Friday, September 14, 2018

Books 32-44 for 2018

Linking up to Modern Mrs. Darcy

You can find Books 1-31 for the year here:

Book #32 was "the Arrangement" by Sarah Dunn. I thought this was a different premise and you really see the thought process from a male and female point of view when the couple decide to allow each other to have affairs while married for a certain time period and what happens. I liked it.

Book #33 was "One of Us is Lying" by Karen McManus. I really enjoyed this one as I love a good Young Adult book. I knew what happened but I loved all the story lines and this would make a good movie. Really good teenage drama stuff!

#34 was Elin Hilderbrand's new book "The Perfect Couple." I usually read her new one every summer. This was not that great for me. I like her writing and all the fun descriptions but it was just ok.

#35 was "From the Corner of the Oval" by Beck Dorey Stein was a surprise hit for me. I really enjoyed reading about her time working for The White House. It is more about her personal life then politics but it was super fun to read.

#36 "My Oxford Year" by Julia Whelan. I love all things English and was excited to learn about Oxford but the love story became more the focus so this one fell a little flat for me.

#37 Daniel Silva's new book "The Other Woman." I love Daniel Silva books so I actually get this each year as soon as the new one hits. I love a good spy book. It was great and now I have to wait til next year for the next one.

#38 "Ghosted" by Rosie Walsh. After reading a book I love...I read this one. I almost stopped reading it a couple times. It felt like it had three different writing styles and plots all in one. So it did not do it for me.

#39 "The Book of Essie" by Meghan Maclean Weir. This was a surprise hit for me. It was a new, refreshing premise and I really liked the way it was written. The ending wraps up fast but it was a great book that I would recommend. It does deal with sensitive topics so if that bothers you...beware.

#40 "The Book of Joy" by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams. I first listened to this on Audible and loved it. I highly recommend the audible version but then bought the book as I knew I would want to reread and highlight parts of the book. It would make a great gift to anyone. Such an important topic to find Joy within yourself.

#41 "The Kiss Quotient" by Helen Hoang. Woah! So I picked this up after hearing a lot about it. It was definitely steamy...lots of sex scenes which I was not expecting at all! So if you are not into reading that...skip the book. But for some reason the characters and situations are still cute and you want to see how everything plays out. Interesting but I would not recommend to everyone.

#42 "Bring Me Back" by B.A. Paris. I really liked B.A. Paris' two previous novels so much that I could not wait for this one to come out. It was disappointing. It almost had too much editing in places where it would have been nice to have more details and background. I don't just wasn't for me. But I would still watch out for and probably read the author's next book.

#43 "The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger was a fantastic book! Fast paced and smart...I couldn't put it down. And I heard they are making it into a TV series. Highly this one!

#44 "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens was another winner! I heard about this book everywhere plus it is Reese Witherspoon's book of the month pick. It was beautiful. I fell in love with Kya and her life. Her hardships and hope were inspiring. The marsh details made everything so real. Read this book now!!

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