Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Books Lately

I've had a pretty good month of reading, several enjoyable books and no overwhelming urges to throw any of them at a wall, which is always a good thing. Let's all add 50+ books to our TBR lists with Steph & Jana, shall we?


The Forgotten Room - Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig - 3 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I can normally handle multiple POVs, even different timelines, but I could barely keep this book straight. There are 3 different women, 3 different eras and stories. They are all connected though, so there is a lot of the same names and places, or 'my mother' 'my father' and many times I was confused about which POV I was reading.  To be honest, I'm not sure I understood absolutely everything in the end, but I got the main gist of it. It's hard to explain what this book is even really about... 3 women, 'what ifs', love, loss, head or heart. Overall, it made my love-loving heart happy but also sad. 
Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes - 3 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the sequel to You, which I thought was super messed up. I have never watched Dexter, but I imagine it is kind of like that? Except I think Dexter did it for good, Joe Goldberg is just a straight up sociopath (but you like him anyway). Well he is back, doing crazy creepy things in this book. There was a lot going on, it was hard for me to keep everyone and everything straight. It didn't grab me like You, though it was definitely well written and fast paced. I obviously don’t gravitate towards books like this, and everyone else is raving about it so if you like books of the messed up variety, check it out.

Eligible (a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice) - Curtis Sittenfeld - 4 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This one is hard for me to review because it's impossible for me to separate it from P&P. If you want, please check out my full review on goodreads here. The story is very different from P&P, but the essence is the same, and that is why P&P will continue to be relevant as long as humans & books are a thing. If you are a fan, go in it with an open mind. If you are not, or do not know the story, I absolutely do recommend it. But I know the story and characters so well, it was like sitting down with an old friend who had changed drastically, but was still the same person deep down. You know?
Stolen - Lucy Christopher - 3 Stars

This book was terrifying. I wanted to like it, and in some parts I did.  Basically the premise is that Ty 'stole' Gemma. Ty is a bit messed up. I don't mind reading books where characters are messed up if I can connect to them somehow, but I didn't in this book. I never really felt anything for the characters, or felt anything that Gemma felt. The characters just didn't come alive for me. I didn't care about Ty. At all. I don't think there was enough development for me to actually like him... I don't know. I liked the camel though.
On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves - 4 Stars

This book is basically about a 30 year old teacher and almost 17 year old getting stranded on an island..... yep. If you're thinking 'ew' or 'no way' I was too, and I was very surprised at how well it worked and how much I enjoyed it. The author totally made it work and addressed the elephant in the book really well. It is a very easy read, very 'simply' written which some people seemed to find offensive, but whatever. It is not something I would have picked up if not for goodreads and friends recommending it, which is what I love. Definitely recommend.
Three Girls Series - Rachel Schurig - 3 Stars

Honestly, out of enjoyment, probably 4 stars. I read the first 3 books in this series and they were very cute, fluffy reads. They are free on kindle unlimited, the last 2.5 are not, so I most likely won't read them. These were perfect beach type reads. A bit predictable, they have their flaws but are enjoyable nonetheless. The first is about a girl who gets pregnant and lives with 2 of her friends, and then the next 2 are about those 2 friends and their love lives. Very cute beachy reads.
Graceling Realm Series - Kristin Cashore - 3/5 Stars

Okay, I love love loved the first 2. They had flaws, but I read them both in one sitting each so obviously I enjoyed them quite a bit. It isn't a 'normal' series because each book is a different character but they don't follow each other like, say, The Lunar Chronicles. Unfortunately the 3rd was not as good as the first 2, the character was unlikable and the story was too convoluted, the romance was 'meh'. But the first 2 were very good and can be read on their own without ever reading the 3rd. If you typically like YA fantasy type books you should check out Graceling and Fire.
Naked in Death - J.D. Robb - 4 Stars

Oh yes, I liked this very much. Yep yep yep. I didn't think I would, but I did. I haven't read a lot of Nora Roberts books, one or two and was kind of 'eh' about them. This book is set in the future, but not so in your face that it gets confusing. It's about a cop investigating a murder, and the guy she gets involved with happens to be a suspect. It was well written and explained really well, I think. I liked all the characters, the story and I did not see 'it' coming. It definitely has a romance element, but it didn't read like a sappy romance. I thought it worked well as a mystery / romance. Highly recommend.
Maid for Love - Marie Force - 4 Stars

