Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I loved having Ryan home for an extra day – we managed to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, do a little shopping and make some headway on the laundry room renovation before crawling into the Olympics hole. #TeamUSA! With Valentine’s Day only a couple days away, love is definitely in the air … or for today’s purposes, book love is in the air! (isn’t that always the case in my world, though? 😉 ) It’s time for my monthly book roundup, so let’s jump in!
Couldn’t Put ‘Em Down …
Wasted Words by Staci Hart – 4 stars
Hart has quickly become one of my favorite authors – I love her modern takes on Jane Austen classics. This was a really loose interpretation of Emma – so cute! Cam owning her nerd status was everything, although I did get kind of sick of her poor me/I’m not good enough attitude toward the end. Tyler was the typical jock with the good-guy complex that you’d expect, but I loved him all the same. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – 4 stars
This was a tough read, but is it weird for me to say that I enjoyed it? Don’t get me wrong – I was uncomfortable several times when it came to Wavy’s and Kellen’s relationship. Kellen was older and knew better. That said, I do also feel like he was trying to protect Wavy since clearly nobody else was. Wavy’s aunt drove me insane – anyone else believe that she only cared about herself and supposedly doing the “right” thing? To me, she didn’t take two seconds to think about what was best for those children … Okay, I probably could talk/debate this book all day. I can see why it has mixed reviews and whatnot, but it’s also kind of a beautiful story of forming your own weird family under the crappiest circumstances.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – 4 stars
I don’t think this book necessarily captured the depth/feelings of someone suffering from OCD, so honestly I tried not to focus on that too much. It obviously was a main component of the story, but the author did skirt over the issue in a fairy tale kind of way. Relating to Sam in other ways was pretty easy – as girls, I think we ALL had a group of friends growing up that we were afraid to leave or go against. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be part of a secret society at their high school at that age? I would’ve killed for a place/creative outlet like these kids have.
Enjoyable Enough …
This Time Around by Tawna Fenske – 3 stars
I chose this book from Amazon Prime Reading solely for the cover. Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver in the way that I was hoping. It wasn’t a total lost cause … I liked the relationship between Jack and his daughter and some of the moments between Jack and Allie, but the history and relationship development between Jack and Allie was a dud. There needed to be more for me to feel more invested in the characters. Also, what was with the ex sister-in-law attacking Allie at Jack’s reunion? Random. The end was pretty cute, though so that warmed my heart to three stars.
Withering Hope by Layla Hagen – 2 stars
Nope. Nope, nope, nope. The premise reminded me of The Island, but nope. The epilogue was the only okay part of the book. I’m proud to say this book officially ended my BookBub days. Bye!
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand – 3 stars
I discovered this series at Christmas when I was gifted with the fourth/final book. So, I figured I might as well start at the beginning for context … ELIN, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Hands down the worst book I’ve read from her yet. The story is all over the place, there’s next to no character development … honestly, I only gave it three stars because I sort of like the daughter and her love triangle. She should just have her own series. Otherwise, take it or leave it.
Currently reading: The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand and A Little Too Late by Staci Hart
What are you reading right now?
Don’t forget to check out last month’s book recs!