Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Books Lately

Ahhhh books. There was a large chunk of the end of March/beginning of April that I wasn't really able to read. I mean, sure, I could have put down the paint brush and picked up a book, but responsibilities and all that. Thankfully life calmed down and I was able to finish many books since the last link up.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid - 5 Stars
fictional celebrity memoir

I expected to like this because I've liked everything by TJR so far, but based on the synopsis, cover and title, I didn't think I would love it. Well I'm glad I was wrong. I can't even exactly tell you why I loved it, I just did. Many emotions. I wish Evelyn Hugo was real. It's about so much more than it looks or sounds like. Loved it. Highly recommend.

Received copy from NetGalley
Mean Streak - Sandra Brown - 5 Stars
romantic suspense

Maybe it's because I don't really read mystery/thriller type books that often but I was shocked so many times reading this. Finished it in one sitting, on the edge of my seat the whole time. I thought I'd be more into the romance, but I enjoyed the story as a whole and I didn't guess a thing.
Cocaine Blues - Kerry Greenwood - 3 Stars
the first book in the series that my favourite tv show is based on

We all know how much I love Miss Fisher's, so when I found out it was a book series I was like the happiest clam who ever lived. But then I found out it was quite different and decided to skip it.. obviously I changed my mind, and if you are a fan, I do recommend it, but absolutely take some time to let the TV show fade from memory. Especially because it's pretty much the same as the first episode, mystery wise. Few differences. No Jack (well, yes Jack but not Jack if you know what I mean) but I knew that going in. Anyway. Enjoyed well enough. Teensy bit curious and might continue the series. Maybe.
When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead - 3 Stars
middle grade book kind of about time travel

This was a cute read about a 12 year old in the late 70s, with a dash of time travel. For what it is, it was good. Honestly, this was more like a coming of age story and the time travel could have been removed if not for the ending.. but it was cute and sweet. I think it absolutely would have gone over my head as a kid though. There was a little part I really liked:

Sometimes you never feel meaner than the moment you stop being mean. It's like how turning on a light makes you realize how dark the room had gotten.
Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry - 4 Stars
contemporary ya romance, girl doesn't remember bad thing that happened to her

I liked this book more than I thought I would! The cover makes me roll my eyes, as did the 'bad boy sees and loves me when no-one else does' cliche, the overuse of 'baby'... but other than that I really liked it. It's a lot grittier than I thought it would be - his parents died and he lives in foster care separate from his two younger brothers he's trying to get custody over, she went through something that scarred her and she doesn't remember. It has its flaws for sure, but overall it was a sweet book, I liked it.

Read for Erin's challenge - set in my city book.
Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay - Jill Mansell - 4 Stars
chick lit, rom-com kind of beach read

I have only read a couple of Jill Mansell's books but I already know what I am getting when I open one. and I LOVE it. Her books are enjoyable, predictable, cheesy, light and SO fun. I thoroughly enjoy them, and this one was no exception. I really really loved the characters and the story, and even though it is 'chick lit' and you know a happy ending is on the way, I just love the way she gets there. Her books always make me laugh - and face palm over embarrassing moments - and get a bit teary. Definitely enjoyed, definitely recommend if it's your kind of read.

Received copy from NetGalley
Ink and Bone - Rachel Caine - 3 Stars
world where the great library of alexandria survived

I just don't have any strong feelings about this book. Pretty meh. Some of it was confusing, other parts were boring. The parts that were good were really good though. Interesting world. Great diverse characters, though I didn't feel like I connected with any of them really.  Liked that the romance wasn't a focus, but that made it seem not so authentic when it did come around. I don't know. It ended on a kind of cliffhanger but I'm not curious enough to actually continue it. I'm not mad I read it. It might have been a case wrong book wrong time kind of thing.

Received copy from NetGalley
nothing this time!

King's Cage and (still, because it's so bloody long!) The Secret Keeper.


Linking up with Steph & Jana.

Life According to Steph

I unfortunately did not finish Erin's challenge - maybe next time. Read anything decent lately?

50 comments:

  1. I thought When You Reach me sounded good. It's pretty far down my never-ending list though.

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  2. Hmmmm I was considering the Miss Fisher books to get a fix too, interesting to hear they're not that similar. I may hold off a bit longer then. I liked When You Reach Me, if only because it's pretty different to the books I usually read. I also liked how very American it was!

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  3. I am so confused by the plot description on Goodreads of Mean Streak that I must check it out. I haven't read any TJR books yet (I know), so I have to read Maybe In Another Life and this one!

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  4. After reading your review I am quite certain that I too will love the new TJR. Bummer about the Miss Fishers book! Too bad all of Kate Morton's books are sooo long...The Secret Keeper is my favourite so far though. The Sandra Brown book sounds good too. I'm glad you have more time for reading these days because yay books!!

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  5. I need to read the first book..it sounds so good. Never even heard of that author, whoops! Mean Streak sounds great too :)

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  6. I cant believe I just now read my first taylor Jenkins reid book - I'm ready to go buy them all. I saw this one & the cover is so different from the others, I didnt know if it was the same author or not. Going to add that to my list.

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  7. Ok, FINE. I will read Taylor Jenkins Reid, GOSH! :) And I've heard really good things about Mean Streak, so I'll have to hop on that too!

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  8. I'm still in a bit of a reading slump ... but am finishing up a re-read of Pride and Prejudice. You may have heard of it? ;)

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  9. As always I'm super impressed by how much you are able to read even with all the house projects going on. I've hit a total reading slump, but hoping to amp it back up while traveling next week.
    Green Fashionista

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  10. I am reading Evelyn Hugo right now!! I have a mad love for TJR! I am adding Jill Mansell to my list and Mean Streak since you and I tend to love the same books. why does life get in the way of my reading????

