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  66. I totally agree my TBR list is too long for a bad book. The Closer You Come is on my list, now I am not that excited. A little something different sounds cute and worth a read, adding it.

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  67. I am SO GLAD that you liked A Little Something Different! I loved that book so much and it just made me so freaking happy!

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