It’s the second Tuesday of the month which means that it’s my favorite Tuesday of the month because I get to fill my To Be Read list with way more books than I’ll ever read. But hey, that’s half the fun right, seeing if you can make it through a never ending list. This month was a month of audiobooks and a reread, a really good book, and a not so great book. So buckle up and get ready for some good book recommendations!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★★★★★ 5 stars
When we found out that they were making the miniseries on HBO, I knew that it would be fun to reread this book with Chris. Since we both had enjoyed listening to Sharp Objects so much, we decided to listen to Big Little Lies since we were still driving a lot in February and March.
We both loved this book so much, but I just wish that we’d had a little bit of a break before starting up the TV show. I’ve had a lot of experience in reading a book and then seeing the movie or TV show right afterward and knowing to not expect things to be exactly the same, but unfortunately Chris didn’t quite realize the same thing. He got irritated with some of the differences between the show and book that were small, but that he thought was important.
While I really enjoyed the show a lot the one part that really irritated me was the fact that Madeleine ended up having an affair in the show. I seriously don’t understand how that added anything to the storylines at all, and in my opinion it made her extremely unlikeable. I mean Madeleine in the book was definitely overbearing, but she was still likeablel.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler ★★★★ 4 stars
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
I’m a huge fan of light-hearted teeny-bopper types of books, and while this one was kind of predictable I still really enjoyed it a lot!
When high school junior Harper gets the opportunity of a lifetime to be a summer intern at Shift magazine as their dating blogger, she immediately jumps at the opportunity. The idea of living in NYC and doing the thing that she’s so passionate about has her beyond excited, although there is a slight problem of the fact that she’s never really dated before. This book takes you on a summer journey with Harper as she learns about friendship, love, and living in NYC!
Like I said I love light YA books, so this was right up my alley. I identified with Harper, the clumsy and clutzy girl that never really knows what to say. It was more like 3.5 stars, but I rounded up to 4!
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman ★★★★ 4 stars
I really loved this book and didn’t want it to end. The story follows two different women from different decades, one from the 30’s and one from the 90’s, as they both struggle with mental illness in slightly different ways. I was horrified to learn about how the mentally insane were treated in our country and how some people were even committed against their will.
While sometimes the different storylines can be confusing, I thought that the author did a really good job of alternating view points and also of linking the storylines as well. There was a little bit of mystery to the storyline, which y’all all know that I love as well. This is a great book and one that if you’re a little bit interested in historical fiction you should pick up!
The Girls by Emma Cline ★★★ 3 stars
This was a book that was selected for the Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club for this past month, and I wrote a detailed review here. Set in the 1960s, this book had an interesting premise of revolving around a cult and how easily people can be influenced to do horrible things.
This book follows a young Evie who sees a group of ratty girls that is gallivanting around her small town on the outskirts of San Francisco. She is immediately drawn to those girls and the cool lifestyle that they seem to lead, but especially to Suzanne who has an air and confidence to her that Evie can’t get enough of. Eventually Evie meets those girls and they introduce her to Russell who is the leader of the group that promotes love for everyone. Evie spends her days that summer at the ranch and is drawn in even more by Suzanne and the other girls, until something horrible happens that changes everything.
Once I got into the book it held my interest, but I felt like it took too long to get to the part about the cult and then after you found out what happened the book just ended. I also didn’t care for the characters and couldn’t relate to them at all.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh ★★★★ 4 stars
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is actually the book for the Beyond Words: A Bloggers Book Club for April, so I’ll write a more detailed review later on. When a horrific hit and run accident kills young Jacob, the police will stop at nothing to find out who fled the scene of that horrific scene. At the same time Jenna flees her home in Bristol in order to start a brand new life away from that horrific scene. Through alternating chapters you can see how Jenna starts to build her life again while the police struggle with too little evidence in order to bring a murderer to justice.
I can totally see why everybody loved this book. While the beginning was a little bit slow, at about 45% of the way through, I seriously couldn’t put this book down. It was glued to my hands and I didn’t want it to end! Definitely pick this up if you’re looking for a good story, thriller, and character development.
Have you read any of these books? Are you going to add any of these books to your list?
My Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Choices:
- 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages.
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (320 pages).
- 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “W”.
While You Were Mine by Ann Howard Creel (301 pages).
- 10 points: Read a book with six words in the title.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler (320 pages).
- 15 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover.
Always Something There To Remind Me by Beth Harbison (358 pages).
- 20 points: Read a book with a homonym in the title (inspired by the book Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin that I read last challenge with a character who is obsessed with homonyms.) Helpful link: https://www.cooper.com/alan/homonym_list.html
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (371 pages).
- 20 points: (Submitted by Linda) Read a book by your favorite author.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (400 pages).
- 25 points: (Submitted by Christina) Read a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live.
Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry (416 pages).
- 30 points: (Submitted by Peggy) Read a “Rory Gilmore” book. The character of Rory from the Gilmore Girls was shown reading over 300 different books throughout the series. Choose one of them from this helpful link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/all-339-books-referenced-in-gilmore-girls
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (256 pages).
- 30 points: (Submitted by Stef) Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.)
Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler (264 pages).
- 35 points: (Submitted by Ferne) Read a book with time travel. Helpful link: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4018.The_Best_Time_Travel_Books_of_All_Time
Somewhere In Time by Richard Matheson (316 pages).
My Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Results:
5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages.
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (320 pages, 4 stars).
10 points: Read a book with six words in the title.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler (320 pages, 4 stars).
20 points: Read a book with a homonym in the title.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (371 pages, 4 stars).
20 points: (Submitted by Linda) Read a book by your favorite author.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (400 pages, 5 stars).
30 points: (Submitted by Peggy) Read a “Rory Gilmore” book.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (256 pages, 3 stars).
30 points: (Submitted by Stef) Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.)
Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler (264 pages, 4 stars).
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