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Confessions time once again. So, I have slacked on reading in the past three weeks here. I am not sure what has been going on. But my reading took a nosedive just as the weather started to get nicer here. Might be a correlation and connection.
But I have also been lax in sharing my books read before I hit this reading snag. That said, I wanted to share as I did indeed read some awesome books before I took a reading break. I mean it has been a little over a month since I updated with my recent Goodreads reviews here.
Even with this short break from reading books, have read 14 books so far this current year. So what better time than now that I give my take on the books I read since the last time I rated my reads.
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So scroll to read my book reviews since my last book reviews update.
4 Must-Read Books Read From This April 2019
I have said it once I will say it again. I truly am loving Reese’s Book Club Picks. This time out, I read her current pick during the actual month she picked it. That said, it is indeed February and the month of romance for many. So Makes sense that Reese chose, The Proposal as her current pick for the month of February.
First off, being a huge baseball fan and eagerly awaiting spring training, I very much enjoyed the opening scene where Nikole Paterson is asked to be married on the jumbotron scoreboard screen by her actor boyfriend, Fisher. His proposal blindsides Nik. She pretty much turns him down on the spot. But the whole stadium erupts in chaos, including video cameras wanting a front row seat to interview Nik after it all goes down.
Enter Carlos Ibarra, who is at the same baseball game with his sister. Carlos is Nik’s knight in shining armor and pretty much rescues her from the video cameras and more to get her out of the stadium safely. From here, the two form a friendship that leads to romance. But neither thinks they are looking for the one or anything serious or so they think. But never say never. As it would seem that one of these two falls hard, while the other seemingly run scared from their own feelings, as well.
As a romantic at heart and one that loves reading romance novels, I enjoyed their courtship. But I will say, the ending was predictable to me after reading so many romance novels in the past. That said, still a quite enjoyable and easy read.
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Just about the time that an ebook copy became available to borrow with Overdrive for The Proposal, so too did The Other Woman. But I needed to read and finish The Proposal before I could give this one a fair chance. That said, I had about 4 days left on this copy. But I decided to try to see how far I could along with it. So, after having read a few more light and romantic novels, this book was a welcome change being more a mystery and thriller. On a side note, I truly do enjoy this genre and am always game to give a new thriller type book a chance. A plus was that it was a past Reese’s Book Club pick that I am catching up on now. I actually read this one in less than 2 days time.
So, for starters, Emily meets Adam. She instantly falls for him and thinks that he is her perfect soul mate. But seems that Emily has had her heart broken in the past. The most recent was when her boyfriend slept with her best friend. she caught them in the act together. Therefore, Emily rip off that heartbreak is looking for a guy that she can give her heart to again and trust.
But as perfect as Adam seems, there is another woman in the shadows whose making trouble for their relationship in the form of Adam’s mother, Pammie. Add into the mix that Adam’s younger brother, Jack has feelings for Emily, as well. So, definitely some angst, as well as twists and turns to say the least.
But what is Pammie’s motivation for ridding Emily from her son’s life, as well as Jack’s feelings, too? Well, I will say that all definitely isn’t as it seems. Moreover, I may have read one too many of these types of books, as I began to guess the real motivation even before it was revealed. That said, still a worthy read and would recommend.
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I was in the middle of reading Daisy Jones & The Six by the same author as this novel when my coy at the library for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo became available for me to read. I thought I would just read a chapter to get a feel for it. But I couldn’t stop reading this one.
So, the novel opens with the acclaimed movie star, Evelyn Hugo summoning Monique Grant, who is an unknown reporter to write her story. No one gets why Evelyn chooses Monique. Monique is of course intrigued and sets out to find out the real story.
What unfolds is the stuff pure legends are made of. Honestly, this book is a throwback to yesteryear and a very intriguing read. See Evelyn has many more layers to peel and is truly a multi-dimensional character. So what seems pretty straight-forward to most as a diva, who was married many times over was anything but. Definitely proves you can’t judge a book by its cover by any means.
Although, I must admit I guessed the true reason and the mystery of why exactly Evelyn wanted to tell her story to Monique about three-quarters of the way through the book. But still, it didn’t make the ending any less than it was for me. So, I couldn’t recommend more reading Reid’s novel as it was a purely amazing experience to indeed read.
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Coming off having just read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by the same author, I was seriously excited to read her latest with Daisy Jones & The Six. See it is the current book club book for the month of March for Reese’s Book Club. So, I had heard so much already about this one. I actually had planned to read Daisy Jones first, but the earlier book by Jenkins Reid became available first through my library.
That said, once I finished Evelyn Hugo, I happily delved into Daisy Jones. I will also admit the interview style in this novel got me at first. Even though the earlier book was told somewhat similar within an interview nature. This one somehow felt a bit different from the nature of the interviewing of all the band’s prime suspects.
But let me back up and explain that this current book was set in the late 1960s through the 1970s for the most part. It followed the rise of a supposed famous band that included the title character, Daisy Jones, as well as “The Six”, which was Billy and Graham Dunn (brothers), Karen and the rest of the band’s supporting characters, as well. We also get a look into Billy’s relationship with his wife Camilla from their courtship, through his early addictions, rehab, as well as their family with their daughters, including their eldest, Julia.
At first glance, I thought this book reminded me of the past movie Almost Famous, as well as some more popular 70s bands, such as Fleetwood Mac. But as the book unfolded, I got a real sense of this book delving into the core relationships of the band members, Billy’s ultimate love for his wife, as well as his struggles with staying sober and his true feelings for Daisy. Moreover, Daisy’s addictions and her own feelings for Billy were on display front and center.
But it wasn’t until almost the last parts of the book, that we finally find out the final punchline. Let me say, I truly didn’t see that coming. So, while I would say while reading most of this novel, I was more or less feeling like it wasn’t living up to the likes of her past book of Evelyn Hugo. The end left me somewhat reeling and realizing just how far all the main players came after all the main players were said and done. Therefore, if you are reading or thinking of reading this one, I would recommend seeing this one though as I don’t think you will be disappointed if you do.