Happy four-year anniversary to the best linkup in all the blogging land! I’m so glad that I discovered Steph and Jana a couple years ago and have the opportunity to share/talk about books every month with fellow book worms. It’s one of the few reasons that I still stick around these parts. That being said, let’s jump right into October’s reads and reviews.
My Top Picks …
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
man’s girlfriend mysteriously disappears and comes back years later when he’s about to marry her sister
This was my first B.A. Paris book, and I can understand why everyone enjoys her books. Mysterious and pretty suspenseful, this one had me guessing until the very end. I thought I had the plot figured out at one point, but I was proven wrong which made it all the more fun.
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
boy and girl make a pact to meet every year on the same day
This has been on my TBR list FOREVER, so I was thrilled the library finally came through. I loved, loved, loved the premise and plot of this one. It was reminiscent of One Day, but I hated that book/movie so this is way better. As always with Hoover, there was a tragic backstory to everything, but it played out well. Especially since we followed Ben and Fallon as they aged, and it wasn’t two young teens dealing with super adult stuff like some of Hoover’s other books. This was one of my favorite reads this year, so I highly recommend.
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
married couple deals with a lot of issues
Oh, my heart. I ugly cried through a majority of this book, but that ending! Is Graham the most perfect man or what? Sigh. I can’t talk about this one too much without including spoilers, so I recommend going onto Goodreads to see other reviews if you want to be made aware of trigger warnings. Probably should’ve done that myself. BUT I made it through just fine, and it was so worth it.
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Kindle Unlimited)
man and woman begin correspondence after discovering their spouses are having an affair
Randomly saw this pop up in my Goodreads feed, so obviously it was downloaded and read right away. It’s a short story, so it shouldn’t take you more than a half hour to 45 minutes to get through it. TJR can do no wrong! The ending took me a bit by surprise, but it made sense given the direction that Carrie and David were taking their friendship. Can’t wait for all of you to read this – I want to discuss it with someone!
Enjoyable Enough …
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
man and son get away from family tragedy and work to help Midwest family save orchard business
This is exactly what I expected from this author. Cute and not a ton of character substance. Just like Coincidence of Coconut Cake, this one is set in Wisconsin (Door County that’s only two hours from us/where we visited for a long weekend for our three-year wedding anniversary) so it’s fun for me to know the places that she writes about. Makes it really relatable and easy to follow. There’s also a quick appearance from the Coconut Cake characters. I’d consider this a fall-time beach read, if that makes sense.
Just Okay …
Accidental Tryst (Charleston #1) by Natasha Boyd
strangers get phones mixed up in airport
This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I hoped for either. Something just didn’t come all the way together. The flirting and relationship between Emmy and Trystan seemed forced. Their respective family dramas also didn’t really fit with the rest of what was going on, but whatever. I get that there needs to be conflict. I bet you’d enjoy this if you’ve been to Charleston – I’ve been on a Southern Charm binge, so I laughed at the Ravenel reference.
Currently reading: Tailspin by Sandra Brown