It’s about that time again for a reading roundup! The last month brought me a lot of great books, so let’s discuss some early fall reads.
COULDN’T PUT ‘EM DOWN …
Just One Day by Gayle Forman – 4 stars
I’ve had this on hold at the library for what seems like a year, but it finally was mine and I thoroughly enjoyed it. To be honest, the whole romance between Allyson and Willem took a backseat for me. It was cute and fun to get caught up in – what girl doesn’t want to be romanced by a cute, non-serial killer stranger in Europe? – but what I LOVED was Allyson’s journey. This sheltered girl that always played by the rules finally took her life into her own hands, fought for what she wanted, and worked to make something happen for herself. The second book is now on hold, so here’s to hoping I don’t have to wait another year to find out what happens.
The Fall Up by Aly Martinez – 4 stars
Finally snagged this when it was free on Amazon after having it on my reading list for.EV.er. (Sandlot, anyone?) I loved it! It was refreshing to read a YA/romance novel that actually had some grit to it. Real, serious issues that needed to be addressed. The whole pop star falling in love with a “normal” guy was kind of overkill, but I tried to ignore that part and just focus on the characters. The epilogue gave me all sorts of feels.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4 stars
All sorts of YES. TJR wins again. It took me a few chapters to really get into this story since it seemed like such a departure from Reid’s typical books. But, once Monique starts the interviews with Evelyn for her memoir I was hooked. The old Hollywood glamor, soap opera-type drama, ugly and forbidden love. It’s all there! And, at the root of it is still the same theme – discovering one’s true love. This is a must-read if you haven’t picked it up already.
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda – 4 stars
I really disliked All the Missing Girls, so I went into this book with pretty low expectations. I found this story to be way better. It was suspenseful without being repetitive and kept me guessing right until the very end. I thought I had it all figured out at one point – aka Leah was schizophrenic – so I was happy to be proven wrong.
ENJOYABLE ENOUGH …
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – 4 stars
This was my first Backman book, and now I can understand why everybody loves his writing and stories. How could you not love Ove?! I found his character to be pretty true-to-life because I think we all know someone in our life that is similar. Kind of crabby, sometimes mean but really has a heart of gold. I admit that this too me way longer to read than I anticipated because I kept falling asleep and had to constantly reread pages, but I’m glad that I made it through. The ending was bittersweet and beautiful.
Unconditional (Beachwood Bay #3) by Melody Grace – 2 stars (BookBub freebie)
Will I ever learn my lesson with some of these BookBub offers? Probably not. Not much to say about this one. Just don’t read it.
Currently reading: Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave