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2016 Fall Reading List

2016 Fall Reading List

Does anyone else’s book selection vary based on Season?  In Summer I like a light, fun read and in the Fall/Winter I tend to go a little heavier.  I love to curl up under a blanket with a good murder mystery or maybe even something sad.  It may be Halloween’s influence but right now I am craving something dark.  Tana French’s new book has been in my cart for months.  I am so glad it finally comes out today because her books are perfect for when I am looking for something intense and a little scary.  (Same definitely goes for Sophie Hannah!) Continue reading

2016 Summer Reading List – Final Verdict

2016 Summer Reading List Final Verdict

I did  a lot of reading this Summer!  Much of it was Jojo Moyes and not on this list but I also tackled the books shown above.  Some of them were GREAT and some not so much.  Here are my thoughts on the last few novels from my Summer Reading List.  I reviewed a few of them in this post.  I will also include a breakdown on what  I would recommend and which ones I think you should skip at the bottom. Continue reading

2016 Summer Reading List Update

2016 Summer Reading List Update

Summer is winding down and I still have four books on my list to read.  I have to blame this problem on Jojo Moyes.  I was boycotting her book, Me Before You, because it was too popular and I hate things that like that.  It repulses me when too many people are talking about something and I steer clear, lol.  Eventually, I gave in to my curiosity and loved it so much that I have fallen into a pretty deep Jojo Moyes hole and cant stop compulsively reading all her novels.  I am currently finishing Silver Bay and then I plan to move on to The Nest and complete my Summer Reading List.   Continue reading

2016 Summer Reading List

2016 Summer Reading List

Is there anything better than curling up in the Sunshine with a new book?  Right now there are new novels out from some of my favorite authors and I cant wait to head out to the beach and indulge!  Here are the nine books that comprise my 2016 Summer Reading List and a description of each:   Continue reading

Literary Ladies: You Had Me At Hello

You Had Me At Hello

Good morning!  Today I am sharing my thoughts on You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane.  I read it as part of the Literary Ladies Book Club and once again I have to give them props because I can be a picky reader and I have loved every book they have chosen so far.  This one was no exception.   

Here is the Amazon description:

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.

Ten years after they said goodbye, Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day. As they talk, the years melt away.

But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is not. And slowly but surely, Rachel feels the return of the broken heart she can′t do anything to mend.

Couldn′t put down ONE DAY? Love WHEN HARRY MET SALLY? Then this is the book for you. Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you′ll be hooked from their first ′Hello′.

This book really resonated with me.  Early on in the story Rachel decides to end her twelve year relationship instead of moving forward with plans to get married.  She moves out of the home she shares with her fiance into her own apartment and feels totally uncomfortable in her own skin as a newly single girl after a decade of coupledom.  I recently separated from my husband so I could definitely relate to her.  It is odd to go from being part of a we to just a me after a long period of time.

This book is really a story within a story as it jumps back and forth between present day and what happened between Rachel and Ben in college.  That can be tricky but this is done really well.  I did not find myself confused at all and I was very invested.  The more I read the more I wanted to find out why Ben and Rachel stopped talking all those years ago.

I liked the main character’s voice and I found that she was extremely likable.  I was rooting for her.  I also loved her friends.

 Verdict: I recommend this one.  I enjoyed the author’s storytelling so much that when I was finished I downloaded another of her books right away.