This book was adorable. Totally unrealistic, cinderella type story, but it was cute and I loved it. It was free, so well worth the cost. I want to read the rest in the series because I just really love adorable happily ever afters y'all. If you like beachy romantic reads, check it out.
The Last Anniversary - Liane Moriarty - 4 Stars

It's really more like 3.5 stars. This one is about one family that lives on an island, and their family 'mystery'. An outsider (someone's ex fiance) inherits a house from a dead aunt, and basically the book follows her moving to this island, learning about the family and the mystery, and a lot of the characters have some sort of side story or something going on. I thought parts of the book were funny and interesting, I was disappointed by a few of the endings though. Some of the characters were cute and quirky, others were weird or boring. Way too many characters and stories going on. I wish I had read her earlier books first so I still had the later (and better) ones to look forward to. This is a good book on its own, but not compared to her others.
Undertaking Love - Kat French - 4 Stars

I really enjoyed The Piano Man Project a few months ago so wanted to check out more of her books. This one was about a funeral parlour moving next door to a wedding chapel, and the 'war' that ensues. I enjoyed this a lot, more so than the piano one. I liked the story better, the characters more, the development, even the story on the side. I think French likes her books to wrap up super neatly with everyone in a happily ever after, and now that I know and expect that, I don't mind. It was a sweet, romantic, funny, interesting, mostly realistic story. I mean, it's a romance, so if you dig those, you might like this. I quite enjoyed it. There was a couple Doctor Who references which was obviously awesome.
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey - 3 Stars

Heard some not so great things about this one but I didn't hate it. Unfortunately, I didn't love it either. Basically, it's an alien book. Aliens pretty much wipe out humankind in 'waves'. Some parts were new, interesting, funny and a tiny bit thrilling. Other parts were boring, repetitive (Yancey LOVES to repeat himself), creepy, boring, repetitive (oh I'm sorry did I already say that?), confusing and 'meh'. It seemed like a somewhat new take on things in a YA world full of samesies, but the 'romance' was slightly creepy. I really didn't hate this book, I just didn't love it. But, it ended on a cliffhanger and I want to know what happens so goshdarnit I'm probably going to read the second one. The 3rd is not out yet.
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes - Denise Grover-Swank - 3 Stars

This book was free on kindle and then only like $2 extra for the audiobook so I thought what the heck. I ended up switching back to the kindle after about 30% because I wanted to hit the narrator with a rolling pin. Other than that, the book was okay. It was like a mix between Sookie Stackhouse and Stephanie Plum, but not as good as either of those. The main character got on my nerves, she was so naive and kept saying 'crappy doodles' or something equally as irritating. But the story was entertaining enough - as in it passed the time just fine and I mostly enjoyed it, but I won't be reading the rest.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli - 3 Stars

This book is about a not openly gay teenager who is the 'victim' of blackmail when an email falls into the wrong hands. I really wanted to like it, and apparently I am missing something because everyone else thinks it's the best thing since sliced bread. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. I just didn't like any of the characters very much, or care about them, and I wanted to smack Simon over the head for being so clueless and rude to some of his friends, and for not telling people what a certain person did.. I don't know, maybe I am too much of an 'adult' to relate to teenagers and their stupid ways. It probably says something that I liked the teachers and parents more than the teenagers.
Shotgun Lovesongs - Nickolas Butler - 3 Stars

This book is about 5 people who grew up together in a small town in Wisconsin, it jumps from present time to history and back and forth again. It's about how they've changed, grown apart, moved away, come back etc. I wanted to love it, and I certainly did not hate it, but I think I might have been missing what other people loved. It was well written, but I wanted more. I didn't connect or relate to the men, though I found the women interesting and wanted more from them. I think it's one of those books where I feel like it's me that's missing something. I can see and understand why other people connect to and love this book, but I am missing something. It's not you, it's me.
Shopaholic Series - Sophie Kinsella - 3/4 Stars

