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Oh baby’s it is so cold outside right now, but my reading habits are anything, but. Actually my reading has been on fire since the end of last year and the holiday time.
I belong to Goodreads and take a lot of recommendations from those I follow over there, as well as Dana and Allie, as these two ladies are always sharing their latest reads on their on blogs. I cannot thank them enough for this, because honestly if I do get stuck as to what I want to read next, I usually go back and check their shares as I feel I can never go wrong with their book suggestions.
That said, I felt it was time to update my own reading list here for those who may not follow me on Goodreads.
The first two were read over Christmas break, while the remaining have been all read from January through the first week of February.
Like I said, my reading has been a blaze and keeping me warm on these cold winter nights, as well as my Netflix binge watching (but that is a post for a different day).
Now for your reading pleasure, here is what I have been devouring in the recent two months.
Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella
This is the first book that Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series, has written for the young adult set and definitely a worthy contender from my standpoint. It chronicles, 14 year old Audrey, who just happens to be plagued with an anxiety disorder.
Even though her condition is truly serious, the author manages to bring much needed humor still into the fray with this book and even a bit of romance, as well.
You just can’t help, but want to see Audrey find some much needed peace and also recover from what set her down this anxiety laden path. Might not be the next, The Fault in Our Stars by any means, but still worthy contender in its genre.
Grey (Fifty Shades #4), by E.L. James
Yes, I fully admit I read and actually re-read the first three books in this series, even having seen the movie for the first Fifty Shades book, as well.
I know many would tell you that Fifty Shades is mommy porn and even poorly written, but I have to admit the tale of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele left me only wanting more.
Thankfully, E.L. James re-wrote and complied by penning the original Fifty Shades’ story from book one, but this time it was told from Christian Grey’s viewpoint not Ana’s. My first thought, honestly, was this would probably be a repeat from the original, but as I began to read I found myself immersed in the story all over again.
However, this time was allowed to see it from a new set of eyes–Christian’s. If you are a Fifty Shades fan, I would definitely recommend. If you aren’t, but still curious, I would also say give this one a try.
Bared to You (Crossfire #1), by Sylvia Day
Coming off of Grey and Fifty Shades, I kept hearing that Day’s Crossfire series was a a contender for the romance novel genre, but got to be honest I wasn’t nearly as captivated by the matchup of Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell as I was by Fifty Shades’ Christian and Ana.
That said, the pairing was definitely provocative, but still I wouldn’t recommend reading right after Fifty Shades as I was truly comparing these two series more than I probably should have. If anything, this one should be read, but leave a bit of spacing between it and Fifty Shades if nothing else.
A Window Opens, by Elizabeth Egans
For this book, I kept seeing that if you read and enjoyed, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? that this was a must read. And again found myself not being able to resist, because yes I did very much enjoy the former.
This one as much as there was that initial comparison stood out all on its own and I honestly not only enjoyed it, but also very much found myself rooting for the main character, Alice Pearse.
Plus, as a wife and mom close to her age, definitely could relate to her wanting more and still having trouble finding a delicate balance when all was said and done for her new hip job and her family life, too.
The Knockoff, by Lucy Sykes
As soon as I read the Goodreads summary, this fashion lover from way back, as well as NYC girl at heart knew that I had to read this one. And again I wasn’t disappointed, as this one had it all.
See Imogen Tate, the book’s main character, hero and all around fashion darling that just happens to be the editor in chief for Glossy magazine, who finds that upon returning to her position from having taking a leave of absence for illness that her former assistant, Eve Morton has taken over the magazine by storm by bringing it into the digital world. Eve is truly a wicked and spoiled brat that this reader just couldn’t wait to see get her comeuppance.
On a side note, I also couldn’t resist thinking of a role reversal with Imogen as the opposite of Miranda from The Devil Wear’s Prada fame. This one is just a fun read being worthy and than some to me.
Meant to Be, by Lauren Morrill
I can’t help, but also enjoy my fair share of young adult books. So, when this one came up on my Goodreads feed, I knew I had to give it a second glance. Truly glad, I did, because what ensued in this book was an enjoyable romantic comedy that translates even if you aren’t quite necessarily a young adult anymore.
