Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Books Lately

I read quite a few books since the last show us your books, but not as many as I thought I would get through. KC and I have been watching Penny Dreadful in the evenings so there goes a large chunk of my reading time. I read a lot of books on vacation and then the weekend after we got home, but then I broke my brain and just didn't want to anymore. You know how it is!


I tried to be short with my reviews, but this is still me we are talking about. 
Things I Would Say - Alyssa Ammirato - 5 Stars

Absolutely phenomenal. You know when you are reading a book, the writing is so good that you reread a few sentences just to absorb them a little bit more? I reread so many lines in this book it took me double the time to read it. Truly exceptional writing, but not pretentious at all. I enjoyed every single story, some more than others. Specifically 16, Momentous, Quiver and Knell. I honestly felt a connection to some of the stories, like she was writing my thoughts or feelings- but obviously more articulately than I ever could. I really loved this entire collection of words and I highly recommend.
A Hundred Summers - Beatriz Williams - 5 Stars

I've had this book for ages, but for some reason I was hesitant to start it. Something kept turning me off, I don't know what. I'm glad I finally got over it because I gobbled it up. Absolutely loved it. Yes it had its flaws, and some parts were unrealistic, but I left my shits at the door. I flipping LOVED it. So good. So well written, different, interesting, captivating, yessity yes yes yes.
I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh - 4 Stars 
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Holy shit snacks. This book. Every time you thought you had it figured out, you were wrong. This is a really heavy twisty suspenseful book. But it doesn't start that way. I was halfway through, thinking hey this book isn't that bad or scary at all and then woah. WOAH. This book shook me up, like I felt like I lived it.


There are all sorts of triggers and bad things in this book and if I had known what was in it, I wouldn't have picked it up, because some things are too close to home and scary. But I'm glad I did because it was a really, really, really good (but f*cked up) book.
Suddenly Royal - Nichole Chase - 5 Stars

This book was completely and utterly ridiculous, over the top, corny, cheesy, predictable, a little too princess diaries-ish (but more mature if ya know what I mean) but I gobbled it up and flipping love love loved it with zero shame.
The Next Together - Lauren James - 4 Stars

This book sounded SO good. Time travel? Not time travel? Same people born again and again destined to find each other and change the world? Oh em gee it sounded RIGHT up my alley. I did enjoy it, really I did. But I spent most of the book confused about what was going on, which story I was currently in, what the heck I was reading, etc etc. I feel like it doesn't really explain it all in the end which made me cranky. I think I expected more, or perhaps I expected it to be explained/executed better because I really am quite confused.  That being said, I couldn't put it down.
Beautiful Disaster - Jamie McGuire - 4 Stars

This book was a complete and utter mess. It really was. So many things wrong with it, and not really well written. But I couldn't put it down, so there is definitely something to it.

Sometimes I think people get so caught up in certain things that they forget they are reading fiction? I mean, I know I have certain things I can't look past when reading, but honestly, just because I am reading a book doesn't mean I want to be the main character, make the same decisions, or tolerate the bullshit they put up with. 
In This Moment - Autumn Doughton - 4 Stars

I really enjoyed Doughton's other book (This Sky) and for some reason, I went into this book determined not to like it as much (what's up with that?). I ended up feeling about the same though, the writing wasn't perfect, but the book sucked me in and I finished it in one sitting. I do wish that she would write a book only from a female's POV because I don't love the way she writes from a man's POV. But other than that, I feel like Autumn and I would be friends in real life - I love all the little references and quirky things she inserts into her books, they make me like her even more (example: pokemon, don't judge). I will definitely be reading more of hers.

The Lake House - Kate Morton 4 Stars

Goodness gracious this took me a looooooong time to read. Kate Morton is a fantastic writer, truly. This is only the second book of hers that I have read, but I enjoyed it about the same as the other one - it is complex, interesting, and all woven together so well. The problem is, her books are too long and they don't make you want to stay up all night to finish them, you know? Different points of views and time periods, it can all be hard to keep straight. The thing is, I can't think of anything that should be taken out, everything is pertinent to the story (but I am no editor, what do I know?) it's just long and drawn out.