Kristin recommended this series to me, and I've wanted to read it for quite some time. I really love the movie (Hugh Dancy, swoon). Taken seriously, this series, especially the first book, is a bit ridiculous. But taken for what it is, it is light, fluffy, sweet and entertaining. I love Becky Bloomwood. She reminds me of myself. Past me and sometimes present me! The difference is that I grew up or at least got better, but she keeps getting in the same messes. I mean, I also didn't marry a millionaire, so... I had to grow up. But in all seriousness, I read the first 5 and burned out a bit. I did enjoy this series because it was entertaining, but not amazing. 
First & Then - Emma Mills - 4 Stars

Okay, so this book had a lot going against it for me. First off, it's about teenagers... in high school. I can handle teenagers, I read a lot of YA, but when it's pretty much about high school, I find it hard to relate because.. you know. On top of that, it's very American. Now, before you go throwing bricks at me, I don't mean that in a mean way, just in a 'I'm already not relating to you on the teenage thing, but throw in football, school clubs, homecoming and all sorts of other things I don't understand let alone relate to...' you get me? Lastly... the names. I really dislike lots of weird names in books. Specifically, Devon, which is a type of meat at home.. Plus, I thought she was a boy for the first couple of chapters. But in spite of all that, I LOVED this book. Well, very strongly liked. It was adorable. It was Jane Austen-y and Pride & Prejudice-y. But don't worry if you're not into P&P, it wasn't that over the top. It was a cute, fluffy YA read that was just so adorable I wanted to squeeze its little cheeks.


Life According to Steph


Linking up with Steph & Jana.

I also read You Had Me At Hello for book club, check out the review here. It was a cute book and I recommend it.

TL;DR - They are all over the place so it depends what you like, but I enjoyed and would recommend On the Island, Graceling & Fire, Maid for Love, Undertaking Love, Naked in Death, Eligible and First & Then. 

Read anything fabulous lately?

70 comments:

  1. I've had On the Island on my list for awhile, just never actually pursed it. I'll have to make more of an effort now. Maid for Love sounds like the perfect traveling book. I enjoyed the Last Anniversary, but like you felt a few of the endings fell flat. Well done with all the books!

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  2. I honestly just laughed out loud, almost spewing Cheerios and milk out of my mouth, at your comment regarding Hidden Bodies, "...if you like books of the messed up variety..." Too funny!

    Of the books you listed here, I have The Last Anniversary on my TBR list, just haven't gotten around to it yet. Good to hear your thoughts on it. Have a good one!

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  3. So many books to comment on here but I just added Undertaking Love to my list to read stat!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. You killed it this month.
    The first 5 of the Shopaholic series were the best ones, you're right.
    "You" didn't grab me in the first place and I was pretty indifferent to it, which is why I've been putting off hidden bodies. I did the audiobook of "You" and hated the narrator, so I don't think I'll be able to get that out of my head enough to read the sequel.

    Aw, man. I loved Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. I put the rest of the series on my wish list on Audible in case they go on sale soon. Definitely reminds me of Sookie, and I didn't like the Stephanie Plum books so I didn't get far there.

    The Last Anniversary is the only Moriarity book I haven't read. I should do that...

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  5. Lol @ let's all add 50+ books. Right?

    There was something intrinsically middle America about Shotgun Lovesongs...almost like I knew part of the story in my bones before I read it? I wonder if that doesn't translate...or maybe I am the only weirdo who felt that.

    I thought I would hate One the Island and I really enjoyed it!

    I have liked other books by Sittenfeld, so I might try that one.

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    1. Shotgun Lovesongs was one of my favorites last year. It reminded me so much of home and the little towns in the Midwest - so I don't think it's just you :)

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  6. Graceling is on my TBR so I'm glad it has the Kristen stamp of approval! I don't like YA books about high school either - only YA fantasy. Because real teenagers suck! In YA books they tend to forget that their characters are teenagers and make them more mature than they would be in real life.

    I've only read one book where different timelines worked for me and that was Holes. In case you haven't read it, Holes had the main plotline going, but then shorter chapters with anecdotes from the past that gradually come together to explain what's going on. It's a kid's book so it's not confusing at all and I just love how well it all fits together.

