Anybody else have Goodreads rudely reminding them that time is running out to meet their reading goal for the year?! I have eight books to go – still two books ahead of schedule, at least! – so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can get there. It’s always around this time of year that my reading starts to slow down a bit. Blame it on stress and the holidays! You get it, I’m sure. That said, I was able to stay on top of things last month on the reading front. My NetGalley pile continues to grow, but that’s a story for another day. 😉 Let’s jump into what I read in October 2019 and my reviews!
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by Sophie Kinsella
My rating & review: 4 stars. This book was adorable. That’s the best way to describe it. Classic, early days of Kinsella. I couldn’t put it down, and I laughed out loud often! P.S. – the movie was really cute, too.
DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME by Mhairi McFarlane
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 4 stars. Unnecessarily long, but the last few chapters made it all worth it. I can’t remember the last time I swooned and stupid-smiled so much over the ending of a book! It’s adorable, and I enjoyed all the characters – especially Georgina’s group of friends. There’s so many lines and passages that I highlighted throughout that I look forward to revisiting when I need a pick-me-up.
OVER THE TOP by Jonathan Van Ness
My rating & review: 4 stars. Oh, JVN. Yes, I love you and all your parts. This was heartbreaking to read at times, but I appreciated his transparency and willingness to discuss really difficult times and subjects. Sometimes with humor, other times with blunt candidness. I also learned a lot – about the LGBTQ+ community, being diagnosed with HIV and what it means to live undetected. These are topics that are not discussed enough, but are ridiculously important!
TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 4 stars. This is more inline with Love and Other Words (I liked this more), than CL’s other romcoms. It was insta-love done right (like, there’s actually context for the characters falling for one a another so quickly), and I was rooting for Tate and Sam the whole way through. There could’ve been a little bit more story/explaining with the overall plot line, and the ending does wrap up pretty quick.
BEFORE GIRL by Kate Canterbary
*I own this, but it looks like it’s now available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & review: 3 stars. This was okay. Passed the time just fine, but I honestly forgot a lot of the story the minute I was done with it. Cal’s and Stella’s relationship was not … traditional, and I think that’s what bugged me. They never seemed to be on the same page, and at what point do you accept someone for who they are instead of hoping for someone/something different?
ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane
My rating & review: 5 stars. I loved this book. I’m not even exactly sure why, but it just worked for me. It’s more character- than plot-driven. Actually, when I think about it, the plot is a little murky and could’ve used some more substance. But, the insight into these lives and relationships as individuals and a family were so well-written that I forgot any downsides to it all. Highly recommend!
Bottom line …
Ask Again, Yes is my top choice, but you can’t go wrong with any of these! The only one I’d take or leave is Before Girl.
Currently reading: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
What’s on your reading list for the month?