Friday, July 9, 2021

2021 Q2 Reading Roundup

 A few weeks back I shared that I have completed my 2021 Reading Challenge and have started a part two of my challenge! So it should come as no surprise that I've got a full Q2 reading roundup to share with you today! 

women's fiction books

The Night Portrait by Laura Morelli - 3 Stars I really enjoyed this until the weird romantic vibe between Edith and Dominic at the end; that was just not needed and cost it a star. I did really enjoy how much research the author did before writing this. 

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd - 2 Stars This book just wasn't my thing, but I could see how others would enjoy it. 

Delicious! by Ruth Reichel - 4 Stars This story was a little bit all over the place, but really fun and unique. The best way to describe it is chaotic in the best way possible. 

Z : a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler - 2 Stars  Zelda Fitzgerald is a fascinating person, so I enjoyed reading about her. But I felt there were too many instances where the book was racist and anti gay. I know attitudes were different 100 years ago and the vast majority of people less accepting, but it just felt like too much 

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory - 5 Stars I just love this series; they are so fun and this one was no different! 

The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali - 4 Stars Really enjoyed this one! I loved how it was told mostly from Roya's point of view with the few chapters from others sprinkled in I'm going to recommend this one for my book club. 

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood - 3 Stars Even though this was largely predictable there were still some fun twists and turns I didn't expect. It started out a little slow, but don't let that detour you  

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton - 4 Stars This book was a rare instance where it lived up to the hype. My only real complaint is that there wasn't enough time to truly explore all the interesting characters. 

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson - 2 Stars I just did not enjoy this book. It felt like it was trying too hard to be too many things and in the end just fell short on all of them.   

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel - 4 Stars Overall this was a great story but it received the high rating because I really appreciated the way it was written. There were not the the graphic descriptions of violence that many WW2 books have. I also appreciated that the author gave us the big "heart break" moments early and then built upon them, this way we were prepared when we got to those parts in the story  

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave - 5 Stars 100% lived up to the hype. The characters felt real (even if the plot didn't) and likable; I rooted for Hannah and Bailey from start to finish

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 2 Stars This book isn't bad, it just isn't very good either. There are much better WW2 fiction books out there, and honestly I just don't understand the hype  

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn - 4 Stars Some of the surprises I predicted but others I was completely surprised by, so it wasn't stressful suspenseful to read but I was still kept on my toes. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but didn't think it was as strong as her last book The Huntress.  

Shipped by Angie Hockman - 3 Stars Fun and quick read! I really enjoyed all the details about galapagos that the author clearly spent a lot of time researching  

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary 3 Stars - Very unique story line that I haven't seen before. Fun and quirky British read. Trigger warning : Emotional Abuse  

summer beach reads

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland 4 Stars I didn't love the first Elyssa Freidland book I read but decided to give her a second chance and I'm so glad I did! This was such a fun read that I would LOVE to see be made into a Netflix movie  

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry 3 Stars - I'd give this a strong three stars, but not enough to round up to four stars, maybe it was too hyped up. The characters were fun, but I wanted to hear more about the vacations and less about the relationship of Alex and Poppy   

You Have a Match by Emma Lord - 3 Stars I wanted to like this one so much more than I really did. Maybe it was just too unbelievable yet not fun enough to overlook the outlandishness. I wish it had focused more on Mickey, she felt like the most interesting and likable character 

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman - 5 Stars This felt like a grownup modern day fairy tale. I feel like anything else I say will give too much away, but this is in strong contention for favorite book of the year  

What did you read in Q2? What are you excited to read next?