Monday, October 18, 2021

2021 Q3 Reading Roundup

Today I'm finally sharing the books I read over the last three months! Better late than never, right? So without further ado, here are my 15 books from Q3! 

The Girl from the Chanel Islands by Jenny Lecoat - 3 stars : This one was okay. I kept thinking how unbeilable everything was, but then I read the author's note that is was based on real people. That fact gave it a star bump   

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto - 3 stars : Very darkly humorous and all around wacky, but somehow it all worked!   

The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett - 3 stars : I'm admittedly not that into mysteries, but the idea of Queen Elizabeth solving crime was just too good to pass up. I thought this one was just okay, but if you're into mysteries you'd probably like it more   

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang - 3 stars : Predictable in all the right ways; I was not prepared for the steam level!  

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young - 2 stars : Cute and predictable in the right ways. Lost a point because I hated that he called her "Angel"  

The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand - 3 stars : Honestly this one was just okay. I think it was a little over hyped so I expected more. 

The Sixth Wedding by Elin Hilderbrand - 2 stars : I'm not really sure what the point of this story was; 28 weddings was so good and this addition was not needed. I honestly wish I'd skipped this one because it just made me seriously dislike Jake. 

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton - 4 stars : Really enjoyed this sequel to Next Year in Havana. Beatriz was the most interesting character so it was great to see her get her own book.    

Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush - 3 stars : First audiobook I've done in a long time, and I thought this one was easy to follow. I think what really made it special is that it is narrated by Barbara and Jenna  

Unmarriagable by Sonia Kamal - 4 stars : Even though this is a retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice it still felt fresh. Recommend to anyone who enjoys the classic     

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley - 3 stars : The ending felt a little rushed, but overall this was a good read. I think this would be a good pick for a book club to further discuss how we process tradegy and loss.    

The Deal by Elle Kennedy - 3 stars : I kept seeing this series hyped up in a virtual book club group so I finally decided I had to check it out. This is no great piece of literature, but it is a fun read. 

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory - 3 stars : I was so glad to see Ben get his own book in this universe! Lost a star because I thought the half sister side plot was a little weird and not fully flushed out. 

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles - 2 stars : I think this one would have been better if it didn't hop back and forth between time. The WW2 Paris part of the book was really great, but modern day USA just didn't add much     

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl - 3 stars : I never read Gourmet magazine; it closed before I ever got the chance. But I'm now mourning the loss of something I never had the chance to experience. If you liked this I highly suggest reading her fiction novel Delicious! which is loosely based on her experience at Gourmet  

Be sure to checkout my Q1 and Q2 reads! What's next on your reading list?