Recent Reads + Reviews

Recent Reads and Reviews

If you read my May Rewind, you’d know that I read FOUR books this month. But actually, that number has increased to FIVE because I finished a book a few days after I posted the rewind. Five books in the month of May is well over what I expected so I’m really happy! I promised that I’d fill you guys in on what I’m reading this summer and what I think about each book so I’m going to do my best to review each book without giving away too many spoilers!

Never Never (Part 2 + 3) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never Colleen Hoover Tarryn Fisher Book Cover

I read the second and third parts of the Never Never series this month. I finished the first part when I was in Cancun in January because I read through the stack of books I brought and it was up for free on Kindle! Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors but I couldn’t fall in love with this 3-part series. I did finish it, but I hated how it was broken up into three 150-page parts. It broke up the story too much, I think this could definitely read better as one solid book. I also wasn’t super thrilled with the ending because I was expecting something much different.

Overall, I’d have to give this series 3.5/5 stars. 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

landline rainbow rowell book cover

I also finally got around to reading Landline this month and I actually wasn’t that thrilled with it. I thought that the premise of the story was interesting but I wasn’t super invested in Georgie, the main character. I was sort of annoyed by her decisions and that made it hard for me to connect with her. I did finish this book, though, which says something!

3/5 stars

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

I got Swear on this Life as an ARC through the NetGalley website. It releases on August 9th, so I can’t say too much about it but it was one of my favorite reads this month. The book is a story within a story and it was super interesting, I couldn’t put it down. I read most of it in one sitting, which only happens with books that I’m in love with. I suggest either pre-ordering or hunting for this book in August when it releases! I’ll post a more detailed review on Goodreads closer to the release date.

4.5/5 stars

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

lisa genova still alice cover


I finally read Still Alice this month and it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this book. It was heartbreaking, informative, and interesting all at the same time. It tells the story of Alice, a 50-year-old Harvard psychology professor who begins to notice that she is forgetting things more than usual. She chalks it up to menopause until she goes for a run and forgets which way is home. Still Alice tells the story of one woman’s journey through Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects every single aspect of her life. I loved how realistic this story was, it’s definitely a book that will stick with you forever.

5/5 stars

What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

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  • OMG I loved the movie of Still Alice. I BAWLED (and I’m generally more Spock-like in terms of my ability to show emotions). Definitely need to read the book :)
    I’m currently reading The Shoemaker’s Wife and I’m super digging it so far!
    XO Amanda |

    • I’ll have to check that book out! Thanks so much Amanda. Read the book if you can, it was so good! I want to see the movie now that I’ve read it :)

  • Amelie

    Loved reading your reviews! 3 of these books have been on my TBR for a while, so I’m glad to know what to expect from them! I’m probably going to read Never Never as one book, as you recommended! And I’m definitely looking forward to Still Alice, especially since you seemed to have loved it so much.

    Cannot wait to see what you’ll be reading next!
    Amelie |

    • Still Alice is one of the best books I’ve read in a while! I finished it so quickly. The narration was amazing, you’ll see what I mean when you read it :)

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    I love all of your book reviews. I love to read, but always want to make sure I pick the perfect book. Thanks for making it so easy.

    Sara Kate Styling

    • Thanks so much Sara! That means a lot to me. Happy reading! :)

  • Kayleigh

    These seem so great! I’ll have to look into them!

    • If you decide to read any, let me know what you think!

  • I’m always on the hunt for new reads and I haven’t tackled any of these so I’m adding them to my summer list! I just finished The Silent Sister and man, it was SO good.

    • Oooh I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks Kait!

  • I need to add these to my reading list!!

    Stephanie | Sincerely, Stephanie

    • If you decide to read them, be sure to let me know your thoughts!

  • Ashley

    I really need to read Still Alice, especially with how much you enjoyed it!

    xo Ashley

    • It was so good! Definitely a perspective-changing, if not life-changing, book

  • Savannah Ward

    This is the 4,327th I’ve said this, but Still Alice is just amazing. I’m so glad you read it!

    • Me too! My Nana lent me Left Neglected by Lisa Genova so I’m excited to read that one soon :)

  • I really enjoyed Still Alice too. I am hoping to get some reading time this month.

    • It’s so hard sometimes! I try to read at least a chapter every night before bed.

  • Kristin Thompson

    I’ve been wanting to read more lately since I’m done with school so I was super excited to read this post! I am definitely going to check out some of these books!

    The Blush Blonde

    • Yay! Thanks Kristin! Let me know what you think :)

  • I love reading book reviews! I want to read Still Alice.

    • It was such a great story and was really well written. Thanks for stopping by Elana!

  • I love your recent reads posts!!
    xo, Syd

  • The Confused Millennial

    Thanks for sharing these! I’m always looking for new books to read!

    • You’re so welcome! Let me know if you end up diving into any of these :)

  • It’s so nice you were able to read so much this month even if you weren’t obsessed with all of the books.

  • Abby

    I just finished The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain and I LOVED it. I couldn’t put it down. I’ll have to check out Swear on This Life.

    • You are the second person to say they have just read that in these comments! I looked it up and it looks really good! Hopefully I’ll be able to read it this summer :)

  • adriana nudo

    I’m ALWAYS looking for new book suggestions, especially in the summer! Gonna check these out! :)

  • Jillian

    I need to check some of these out! I love a good summer read!