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Happy April! It’s officially time for my favorite post of the month, the post where I tell you ALL of the books I read the previous month! One of my goals for the year is to read 120 books. So far, including this month, I have read 40 books! I have been killing it and I am so excited about it!
I always get asked how I read so many books a month. I promise I do other things besides read. I also work a full time (50+ hours a week) job, blog, workout and try to have some sort of social life. So how do I do it?
I LOVE to read and sitting down and reading an actual book is not always feasible so I check out audiobooks from my local library’s e-library, download them to an app, and listen to them all the time! I listen while I’m getting ready to go to work, when I’m driving, when I clean the house, etc. If you love to read and don’t think you have the time then you should try audiobooks!
Enough rambling, lets get to the books
ONE. Husband Material by Emily Belden. This book will be released December 30 and I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
If you are into chick lit then you will LOVE this book! This book is about a 29 year old widow that is on the search for “the one”. She has designed the perfect app in order to find the “perfect man” with absolutely no emotional involvement and it’s all working until someone from her past comes back into her life and her world is turned upside down. This book has it all…romance, inner turmoil, apps, technology, cute dogs, and more!
TWO. Carnegie Hill by Jonathon Vatner. This book will be released August 20 and I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This book has all of my favorite things…NYC, real estate, relationships, secrets, and a woman who is on a mission to find herself. This book has a lot of side stories to go along with the main story and I loved getting to know the residents on Carnegie Hill. I also LOVED the ending of this book!
“A shrewd comic tale of old lovers, young lovers, and the blanket of privilege that both warms and binds them all.” –Jonathan Dee, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Privileges
THREE. Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead. This is the third book in The Glittering Court series. I read the first two books last year and then forgot about it…oops! This book is the final book in the series and in my opinion, the BEST. The first two books are about two of the three main characters and this final book is about the third (obviously). This book had more mystery and scandal and way more secrets. I LOVED IT and I’m sad it’s over!!
FOUR. Soundless by Richelle Mead. After I finished The Glittering Court series I decided to find more of Richelle Mead’s books to read so I read Soundless. Soundless is about a village of people who are all deaf. They are artists and miners and send their day’s work of jewels mined to the city at the foot of their mountain in exchange for food. Then one day the food supply stops and someone must go down and confront the people at the bottom of the mountain. Our heroine travels to the bottom of the mountain and back up again and then all hell breaks loose. This really was a good read and something different from Richelle Mead.
“Like her heroine, Mead paints with a delicate brush, creating a fablelike story that melds folktale, sacrifice, romance, and the stark realization of humanity’s capacity to exploit others for profit.” -Publishers Weekly
FIVE. Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson. Y’all know I love me some James Patterson and I read the first two books in his “confessions” series a few years ago. The other day I was just wondering why he never continued the story, googled it, and realized there were two more books! This book was number three in the series and as the title suggests, takes place in Paris and follows the adventures of Tandy and her two brothers as they try and solve the mystery of what really happened to their sister who died years before.
SIX. Confessions: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson. The final book in the Confessions series, this book takes place in NYC and follows Tandy as someone is trying to murder her to keep her quiet about the disturbing things she discovered in the Paris book. These are some pretty good YA books if you are in that genre.
“Readers will be drawn inexorably into Tandy’s world of paranoia and manipulation as they try to put the pieces together.” -The Bulletin
SEVEN. Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe. And then I went in search of a good beach read and came upon the Beach House series by Mary Alice Monroe. This book is the first in the series and follows Cara who has come home to the Isle of Palms from Chicago to spend the summer with her dying mother after years of refusing to come back to the south. TEAR JERKER but so so so so GOOD!!
“Mary Alice Monroe is helping to redefine the beauty and magic of the Carolina Lowcountry. Every book she has written has felt like a homecoming to me.” -Pat Conro
EIGHT. Swimming Lessons by Mary Alice Monroe. The second book in the Beach House series this book follows the characters after the death of their matriarch and I loved catching up with them and seeing how their lives unfold.
NINE. Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe. This book is kind of like a prequel and takes you back to Lovie’s story and you see why the characters are the way they are. LOVED THIS BOOK way more than I thought I would.
“Magical! Mary Alice Monroe’s writing is always sensitive and true, as inspiring as the natural wonder about which she writes.” -New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank
TEN. Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe. This book brings more characters into the Beach House cast of characters and tragedy strikes the original cast. This book just goes to show you that anything can happen and life is not all sunshine and rainbows.
ELEVEN. Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe. The last book in this series, this book is all about healing, new beginnings, new life and LOVE! I loved the ending to this series!!!
“Fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Mary Kay Andrews will adore this tender and openhearted novel of familial expectations, new boundaries, and the power of forgiveness.” -Booklist
TWELVE. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica. If you need a good psychological thriller in your life you have to read on or more of Mary Kubica’s books! This book is about a girl whose roommate goes missing and she is trying to find her. She finds a bunch of weird clues in their apartment like fake id’s, piles of cash, ads for a new roommate, photos of previous roommates and more. This story is seriously disturbing and I LOVED IT.
“Following her smash hits The Good Girl and Pretty Baby, the Chicago-based master of thrills concocts the perfect suspense page-turner with a missing woman, a mysterious bombshell, and twists that will make you tweet, ‘OMG.'” -Buzzfeed
THIRTEEN. Sadie by Courtney Summers. If you listen to podcasts you will love this book! This gave me some serious Up and Vanished vibes in that this book is about a podcast about a missing set is sisters…one who was murdered and one who is looking for her sister’s killer. This book takes you deep and I couldn’t wait to finish it to see what the hell happened to both girls!!
“Summers excels at slowly unspooling both Sadie’s and West’s investigations at a measured, tantalizing pace”. -Booklist
And there you have it, all of the books I read in the month of March. You can check out all of the books I read in both January and February. And if we have the same taste in books you can check out my favorite chick lit authors here!
What books have you been reading lately??