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    1. I love Holes too!! Great description of it :)

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  7. I'm always so impressed by how many you read and your awesome reviews . . . yeah, I got nothing to contribute here! ;-)

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  8. I am really looking forward to Eligible. I've liked all Curtis Sittenfeld's other books so was excited when I found out she was doing P&P. I like Bridget Jones despite being the P&P story redone - Do you think Eligible is more or less like P&P than Bridget Jones?

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  9. I felt the same way about The Last Anniversary, and about The 5th Wave. I probably won't read anymore of that series, mainly because I just didn't care. I was happy to be done with that book. The Last Anniversary--I think you said it well...if I'd read it earlier I would have liked it more, but there were SO many characters to keep track of!
    P.S. I feel so incompetent with the amount of books you rip through! :)

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  10. What a great month of reading for you!! I am definitely adding a few of these to my list of books to read. I have The Forgotten Room from Netgalley too and haven't read it yet so was interested to read what you thought of it here. My mom LOVES Nora Roberts and I really liked her Bride Quartet series but I haven't read any of the JD Robb books...they sound right up my alley so I should check them out!!

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  11. You are a book reading machine!! I'm adding On the island and then and now to my to-read list. I really loved Shotgun Lovesongs..BUT i was also born and raised Wisconsin so i connected to it right from the get-go. the story line is actually loosely based on indie music star Justin Vernon, who is the head man for a band called Bon Iver, from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I LOVE Bon Iver and Vernon, so i'm familiar with his story and for me that was really interesting in that aspect.

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    1. yeah, I think I was missing that part of me - the american, or small town part. Not sure. I can see why others love it, but it wasn't for me.

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  12. I added On The Island even though I did think ewww, still interested in reading it.

    I've read several Nora Roberts books, usually when I'm in the mood for formula romance and an easy relaxing read I don't have to think about. I've never read her as J.D. Robb, maybe I should give her a try.

    I felt the same way about Shotgun Lovesongs this month! I'm so glad I'm not the only one.

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  13. Blogger ate my super long comment. Ugh. Here's the gist: I love that photo of your kitty in your header. So cute! So bummed to hear you didn't like The Forgotten Room. I love those authors so I was hopeful. Stolen sounds super creepy! I would have totally thought Devon was a boy's name too, and I thought the meat comment was hilarious!

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  14. I was so happy you liked Eligible, I feel like it validated me enjoying it so much since you're a P&P fan :) The cover to the Forgotten Room is so pretty, but sometimes multiple POVs can be too much. I think I'm the only person who hasn't really loved the Liane Moriarty books I've read so maybe I would like that one-- the premise sounds interesting. Adding First & Then!

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  15. I didn't LOVE Simon either. It was good, but I didn't go gaga the way the rest of the internet did.

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  16. I'll have to check out On The Island! I've heard good things about it from other people too! And I seriously laughed out loud when you said "I liked the camel" in Stolen. I haven't read it but I think I'll stay away! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  17. I still can't get over how many books you manage to read each month! I don't have the discipline to do that because I would probably always stay up late to read/never sleep :) Adding a few of these to my to be read list!

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  18. Yeah, book reviews! The only one of this bunch I have read is The Last Anniversary, and it's the worst Liane Moriarty book that I've read. I totally agreed with you about too many characters and storylines. A friend gave me a copy of the book "You are a Badass" which I am currently reading and even though you don't typically like non-fiction, I am going to HIGHLY recommend it to you. It's really good and you can probably get through it one sitting at your pace!

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  19. I'm so afraid I couldnt keep up with The 5th Wave - I'm not good with sci-fi books.
    I have The Last Anniversary on my Kindle & keep hearing its not her best so I keep putting it off

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  20. Holy cow, you read a TON of books! Your title picture confused me for a minute because I knew that was your yoga mat (from SnapChat) but I couldn't figure out the bottom half... until I realized those were your legs. Haha.
    I think that On the Island sounds kind of interesting!

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  21. I read The Last Anniversary too, and had similar feelings, though I liked that the search for a man wasn't AS over the top as it is in other Moriarty books. I felt similarly about Stolen, too - I didn't care about either of them, so it got boring, quick. I loved You so I'm pumped for Hidden Bodies. You're right, he is a little Dexter-y, but Dexter killed killers, so in a way, he was good.

