Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Books Lately

I am currently in New Zealand, but I couldn't miss this link up! I hope no-one minds that I am going to link up now and comment later. Yes, I could skip this link up but what if I missed a good book recommendation. The horror. No.

Beartown - Fredrik Backman - 5 Stars
hockey town deals with.. lots of stuff

I can't even explain this book. I've never read any of his other stuff but I honestly can't imagine how they can even compare or be similar. This book wrecked me. I stayed up till 2am to finish it and I was a bawling bag of mess by the end of it. His writing is beautiful, the characters and overall story just wormed their way into my heart and I highly recommend it. It is about a hockey town, sure, but about SO MUCH MORE than that. You'll know that when you read the first page. It mentions something bad, and then tells the story of how they got there. Trust. Read. 
Received copy from NetGalley
Lethal - Sandra Brown - 4 Stars
romantic suspense 

After enjoying Mean Streak last month, I added basically all of Brown's books to my list. I try not to read multiple books from one author in quick succession (unless it's a series) because then I compare or get bored with the formula the author might use. So far, I think she might use a formula as this one was pretty similar to Mean Streak. It was still enjoyable, I totally guessed the bad guys early on though, whereas I sat there with my jaw on the floor for a good 5 minutes with Mean Streak. I couldn't put this one down though, even if it wasn't quite as good. More like 4.5.
The Secret Keeper - Kate Morton - 5 Stars
typical kate morton book

I have never guessed the twist of a book as early as I did this one. Sure I guess things all the time but I'm rarely right, and never with the other Kate Morton books I've read. I was like screaming at this book to hurry up and get to what I knew was coming. Figuring it out early on didn't stop me enjoying the book though, Kate Morton's a great writer, though her books are long and convoluted, I love how she fits everything together. I definitely recommend. This was my favourite of hers I've read so far.
Study trilogy - Maria V. Snyder - 4/4/3 Stars respectively
girl sentenced to die becomes food taster instead

I really enjoyed the first book of this series, it was so different and interesting. The second book was also good, though it went in a direction I was not expecting. The third bummed me out, it was all over the place and not as good as the first 2. Overall, I enjoyed it, and I'd recommend if it sounds like your kind of book (definitely skip if you're not into YA fantasy). The series continues/picks up again after like 10 years and I am a bit curious to see where it goes. We'll see.
Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey - 4 Stars
mix between sweet home alabama and what happens in vegas

This book was super funny and enjoyable. I really did laugh several times, and though it was a bit predictable, I didn't mind - that's why I read romances, I don't want them to not get together. I read the second one as well, just as cute and funny.
Prejudice Meets Pride - Rachael Anderson - 3 Stars
kind of pride & prejudice-y but not really

Thought this would be a fun, cute, modern day P&P. It was definitely a cute little book, but not really P&P at all. I mean yeah there's a snobby guy and a proud girl and they're from opposite worlds money wise, but that's it. Light & fluffy, not mad I read it.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy - 4 Stars
girl with baggage tutors hockey player and then dates him to make other guy jealous

I quite liked this book. It reminded me of Easy, but a little lighter.
Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick - 4 Stars
celebrity memoir

I really enjoyed this. Anna Kendrick does seem pretty normal and down to earth, but there were definitely parts where it was like we get it, you're totally normal. But I feel like if I was a celebrity I'd be like guys I'm normal(ish) I swear! all the time, so I get it. Really, she is very funny, I liked how honest she was, I want to watch all of her movies now, I hope she writes that second book when she's 70.
Wallflower series - Lisa Kleypas - 4 Stars
4 books about 4 women getting husbands, historical romance

Perfectly enjoyable for what they are if you are into these kinds of books (as I'm sure you can tell, I am). The characters were fun, the stories were cute.
King's Cage - Victoria Aveyard - 3 Stars
3rd book in this series

More like 2.5. Bloody hell this was a slog to get through. Felt like dragging my feet through mud or something. Mare is so annoying. But there were good parts sprinkled it and dammit if I'm not invested in this series and want to see where it goes. 
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie - Jennifer Ashley - 4 Stars
historical romance kind of like the rosie project

This book was adorable. Loved the characters and the story. 
Playing for Keeps - R.L. Mathewson - 2 Stars
next door neighbours romance

I am pretty cranky because clearly I got the wrong book, as there is NO WAY I read the same book that 80,000 other people did and seemed to love. Bloody hell, I'm sorry, but this book was awful. The guy was a complete ass, so immature and just ridiculous. I was shaking my head for most of it. If it weren't so short I would have given up. The epilogue was cute, I'm a sucker for an epilogue, which is the only reason this gets 2 stars instead of 1.
Who knows? For this trip, I brought 10 real books and a kindle full of netgalley, library & kindle unlimited books. MUST HAVE VARIETY. Also, I take most of these books with the intention of leaving them behind or giving them to someone (unless I absolutely love them and refuse to part with them).