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  11. You are a reading champ! I just finished It Ends with Us. I think I'm going to read The Secret Keeper next. I hope it is as good as The Secret Garden.

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  12. I'm really curious about Evelyn Hugo. That's awesome you loved it far more than you thought you would. Looks like you've been reading a ton of great books.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  13. I agree completely that if you watch the movie/TV show first and then read the book, especially if they are very similar, it can be really slow & boring. But that is almost never the case when I read the book first and THEN watch the movie, I loving seeing it brought to life.

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  14. I'm reading the new TJR this month and I cannot wait. It's my first TJR book and I have seen nothing but great things about it. I used to love Sandra Brown but it has been years since I've read anything by her. I'll have to check it out.

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  15. YES! I want Evelyn Hugo in my life for real.

    I added the Sandra Brown.

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  16. I didn't finish Erin's challenge this time around either, but there's always next time! I'm always up for a good thriller so I'm definitely adding Mean Streak to my list. Pushing the Limits also sounds like a good read too! Sometimes you just need all the cheesiness in your life!

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  17. I like the new way you're doing this!

    Evelyn Hugo is by far her best. I loved it so much.

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  18. I was so surprised at how much I liked Mean Streak that i went and borrowed three of her other books LOL

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  19. So many good reads this past month! I added the new TJR, Mean Streak and the Jill Mansell book to my reading list. They all sound decent enough. Good to know about Miss Fisher's book series ... I was curious if you had read any and what you thought! I think I love the show too much to separate the two, lol.

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  20. YES for Pushing the Limits! It's one of my favorites, and I thought I would hate it haha don't you love when books surprise you?!

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  21. You know, I didn't realized you don't read a lot of thrillers until you just mentioned it. But you're right! LOL! Glad you enjoyed the one you did read this month, and obviously I will add that to my list!

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  22. I've read a couple of Sandra Brown books before and they're usually very good. I might have to read that one because it's been a while since I've read her books!

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  23. As I am still reading what I started in February. I suck!

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  24. For a second I thought The Secret Keeper was under your "not worth your time," and I was just about to cry! haha. So funny we both read a Sandra Brown book this month! I'll have to read Mean Streak next. I also have the new TJR on NetGalley and am hoping to get to it this month!

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  25. Mean Streak looks very, very promising! I'm intrigued!

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  26. I love Jill Mansell when I need something light and fun! Mean Streak looks amazing!

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  27. I cannot wait for the new TJR book.
    The Secret Keeper was a project for sure...toward the end, I couldn't stop listening though!

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  28. Interested to hear what you think of the Secret Keeper! Glad you didn't have any total duds this time! Love that!

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  29. I must read the first one. I'm a fan of TJR and the fictional celeb memoir idea sounds hilarious.

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  30. Yay for no terrible books! I think I might try to read the Miss Fisher's series but it makes me sad that there's no Jack (because I absolutely know what you mean by that). Even without finishing Erin's challenge you tackled a large stack of books this month! We'll finish it next time ;)

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  31. I can't wait to get back to some reading! School semester finally ends TONIGHT - so hopefully I can read at least 1 book while I'm off for a month!

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  32. Oooh good reading month! I was in such a rut/busy. Oh well! I am looking into Mean Streak. I don't read thrillers very often either. Currently devouring YA trying to pull myself out of my reading rut. Hoping to keep it up because May is BUSY BUSY BUSY for me. June will be a great reading month regardless. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  33. I'm on board for The Seven Husbands... I need to read at least one TJR before 2017 is over. I feel so out of place in the reading world not knowing how this author writes! I'm ready for summer with lots of unlimited reading time.

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  34. Never heard of the Cocaine Blue but sounds interesting enough to read! I'll have to add The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to my reading list. Sounds like a great book!

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  35. The Seven Husbands book sounds interesting! Looking into it now! :)

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  36. I think you posted about first book on an Instagram story and I immediately added it to my TBR list on Goodreads! Can't wait to get my hands on it. Sounds like a good one!

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  37. I wait on pins and needles for your book posts because I have my list open in another tab to add all the ones you like to my list too!! :) I can't wait to read the new TJR book :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  38. if you liked the brown book... i once read quite a few of hers. i can't remember all of them. the ones i think i liked the best were best kept secrets and french silk. it's been sometime since i read them, but i think they were pretty good.

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  39. I can't wait for the new TJR book to come out this summer! I haven't read Sandra Brown in so long. I'm adding Mean Streak to my to read list. I haven't read any of Mansell's books, but already have a couple on my to read list!

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  40. I have to pick the book for book club next month and knew to come to you first! Thanks for the recs!

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  41. YES! I don't have any of these on my "to-read" list yet which means getting to add more books.

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  42. I have had no time to read lately so my to-read list has been piling up - and it's just grown dramatically :P

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  43. I haven't read any TJR books yet..but I do have One True Loves sitting in my tbr pile. Jill Mansell sounds like a great author of beach bag reads. I will have to read one this summer! Pam :)

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  44. You still read so much considering all the house stuff you were doing!! I keep meaning to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I'm gonna have to move it up my list.

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    1. And I just realized you got it from NetGalley, so I'm gonna have to wait. Everyone must have got an ARC because I keep hearing so much about it!

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  45. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is on my To Read list too. Glad to hear you loved it

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  46. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is going on my list now! Going to have to add Mean Streak since both you and Kathy liked it!

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  47. I love TJR! I'm definitely gonna check that read out!

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