See on a class trip to London, Julia learns that not all is what it seems and to not always judge a book by its cover, while also learning to open up and have a bit of fun, too with her partnered class clown nemesis. In the end, some things are indeed meant to be!
If I Could Turn Back Time, by Beth Harbison
This was actually recommended by my local online library from other books I had recently read. I admit I probably wouldn’t have given this book a second glance, but something about the description made me cave.
Boy am I glad I did, because this was like a trip back in time for me as Ramie, who was turning 38 ends up hitting her head and being transported back to the last days of her senior year of high school.
The concept of second chances and just the thought of going back knowing now what you might necessarily did then was very intriguing to read. Plus definitely left me pondering a few what ifs if nothing else here.
Always Something There to Remind Me, by Beth Harbison
Since I enjoyed If I could Turn Back Time, Kindle actually recommended more from Beth Harbison and once again couldn’t have been happier that it did. See, this one had a similar feel as the previous, but still had so much to offer on its own merit with Erin Edwards left still missing and wondering, “What if” with her first love Nate Lawson.
While the story might have had some predictable plot lines, I very much still found myself reading and not being able to put it down. Therefore, have to recommend this one, as well from Harbison.
Shopaholic to the Rescue #8, by Sophie Kinsella
Going to admit that I have had the latest installment from Kinsella on my list for quite some time. the reason, I didn’t read sooner was I had a feeling it would be less than a new story and would fall flat as you can only read Becky Bloodwood aka Shopaholic so many times.
I will say, this book had some fun moments, but overall I was right with my initial thoughts. Still, I have read all the rest so far and just wanted to know what Graham (Becky’s dad) was up to. If you are a fan of the series, then I would say you do need to read, but understand that you might be left feeling a bit let down by overall repetitiveness of Becky’s latest saga.
Geoducks Are for Lovers, by Daisy Prescott
As soon as I saw the references to the movie Reality Bites and this one being a modern day look at the likes of those who were once the slacker Gen-X generation, I was hooked. I loved that movie back in the day and still do.
So not going to lie, but was so psyched for this one and yes it very much lived up to the hype as I read it in less than two days time and could totally see Maggie Lawson as an older and wiser, Lelaina Pierce and Gil Morrow as the finally grown-up counterpart, Troy Dyer. Trust me, if you ever wondered what happened years after the final credits rolled, this one is for you.
You, by Caroline Kepnes
Along comes a story so twisted and perverse, but leaves you on the edge of your seat just as Gone Girl did in the past. This is one that was recommended all over Facebook in the past few weeks and kept hearing that it was a must read.
While it took a bit of getting used to Kepnes’ writing style, but once I did I just wanted to see what Joe Goldberg would do next. He is definitely this generation’s, Norman Bates. Seriously, he is a sociopath, who thinks that he is doing the world and those around him a service by stalking, murdering and more in the biggest and greatest city, NYC.
He has a perfectly good excuse for each bad misdeed he has done that as you read, you almost begin to believe him and even feel sorry for him that is until he does something else even more crude and revolting to remind you and bring the reader to their senses. Let’s just say it is a must read and literally just actually finished the sequel to this (Hidden Bodies) as I got an advance copy through Net Galley as I was set to publish this one. So stay tuned for my review on that one soon here, but to get a sneak peek follow me a Goodreads for my shortened review.
The Ramblers, by Aidan Donnelly Rowley
As You was also set in NYC, so is Rowley’s The Ramblers. Except in this book, it is more then just the setting, but truly an ode and love note to the city that never sleeps. See NYC is truly fleshed out and beautifully written about that it is clear that it is also one of the main characters if not the most integral of all in this novel. As a NYC girl myself, I couldn’t help, but love just how much the city was featured and crooned about it her novel.
The main story actually takes place during Thanksgiving week and the three main characters, Clio, Smith and Tate all once Yale alumni now living in NYC find themselves dealing with the fallout and aftermath of some troubled and emotional times in their lives. Their stories are intricately interwoven. The overall message, I felt was that although, we may all be a little bit broken, there is always hope just waiting around the corner in the least, unimaginable places.
Raw, vulnerable and yet completely and utterly relatable tale, which I highly recommend.
There you have all the books that have kept me warm so far on these cold and bitter winter nights.
What have you been reading lately?