What I read | May & June 2019 📚 I was preoccupied with last minute travel preparations and actual travel for the month of May so I was only able to read two books. The rest were June reads. 📚 Recursion | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | hooked from page one and had a hard time putting it down 📚 Waiting for Tom Hanks | ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | I really loved the premise of this one but found it lacking overall when compared to similar books 📚 The Rose Garden | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | loved this one - I savored this one slowly over a week, then quickly read the last 150 pages 📚 The Invited | ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | spooky isn't something I do often as a book so I enjoyed the spooky aspects of this book and now I will be looking for spooky titles to add to my fall stack 📚 My Lovely Wife | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | I read this while traveling and went in completely blind and wished I didn't have to stop reading and sleep because I didn't want to put it down 📚 The Mother in Law | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | another blind read and it was a good one 📚 Little Darlings | ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | I was hoping for more of a Grimm feeling but it was a good read, though a bit too easy to figure out 📚 The Friend Zone | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | all the love for this one and I am confident it earned a spot in my top ten for the year 😍 📚 The Unhoneymooners | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | loved this one so much too 📚 Front Desk | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | loved and recommend to anyone who enjoys middle grade fiction
Front Desk | summer 2019 book 8 📚 I absolutely love middle grade fiction but don't often pick it up unless I'm reading it aloud to my kids. I would love to change this so I'm trying to get in one middle grade fiction a month this summer for my personal reading. 📚 Realizing it was the last day of June and I had yet to pick up something I grabbed this, read it in just a couple blocks of reading time today, and loved it. I will definitely be reading this one aloud to my kids at some point in the future. 📚 Definitely a 5/5
The Rose Garden | summer 2019 book 7 📚 I have discovered that I love to read certain books slowly rather than sprinting through them. This is one such book. 📚 I decided to start off reading just a chapter or two at a time, typically when I only had 15-20 minutes to read. Once I had about 150 pages left I did sit down and finish in one sprint! 📚 4/5
The Children of Castle Rock | summer 2019 read aloud book 2 📚 I picked this up last spring on the Isle of Mull while my husband and I were exploring the Scottish Highlands. It was my favorite stop on our trip and when she was describing the Scottish isles they were on in the story I wanted to hop on a plane and go back. My kids of course are already planning our family trip to Scotland and plan to find the Isle of Nish and visit the puffins! 📚 We all really enjoyed this, though I think I enjoyed it just a bit more being familiar with the area and able to really get a feel for the setting.
Top ten | the first half . Jumping in with my top ten from the first half of 2019. I wasn't expecting it to be so hard to come up with a list of ten favorites but I have read so many great books this year. I am guessing a top ten at the end of the year is going to be very near impossible!
Waiting for Tom Hanks | summer 2019 book 4 📚 And now I want to watch all the romantic comedies 💕 📚 If you can believe I watched You've Got Mail for the first time last fall, and I've never seen Sleepless in Seattle 🙈. I also just watched When Harry Met Sally for the first time last year. I guess I know what my weekend plans are! 📚 As for the book I did enjoy it, but I didn't love it. I felt like the characters weren't developed enough, and I really wish there was more build up for the characters. I did love her friend Chloe and I am hoping her next book grows into something great! 📚 3/5 for me.
The Friend Zone | summer 2019 book 3 📚 This book is definitely in the running for a spot in my top ten this year. I laughed, cried, smiled, swooned - basically all the emotions were felt. 📚 A solid 5/5 for me.
Frost Hollow Hall | summer read aloud book 1 📚 Last week I gathered a bunch of potential read alouds from the shelf. We spread them on the floor do everyone could inspect the covers and read through the summaries. Then everyone voted for their top six choices, our goal being to narrow it down to 10-12 books. 📚 Some of our choices overlapped and we brought it down to 17 books! I quickly took two of the shorter, smaller books out of the running to save for the week my teen will be gone. And after much discussion we just couldn't eliminate any of the books! 📚 I knew we'd never be able to agree on the order to read them so I wrote the titles on slips of paper and put them all in a jar. We'll pull one out each time we need a new book. 📚 Will we read them all this summer? Probably not. My best guess is we'll get through 10. But they are convinced we'll get through them all. Only time will tell I suppose! 📚 This was book one. A slow start, but it picked up and we enjoyed it. My teen has read several of her books and he said this was her weakest.
The Invited | summer 2019 book 2 📚 All I knew going in was that this was a spooky read. I don't venture towards spooky often, especially in the summer, but for some reason the title and cover jumped out at me and I clicked purchase on my kindle. 📚 The start was great and I was drawn into the story quickly. I did find it a bit too obvious and had it all figured out, but I still enjoyed it. 📚 I'd give this a 3.75/5
Little Darlings | summer 2019 book 1 📚 We traveled a month over May/June and have finally settled into a summer routine. Reading is most definitely a huge part of summer around here, for both myself and my kids. We've all set summer reading goals, mine being to read 25 books between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It seems like a lot but after barely reading for a month during our travels I am ready to read all the books! 📚 This was the first book earlier this month. We were still traveling so I wasn't getting much reading time, but I managed to carve out enough to get a start on my goal. 📚 For me this book started out strong, but I felt like the ending was a bit rushed and not fleshed out enough. I enjoyed the creepyiness, but I was expecting/hoping for more. 📚 It came in around 3.5/5 for me.
Harry Potter | the German edition . We are traveling through Europe for a month and decided to collect editions of the first Harry Potter book in each country we visit. We loved the artwork on this edition so much!
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise | “Losing something can sure make you realize how much you loved it, even if you knew you loved it all along” . I picked this up one random Friday afternoon while browsing the bookstore simply because of the cover. I had no idea what it was going to be about, and I'd only seen it in mentioned once or twice. I quickly fell in love with Coyote, laughing and crying right along with her journey. I definitely recommend this one!
The Mother in Law | "I was folding laundry at my kitchen table when the police car pulls up." . I read a few duds in April so I was really looking to start May off with a solid read. This one definitely kept me turning pages quickly. And I was thrilled to have an epilogue. There are many books I've read and wished so much that the author had taken the time to write an epilogue.
A Discovery of Witches | "As fast as I can tell there are only two emotions that keep the world spinning year after year...One is fear. The other is desire." . A couple years ago I picked this up, read about 60 pages, put it down with plans to return at a later date. I didn't. . Last fall I picked it up again, read about 100 pages, put it down with plans to return at a later date. I didn't. . I am a terrible dnf. Just seeing it staring at me, be it on my own shelf or a bookstore or a photo someone posts, just makes me crazy because I know I need to return to the book and finish it already. . Finally I decided to just grab the audio from @audible and listen. I skipped the first 100 pages since they were pretty fresh in my mind. I was quickly hooked and couldn't stop listening. I am quite certain that if I had just read another chapter or two I'd have been invested and unable to set it down. . And now I'm listening to book two.
Anna and the French Kiss | "For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home." . Throwing back to this gem today. We are heading to Europe in a couple weeks so my teen pulled this out when looking for books set in Paris. I can't believe this was the only one on my shelf. If anyone has any recommendations for books set in Paris I'd love to know of them. Let me know also if they are something I can hand my teen!
The Girl He Used to Know | "It's a hard pill to swallow when you have to admit, even to yourself, that you were wrong about the person you were certain was perfect for you." . I preordered this book long before it showed up all over the place. I had seen I quick blurb comparing it to a favorite of mine - an if you like this you'll like this type thing. Months later it showed up on my doorstep. . I try to go into books as blind as possible so I honestly had no real idea what to expect. Thankfully it did not disappoint, though I will admit the ending wasn't as polished as I would have liked.