Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Books (June 2018)

Happy Tuesday! It's one of my favorite days of the month because I love sharing what I have been reading and then linking up and finding more books to read! :) June was a busy reading month-I read 7 books...and liked almost all of them.



So here we go....
I read my first Erica Spindler book last month and loved it so I gave another a try, and this one did not disappoint either! This book is about a police officer who is called out to investigate the murder of a well liked college professor in the town she grew up in. While at the crime scene the police officer finds a piece of evidence that is linked back to a horrific night she experienced 15 years prior. Soon another person tied to her case 15 years ago turns up dead and the police officer falls under suspicion. I really liked this book and when I thought I was figuring it out there were more twists!

This was my second Mary Kay Andrews book and I will now be reading all of her books. This was a sweet beachy read about a woman who is struggling in her marriage and heading home to Bell Isle with her tween daughter for the summer. She has arranged to meet her soon to be ex husband at the ferry to take them all to the island together where they will tell their daughter that they plan to separate. Well her husband never shows up and once on the island she starts hearing rumors and finding out who her husband really is. She navigates the summer dealing with family issues among other things all while trying to figure out what has happened with her husband. While this is a beachy chick flick, it does have a little mystery to it too which I really enjoyed.

The raising compassionate kids part of this book caught my eye so I decided to check it out. The author goes through 29 "rules" to raising smart, sensitive, and self-sufficient kids. I thought her approach was interesting and I did pull some things that I definitely want to do. This book also helped me see some things in a different way, and I appreciate that. However, I didn't really love this book, it was ok. Just with most parenting books, there was some stuff I agreed with or wanted to try and some stuff that I didn't really care for either.

This book is about a pilot's wife who learns the plane her husband was piloting has exploded. As the investigation unfolds, the wife learns of a secret life her husband was leading and begins her own search for the truth. This was a quick and easy read for me. It kept my interest but wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. I would say it wasn't until 3/4 of the way through the book that it got interesting as the wife started taking the investigating into her own hands, but overall, I did like this book.

This sweet little beach read is about a couple who are planning their summer wedding close to their home on Nantucket island and have invited their grown kids (and their families) to spend weekends during the summer at their house to get to know each other as they begin to blend their family. The bride-to-be has two grown daughters, both dealing with issues in their marriage, who have had a distant relationship. And the groom-to-be has an unhappy daughter and then a charming and a little bit mysterious son. This book navigates through the summer and mostly the bride-to-be and her daughters as they deal with family and marriage issues and learn to overcome them. I loved this book! It was a sweet read, and I really wasn't sure how things would end up playing out!

This book discusses scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. I have a few bad habits (biting my nails, self-control when eating) that I've been wanting to change and/or (kind of trying) for years to change so I thought this book would be interesting, and it was! I was a biology major in college so the scientific part of this book was interesting to me, but what I most loved about it were the stories of companies and people (some I had heard of and some I hadn't) who had transformed their life or company by focusing on patterns that shape every aspect of life. They were really encouraging and I learned some really good insights and some new things to try!

This was my last book this month, and I flew right through it! I don't really know anything about Ali Wentworth, but she is hilarious. She takes each chapter in this book to talk a little about her life and some of the lessons she has learned. She gives tips and some pointers of different situations that she or someone else has been through, and they were good! I loved reading about bits and pieces of her life and really liked this book!

That's it for this month! I set a goal to read 18 books this summer, and I have read 11 so back to reading :)

Linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

20 comments:

  1. You read some good books! The first one sounds really good!

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  2. Mary Kay Andrews and Nancy Thayer are such great summer authors, I'm going to have to get some of their books from the library to take to the beach with me! I read two other books by Ali Wentworth this month and loved them both. The one was particularly hilarious. I couldn't believe how often I laughed out loud! I'm going to have to check this one out too!

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    1. Ok I am going to have to read Ali Wentworth's other two books then!

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  3. I really like Anita Shreve but that was not one of my favorites.

    I liked The Other Girl a lot!

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    1. I had never heard of her so I'm going to have to look into her other books. Do you have a favorite by her?!

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  4. I liked The Other Girl but I haven't sought out any of her other books - thank you for the reminder that I should!!

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  5. I only know a bit about Ali Wentworth but this book sounds really fun! The one about habits does as well. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed them both.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  6. i've never read a book by Mary Kay Andrews or Nancy Thayer - i'll have to look into those! The Power of Habit is on my list! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. The other girl sounds so good. Ill definitely be picking that one up.

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  8. So I'm currently listening to The Weekenders on audiobook, and maybe that's the cause, but I am just not loving it, but I've really enjoyed some of her other books. The Power of Habit sounds interesting and I would definitely enjoy the science part of it because I'm a science teacher! :)

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    1. The Weekenders is a LONG book but I thought it got better...maybe I just wanted to know what happened with the husband?!

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  9. I read A Nantucket Wedding this month, too! I’m also a big MKA fan! Love her books!

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  10. Oh, I'm so glad you read and liked The Power of Habit! (I don't know if you know that) I read it recently, and thought it was a really wonderful book :)

    - Megan @ The Hungry Bookworm

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  11. A Nantucket Wedding sounds good! I was about to put The Other Girl on my TBR when I realized I've read it! I guess it wasn't a memorable thriller for me. Haha.

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    1. That's funny! Definitely look into a Nantucket Wedding. It's a really cute story :)

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  12. 8 of 11 so far is a great start to the goal! :) Summer isn't over for a bit! hehe I haven't read any of these but The Power of Habit is in my Kindle App. Glad you liked it! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  13. I read the Pilot's Wife years ago and remember enjoying it.

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  14. I feel the same way about parenting books. They usually have some good pointers that I want to try out, but then there's some others that I know is not me at all.

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  15. You had some really great reads in June! I really got alot out of The Power of the Habit. It was interesting that my local hospital (Rhode Island Hospital) was one of the feature stories about dysfunction in the workplace. I also enjoy Anita Shreve and read her last book (unfortunately she past this winter/spring) The Stars are Fire. I try to read a parenting book monthly. Right now I am reading How to Raise an Adult Breakfree from the Overparenting Trap and Prepare your Kids for Success.

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