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  22. I liked On the Island a lot as well. I loved Stolen! You has been on my to read list for awhile now.

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  23. You're on fire! I haven't heard of or read a lot of these books so I have a lot of new ones to consider now :)
    I agree with Steph about Shotgun Lovesongs—like it was already a part of my mind or body in some way before I read it. For me the best part was that the author was both a great storyteller and a great writer—at least in my opinion—and I adore that in an author. Same reason I'll read anything by Jodi Picoult.
    Also, I had a chuckle about Devon. It's a fairly common name here and it can go for either gender. I actually briefly dated a guy named Devon a few years back and have known a few girls named Devin. (Usually the last vowel is changed for gender, but not always.)

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  24. I always think I have a long list of books I want to read, but then I come to your blog and add about 10+ more books to my already long list and....yeah. Thanks a lot! ;)

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  25. Geez! You read a LOT of books this month, lol! I was thinking of reading the 5th Wave and glad I saw your review before I wasted my time. Doesn't sound like something I would care about.

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  26. We already talked about The Forgotten Room so I will leave that alone lol. I loved Last Anniversary but it wasn't my favorite of Moriarty's books so I hope you continue on to the others. Shotgun Lovesongs has been hyped up by so many people I am afraid it is going to let me down. I have Maid for Love on my kindle app and haven't gotten to it yet because I keep having Netgalley books I need to read! Undertaking Love was just added to my TBR list. First & Then sounds interesting.

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  27. I'm almost finished with You Had Me at Hellow - it's so cute! I'm adding On the Island and Maid for Love to my reading list. Eligible has been on my reading list for quite some time (I don't think it comes out until April?), so I'm glad to hear that you loved it since we're both P&P obsessed. Also, I just signed up for Netgalley, and have zero clue what to do with it. Help.

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  28. I want to check out On The Island! The Last Anniversary was definitely a bit different from Moriarty's other books but I liked it.

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  29. Ooooh I'm very intrigued by the modern re-telling of Pride & Prejudice!
    Green Fashionista

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  30. I love the In Death series and I'm glad you enjoyed Naked In Death - it only gets better. She adds a huge cast of great rotating secondary characters that really round out the books and character development throughout. I did not finish The 5th Wave, not because it was awful, but it wasn't good enough to compel me to finish it when I got busy. Like you said, it was average, not the worst or the best.

    I'm going to check out the Graceling Realm books - or at least the first two because I do like YA books. First and Then is getting added to the list and On the Island. And yes, I love this link-up but swear I add 50 books to my reading list every month. It both overwhelms me and makes me giddy!

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    1. Sorry - but I forgot to mention your cat! He or she is so handsome (or gorgeous). I LOVE cats and seriously now need to go give my kitty a smooch!

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  31. You are such a reading machine, girl! So impressive! I'm adding On the Island to books I need to pick up! Sounds super ew-ish, but I'm interested to see how it comes together like you said ;)

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  32. Sometimes you really just want to slap Becky Bloomwood and tell her to grow up, right? I've only read the first three Shopaholic books, but I'm sure that I'll get back to them eventually! I can't wait to read Eligible, but I'll go in with an open mind because I love P&P too. First & Then and On The Island sound like cute books as well, and of course, are going on my TBR list! I think that The Last Anniversary is the last book from Liane Moriarty that I need to read, and I'm with you on her newer stuff being better than her older stuff!

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  33. Weirdly, I thought You was a hilarious book (I laughed the whole way through it). I didn't find Joe scary, just kind of neurotic and laughable. I'm not sure I could make it through another book with him though. And you're right about Dexter. He leads a double life, and his "darker" side has a desire to kill, so he kills bad guys or people that got away with crimes.

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  34. So many books! Definitely adding Three Girls and Maid for Love to my Kindle. They sound right up my alley - happy ends are my favorite.

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  35. Hey thanks! It's not like I already have oodles of books on my TBR list already ... so I'll be adding still more!! I recently finished The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly that I discovered on NetGalley (thank YOU for telling me about that site!) -- excellent book and I recommend it. I'm currently in my umpteenth re-reading of the Harry Potter series, just because.

