October 2018 Reads & Reviews

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.

October 2018 Reads and Reviews

My Top Picks …

Bring Me Back by B.A. ParisBring 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 HooverNovember 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 HooverAll 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 ReidEvidence 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. ReichertThe 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 BoydAccidental 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

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  1. 1.28.19

    I know I’m in the minority for enjoying Bring Me Back but now I feel like I have company! I have the TJR on my Kindle and I’m setting aside a whole TJR week for next month. I love her. She deserves her own week.

    • 1.28.19

      Oh really?! I had no idea that it wasn’t a very popular book – glad to have someone else with me that liked it! Ha! Yay for TJR week, that sounds fantastic.

  2. 1.28.19

    Yay! Glad you found us also.

    As always I love your opening photo.

    I’m definitely checking out Taylor Jenkins Reid’s short story. It’s also time for me to get into another Colleen Hoover I think!

  3. 1.28.19

    you know, i had no idea what november 9 was actually about so thanks for that one line synopsis haha. i own it, but i tend to buy books without reading the synopsis if i know the author, or i forget the synopsis. hopefully i get to it soon! i am skipping her other book for now, maybe in a couple years! thankfully a few people warned me and i just can’t stomach that right now. i really liked the coconut cake book, but didn’t love another of hers i’ve read, so i keep putting off the cider book. glad you liked it! hope you like tailspin!

    • 1.28.19

      Haha, glad I could be of service! I enjoyed it more than some of the other Hoover books, so hopefully you’ll think so, too! Probably best to stay away from All Your Perfects right now – I was proud of myself for getting through it, but sheesh some parts were tough. Finished Tailspin the other night LOVED IT. No shock there.

  4. 1.28.19
    Kay R. said:

    Ahh I cant wait to read that colleen Hoover! Sounds so good and I really need an ugly cry book lol

  5. 1.28.19

    So I normally don’t like short stories, but I definitely am going to give that up for some TJR! Hopefully it doesn’t leave me wanting more in the story, although if it does at least I have her next book to jump into next! And you have to read another B.A. Paris book! Bring Me Back kind of dragged for me, but oh my goodness her other books were so good! Behind Closed Doors was my favorite!

    • 1.28.19

      Behind Closed Doors is on my list for my next library trip! My grandma of all people has been pushing me to read it (lol), so I’m glad that I now have been introduced to B.A. Paris and like what I’ve read so far. Definitely give the TJR short story a try!

  6. 1.28.19
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    Picking up All Your Perfects this week from the library, almost done with Without Merit. I just LOVE all things Hoover ( and TJR) <3

    • 1.28.19

      You and me both, girl! You’ll have to let me know how Without Merit is – I heard mixed reviews about that one.

      • 1.28.19
        Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

        I liked it šŸ™‚

  7. 1.28.19

    I hadn’t heard of Evidence of the Affair but I’ve been wanting to read something by TJR so this seems like a good intro! I’m glad you compared November 9 to One Day because I hated that movie too, and knowing that’s this is better actually made me want to add it!

    • 1.28.19

      November 9 is WAY better than One Day and different in it’s own respect. Definitely give it a try!

  8. 1.28.19
    Steph Gregerson said:

    I’m definitely going to check out November 9 and Bring Me Back. I didn’t have either of those on my list, but they sound awesome.

  9. 1.28.19

    I’ve only ever read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, so I’ll have to add these to my list!

    • 1.28.19

      Definitely try a few others! This one and Someday Maybe are probably my two favorites from her. Confess also is good!

  10. 1.28.19

    I thought I had Bring Me Back figured out like, 5x! The twist at the end was definitely not what I say coming, though! The Breakdown by the same author is really good but I found Behind Closed Doors VERY disturbing. Just my two cents!

  11. 1.28.19
    shootingstarsmag said:

    I haven’t read anything by Hoover yet, but I’m probably most curious about November 9.


  12. 1.28.19
    Biana Perez said:

    2 Colleen Hoover books – gah I love her writing so much!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  13. 1.28.19
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I I have Behind Closed Doors sitting on my nightstand but Iā€™m almost afraid to read it, haha! As always, great book suggestions here!

    • 1.28.19

      I wish I would’ve known that you bought it – I probably would’ve borrowed it, lol! It’s on my list for my next trip to the library.

  14. 1.28.19
    The Adored Life said:

    Omg I’ve heard of the first one and it sounds SO GOOD

  15. 1.28.19

    Until the link-up this month, I didn’t realize TJR had a short story out. I gotta track it down. Generally I’m not a huge fan of books about affairs but if anyone can do it right, it’s TJR.

  16. 1.28.19
    Heather said:

    I read Accidental Tryst too and I liked it overall but it was pretty forgettable! I also read that TJR book pretty quickly – yay for Kindle Unlimited…I didn’t LOVE it because of the subject matter but it was well written for sure!!! Nov 9 is on my list so I’m glad to hear you really liked it!

    • 1.28.19

      Yes! Forgettable is a good way to describe Accidental Tryst. I’m with you on the subject matter of the TJR short story, but I mean – it’s TJR so obviously it had to get some love lol. Nov. 9 is one of my favorite reads this year, so I hope you’ll enjoy it whenever you get around to it!

  17. 1.28.19

    added evidence of the affair to my TBR and have been on the fence about bring me back, but I think I’ll give it a shot!