I also read The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series which was super cute and enjoyable. Unfortunately, the last book is not out yet which is a bummer. It's a kids series, it was super cute, though as I don't generally read to/with children I don't know what age it would be suitable for, but I really did like it and recommend if it sounds like something your kids would like (last one comes out in December hopefully).

Linking up with Steph & Jana.

Life According to Steph

Do you take your kindle or real books when you travel? 


  1. I can't wait to get to Beartown and the Sandra Brown books! I'm adding Kate Morton's book and Shine Not Burn to my list. Hope you're having a great time!!!

  2. 100% YES to Beartown!! Such a great book. I also started reading a bunch of Sandra Brown's books after Mean Streak but they quickly became too formulaic so I stopped (for now).

  3. BEARTOWN, gahhh. SO good! I've only read one of his other books (Ove), which I liked, but I liked Beartown a lot more, which says a lot I guess. Your review of King's Cage makes me feel less bad about stopping those books after the first one (which I did like, I just can't even remember what it was about now). I've been saying I'm going to read a Kate Morton book forever, so your high review definitely makes me want to make it more of a priority. Hope you guys are having a great time so far!

  4. Important question! The Study Trilogy - love triangle or no love triangle? Lol! I'm reading so little lately that I'm going to be super picky about what I pick up. :P Hope New Zealand is amazing! Go zorbing!!!! And see glow worms and do the Maori cultural experience and do all the things I did so we can talk about it when you get back.

  5. Hope you are having a wonderful time and finding a few minutes here and there to read! I love that Monsters Inc mug! So you already know my feelings about Beartown and so glad you agree. I want everyone I know to read that book which I know is selfish but omg was it ever good. The Secret Keeper is my favourite of Kate Morton's too and I didn't see it coming at all! Her books are a bit long though, I agree. I still have a few of hers to read. I added a few of these to Goodreads because your tastes are often similar to mine ;)

  6. These all sound really good (except for the ones you didn't like). Definitely need to read that first one! Sounds amazing!

  7. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon and I read the Eyre Affair in college for one of my English courses. I am adding some of your reads to my library list now. Jess at Just Jess

  8. I already had The Secret Keeper on my TBR, but now I'm excited to add Lethal and Beartown!

  9. Well I'm glad you liked your second Sandra Brown book! Mine was really meh and I'm going to wait awhile before reading another by her. Maybe I'll pick up Beartown to pass the time! :)

  10. I've only read three book posts so far and Beartown is on all of them! I can't wait to finally get off hold at the library!

  11. I'm on the wait list for Beartown. I'm glad you liked The Secret Keeper!

  12. Second great review I have read for Beartown - already been added to my list, but it's going to the top for sure!

  13. I've been wanting to read Anna Kendrick's book, and am adding it to my list. I've been loving your snaps in NZ, and LOVE that you went to the LOTR set <3
    Green Fashionista

  14. I liked Kendrick's book- listened to the audio version which probably helped. Quite a review for Beartown!

  15. Well, Lethal is going on my list since I now love Sandra Brown, too. Anna Kendrick's book has been sitting on my nightstand since Christmas, so I need to get to that. I've never read a Kate Morton book ... should I go for it?

  16. Goodness you read a lot! I'm dying to read Bear Town!! I love everything Backmann writes!

  17. Hehe. I could never miss this link-up either because I might miss a good book recommendation. I hope you're having a great time in Middle Earth! I mean New Zealand. :D Adding Beartown to my TBR. Secret Keeper is already there and I really enjoyed The Lake House by Morton. I used to read a lot of Sandra Brown and she definitely follows a formula. I like how you give space to books by the same author, so the formula doesn't start to bore you. I need to do the same.

  18. Hi Mike Wazowski!!! <3
    Soooo, Fredrik Backman... I DNF A Man Called Ove. I was trying and trying and trying to love it and finally I just gave up despite everyone saying how good of a book it was. Ove just made me so angry that I had to stop reading and then I banned Swedish authors from my TBR list because my struggle with them is real. But sooo many people are saying these books are sooo good and my FOMO is on high! #MeganProblems

    Also, I'm glad that you, too, were tortured by King's Cage. Mostly in a commiserate in misery type of way, because holy balls that shit was torture-tastic.. for ME, not Mare.. Screw her.

  19. I am pretty sure I had the same problem with Playing for Keeps. It's a book I have started and stopped at least 3-4 times. At this point, I just don't see it happening.

    I LOVE the Mackenzie boys... I've read the first 3, but Ian is still my favorite. I love the relationship between he and Beth.

    As for what you're reading now - I loved Before I Fall. I thought it was very thought provoking. Into the Water is in the cue, just waiting for Erin's challenge to start next month.

    Have a great time in NZ! NZ is one of my favorites that I've traveled to!

  20. I enjoyed The Secret Keeper a lot. I read the first two books in Snyder's Study series but never got to the third. Typical of my not finishing a series track. I loved Kendrick's book, but I love her, so figured I would. Beartown doesn't sound like my kind of book, but I've only heard good things about it.

