The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

Seriously how in the world is it already time for the Show Us Your Books linkup with Steph and Jana already, and it’s the third anniversary of this awesome linkup for book lovers! Thanks again for continuing to host every month, I know that we all love it so much! The month of September really flew by and I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked to, but I did get a lot of books read for Erin’s Challenge, and I think that I’ll be able to finish it up this month! So let’s get on with the book reviews!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In September

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★ 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

After hearing about TJR for the past year, I finally understand what all of the hype is about! She manages to write a beautiful story that engages the reader and keeps them wanting to find out what happens next. I seriously don’t know what took me so long to read one of her books!

Emma started dating Jesse when they were in high school and after college they got married. They were so happy and perfect for each other so when Jesse disappears after a helicopter crash Emma is devastated and heartbroken and doesn’t know how to put her life back together. She moves home and slowly, and slowly but surely things start coming together, including meeting and becoming engaged to another man. So when Jesse shows up alive and well, Emma is torn between the two men that she loves, her true loves.

I’ve read my fair share of Nicholas Sparks books and while I do enjoy them, they can definitely be a little hokey if you know what I mean. This is so not true with One True Loves. TJR does a great job of making the characters and their decisions relatable and also very real as well. I’ll definitely be picking up more of her books in the future!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In September

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond ★ 4 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

As somebody that is married, one thing that you always hope for when you take that step and decide to get married is that your marriage will last forever. When Jake and Alice decide to get married, that is their exact hope as well. So when they receive an unexpected wedding gift that gives them the opportunity to join a special group called The Pact that guarantees their marriage will last forever, they jump at the opportunity. Little do they know that The Pact and its members are not what they seem.

I stayed up late several nights reading this book and literally couldn’t put it down. It took a while to figure out what The Pact was all about, but I think that was part of the appeal of the book. The only thing that sucked about this book was that it kind of ended a little vaguely, and I would have liked a more solid ending, but it didn’t stop the book from being good. If you’re looking for a good thriller with a little bit of a different premise, definitely make sure to pick up The Marriage Pact!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In September

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber ★ 3 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Jo has had a pretty tough life. Her father was murdered at a young age, afterwards her mother ran off to join a cult, and her sister turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with it all. Despite all of that she’s managed to create a pretty good life for herself in NYC, until a brand new podcast starts to reexamine her father’s murder and Jo begins to question everything she believes to be true.

The premise of this book sounded really good and it was definitely a little more thrilling than other thrillers that I’ve read recently, but it just wasn’t my favorite book that I’ve read recently. I felt like it jumped around a bit between the past and the present which was sometimes hard to follow. I also normally like that in books, but it just didn’t work for this one. What I did like though was reading the excerpts from the podcast which was pretty interesting. I’d consider it more like a 3.5/5 stars.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In September

One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi ★ 4 stars

I read my first book by Nadia Hashimi about a year ago called The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. It told the story of a young Rahima that became a bacha posh (a custom where a boy becomes a girl in Afghanistan in order to help out their family). It was one of the most moving books that I’ve read in a while and it is a book that has stayed with me as well. It was such beautiful writing and storytelling and it made you very thankful to be a woman in the western world.

When I saw that Nadia Hashimi had a new YA book out that was on the same subject I knew that I had to read it. Sometimes it’s hard for YA books to approach difficult subjects, but I thought that Nadia did a great job. I was also very pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book and recognized names and characters and storylines from The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell.

One Half From The East tells the story of another bacha posh that becomes a boy to help her father come back to them after a tragic bombing in Kabul. Obyad meets Rahim (The Pearl That Broke Its Shell) and they quickly become fast friends and vow to never be girls again. What follows is another beautiful story of how life in Afghanistan is harder for women but the strength of the girls and women that live over there. If you’re a fan of The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell or The Kite Runner, definitely pick this one up!

So while I didn’t get a ton of reading done this month, I thought that I read quite a lot of books that I really enjoyed and would highly recommend, which I feel like is better than last month where I had a lot of books that I didn’t really love.

Have you read any good books lately? Have you had a chance to pick up a TJR book yet?

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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In September reviews of One True Loves, The Marriage Pact, Are You Sleeping, and One Half From The East.