    Side note: I have a friend whose daughter had moved to NZ and while there, she signed up for a speed-reading course. No real reason other than she had a lot of books she wanted to read and no time to read them. I'm tempted to look into something like that but I feel like I'd miss part of the essence of the story if I'm skimming for content.

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  36. So, you already know that I loved Shotgun Lovesongs. But I definitely get that it's not for everyone. Stolen, I loved. I cried with the camel. #notevensorry I had similar thoughts about Hidden Bodies. Not quite as good as You but I have a crush on Joe so I will read all the Joe. Kepnes definitely knows how to write a fucked up book, though.

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  37. well, I read nothing this month so.... lkajdsflakjdflka. But I am obsessed with your cute cat!!!!

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  38. Wow! I can't believe how much you read in a month! I'm a little jealous over here, haha!

    I loved On the Island too. So much better than I ever expected! Have you read the companion novella for it, Uncharted? I haven't yet despite it being on my TBR for months and months.

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  39. I added First and Then, because, you know, I'm American, and I like football.

    How great was that camel in Stolen? I think one of the reasons I liked Stolen so much is that I didn't connect with the characters. I mean, Ty, he's a delusional kidnapper. I don't want to relate to that. And, Gemma, her emotions were all over the place, and she made some dumb decisions. But, she's a teenage girl in a traumatic situation, so I shouldn't expect her to be rational, right? I liked that kind of play on characters.

    Shotgun Lovesongs, I get what you're throwing down. I felt some characters were much better developed than others.

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  40. I agree totally with your review of Stolen. I wanted to like it but there were a lot of things I just couldn't get past and I agree that Ty's character wasn't deep enough. I wanted to know more about why he was the way he was.

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  41. I'm always looking for books to add to my reading list. Right now, I really want a fun and enjoyable read - Maid for Love looks like a great options - especially since it's free :)

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  42. I love reading your posts about books!! First & Then sounds cute and I want to add that to my to-read list! Also, Shotgun Lovesongs sounds interesting.

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  43. Oh my!!! You did a lot of reading this month!! Did you read Curtis Sittenfeld's "Prep"? If so - how did the writing style compare with Eligible? I wanted to like Prep so much, but I feel like it just fell flat... and I'm worried that Eligible might do the same because I LOVE P&P!!

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  44. Ive actually never seen confession of a shopaholic! Maybe I need to read the book! I love fluffy books ;)

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  45. Love P&P so Eligible is definitely going on my reading list!

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  46. Girl, you were on fire with the reading lately! That's awesome!

    Several of these are already on my "To Read" list, but I don't think that Liane Moriarty book is on there, so I'm adding it. I'm also going to add Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda. I know you didn't love it, but it sounds like the kind of YA book I really enjoy.

    I've only read the first two Shopaholic books, and I enjoyed the first more than the second. I'm not a huge chick-lit person (as you know), but I thought it was really funny and an overall good book when you're looking for something fluffy and fun.

    And also ... You need to watch Dexter! Do you have Netflix? The entire series is available to stream. It gets kind of "blah" after the 5th or 6th season (in my opinion), but it's still worth watching. Eric and I actually started it over again last night because we love it so much!

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  47. Okay OMG that cat. SO CUTE!!!! Okay how do you find so much time to read? Oh my goodness. I'm adding quite a few of these to my list!! You know - the list I'll get around to when I'm retired, ha!

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  48. And I thought I read a lot! You're killing it. I'm adding First & Then to my list, but can totally understand how you wouldn't relate to American high schoolers. One of my friends is named Devon. It's not that popular of a name here either. She got a lot of "Is it Dee-von?" and people thinking she was a boy. Ha! I loved You and can't wait to read Hidden Bodies, but I've heard from a few people that it's not as good. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda has been on my list forever.

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  49. What kind of meat is Devon? lol. It's a county where I come from ;-) As a name I just think of Devon Sawa (who played Casper when he came to life and was also in Final Destination).