My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick - 4 Stars

Hmm. I enjoyed this book, but it didn't blow me away. I did like reading it, and I liked the story, I liked most of the characters, I laughed a few times. As for the twist, I was like oh shit, then I was like wtf. It wasn't resolved appropriately in my opinion, and I felt like throughout the book little conflicts were thrown in for funsies and then not resolved. I didn't hate this book, I enjoyed it whilst reading it, but it's one of those that if you examine too much once you've finished, you find more flaws.

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline 3 Stars

I really enjoyed the overall story, and I really liked the characters. I can't wait to see it as a movie. So why only 3 stars? I imagine this is how a lot of people felt about The Martian, with the maths and science, except for this one it was too many video games or tv shows or movies that I hadn't heard of or seen. Not sure if it was my age or where I'm from or maybe I just wasn't geeky enough, but the details, the references, the things you had to understand to perhaps 'get' the story, kind of dragged it down for me.
Rites of Passage - Joy N. Hensley 3 Stars

I had high hopes for this one, and while I did enjoy it and it was definitely written well, it was overall too young for me and I was disappointed in the ending. It didn't feel too young for me really until the ending, which spoiled it for me. I didn't hate it overall though.
First Comes Love - Emily Giffin - 3 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I haven't read a ton of Emily Giffin books, only 2, so I went in with fairly low/okay expectations. I really did not dislike this book, but I didn't love it either. Some of the characters are very unlikable, I don't need to like characters to like a book but it was hard not to get annoyed with them or roll my eyes. I've never dealt with grief like this before, so I don't know how I would deal. But anyway. Just as I started to really like this book, or like where it was going, it ended. The ending was kind of unsatisfying. 
Just This Once - Rosalind James - 3 Stars

Eh. Parts of this book were ridiculous and cringe worthy, but other parts were okay and cute and overall it passed the time just fine. It was a very light, fluffy, beachy, cute, simple book. 

I have never been to NZ so perhaps I know nothing, however, I have literally never in my entire life heard anyone call the country Australia 'Aussie'. Aussie is a person from Australia. Aus or Oz is the country. It just really annoyed me. Like I said, I could be wrong, but I can tell you for sure that we do not say that.
It Had to Be Him - Tamra Baumann - 3 Stars

This book was cute and simple. It as ridiculous in parts, unbelievable and some things worked out a little too conveniently. But it was sweet and passed the time just fine, but I wouldn't necessarily jump to recommend it.


Linking up with Steph and Jana.


Life According to Steph

TL;DR - Books I'd recommend: A Hundred Summers and Things I Would Say  and I Let You Go.

So, what have you read recently?

55 comments:

  1. Umm, wth woman?!?! When you said you didn't read that many books, I didn't expect a whole library!! ;) Ooh, a lot of these seem right up my alley!! And haha, I totally enjoyed Beautiful Disaster when I read it a few years ago. It wasn't well written, but whatevs!

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  2. I'm currently trying to read First Comes Love, but with everything that's going on I haven't had time :( I usually love Emily Giffin books!

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  3. I've got I Let You Go from NetGalley but I've been putting it off. Sounds like an interesting read so I'll have to give it a chance. I've seen First Comes Love but One and Only was such a meh book that I figured I better stay away from it lol.

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  4. I'm reading The Lake House for my blue book for Erin's challenge and planning to start it soon. Her books do take awhile to get through so I go into them prepared for that but I do love them all so far. I definitely want to read A Hundred Summers and Suddenly Royal sounds like my kind of book too ;) I felt the same way about My Life Next Door...like that was NOT a way to resolve it in my mind.

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  5. I have had Lake House on my TBR for awhile and still haven't gotten to it. I am going to go ahead and add A Hundred Summers to my list right now!!! Holy shit snacks LOLOLOLOL. You just get me. I actually liked First Comes Love...but probably because her last book was so terrible I went lightly on it. The two main characters made me roll my eyes too but I still enjoyed it. I loved loved loved One True Loves and I am so glad you wrote about it last month. One of my favorite reads this month!

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  6. Thanks as always for the recommendations! I definitely want to pick up Things I Would Say (gotta support fellow bloggers right?!) and your other favorites!

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  7. I loved Ready Player One so much and I'm totally peer pressuring my husband into reading it. He's not listening yet but I'll wear him down eventually.