My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Results:

5 points: Freebie: Read a book that is at least 200 pages
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages, 5 stars).
10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, 4 stars).
10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (336 pages, 3 stars).
20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (432 pages, 4 stars).
20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi (272 pages, 4 stars).
30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages, 3 stars).
35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages, 4 stars).

PREVIOUS POINTS: 75
TOTAL POINTS: 130

  • Not at all surprised to hear that you loved your first TJR book!! One True Loves was my first book by her too and I quickly blazed through the others. I loved After I Do and Maybe in Another Life too. 🙂
    I still haven’t read The Pearl that Broke its Shell although I did buy it on kindle…cool to hear that you liked the second one and that the characters are the same!

    • I can’t wait to pick up more from TJR! I have Evelyn Hugo from Netgalley that I need to read, but after read the reviews of Maybe In Another Life where it was compared to Sliding Doors I’ve been itching to get my hands on it. Hopefully I can get to them soon! And The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is so good, very heart wrenching, but totally worth the read. I hope that you have the chance to pick it up soon!

  • Emily Dunham

    One True Loves is in my stack to read now – it’s nice to hear another good review of it!

    • I hope that you like it! I figured that I was going to love it after hearing so many rave reviews, but I was really glad when I really did!

  • Ok never heard of the marriage pact, adding to my TBR!

  • I’m really intrigued by The Marriage Pact after reading your review! I also really want to read The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, and One Half From the East sounds like it was really good too.

    • The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is one of my favorite books, and I’m so glad that One Half From The East told a different side to the story. I hope that you get the chance to pick them up soon! And The Marriage Pact was definitely interesting! I kept on reading because I wanted to know what the Pact was and how the story was going to end!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I do want to check out One True Loves and The Marriage Pact. I was a bit “meh” about Are You Sleeping too!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • Are You Sleeping had the potential to be good, but I felt like it was a bad sign if I was more interested in reading about the podcast than the actual story. And I hope that you love One True Loves as much as I did! It’s a great book!

  • totally agree about nicholas sparks and TJR! glad you liked that one, it’s my favourite after (or tied with because they are so different) with evelyn hugo. the marriage pact is on my kindle so glad to hear you liked it!

    • I have Evelyn Hugo from Netgalley and I can’t wait to start reading it! I’ve heard you and so many other bloggers talk about how great it is, and now that I’ve read a TJR book I want to read them all! I hope that you end up liking The Marriage Pact! It kept me interested the whole time!

  • I enjoyed reading The Marriage Pact this past month too. So glad you enjoyed One True Loves! I love TJR!

    • I finally know what all the hype is about, and I can’t wait to get my hands on other TJR books! The Marriage Pact just kept me interested the whole time which I loved!

  • One true loves and the Marriage pact are going on my list, both sound great!

    • They’re both so different, but I hope that you pick them up and like them! I finally understand what the obsession is like for TJR, and I can’t wait to read more of her books!

  • I enjoyed the first three to varying degrees. I like TJR a lot more than I thought I would.

    • I think that people that don’t really like romance novels are always cautious of TJR, but I feel like she makes it so relate-able that it doesn’t read like romance, which I definitely loved. The Marriage Pact was definitely a worth while thriller to me.

  • The Marriage Pact seems interesting!

  • Jen

    I love these linkups and posts. It gives me a chance to write down books to add to my list. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re so welcome, and I hope that you have a chance to pick up a few of these! And I always manage to add something to my list through this linkups which I love!

  • Laura

    I just added those two from Nadia Hashimi – you make them sound so interesting, and you have never steered me wrong on a rec! Can’t wait to read those them!

    • I hope that you get to pick them up soon and enjoy them! After reading The Kite Runner I kind of became obsessed with reading about the Middle East, and Nadia Hashimi books are especially interesting because they’re centered around women.

  • Evelyn Hugo was my first TJR book and I loved it, so I’m anxious to read more of her. I looked at One True Loves and was a little worried about it being cheesy, so it makes me feel better to hear that it’s not. Are You Sleeping had a great premise but the execution didn’t quite live up to it for me. Marriage Pact has had several good reviews and I’m curious to read it now.

