Happy blogging book day! One of my favorite days of the month (pretty sure I say that every month 😉 ). I’m admittedly caught up in the craziness of this time of year, which means less time and focus for reading. But, I’m doing the best that I can! Last month brought some pretty decent reads, so let’s jump right into my October 2017 reading roundup.
Couldn’t Put ‘Em Down …
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 4 stars
Yep, I’m probably the last person on the planet to read this book! But, I’m so glad that I finally got around to it. Some of the characters and dialogue dragged for me, especially in the first half of the book, but then shit got real toward the end. I thought I had most of it figured out, but I was wrong so that made me love it even more. Celeste was my favorite character (probably not a shock) because I think a lot of women can relate to her facade of perfection when in reality things are pretty much crap. Fair warning: I watched the HBO series right after I finished the book, and the book is WAY WAY WAY better. I’m not sure why they changed/added things that they did in the series. It’s still worth watching, but I can guarantee you’ll like the book better.
Seeing Red by Sandra Brown – 4 stars
This was one of two Brown books that I read this month. That wasn’t the best idea because her stories are so similar that everything started to run together. That said, this was my favorite of the two. It was suspenseful, sexy, confusing … just what you’d expect from this author. I’m not really sure why everything has to relate back to some immoral money mogul, but whatever. It’s no Mean Streak (one of my favorite books of 2017!), but I still enjoyed getting immersed in the suspense.
A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart – 4 stars (Bookbub freebie)
A modern romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion? Sign me up! It was nice to read a love story that actually had substance and character development rather than falling in love in 2.5 seconds and jumping in the sack. My only issue is I wanted to read Wade’s letters that he wrote to Elliott while on deployment. Anyone else? He makes a grand gesture by giving Elliott the notebook, and then we never see one word. What a tease.
Enjoyable Enough …
Friction by Sandra Brown – 3 stars
Um … what? I was confused for half of this book. There is SO much going on. The drunk/not-drunk father, the dead body not being the correct dead body, the head honcho guy that everybody is afraid of … it was just too much. Plus, I’m not a fan of the first few pages foreshadowing what happens later in the book. By the time you catch up to that exact same dialogue, you’re exhausted and don’t want to go back to reread the beginning. This was the first Brown book I had read since Mean Streak, so it was a little disappointing.
Something in the Heir (#1) by Jenny Gardiner – 3 stars (BookBub freebie)
Let it be known that I can’t refuse a book that combines royalty and romance. I just can’t. This book actually had promise with the concept and some of the interaction between Adrian and Emma, but it just didn’t deliver. Not enough story/character development, and the writing was pretty choppy.
Currently reading: Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand