Month Count: 2 texts, 4 audioboosk, 6 total
Year to Date: 47 texts, 28 audiobooks, 75 total
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Okay, I’m going to just publish this bad boy as is and hope to add pictures later. Again, another month was spent trying to finish up my crafts and my mom and dad came to visit so I took time away from most of my personal activities to hang out with them :)…
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry was a cute palate cleanser after some heavy hitters at the end of September. I enjoyed her book, Beach Read last summer and had kind of saved this one for a moment like this. Of course, it’s a cute romance. The funny part about it though, is the lead is trying hard not to fall for her best guy friend and you know where it’s going… But I did that once and I couldn’t help but laugh the whole time as I was yelling in my head: DON’T DO IT!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune via Libby app – still working those crafts lol. It is a little bit fantasy, but not so much that you need a few chapters to grasp the concept of this whole new world that the author needs to create. It’s slightly magical in a context that you can wrap your brain around. It is also slightly a love story… Like the bored social-worker-type man who minds his business, keeps his head down, and just gets by, falls for the extraordinary man who changes his life. It’s really cute.
Darker (Fifty Shades as Told by Christian #2) by E.L. James is a book that really no one should read or listen to. I will admit, it kept me awake on a late drive home from West Virginia, so mission accomplished there. However, the writing is horrible, repetitive, and none of this should shock you based on the Fifty Shades of Gray that was clearly not much better. It was better… this is way worse. It’s awful. The books did not need the other half told. They weren’t even that good as stand alones.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett via Libby app. I feel like I have discovered the queen of family sagas. Ann Patchett writes them so well, and even without Tom Hanks narrating, it was still worth it.
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano was gifted to me through an Instagram giveaway… isn’t that so sweet!? It was several months ago and I just needed to find the right time. It’s a recently divorced mother, who is a mildly successful author late with her latest book and out of money. Doesn’t immediately sound relatable; however, the way Cosimano writes the frustrations, let me just say I get it. I felt them. At a meeting with her literary agent over lunch at a Panera, a woman mistakenly thinks Finlay is a contract killer and offers her money to kill her husband. This kicks off a hilarious adventure and it almost had me lol’ing in real life. Now, none of this would ever happen… It’s not like I believed it, but it was so entertaining and such a nice distraction from stress. I loved it… a quick read definitely will be shared with friends and family members. I recommend this one.
Send for Me by Lauren Fox I think was an add-on in one of my BOTM boxes that has just been staring me in the face. It’s a WWII historical fiction family saga and there are a few complaints off the top of my head. The first is that it is WAY too short. I hated the ending. It literally ended and I audibly said “Wait, what?! That’s it?!” I don’t love where it ended. I did love reading the author’s notes at the end realizing that the names were changed, but the letters were otherwise intact from what she found in her grandmother’s attic. There are jumps in the plot that come really without warning, and there isn’t a ton of character development when you meet people. You just have to keep reading as though you know who this person is or trust that there will be enough context clues for you to get the gist of it.