Book Reviews - August and September 2018

For the past couple of years, I have been really into audiobooks. It all started with the book Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. I loved that book, even on audio! Sometimes I don’t like an audiobook but I don’t think that I don’t like the actual book itself. It may be that I don’t like the narrator’s voice or he or she may be a boring reader (in my opinion) and that ruins the whole story. A bad narration doesn’t allow you to get into the book and I usually don’t finish those audiobooks.

This summer, I started reading more printed books and e-books because I was disappointed in a few audiobooks. I am going to share what I read or listened to and will give my book reviews. If you want to see a complete list of what I have read, listened to, and what is on my to-read list, you can see all of that on my GoodReads account.

Perfect is Boring by Tyra Banks

Format: Audiobook

Rating: 5/5

This book was part of Amy Landino’s Book Club. I listened to it on audio and really enjoyed it. Tyra Banks and her mom narrate it and they are hilarious. They talk about Tyra growing up, her modeling career, her failures, etc. It is very “real” and it was nice to hear that Tyra is not perfect. I don’t think you get the same experience reading this book as you do listening to it. It was like sitting next to Tyra and her mom and having a conversation. I will say that I think this book is geared more towards women and girls and not necessarily for men.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Format: Audiobook

Rating: 5/5

This has been a really popular book. It’s been #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and I’ve heard about other people enjoying this book. Rachel Hollis writes about the struggles and successes of her life. She is very “real” in this book. She gives you truths that may be hard for her to talk about but she does anyway to help her readers. Read this book if you’ve been needing some inspiration and motivation in life.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

I loved this book! This was Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick in July, which is how I found out about it. It is a beautiful historical fiction novel. A second book is coming out in 2019 and I can’t wait to read it.

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

Format: Audiobook

Rating: 4/5

This book was alright. There were lots of twists and turns, so I never really got bored listening to it. It did seem to drag on for a while but I still wanted to know how the book ended. It would probably be a nice beach read though there are lots of characters to keep track of, so you still have to pay attention.

Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Format: Paperback

Rating: 2/5

So, I actually didn’t finish this book. I got through about 1/3 of it. I did not like the characters in it. While reading, I kept thinking about other books and wondering when I should put this one down, so I just put it down. I say watch the movie instead.

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Format: E-book

Rating: 5/5

This was another one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks. I really enjoyed it. The reviews are mixed on Amazon and on GoodReads though. I haven’t read a lot of thrillers, so maybe my expectations are low, but I thought it was an enjoyable, easy read.


I love to get book recommendations. What have you read recently that you loved?


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