This month I read a library book, a book club book, two audiobooks, and three advanced reader copies (ARCs). I was putting off reading some older ARCs I got a while ago but I decided to just get through all of them. I really liked the books actually!
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Rating: 4 / 5 stars (library book)
This book follows the romance formula of meet, fall in love, break up, get back together. But it made me laugh out loud and I liked the story in general, so 4 stars from me.
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
Rating: 5 / 5 stars (book club book)
I was skeptical starting this book because Elin came out with two books in 2019, but WOW! I loved this book!! I wonder how long it took Elin to write this one. I loved all the true historical things added into the fictional story.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Rating: 4 / 5 stars (audiobook)
I listened to this book on audio, which is narrated by Amy herself. It made me laugh out loud several times!
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Rating: 5 / 5 stars (ARC)
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. I didn’t know what kind of mystery or thriller it would be but wow! A very dysfunctional family + suffocating home atmosphere + three story lines that all connect at the end. Some things that were revealed were a little shocking but considering what this family went through, I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibilities if it had happened in real life. If you like dark mysteries, then you may enjoy this one!
The Promise by Teresa Driscoll
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars (ARC)
This story is multi-layered. It’s about three teenage girls who make a promise to not tell anyone about something that happened while they were at boarding school. Towards the end, things unraveled and you find out more than just the secret that they kept. I felt like the reader kept being strung along just to find out what this secret is, but then you find out MORE secrets that have been kept since boarding school – all in the last quarter of the book! I enjoyed this story but wasn’t my favorite – not sure I would consider this book a thriller – more of a mystery.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Rating: 5 / 5 stars (audiobook)
I listened to this book on audio at 1.5 speed. I loved it! Because I listened to it quickly, the story moved along and I never felt bored or like there wasn’t enough going on.
Sidelined by Suzanne Baltsar
Rating: 5 / 5 stars (ARC)
This is basically a rom-com with a lot of feminism and female empowerment. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book because sports aren’t my thing. But I really liked this book!! It was kind of a hate turned to love relationship but not super cheesy like some other stories. I even laughed out loud a few times while reading, even when I was in public places. I would recommend this book – it’s a light read with a strong female lead.