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Recent Reads #26

Monday, June 26, 2023

Books Mentioned In This Post:

You Shouldn't Have Come Here by Jeneva Rose

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Grace books an Airbnb on a secluded ranch in the middle of Wyoming. The owner is a handsome man named Calvin. She gets the feeling things aren't quite right when there are reports of a missing woman, and zero cell service. 
I found this book was really easy to read. It gets crazier and crazier, and I was definitely not expecting the ending. Super unique genre in that this is a romance thriller. I've never read anything like that, and I'm not sure I liked it - ha! 

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

5 Years ago Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend Sal Singh. Case closed. But, Pippa isn't so sure. She chooses to examine the case as a school project. 

This book seems to pop up every where on YA recommendations! I enjoyed it, although it's obviously super unrealistic. If you liked Pretty Little Liars, you'll like this book. 

Happy Place by Emily Henry

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Harriet and Wyn have always been a solid couple in their friend group. But, now they've broken up and still haven't told anyone. So that's why they find themselves sharing a bedroom at their friend's yearly getaway. 

Ah Emily Henry. This book was *hyped* up, so I do feel like that tainted my experience a bit. The writing is top notch, and it's easy to get right into this one. Overall, I really enjoyed this - but I think some changes would make it a 5 star read for me. Mainly, I get frustrated when an entire book hinges on a single conversation that could have been had and all the misunderstandings would have been completely resolved. 

Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is story is told in 3 points of view: Darley - the oldest daughter, Sasha - the sister in law, and Georgiana - the baby of the family. Their family has generational wealth and owns property in the upper class Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of NYC. 

Nothing really happens in this book. If you like a character driven book, you'll probably like this. It's easy to read and a fun peak into the lives of the rich. I just visited Brooklyn Heights in July so it was easy for me to picture the setting. 

The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary 

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Four years ago Dylan and Addie fell in love. But their romance ended badly and they haven't spoken since. But, their worlds collide again when they are both on their way to a friend's wedding and they literally crash their cars into each other. Dylan's car is wrecked, so they end up taking the road trip together. 

Love the premise, but ended up feeling just okay about this one. There are some good reveals and some fun parts. 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Naomi and Nicholas are the perfect couple. On Instagram that is. In real life, they hate each other. Both of them want out of the engagement, but neither of them wants to be the one to end it. So, they try to make each other miserable in attempt to get the other person to leave. 

So, I got this from the library, and went to mark it 'currently reading' over on Goodreads and saw that I had already read it! I had zero memory of it. I'm glad I gave it another go. As I was listening, I definitely recognized some scenes but overall it felt like I hadn't read it. Obviously, this relationship is so messed up and that frustrated me. Like, how do you get to this point?! But, regardless I still enjoyed it! Naomi is totally unhinged and it's very entertaining. 

Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Things aren't going great. Dr. Briana Ortiz's divorce was just finalized and her brother is in desperate need of a kidney. Now she's up for a promotion and the brand new (handsome) Dr. Maddox is her competition for it. She's pretty sure she hates him, until he sends her a letter. 

I want to preface my 5 stars with the fact that you need to know this book is quite 🌶️PG13🌶️. There's a lot in there that makes me not want to recommend it. However, the writing is great. It was so easy to get swept up into this book and I was swooning. The banter is great, and there is so many fun romance book tropes to enjoy. I fully intend to read more Abby Jimenez.

Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld

My Rating: ⭐⭐

Sally works as a sketch comedy writer for TNO (aka SNL). Noah Brewster is a guest star musician and the two seem to hit it off. But then things go south.

Meh. I saw this book everywhere so I decided to give it a go. I hate to say it, but I just didn't like it at all. Sally is a very different kind of main character - which is not necessarily a bad thing. But, she's supposed to be really funny and mostly she's just negative and sarcastic. The first part of the book is an exhaustive description of how her job works. And then boom! Pandemic, and then the book goes in a completely different direction. The segway between the two parts is so abrupt and felt completely random. Not to mention unrealistic. Lots of political views thrown in there too. 

Same Time Next Summer by Annabel Monaghan

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Sam is heading to the beach with her fiancé. Her parents have a 2nd home on Long Island and they are happy to spend some time relaxing. The problem is the boy next door is home too. Wyatt was Sam's first love and it did not end well. She is not sure she's ready for him to be back in her life. 

This book has a really great setting, and it's easy to picture all the scenes because of the writer's descriptions. (A perfect summer read!) My problem with this is that it's so obvious Sam is still madly in love with Wyatt from page 1. It bothered me that she continues to stay engaged to someone and it felt like while she wasn't cheating technically - there was definitely an emotional affair happening. I was surprised by the reason they broke up in the first place, and felt like it was a good plot point. It wasn't something trivial like other books. 

Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Every morning Christine's memories are gone. She had an accident years ago and cannot make long term memories. As soon as she goes to sleep, the day is erased. Her husband has to remind her who she is and everything about her self every morning when she gets up. But, then she finds a secret journal she's been keeping and it says not to trust him. 

This is a re-read! You might remember it from my 5 Star Book Recommendation Post. I decided to re read it because it's been years since I first opened it. It's such a good thriller. So, so good. I will say, the 2nd time through isn't as impactful because you know the big twist - but there were a lot of details I didn't remember re-reading it. 

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