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Hey hey and happy Tuesday! Today I am back at it with another “what I’m reading” post. If it feels like I just did one of these not too long ago it’s because I am currently playing catch up and I did in fact post my April reads post last week and am posting my May reads today. So yeah, I’m trying guys, I’m trying!
If you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about then that’s ok too!! Each month I do a recap post about all of the books I read in the previous month. I do both audiobooks and “real” books and that’s the only reason I’m able to read so much in a month. I’m also counting all of the books I read in a year because one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read 120 books. Including this month I am up to 64 books for the year!
I am chalking up my reading a massive amount of books this month due to the fact that I didn’t blog last month and I had to do something with my time. HA! Anyway, time to quit rambling and get to the goods!!
ONE. Confess by Colleen Hoover. My library finally stocked more Colleen Hoover e-books and I am sooo excited about it! This book is about a girl with a secret and she meets a boy with an even bigger secret. Of course they meet, fall in love, something DRAMATIC happens, they break up and then a few more things (isn’t that how most romantic books go???) but most importantly this book is about learning to trust someone with your secrets and about letting the things in your past not define your future. I loved this book and highly recommend it!
“You will devour it. You will worship it. You will sigh with joy because you are experiencing the lyrical and spell bounding prose of CoHo again… filled with suspense, unique characters, and of course the brutal gut-wrenching moments that’s expected of any CoHo novel…brilliant, fresh and new.” – Rock Stars of Romance
TWO. Paris for One by Jojo Moyes. I haven’t read a Jojo Moyes book since the Me Before You trilogy (Me Before You, After You, Still Me) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It was really good and made me want to plan a solo trip to Paris to see what could happen!!
“An old-fashioned, feel-good love story. . . It’s as if Moyes has booked a vacation and is taking us along. To Paris. Amour!” – USA Today
THREE. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. Since I liked Paris for One so much I decided to stick with Jojo and read One Plus One and I really liked it as well. This book is about an unlikely couple who take the most un-romantic road trip of all time and find out more about each other than they ever planned on doing. This book had some major twists and turns and overall I really liked it.
“Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose.” – USA Today
FOUR-SEVEN. The Winter Series by Elin Hilderbrand (Winter Street, Winter Stroll, Winter Storms, Winter Solstice). If you love Elin Hiderbrand’s summer beach reads then you will equally love her winter time Christmas series!! These books are all about the Quinn family. Four kids, three parents, numerous friends and all of their big life events. This series made me laugh and cry at the same time. It is super heartwarming and the ending will have you in tears. Or at least I was in tears…LOL!! If Christmas love stories are your jam then you will love this series!
“Hilderbrand expertly meshes everything together so that peace exists within each character and within the family dynamic…The queen of the romance novel is on top of her game, and she won’t let you down.” – Vivian Payton, Book Reporter
EIGHT. Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand. And then I continued my Elin Hilderbrand streak and read a few more of her books. This book is about three best friends who perform their yearly “get drunk on the beach, spill all of our secrets and then swim naked” get together and everything was fine until one of the friends goes missing. As the search is on for the missing friend, secrets are uncovered, more people are hurt and it’s just plain twisty! If you love a good beach mystery then you will love this book!
“Things get more twisted at every turn with enough lies and betrayals to fuel a whole season of soap operas…readers will be hooked.” – Publishers Weekly
NINE. The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. This EH book is about a wedding gone completely wrong! On the morning of the “wedding of the year” on Nantucket the maid of honor is found dead on the beach. What was to be a gorgeous wedding day turns into a day full of secrets spilled, scandal and confessions. I loved this book and if you like a good beachy murder mystery then you will too!!
“One of this summer’s must-reads that is all at once quick paced, compulsively readable, and thought provoking. An entertaining yet observant look at the surprising secrets that can fester and erupt in marriage.” – Patriot-Ledger
TEN. Rush by Lisa Patton. This was my first Lisa Patton book and I have to say that I absolutely loved it! This book is all about sorority life in the south and more importantly, sorority recruitment (aka rush). This book is all about how we treat other people, racism in the south, and of course the bonds of sisterhood. If you are in a sorority you will find this book a most interesting read, I sure did!!
“Patton gives readers a ringside seat to the sorority drama at the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss” in Oxford) – but the story is deeper than getting the inside scoop on sorority rush…Told with humor and heart, this is a story of right versus wrong, old traditions pitted against modern ideas and changing times.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ELEVEN. Girl in the Mirror by Mary Alice Monroe. This book is about a girl with a serious facial deformity who undergoes plastic surgery to get it fixed. When she is finished healing, she is one of the most beautiful women in the world and then she has to deal with the consequences of that. This book was a coming of age story combined with a love story and also about learning to accept yourself for you are.
“. . .Monroe draws you into an absorbing tale of hard-won success, devastating choices and the triumphant power of love.” – Diane Chamberlain
TWELVE. Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews. If you have been reading these “what I’m reading” posts for any amount of time then you know how much I love me some Mary Kay Andrews. I decided to re-read all of her books because I love them so much and I started with Itty Bitty Lies. This book is about a man who abandons his family and what starts as a little white lie told by his wife explodes into a huge, life altering lie and the consequences that come from that lie. This book is highly entertaining and I loved it!!
“Little white lies have never been so risky—or so much fun.” – Orlando Sentinel
THIRTEEN. Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews. This book is about a woman who still works with her ex-husband at his family’s business. He is about to get remarried and the business is going down and both ot their worlds are turned upside down by the events that take place on his wedding day. This is such a great read!!
“Andrews deftly combines a winsome love story and compelling family drama, and the idyllic small-town setting and surprising twists and turns are tailor-made for laid-back summer pleasure reading.” – Booklist
FOURTEEN. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham. I don’t know about you but I love me some John Grisham. His books always make me think and simultaneously make me want to go to law school. The Rooster Bar is about a group of law students who are out to change the world until one commits suicide after discovering The Great Law School Scam. This book is full of the overwhelming anxiety brought about by student debt, the sham that is the student loan system in the USA and the fear that immigrants in US face every single day of their lives. It’s a fascinating read and if you like mysteries then you will love this one!
“Satisfying . . . Grisham [is] at his best when he brings his sardonic sense of humor to the sometimes questionable ethics of law and banking.” – USA Today
FIFTEEN. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. The same author that brought you Big Little Lies is back with another book, Nine Perfect Strangers. This book is about nine people who meet at a health spa to detox from their daily lives. They are all trying to fix something about themselves but in the end they wind up trying to fix a flawed system. Overall I really enjoyed this book and it definitely kept me wondering “whodunit” throughout the whole book.
“A cannily plotted, continually surprising, and frequently funny page-turner and a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner.” – Publishers Weekly
And there you have it, all of the books I read in the month of May. You can also check out all of the books I read in January, February, March, and April. And if we have the same taste in books you can check out my favorite chick lit authors here!