    I have a few of these on my TBR already and I read the TJR and reviewed it as well. I keep saying this to everyone and in my review, but I adore her books.

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  8. I liked My Life Next Door but hated the way it ended. It was just sort of resolved without being resolved & then I was just like...well what now...

    I added A Hundred Summers, Things I Would Say, & I Let You Go to my book list!

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  9. Honestly haven't heard of any of those ... BUT ... the reviews sound good and I trust you so I'll be adding most of these to my Goodreads list! Because, when I don't have time to read, I can always make time to add to the to-read list. Summer is just so crazy/busy that my reading time gets cut way back. I need to figure out audiobooks and see if that will pull me out of my slump.

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  10. Oh yeah, I Let You Go is amazing but so disturbing! I loved it but don't think I could read it again.

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  11. I Let You Go Sounds like something I need to read, I love a good twisty turny novel.

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  12. I just started Ready Player One and I can see where if you are not familiar with all the 80s references (could be a factor of your age and not having grown up in the US), that it was lose its appeal. I'm not a gamer, nor have I ever been a gamer, but I have such fond memories of growing up in the 80s that as soon as the reference to Oingo Boingo's song, Dead Man's Party, was made at the beginning of the book, I was hooked. Now, I'm not very far into it, so... we shall see.

    I Let You Go. I have it. I've had it for a while. I want to read it, but just...haven't. So many books, so little time.

    Beautiful Disaster... I read it several years back, perhaps 2014, and I still think about it from time to time. I agree with what you said, "there's definitely something to it." I know exactly what you mean. That book transported me back in time to my college days. Seriously. I transplanted Travis and Abby (was that her name?) to my alma mater. I swear, I felt like they were friends and that I was back in college. I can still visualize parts of the book in my mind! I liked what you said about some ppl losing sight that some books are works of fiction and just b/c you are reading it, doesn't mean that you subscribe to that way of thinking or that life or want to emulate it. From time to time, I like a raw, edgy MC romance. The language in them is typically crude and they are quite graphic, but I still enjoy them. Now, that in no terms means that I want to be involved with a motorcycle club/gang. I just enjoy living vicariously through them b/c they describe a life so different from my own. I always thought that was the point to fiction - to get lost in a work that is made up. :) Have a good one!

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  13. "I didn't read as many as I thought I would"... OMG. You read like 100 books still, I feel like! ;) you're a reading machine. I always love your reviews.

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  14. The Next Together sounded like something I would love, until you said you were confused. I get confused enough in my own daily life, I don't need a book to be confusing too. Sigh.

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  15. I LOVED the Lake House, but 100% agree with you that it took forever to get through and didn't entice me to read read read. She is SO detailed that there were times I was like, ok enough, but then thought, well geez I guess we needed those details to understand...blah blah blah....this is the only Kate Morton I've actually been able to get through though since all of her books are like this. Oh and I just download Suddenly Royal because I saw it on your GoodReads. lol Thanks for being my book muse!

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  16. I LOVE anything Beatriz Williams. She's just so good. adding your faves to my list. I need your secrets for how you read so much!

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  17. I want to read A Hundred Summers so bad and I think it's 100% because of the cover because I can't even remember what it's supposed to be about, haha. I've had The Lake House on my list to read forever and I really do want to read it, but it's never one I feel like reading now-- what other book of hers did you read?

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  18. You are a reading machine, lady! Looks like you've had some good ones lately. I do agree with you about the Lake House. (I know, we agree on something!) It was really long. That book was not my favorite of hers, but it was still pretty good.

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  19. You are like my reading guru - I seriously get a post it & write down which books you love. So I have 6 books I'm adding to my read list now - thanks! :)
    I so cant wait to read I Let You Go!

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  20. Take Me With You is the one with August, right? I fucking loved that book.

    Your thoughts on Beautiful Disaster were my exact thoughts. I loved it and I don't know why, it was a disaster itself. But your paragraph about not having to be/act like the character to enjoy it is so spot on.

    I Let You Go is on my list to read.

    I adored A Hundred Summers, I'm so glad you did too.

    Alyssa's collection SLAYED. Quiver was one of my favorites too.

