Time for the August Audio Book Round Up. I’ve listened to a mix of audio books, memoir, mystery, and several on the “Must Read” lists, in the last month and think Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling was my favorite.
Young Jane Young is an excellent read!! It grabbed me & wouldn’t let me go! I was only going to read a chapter & ended up reading the whole book in an afternoon which, in my eyes, is the mark of an excellent book!!
Do you ever dread reading books that are favorites of others? I do, there is nothing worse than being excited about a book and after reading ti wondering what you missed because it didn’t leave you with the same feeling as what feels like the rest of the world. Luckily for readers The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a book that lives up to its hype.
I am a sucker for books about books or loving books or the power of books. Books are near and dear to my heart so it was not a surprise that I couldn’t wait to read How to Find Love In a Bookshop. And the book did not disappoint! How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the perfect book for when you are looking for a heart warming read. This is a book that feels like a warm hug and when you are finished you are satisfied and content with what you read.
What would you be willing to do to make a new start? In The Goddesses by Swan Huntley Nancy is so desperate to make a new start that she embraces her new friend Ana and risks everything. In this wild ride of friendship and trust you will be questioning what is real and what you are willing to do for a friend.
Sometimes I like a little light mystery in my reading line up and the Maggie Hope mystery series is one I turn to for a reliably good read. Set during World War II Maggie is a part-American 20 something living in London when she gets drawn into the war effort. The series takes readers on adventures with Maggie and her friends. The adventures are mixed with just the right amount of historical detail to make it interesting and if you have questions about the historical accuracy the author provides a Historical Notes section.
Do you like books that make you laugh at the ridiculousness of life? Are there things that you really wish you could say but you don’t? Class Mom is a book that takes an every day thing, being a Mom of an elementary school student, and makes you laugh at how intense parents can be.
Jen, former groupie and single mother, has embarked on a new life as wife and class mother for her youngest son. To survive she sends snarky emails to the intense kindergarten parents. She gains friends, enemies, a trainer, and a chance to flirt with a high school crush. In the end it is a story of growing up and deciding what is truly important. It is my favorite kind of book for summer or a relaxing weekend, a book that makes you laugh with characters you recognize from your life or characters that you wish were in your life.
Time for a little historical fiction. Fiona Davis uses New York City landmarks as the center piece of her novels. The landmark is mixed with a recent mystery to add a twist to the novels. In The Address the historic apartment building the Dakota is the center piece.
Beach books…. Books to read on a long, relaxing day at the beach or really anywhere on vacation or when you want to feel like you are on vacation. Beach books are some of my favorite books- they are fun, no pressure, soothing books that help you escape the every day. The characters are often people you recognize from your own life or people you would like in your life (at least in my favorite beach books). The beach book reviews I’m sharing today have the added bonus of being set primarily at the beach.
Ruth Ware writes books that hook you at the first page and even when you think you have it figured out there is a twist that throws you off. Her latest novel , The Lying Game, attempts to do the same.
When do lies become the truth? For 17 years school friends Isa, Fatima, and Thea have been covering up a major lie to protect their friend Kate but now things are starting to unravel. A body has been discovered and Kate begs them to come. But is Kate telling them the truth and are their memories true or more lies? A story of family, friendship, loyalty, and finding the truth hidden in years of lies.
While this is an intriguing story with much going for it I was not as enthralled as I was with her first 2 book (In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10). Don’t get me wrong, it is an enjoyable book and I recommend it, I just prefer her earlier books more.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.