  21. I just put Beartown on hold at the library & cant wait!

  22. I have Beartown on my TBR and I think when I get through the pile I have, I'll request it.

    Hope you're having a great time!

  23. I like Kate Morton's books but they are SO. SLOW. The Secret Keeper was not my favorite though. I liked The Lake House best I think.
    I'm on the fence on Beartown. I tried and DNF'd one of his other books but this one is getting such rave reviews and seems different that the Ove series so I might have to try it.

  24. I'm loving all of your snaps from your trip! It looks like y'all are having the best time! It still amazes me how much you're able to read in a month, and all of the good books that you read! Beartown is already on my list, and I hope that I get to read it soon! You're not the only one that has raved about how good it is! Prejudice Meets Pride also sounds like a cute book! I love retellings and light and fluffy books too!

  25. this sandra brown I am seeing everywhere! added mean streak and adding lethal as well. hope you have a wonderful NZ trip!

  26. I've seen a few other reviews on Bear Town.. I'm probably going to have to read it now!

    Visiting from Show Us Your Books linkup.

  27. Ooh have fun in New Zealand. I'm visiting all the blogs, but I didn't do the link up this month. I really just ran out of time! LOL Sounds like you read some great books recently though.


  28. I want to read Scrappy Little Nobody! I've heard good things! :)

  29. Yeah to Beartown! I think I may cave and buy a copy. I have been reading celebrity memoirs lately (is that a category? lol) and hadn't read Anna Kendrick's book but it might be a nice summer audiobook. Lastly The Red Queen series, I have the first book do you recommend it? Thanks! Pam

  30. The Secret Keeper is my favorite Kate Morton book too! So I have only read one Frederick Backman book (Britt-Marie), so I've been avoiding Beartown on my NetGalley. I keep hearing Britt-Marie is by far his worst book, though, so I think I have to give Beartown a try. Also, I want to read all the Sandra Brown books now too!

  31. One simply cannot miss the opportunity for a good book reco. LOL

    I like Sandra Brown.

    The Secret Keeper was my favorite Morton!

  32. This is the third Beartown review I've read today and all were great. I loved A Man Called Ove, so I'm super excited about this one. I think I might need to just buy it. :) Have so much fun on your trip. I've been just staring at all your grams.

  33. I can't wait to read Beartown! I selected it for Erin's reading challenge. I felt the same way about Anna's book. I liked it and she's funny, but she tried way too hard to convince us that she's normal and a total dork.

  34. Good thing you linked up - so many recommendations! I'm definitely going to read the first one but I'm afraid it's going to wreck me too...

  35. That mug in the photo is AMAZING!!

    I can't wait for the last Incorrigibles book to come out. Whyyyyy must we wait so long?!

  36. Hope you are having fun on your trip. I have been loving your ista-stories!! I totally need that book by Kate Morton! You know I love her!!

  37. I love the Mike mug in your title picture :)

    Beartown and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place are on my TBR list.

    Hope you're enjoying your time at home!!!

  38. So many good books! Hope you're having a fabulous time on vacation!!

  39. Ooh fun. I added a few of these to my list! I don't read a ton of romance but The Deal and Shine Not Burn both sound fun. I want to read The Poison Study and the Secret one and Bear Town. The latter I have heard NOTHING bad about. Incredible. That's got to be the book of the year. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  40. Oh my goodness - you have to tell everyone (me, esp.) what you thought of the Eyre Affair! I love that book and pretty much the rest of Jasper Fforde's stuff. He also has a series on Nursery Crimes with Jack Spratt as the lead investigator and then also one called Shades of Grey (color related). I recommend all of them.

    Also - thanks for your list. I'll have to add Bear Town (and others) to my list. :)

  41. I just got Beartown from the library, and can't wait to read it.

  42. I LOVE the Magic Study series but I feel exactly the same way about the third book. It was all over the place. She has some books in the same world that I want to check out - I've only read one of those, I think. I am not an Anna Kendrick fan and I don't know why.. she has never been my favorite and I feel like I wouldn't relate to her and it would be a celebrity trying to be relatable which annoys me... but I'm guessing and should just read the book if I really want to know. I can't wait to read Beartown.

  43. It's good to know that Beartown is a good book, I was tempted to get it recently! I've seen the movie based on the book by the same author called "A Man Called Ove" and it was such a great movie, I'm really looking forward to reading the book. This really makes me want to read books by this author.

  44. I love Anna K! so I definitely want to read her book! Ps- do you follow her on twitter? she's hilarious!

  45. I'm so glad you posted this because I just added a bunch of books to my TBR list!

  46. I am absolutely envious of your book collection!

  47. Holy cow, you put my reading to shame! Thanks for the recs, I will definitely have to check these out! I love Anna Kendrick, I've seen her book, glass to hear it was a good read!

  48. Bear Town sounds interesting! Safe travels :)

  49. I am about a quarter in to Into the Water. I would love to know your thoughts when you finish so we can compare!


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