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  21. Good to hear that the Lake House was pretty good, I thought it was just too slow though and I couldn't finish! I just added Suddenly Royal to my list, I have totally been in the mood for cheesy books this summer! Are you going to read Walking Disaster next? The books are definitely weird I thought but they kept my attention!

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  22. I have read all of Emily Giffin's books and will pick up First Comes Love because they are great "pass the time" books- easy reads! You HAVE to read One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I can't put it down!

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  23. I don't read many short stories but I might try Things I Would Say after your glowing recommendation. Although I know we often have different taste. This month though I agree about The Lake House and First Comes Love. I like Kate Morton's books but they are pretty slow paced. And I've read all of Emily Giffin but this one (like the last 2-3 as well) was just OK. The ending was definitely unsatisfying. My favorite part was probably that the friend Ellen was the main character of Love the One Your With, with I DID like, so it was fun to see what happened to her.

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  24. You had a great reading month! Not just in the number of books you read, but in the number of good books you read! Nice work picking them ;) "I left my shits at the door" - THIS! Yes. sometimes people just expect too much from their fiction book. Sometimes you just gotta enjoy the story for what it is. If I'm entertained and want to keep reading, that's usually a good thing! I haven't read any of these books - the last morton book I read was years ago (The Forgotten Garden), and I agree with everything you said about her books being too long, but also not being sure what she could take out.

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  25. Seeing all the books you read just makes me feel inadequate about my own reading haha I have been reading absolutely nothing. It's shameful.

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  26. So many of these books I have read or are on my to read list! I added Things I would Say to my to read list. I'm not usually a short stories fan but this looks good. I really liked Ready Player One but wasn't expecting to.

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  27. I can't wait to read Alyssa's book, as I've been following her blog for a while!

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  28. you had a great reading month!
    I tried reading Hundred Summers but cuoldn't get into it :(

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  29. Did you see they released a Liane Moriarty book on Netgalley? I downloaded it the second I got the email! I haven't transferred it onto my Nook yet because I'm slightly concerned I'll read it instead of sleeping. It's called Truly Madly Guilty, not sure if it's still available or not... Anyway. That aside, I shall be raiding this list for cruise reading material! Any that went particularly well on a boat...?

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  30. I've seen rave reviews of Things I Would Say and I'm anxious to read it now. I love books that make you reread lines over and over because they are so beautiful and perfect. I really enjoyed I Let You Go. Funny story - I didn't realize it took place in England so I was all confused at first at to why they were calling a police man "Governor" and so on. Oy! The Lake House is on my TBR and so is Ready One Player. The video game stuff doesn't thrill me but I am a movie buff and older than you, it should play better with me. :)

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  31. Oh my goodness, you read a lot!!!! I have actually never heard of any of these books (or if I have, they weren't memorable enough for me to save). So thank you. I have about 7 new books added to my list :)

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  32. I am currently reading The Lake House and you are right, this one is hard to get into! I really enjoyed The Distant Hours and The Secret Keeper but this one...I just keep putting it down. I Let You Go sounds really good! And on another note, I want to get into watching Penny Dreadful; is it worth starting? :)

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    1. hey Mackenzie! i couldn't find your email so i hope you see this :) it depends on what shows you normally like, but we are really liking penny dreadful! at times it is a bit gory but for the most part it's good (i'm not good with scary/gore!). it helps that i am a huge billie piper fan! the first season was really good, the second season is a little slower but i am still really liking it. also, don't judge but timothy dalton gets more fabulous with age. hahaha!

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  33. My reading list is every growing, especially after reading this post! You read a ton!

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  34. Adding some of these to my list!
    The Next Together sounds right up my alley too, but I didn't love The Time Traveler's Wife simply because it got to be too much work to remember where you were.
    I *liked* The Lake House, but it definitely wasn't a stay-up-all-night book.

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  35. I'm so happy to hear you loved A Hundred Summers! It's the next on my bookshelf to read :)

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  36. Haha yeah a person is Aussie the country is Aus - surely everyone knows that? I am so envious of how many books you manage to read, I have totally lost my reading mojo lately, I always seem to read more in the winter and much less during the summer.

    http://www.daydreamsofsummertime.co.uk/

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  37. I've been saving A Hundred Summers because I liked the Schulyer sister series so much and didn't want to read all of Beatriz Williams' books at once! Haha. I totally get what you mean about Kate Morton. Love her books, but I have to be prepared to read something long late into the night! Haha. I Let You Go sounds super good!

