Happy Tuesday! I’m very excited because, if you saw on Twitter, I’m slowly creeping up on my reading goal for 2017!!!! I set my goal at 25 books in January after failing to accomplish my goal last year… womp. BUT I’m right on track with 12 books read as of right now! If you can do math (I barely can), that means I pretty much need to read 2 books every month. I’ve been pretty swamped with school and grad school applications but SOMEHOW I’m still on track. It’s a miracle, folks.
I read a few (actually, 12) books since I last did one of these so let’s chat about what I read recently and I’ll tell ya which books I’d recommend!
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I read this book on the plane to Florida back in January! Ryan and I went to Fort Myers and I tried not to pack 8,000 books for the trip (it was very hard… I love reading books on the beach). This one was a super quick read. I love Mindy Kaling from The Office but I don’t know much about her other work. I haven’t seen the Mindy Project and, of course, she talked about it a lot in her book. I liked this one though because she does talk a lot about her personal life and does make some pretty funny points. If you’re looking for something lighthearted and you love funny, smart women this book would be a good pick for you! 3.5/5 stars
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
FIRST THING’S FIRST: read YOU by Caroline Kepnes and then return to finish this post.
Okay. Have you read it? Good. YOU is one of my all-time favorite books. So creepy, so amazing. Kepnes has me falling in love with the bad guy and after I finish her books I’m always confused about my own morals lol. I can’t explain it, these books are just SO good and I’d recommend them to anyone. HIDDEN BODIES is the sequel to YOU and I couldn’t read it fast enough. I devoured it over two days at the beach in Fort Myers. I wish I would’ve made it last a little longer though. That’s the problem with good books though, isn’t it? You want to read it so fast because it’s so good and you want to know what happens but once it’s over you’re sad. If you like thrillers and are okay with some suggestive content and being in the mind of a creepy stalker character, you should definitely read these. 1000% recommend. 5/5 stars.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Really liked this one! I had to pick it up because everyone was raving about it. My grandmother got it for me as a Christmas present and I ended up finishing it a little bit after our vacation ended. The beginning and middle were very slow for me. There were SO many characters to introduce and I had a hard time keeping them all straight. It took me almost a month to finish it because of this. I was just not in the mood to pick it up. However, the ending of this book was MIND BLOWING and definitely got me back into the book and forced me to give it 4/5 stars.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Ryan and I listened to this as an audiobook while we were road tripping along the east coast. Let me start by saying this book was NOTHING like what I thought it was going to be. I was really surprised that it talked a lot about research and actually studying modern relationships and how they have changed over time. I loved listening to this with Ryan because we’re in a relationship and we could definitely connect on some parts of it together. Only downside was that it sometimes got boring. Aziz as a narrator made up for that though. 3.5/5 stars.
What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage by Amy Sutherland
This one was a pretty quick read. I needed to read it for a behavior analysis class but I actually thought it was pretty interesting! Sutherland gives a very beginner perspective on animal training and behavior analysis and how we can apply those principles to our daily lives with our boyfriend/mother/spouse/co-worker. Really interesting and easy to get through. It teaches you something without being too daunting and filled with jargon. 4/5 stars.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
I read this one during a book swap with one of my friends in the spring! This was another book that I couldn’t get into until about halfway through. There was lots of action and a good twist though so I ended up really enjoying it. 4/5 stars.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I had this e-book for a while but hadn’t cracked into it. I ended up deciding to read it because the movie was coming out (which I still haven’t seen… whoops) I enjoyed reading a YA book for a change… before this I hadn’t finished one in a while. YA used to be the only genre I’d read but now I’d say I’m much more interested in thrillers! This book was cute but I do think the movie trailer spoiled the heck out of this book for me. I pretty much guessed the ending right from the first few chapters. Overall, I liked the characters and they seemed like they were actual real people which I love. I hate when YA authors make high schoolers super whiny and annoying! I’d give this book 3.5/5 stars.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
This book had another slow start! The middle and ending really picked up for me and made this one totally worth reading. The author is from England and this book follows a detective so there’s a lot of police slang that I didn’t understand because 1. I know nothing about law enforcement and 2. I’m not from England. If you can get past the jargon, this book is a great read. The twist absolutely threw me for a loop. 4/5 stars.
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
This was the first monthly book I ever received from the Book of the Month club! I liked this one but, again, it had a slow start and lots and lots of background. I don’t know if the ending really packed enough of a punch for me though so I’m going to have to give it 3/5 stars.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
This story was SO cute and I read it in one afternoon! I’m a huge fan of Fixer Upper and I love Chip & Jo. I didn’t think it was possible, but after reading this I’m even bigger fans of them. They are so inspiring and such hard workers. There were so many anecdotes that they shared that made me love them even more. Not only do I admire their work ethic and their gorgeous homes, I admire their friendship and relationship. SUCH a good read and it was exactly what I was hoping for. I’d recommend it to anyone! 5/5 stars.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This was another audiobook I finished! I really enjoyed it, maybe because I am a neuroscience nerd. This is a memoir, written by a neurosurgeon who has terminal cancer. The messages he presents are interesting and really got me thinking. However, I was expecting this book to be a bit more poignant. I think it lacked what I was looking for because I was listening to it as an audiobook instead of reading the words for myself. Not sure though! 3/5 stars.
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Had super high hopes for this book! I had it on my TBR list for at least a year now and I finally picked it up on a whim at Target a few weeks ago. I started it last week because I wanted to read something outside but I didn’t want to read it on my phone (which is where I read 99% of my e-books). I picked up WONDER because I wanted something easy and quick to get through. I did enjoy it, don’t get me wrong, but I do think I hyped it up a lot in my head. This book is written for children, which was sort of hard for me to keep in mind at times. I did really enjoy it though and can’t wait for the movie to premiere! 4.5/5
Before you go here’s a quick note about Book of the Month:
BOTM is a book subscription box that brings you the latest new releases for only $9.99/month. If you sign up using my code you’ll get your first month for $1 and I’ll get a free book! It’s a total win/win. I’m not being sponsored by them (although I’d like to be — hey!) but they’re just an awesome way to get cheap books. Everything is a hardcover which is awesome. You can add more books to your box every month for just $9.99 so you’re getting hardcovers for at least $5 off prices you’ll find at Target, etc but usually more!
That’s all I have for now! 12 freakin’ books. I’m so excited and I really hope I can stay on track to hit 25 this year! I’m currently reading SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski (e-book) and I’m about to start INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins (hardcover, also from BOTM!). What have you read recently?
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