It’s time for another round of book reviews! I really wasn’t blown away by any of these mid-summer reads, but they did pass the time just fine.
COULDN’T PUT THEM DOWN …
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – 4 stars
Just like all Colleen Hoover books, you’ll feel all the feelings while reading. This story in particular broke me a little bit – it has been a while since a book has made me cry. I did think the story was a little choppy and some really important issues were slightly glossed over. Also, since when are high school kids so experienced in the sex department? Maybe I’m just naive, but I do think some of the characters in Hoover’s books are more sexually advanced than they should be. Just saying. ANYWAYS. There’s a sequel told from Holder’s point of view that I’m hoping will clear some things up since this book was all from Sky’s perspective.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – 4 stars (free in Amazon Prime reading)
Real quick – I had no idea that Amazon Prime Reading existed until this month! There’s not a huge selection, but it’s worth checking out. I think it’s hard for any book lover not to enjoy this book! It’s definitely quirky and not the most complete/fulfilling of books, but I enjoyed all the ins-and-outs of each character and how they developed as the story progressed. I’ve always loved small bookshops in little towns, so it was fun to envision what this one was like. I wish there was more narrative about the first wife since she played a major role in the bookshop’s existence.
ENJOYABLE ENOUGH …
Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon, #1) by Jamie Beck – 3 stars (free in Amazon Prime Reading)
A super cute, cheesy chick-lit read. I liked that this one was set out in Colorado opposed to the typical East Coast or warm/tropical setting. The main female character’s name escapes me, but she was kind of annoying. The main guy was more of a developed character, and I was left wanting to know more about him. This won’t win any literary awards, but for a free read it filled the time just fine.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – 4 stars (free in Amazon Prime Reading)
Now that I’ve watched the Hulu series, I’m wondering if I should go back and reread this. I admit that I didn’t fully understand everything that happened until I watched it on the show. Nonetheless, this book kind of disturbed me. Probably because I could see something like this happening in the world we live in today. I don’t know how women could ever be subjected to this type of living and abuse (even though it isn’t presented as abuse). Scary stuff if you ask me. The ending is pretty ambiguous, so I like to think that Offred is going to come back and kick somebody’s ass. Preferably Aunt Lydia.
Bright Side (#1) by Kim Holden – 4 stars (free in Amazon Prime Reading)
I have kind of a love/hate relationship with this book. You see, I actually really loved it. Kate was dealt so many bad cards in her young life, yet she had the attitude of an optimistic rock star. Seriously, she’s a literary character that everyone should take a lesson or two from. On the flip side, I COULDN’T STAND THE DIALOGUE. I don’t think that just because Kate was from California and could surf warranted her saying “dude” as literally every other word that came out of her mouth. That got real annoying real quick. There’s also some obvious gaps in the story that should’ve been filled in, but I tried not to focus on that much since I enjoyed everything else going on. For free, it’s worth it.
Currently reading: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George