    • I can’t wait to read Evelyn Hugo because everybody keeps on talking about how great it is, and I need to read it sooner rather than later because it’s a Netgalley book. And One True Loves was definitely not cheesy, and I hope that you get to pick it up soon! The Marriage Pact is definitely very good, and I hope that you get to read that soon too!

  • YES to TJR! I looooved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’m waiting for several of my requests of her other books to come in from the library!

    • I can’t wait to read Evelyn Hugo! I have it from Netgalley, and I’m hoping to read it soon. And I can’t wait to read more of her book too! Maybe In Another Life is one that I want to read as soon as possible!

  • I really loved The Marriage Pact, too! The ending really bothered me too, though. After such an exciting book, it felt really flat. Maybe that means there’s a chance for a sequel?

    • I totally agree with you about the ending of The Marriage Pact. It’s almost like the author just gave up or wanted to leave it up for a sequel just in case.

  • Ok so second mention of the marriage pact. Definitely going to have to check it out!

  • I added all of these to my To Read list! Great suggestions!

  • I pimp TJR whenever I can. I love her.

  • One True Loves is gonna be the next book I read, I’ve decided! And The Marriage Pact after that, maybe?!?

  • I so enjoyed One True Loves. It brought me to tears on several occasions. I really, really like Taylor Jenkins Reid. I think I’m 2/2 with her and so far she has not disappointed.

    The Marriage Pact looks very intriguing. Think I’ll add it to my TBR.

    • Evelyn Hugo is going to my next TJR, and I’m really excited to give it a try. I’m just glad hat I finally understand what everybody was raving about when it came to her books. And I hope that you like The Marriage Pact! It definitely kept me interested the whole time!

  • I am like you, one who has not picked up a TJR book yet. I just added this one to my “read soon” shelf on Netgalley, because sometimes that’s the only way to occasionally focus my reading. LOL. Glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t read any of the others either, but they sound good. Good luck finishing Erin’s challenge! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • I’m officially on my last book for Erin’s challenge, so fingers crossed that I can finish it in a little less than 2 weeks! And I swear sometimes adding books for challenges is the only way that I actually get them read as well! I hope that you read One True Loves soon and that you love it!

  • Nadine

    I absolutely love TJR and One True Loves is my favorite of hers. All of them are amazing though. I have the Marriage Pact on my Netgalley shelf, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I need to! Glad you liked it.

    • I can’t wait to read more by TJR! I have Evelyn Hugo on my Netgalley shelf, and I know that a lot of people loved that one, so I’m hoping to read it soon! And I hope that you read The Marriage Pact soon! It was a good book that definitely kept my attention!

      • Nadine

        I really enjoyed Evelyn Hugo, but it is very different than the other TJR books. Not in a bad way…but just different.

  • I haven’t read any of these books but I’ll have to add One True Love to my list. It’s always good finding out which books other bloggers love and which ones to not bother investing time or money in.

    • That’s one of the reasons that I love this linkup because it gives me so many good ideas for what books I need to read next! I hope that you get to read One True Loves soon! It was a great book, and I can’t wait to read more by the same author!

  • Looks like a good reading month for you! The Marriage Pact was already on my TBR list but I just added Are You Sleeping?. Thanks for the recs!

    • You’re so welcome, and I hope that you end up reading The Marriage Pact and Are You Sleeping soon! I definitely liked The Marriage Pact more, but Are You Sleeping was still a good read!

  • I have YET to read a TJR book, but this one is on my TBR! The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is also on my TBR, and I’ll probably read that one before this one if it has some of the same characters. Sounds like a great reading month- good luck finishing the challenge!

    • Definitely read The Pearl That Broke Its Shell first. One Half From The East is a YA book, and it doesn’t tell you about the whole situation for some of the characters from The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. And I hope that you read One True Loves soon! It’s such a great book, and I can’t wait to read more by her!

  • The Marriage Pact is going on my TBR list right now – sounds right up my alley!

  • Oh! I loved The Pear that Broke its Shell! I’ll definitely have to check out Nadia Hashimi’s new book! Thanks for the recc!

    • I think that we read The Pearl That Broke Its Shell for our book club, and I was so glad that it was chosen because it’s easily one of my favorite books. One Half From The East isn’t as dark as The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, but I think that’s because it’s a YA book.