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Recent Reads #29

Monday, September 18, 2023

So very happy to report that I have three 5 star books to tell you about today! Honestly, I haven't read that many 10/10 books this year, and I was beginning to get discouraged. My Goodreads goal is to read 100 books, and I'm on book number 72! 

The Summer of Broken Rules by K L Walther

Meredith's family goes to Martha's Vineyard every year. Part of the tradition is a big game of Assassin. This summer is different because Meredith's sister has died tragically, and she's been having a hard time. But she teams up with a groomsman in her cousin's wedding to win the game and reconnect. 

Alright, first I want to say this cover is so gorgeous, and that's why I picked this up. Ultimately, this book wasn't for me. It read like a YA and I kept forgetting that I was reading about adults. I kept getting confused - the whole thing felt very juvenile. I wish it was about teenagers, because it would have made a lot more sense. 

The Things We Left Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros

Georgia is heading back home after a bad divorce. Sadly, she's there to settle her great grandmother's estate. Her great grandmother Scarlett was a best selling romance writer, and left a story unfinished. Another best selling author Noah is hired to finish it, much to Georgia's chagrin. 

This is the much over done dual timeline WWII genre, but I still enjoyed this for the most part. The past point of view is the best, but the pacing is good because of the switching back and forth. I cried and and felt a roar in my ears during the climactic scene. It's super sad and touching. Lots of PG13 scenes FYI. 

In The Likely Event by Rebecca Yarros

Izzy boards a plane, and happens to be sitting next to the super handsome Nate. They strike up a conversation, and just a few minutes later the plane is going down into the river. Years later they both find themselves in Afghanistan, where Nate is tasked with saving Izzy all over again. 

This reads like a Colleen Hoover book, so if that's your jam, you'll like this. Super dramatic and soapy - but still engrossing. I wish that the original plane crash part was more of the book because that really sucked me in and it was over in just a few chapters. Also PG13 on this one.

None Of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

Josie is celebrating her 45th birthday at a restaurant when she notices another woman across the room - Alix. Alix is also there for her birthday - also her 45th. Josie become enamored with her because they couldn't be more different even though they were born on the same day, in the same hospital. Josie is married to an old man, and in a rut. Alix is with a bunch of her beautiful friends and is a successful podcaster. When the two of them bump into each other a few days later Josie convinces Alix to make a podcast series about her. 

Here's my first 5 star review of this post! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Guys, this is a ride. Things get strange fast, and I ate this up. The ending is also confusing - which is completely the point. I have a problem with the old man marrying such a young women - that never gets resolved or explained well enough to me. But this is a great thriller, and I highly recommend. Some language. 

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

This is the 2nd book in the Eragon series that I am rereading. In this book Eragon continues his training to prepare to fight against the evil king. 

This was never my favorite book of the series, even when I read it in 2004. It's a lot of explaining and details, but of course it's necessary to the development of the characters. Unfortunately the next book isn't at my library, so I'm wondering how to continue the series without buying it. 😓

Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Stars for this one! Catherine and Ruth are a mother and daughter - truly them against the world. Catherine is ready to accept a new job and move away, Ruth will do anything to keep that from happening.

Normally, Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks write together, so I was surprised to see just Sarah's name on this one. I historically love all their books so this was an automatic read for me. It's really good. It's pretty straightforward - not too twisty. It's just a good mystery. Some of it is not really believable, but that's the case with most books honestly. The characters aren't super likeable, but I don't think they are supposed to be. 

Hello Stranger by Katherine Center

Sadie is a portrait artist, so when she is diagnosed with 'maybe temporary' face blindness after brain surgery - she's struggling to cope to say the least. 

5 adorable stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (For what's it's worth, I also loved Katherine Center's The Bodyguard!) Is this a completely unbelievable premise - yeah duh - but it's so cute. Sadie really goes through it and you can see her growth throughout this story. It's a sweet and fun rom com! I think there is exactly one page that has language. 

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Hi friends! I'm Kristen, and this is the Life and Style of an early 30's Floridian living the Best Life Ever, with her husband and three pugs. Runner | Avid Reader | Small Shop Owner

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