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  38. I totally agree with you on Kate Morton's books. I've only read The House at Riverton and I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a well written book and I liked the atmosphere she wrote about, but it took me a bit to finish it. I also get distracted with the flashing back and forth between time periods. It's enough to handle between characters, but time periods can really mess you up. I have avoided Ready Player One, because while I love sci fi, I feel like I wouldn't get a lot of the references to games.

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  39. Oh reading!!! I slip in a few minutes here and there and it takes me forever to get anywhere but. I'm still trying! So many good books up there!

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  40. "Holy shit snacks" hahahahaha! I love that.
    You read a fuckload of books. With I Let You Go, the author replied to one of my tweets, and you know, when you become bff with an author like that it makes you like her even more, right? She has a new book being released soon.
    Several of these are already on my tbr.
    Kate Morton...I've yet to read her...I intend to...but I always find myself passing over her books.

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  41. Oh my word. Thank you for that beautiful review. I'm touched. And I think it's so interesting hearing what other's people favorites are, so thanks for sharing. I'm glad it felt worth your while to read :)

    I've been back and forth on whether I should read Ready Player One. I do think I am still curious about it but I don't think I'll rush to it anytime soon. I just noticed First Comes Love available from my library too. I put it on my list but I'm not sure I'll hurry for that one either. I'm so-so on her as an author anyway.

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  42. I like Kate Morton, but I haven't read The Lake House. Might save it for the colder months when I need a long read :)

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  43. I think I need to add Things I Would Say to my reading list!

    I always love these post of your as my must read list just keeps on growing ;)

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  44. Haha I was totally going to count to see how many you managed to get through (since I knew you were planning to spend the majority of your cruise reading), but I kind of gave up since I was trying to pay attention to what you'd written about each book. Regardless, this was a great reading month for you ... But I can definitely see how it might have broken your brain! Haha.

    I finally responded to your email about I Let You Go, but I hadn't read your review yet. I think you mostly answered one of my questions, but I'm happy to discuss further at any time. You know I love book talk. :-)

    A Hundred Summers is on my list, as well as Alyssa's book. I keep pushing everything off to try to get through the reading challenges, but hopefully I can check both of those out soonish.

    I don't think I would love Kate Morton's books. I keep seeing her name popping up on a lot of blogs, but every time I look up more information, they just don't sound too appealing. And if they're super long on top of that? I'd probably never finish. Haha.

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  45. Alright... you and heather have convinced me on these short stories. Is it weird that I hate the cover? I guess there is a category in the challenge for a cover you hate... so maybe there. HA. Added A Hundred Summers and In This Moment to my TBR. Currently banning myself from bookstores and shopping kindle daily deals. Trying to build challenges around only books that I own, and not check out ANY more after I finish the library books I have. It's getting OUT OF HAND. Must read books I own! LOL. Do you like Penny Dreadful?! It looks really intriguing...but I haven't started it. We were wondering how horror-y it was. As that's not our regular jam. But it still looks really good... XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  46. As always after these lists, I have about 5 new books to add to my list now.

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  47. I am so putting "I Let You Go" on my list! You have me intrigued!

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  48. I'll echo everyone else: um, you read a LOT! Many of these are on my list. I did buy Alyssa's book but haven't read it yet - must get on that.

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  49. I need to get to Ready Player One.

    The Next Together sounds like my kind of book. Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favorite books.

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  50. I've had A Hundred Summers and I Let You Go on my list for a while, and it sounds like I need to get on with reading them! I just added Beautiful Disaster because it sounds like a book that I'd really like. I also really love fun and silly books so Suddenly Royal is going on the list. I've loved Emily Giffin books, except for her last one, but sometimes her characters can be really annoying. You really did get through so many books this month! Way more than what I did!

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  51. Ha! This is what happens to me when I'm behind on reading blogs. I was reading these in order of most-recently-posted so I hadn't seen your review of Suddenly Royal when I commented on that last post. Please disregard. ;)

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  52. Can't say I've heard of any of these books but a few caught my attention. Will have to check 'em out.

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