October 2017 Reading Roundup

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.

October 2017 Reading Roundup

Couldn’t Put ‘Em Down …

Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyBig 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 BrownSeeing 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 HartA 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 BrownFriction 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.

Skip …

Something in the Heir by Jenny GardinerSomething 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.
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  1. Heather wrote:

    I devoured Big Little Lies sooo fast because I was desperate to know what happened. I have Sting by Sandra Brown on my shelf at home and I need to get to it sometime – I’ve never read any of her books but my mom loves them. I read A Thousand Letters this month too and LOVED IT so much!!! Like you, I really wanted a glimpse at those letters too…ugh!!!

    Posted 11.21.17 Reply
    • Wasn’t it so good?! Give me a modern-day Jane Austen anytime. I hope that you enjoy a Sandra Brown book soon! Mean Streak is still by far my favorite since her stories can be pretty similar.

      Posted 11.21.17 Reply
  2. I read/watched BLL and have similar feelings. Neither was my favorite, though I did tear through the book. I liked the book quite a lot better than the show. Don’t get me wrong, it was superbly acted. However, the mystery was easier to guess, and it definitely had a depressing vibe more so than the book which was very funny in a critical sort of way. If that makes sense… 😛 Glad I read/watched them, but overall just not my genre in either media. I have A Thousand Letters on my TBR. 😉 Xo – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    Posted 11.20.17 Reply
    • I agree with you! The show was good, but I just liked the book better. Hope you enjoy A Thousand Letters!

      Posted 11.21.17 Reply
  3. I started mean streak and just couldn’t get into it!

    Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  4. Omg I need to pick up A Thousand Letters! Love modernized Jane Austen!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  5. Ashley wrote:

    Totally agree, the book for Big Little Lies is so much better than the HBO series (which was still good!)

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  6. I usually like anything inspired by Jane Austen!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  7. Definitely not the last person to read Big Little Lies. Its’ been on my to-read list forever, and I need to just start it already <3

    Green Fashionista

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  8. I still haven’t read Big Little Lies, so I definitely need to check it out! I personally always find the book better than TV shows/movies. There’s so much more detail!

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  9. Christina Sotherden wrote:

    I forgot Big Little Lies was a book too! I still haven’t watched the series.. or read the book so I’m thinking to do both of those after the holidays!

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
    • You definitely should! I was told to read the book before watching the show, but I honestly don’t think it matters. There’s plenty of differences between the two that you could separate them.

      Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  10. These all sound like some great reads!

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  11. Rashmi wrote:

    Love this list. Thanks for sharing!
    Wonderful post dear!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  12. Mes Voyages à Paris wrote:

    Such a great list dear! Love BLL (Serie) !!
    Mónica Sors

    Posted 11.15.17 Reply
  13. Kay R. wrote:

    Glad you liked BLL – I am a moriarty fan though I know many are on the fence about her.

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
    • The only other book I’ve read from her is What Alice Forgot, and I was on the fence about it. She is a good writer, though!

      Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  14. Laura wrote:

    I need to read Big Little Lies!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  15. Big Little Lies is amazing!! Thank you for this great list!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  16. I have not read Big Little Lies either. I’ve read two other Liane Moriarty books and they just weren’t for me. Sandra Brown definitely knows how to spin a good yarn, but she does have a formula that she follows. It’s why I gave her up years ago but now I’m interested in revisiting her because a gal craves a sexy mystery every so often! But definitely not going to binge her books.

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
    • I’m with you on LM – I can appreciate that she’s a good author, but the other book I’ve read by her didn’t do much for me. Did enjoy BLL, though! Sandra Brown definitely has a formula so I’ll be staying away from her for a while, lol.

      Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  17. You’re not the last person to read Big Little Lies because I still haven’t read it! I don’t know why–I LOVED What Alice Forgot and enjoyed The Husband’s Secret. I know I’ll like this one!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  18. I think the series was a good adaptation from the book but I’m not sure why they added some things. Like the plot needed more drama. This was actually my favorite Moriarty book, though.

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  19. Biana Perez wrote:

    I felt the same way about Big Little Lies – that the book was WAY better than the show and now they are doing a second season I have no idea how LOL! I haven’t read anything by Sandra Brown, but now I will!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
    • Definitely read Mean Streak – it’s really the only Sandra Brown book worth reading lol. And I have no clue what they plan to do with BLL season 2!

      Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  20. You’re the second person to recommend A Thousand Letters, so I definitely need to try and read that as soon as possible! And Seeing Red sounds really good as well! And we made the same mistake with Big Little Lies when Chris and I listened to it together earlier this year, we listened to it and then immediately started watching the show. I feel like it was too fresh on his mind for him to enjoy the show.

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
    • I should’ve spaced out reading/watching BLL, but ultimately I think the book is just better regardless. A Thousand Letters is a cute, easy read!

      Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  21. I have at least two books I’d like to read before the end of the year, but since they’re both heavy books, I probably won’t do both.

    I liked Big Little Lies!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  22. yay glad you liked big little lies – it’s been ages since i’ve read it but i agree about the tv series. also, yes i loved Celeste for several reasons. i have seeing red on my kindle so i’m glad you liked it. i’ve only read 2 of her books and i could definitely see how they were similar so i am trying to space her books out by several months. mean streak was the best for sure. yeah i was disappointed with the missing wade’s letter as well, like HELLO that is the best part of Persuasion, Wentworth’s letter. Sigh. But, i read a Persuasion retelling once when you did get to read the letter (but it was an email) and it was.. not great. so you know. whatever haha.

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
    • Hahaha your book thoughts always crack me up. But you’re right – Wentworth’s letter is the best, so I think that’s why I was like where the hell is Wade’s letter. Mean Streak is still the best SB book by far.

      Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  23. Emily Dunham wrote:

    I read Seeing Red this month – I thought it was really good! I can definitely see how reading two so closely together would be confusing, though. Sometimes I get that way with other authors, too!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  24. The ending of Big Little Lies was so surprising to me- I definitely didn’t see any of it coming! Aside from the ending I think I might have liked the show a little bit more than the book though because it was so well done, but that could just be because I read the book a few years ago so I didn’t remember as many details.

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
    • That makes sense! I didn’t think the show was bad by any means, just thought the book was better. More dramatic, I guess? But I guess books usually win over their movie/show adaptations anyway!

      Posted 11.16.17 Reply
  25. shootingstarsmag wrote:

    You are NOT the last one to read Big Little Lies – I have not either. I am curious about it though so I’m glad that you really liked it.


    Posted 11.14.17 Reply
  26. Debra Stachelski wrote:

    I enjoy reading all your book recommendations and of course I love seeing pics of your reading buddy
    I’ll be anxious to hear how you like Beautiful Day!

    Posted 11.14.17 Reply

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