{What I Read} May – July 2017

Instead of doing a monthly recap, I started these quarterly ones. Here’s what I’ve read the past few months!

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What I Read

    

   

    

The one that I loved the most: Without Merit

The one that came in a close second: The Queen and the Cure

The one I couldn’t put down: Don’t Let Go

The one that was a bit disappointing: The Good Widow

The one that I highlighted almost every page on my Kindle: Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

The one that was awesomely inspiring: Big Girls Do It Stronger

The one that I’m still thinking about: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The past few months have been the best reading months of the year for me! I read several of my most anticipated books of the year – and every one of them lived up to my expectations.

WHAT’s ahead

Some books I’m looking forward to reading soon…

    

{Top Ten Tuesday} YA book recs…for readers who aren’t big fans of YA

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s topic is Top 10 12 Book Recommendations (insert topic here)

I’m not a huge fan of YA books – I have to be in a certain mood to pick one up. And I’m super picky about the ones I do read. So for any of you readers that are like me and hesitate to pick up a YA book – I have some recommendations for my top favorites that I’m sure you’ll enjoy despite not being a huge fan of the genre.

  

  

  

  

 

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

{Review} The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

 

about the book

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Filled with emotional insight and written with Reid’s signature talent, this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

My Thoughts

Honestly, I tried reading this book more than once. I received an early copy many months ago, and when I first picked it up, I couldn’t get into it. It didn’t feel like the kind of story I’m used to reading by TJR.

That’s because it’s NOT like her previous books. It was unique and absolutely fantastic. And kudos to her for the bravery to write something different. I’m so glad I gave it another chance. It wasn’t anything like I expected, but I still loved every word. In true TJR fashion, her writing is beautiful, and I became lost in the story and didn’t want to put it down. Evelyn is a character you want to love and hate simultaneously, and I was captivated by her life.

There are only a select few authors who’s books make me cry, and TJR is one of them. This book is really incredible, and I highly recommend picking up a copy!

Bottom Line

Truly unforgettable. I’m still thinking about the story weeks later.

5 Stars

Genre: Historical, Romance, Adult Contemporary

Standalone

Published June 13, 2017 by Atria Books

Length: 400 pages

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

{Top Ten Tuesday} Best of 2017 So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s topic is Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far

I’ve been taking a break from blogging to focus on reading more and enjoying the summer. But, I couldn’t pass up posting a list of my favorite books so far this year!

I’ve read 32 books this year, and surprisingly the majority of them didn’t WOW me. So this list was easy to come up with.

This book tops my list. I absolutely loved every minute of it.

I was hesitant to pick this one up, but it was the first book that I read this year that blew me away.

Amy Harmon never disappoints.

I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did, but it left a lasting impression on me.

A new suspense author for me to auto-buy.

And a new romance author to keep an eye out for.

I’ve loved this authors books in the past, and this one was just as wonderful.

Because, Amy Harmon.

One of my favorite romantic suspense authors – this new release lived up to all of my expectations.

I really enjoyed this one, and look forward to reading more by this author.

 

These are my only 5 star reads for the year, which is very unusual for me! I don’t know if I’m just not picking the right books these days or I’m getting harsher with my ratings.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

{If You Liked…Then You Might Like} The Nightingale & From Sand and Ash

I’ve seen different variations of this post on several blogs and have been toying around with the idea to start doing my own post. Although these books share some similarities, they also stand out in their own way, and are ones I highly recommend reading.

If You Liked…. The Nightingale

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Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Then you Might Like…. From Sand and Ash

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Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.

But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

 

I loved these two books equally. They are also equally heartbreaking and if you’re a crier like me, you’ll be sobbing by the end of both. But it’ll be totally worth it!