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  50. I DEVOURED on the island a few years ago and thought exactly the same way you did. Way too good. Also--I think I'll go crawl in a hole now. You're so on top of your life between working out and all the books...I can't even manage to brush my hair most mornings :(

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  51. This inspires me to start reading more

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  52. Intrigue... looking into a few of these. I recently picked up Shotgun Love Songs... we'll see how it goes. I like the idea of it. The small town great lakes thing is intriguing for me too... we'll see! I just finished Cress and have started Winter ... EEP! Excited also, to be done though... which is weird.. .but I am always ready to get out of a series and move on to something new! :) We'll see how much time I can make for reading this month. So far still ahead on my yearly goal! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  53. So many good books... and I haven't read any of these!! Will add some to my Goodreads list!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
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  54. I felt the same way about Hidden Bodies, there was way too much going on and that's why I didn't feel like it was as scary as You. First & Then sounds like an interesting book even though it's about high school.

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  55. I've read the first 8 books of the McCarthys of Gansett Island series and I think Marie Force did a good job of not just repeating the same story over and over (and over) again. Each book ties in with the rest of the series, but offer something new. It's definitely one of my guilty pleasures beach reads.

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  56. I just don't think I can tolerate more Joe in my life. I want to read all the Mortuary books, one day. Shotgun Lovesongs is on my TBR list and I'm afraid that it's going to feel too middle-America for me to actually enjoy it. We'll see.

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  57. Oooh as always you've given me more books to add to my GoodReads! I'm thinking I will definitely add Eligible and First & Then because those sound right up my alley. I'm thinking Maid for Love would be a cute fluffy read for our next beach trip. And I'm curious about On the Island, but haven't trouble seeing the whole 17/30 year old thing. But I do trust your taste so I might at least try it out. :)

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  58. Alright I'm restricting myself to adding only three from your list because I am not the reading machine you are! I've picked out Shotgun Lovesongs (although thanks for the warning that as a non-American I may not get it), On the Island, and Naked in Death.

    And I got into Rachel Schurig's Ransom series a couple of months back and loved it even though it's really not highbrow at all. I don't care! I'm no book snob, clearly. Anyway, I like her writing style so I might try that series if I can find it for a good price. And I've just spotted the Liane Moriarty and you know I'm going to have to add that after What Alice Forgot. Oh look at that and now I have five. THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENS.

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  59. I've read none of these!! I do have Stolen & Fifth Wave on my list. Of course I'm waiting for all the Fifth Wave books to come out before I start those books. Shakes fist in direction of Game of Thrones ;)

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  60. Wow that's a lot of books! I need to up my reading game to catch up to you! Lol.

    Btw, what is NetGalley and how do I get free books too?

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  61. Does it make me super creepy if I want to read You now? And then maybe I'll read First & Then because I want that "squeeze your cheeks" feeling too!

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  62. I haven't read any books by Jennifer Wiener. This sounds interesting (food critic) but I can't really relate. Maybe I'll pick up another of her books though LOL. I'm adding The Good Girl, Inside Out & Back Again to my list! PS What's your Goodreads account? Can we be friends :).

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  63. Why is your cat so cuuuute. Seriously, those eyes. The Forgotten Room sounds like it could have been good. I don't think I've read anything by Lauren Willig, so I might try something she's written on her own. I just read the description of Eligible. Haha Lydia and Kitty are obsessed with crossfit. Very modern.

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  64. Ok, seriously. Where do you find all of this time to read?! I'm in awe! I haven't heard of any of these but a few of them sound pretty good to me!

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  65. So I'm definitely interested in Hidden Bodies and Naked in Death after reading your reviews b/c I like messed up stuff, hahaha. Also, Chelsea is so cute, I can't take it X')

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  66. Lost on an Island sounds like a book I'd enjoy - I've read pretty much all of Elin Hilderbrand's books and they're all about islands, beach romance, summertime, etc so I think I'd enjoy it. The Last Anniversary is next in my queue of books on my nook. I enjoyed The Husband's Secret written by Morairty so hopefully this one will be enjoyable too. I think I'll look in to Naked in Death as well! Awesome that you've read so many books! It makes me feel behind, I have only read 2 since the end of January, and my goal is 40 for the year. Whoops!

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