Book Reviews December - February

I haven’t done a roundup of books I’ve read in a while, so this post is overdue. That also means it’s going to be kind of long! Here we go… my most recent book reviews.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5 / 5

I got this book from Book of the Month because it sounded pretty interesting to me. I really enjoyed this book! It never got boring, it was the opposite – I couldn’t put it down! It wasn’t what I thought it would be, in a good way.

Evelyn Hugo is an old Hollywood star that hires a young journalist to interview her. All kinds of questions whirl around and are answered in the book: Why did she hire that specific journalist? Why was she married seven times? Who was her greatest love? There was a juicy secret coming at the end and it did not disappoint!

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Rating: 4.5 / 5

This was a super cute book about love at first sight and friendship. It was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick for December and I basically have to read all the books she recommends at this point. I haven’t read a bad one yet. I actually listened to this book on audio. There were two narrators: man and woman, which is always a plus!

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Rating: 3 / 5

I wanted to read this book because it was a new release by the same author who wrote Big Little Lies, the HBO show Reese Witherspoon is in. Okay, I may be a little obsessed with Reese Witherspoon. Obsessed isn’t the right word though, I just really like her as a person, actress, etc, etc.

Anyway, this book is about nine different people who meet at a health resort. The director of the resort is Russian, which I’m sure no one cared about that fact except for me. Well, the director uses some unconventional ways to heal people and this is when the book took a turn for me. It wasn’t really a pleasant surprise. The book ended up being so-so.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Another Reese Witherspoon suggested book. I heard she’s supposed to be making this into a movie. Maybe? So I wanted to read it, of course!

This book has many characters but it’s mainly about this woman that finds a letter her husband wrote – to be opened after he dies. (Her husband is still alive by the way.) But does she wait to open it? What’s in the letter? I thought this book was thought-provoking and interesting all the way to the last page. The author did a good job tying up all loose ends.

The Cafe by The Sea by Jenny Colgan

Rating: 3.5 / 5

This book is about a girl from Muir, a beautiful Scottish Isle. She moved to London to become a lawyer and her job brought her back home for a case. Honestly, what I really liked about this book was the setting – reading about the beautiful location. I knew it was going to be a happy ending, so I just kept on reading. Nothing major really happened throughout the book, but it was a nice story if you need a light read.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

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Rating: 4 / 5

I received this book as an advanced reader copy from Net Galley. This is unlike any other book I have read so far. It can be considered a fantasy and reads like a fairy-tale. The story revolves around a girl who drowns but then comes back to life. People do not know who she really is, but some people try to claim her as theirs. The story follows various people’s perspectives on what happened and what happens next.

I really enjoyed reading this. I did get a little confused with so many characters and their perspectives. Because of all the characters, the story did take a while to move forward from one point to another. However, the writing was beautiful and some people would absolutely adore this story. It’s good for me to branch out to new genres and types of books I read!

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Rating: 3 / 5

I read this book for a book club – the Pad on Paper Podcast book club. I love that podcast! This book was a light, chick-lit that’s fun and easy to read. There’s not much depth and there wasn’t anything too surprising. Of course, the ending was predictable, but that’s usually how it is in a romance.

The story is about a girl who has basically loved this boy she grew up with all her life (now they’re adults). He has also loved her, but he hasn’t been single for years. Until now. The guy starts to renovate the girl’s grandmother’s house and they finally get their feelings out in the open.

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Rating: 4 / 5

This was the first psychological thriller I’ve ever read (I think). Now I want to read more! It was a pretty quick read about a girl who goes to be in a study for money and then things get pretty twisted. I enjoyed the two different points of view – going back and forth. I’m glad the longer chapters were the girl’s point of view and the shorter chapters were the psychologist’s.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Rating: 4.5 / 5

This book is like a futuristic Gossip Girl. And I loved Gossip GIrl! I knew it was going to be like this going in, so I didn’t get annoyed by the petty rich teenage drama. People that don’t expect this seem to get annoyed by the book. I really liked it though! There was good character development and relationship development.

This is part of a trilogy and I didn’t get all three books at once in case I didn’t like the first one, but now I’m waiting for the second one to arrive!

Have you read any good books lately? Let me know in the comments!

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