Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Books (July 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! :) This month I read 10 books (a handful of them were memoirs and I fly right through those), and I finished my goal of reading 18 books this summer!

So here we go....
This book is about a woman whose young teenage daughter went missing 10 years prior. The woman's family has fallen apart since her daughter went missing but a stranger soon walks into her life and sweeps her off of her feet. This book navigates the relationship, flashing back to ten years prior, and then switches between a few of the characters (including the missing daughter). I would say this book was a little predictable with some surprises thrown in there. I really enjoyed reading it and flew right through it. At one point, I wondered how I could possibly like what I thought would be the ending but it really does tie together well.

I could not read this book fast enough-it was so good! This book is a memoir written by a woman who had grown up in a polygamist family in rural Mexico. Her family bounces back and forth between the United States and Mexico and this girl begins to question their lifestyle, beliefs, and her mother's choices all while helping take care of her many younger siblings. This book was definitely heart breaking but at the same time ends up being a little heartwarming. I highly recommend reading this one!

This book is about a newlywed couple who receive an enticing gift from a client called The Pact. The goal of the pact is to keep marriages happy and together and the couple is drawn to the glamorous parties and some of the rules (always buy your spouse a gift, take a vacation every quarter etc). When one of them breaks the rules, they soon learn the dangerous consequences from the pact and their lives become a nightmare. This book was interesting and intense at times. I really had no idea where it would go but enjoyed reading it. It wasn't my favorite, but it kept me guessing.

After starting the month with three heavy books, I needed something light and this was perfect for that. This is my second or third Nancy Thayer book, and I am a big fan. This book is about a woman and her family on Nantucket who deal with the sudden death of her young husband. Soon after his death, the woman finds out that her husband had made bad investments and left them with nothing (except their house). She turns the house into a B&B all while picking up all the pieces. This was a sweet little read and although I thought it was going to be predictable, there were a few little twists thrown in that I didn't see coming. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a light and easy beach read.

This book was a recommendation from another blogger, and I love a memoir so I picked this one up. Ginger Zee is a meteorologist for ABC, and although I had never heard of her, I found her memoir really interesting. She discusses her struggle with depression, romances, and her news career. I love to read about other people's lives and the industries they work in and this one was perfect for that. I know next to nothing about a news (and meteorology) career so I enjoyed reading about all of that.

This book is about an American woman who studies at Oxford for a year thanks to a Rhodes scholarship. While there she begins a casual fling with a man that soon develops into something more and when she finds herself falling for him, she learns of a life-changing secret he has. The woman is then torn between a man she is falling in love with and her life back in the States. This book was so so for me. It took me until about 1/3 of the way to really get into it. I found myself wavering between being interested and not. I'm glad I read it because it isn't something I would normally read, but I wasn't all that into it.

I love Emily Griffin and it has been awhile since I've read any of her books so I was excited to dive into this one. This book is about three people (a woman part of Nashville's elite, a single father, and a high school girl) forced together when a picture is taken at a party and turns into a little scandal. I really like each story line (the chapters alternated in between), and as I read this I was sure that this would be one of my favorite books this year because it kept me guessing and was so good. Then I got to the end and I didn't care for it at all :( booooooooo! Anyone else read this and feel that way?!

My last book of the month was by Sean Lowe, former contestant on the Bachelorette and then eventually the Bachelor. I've watched the Bachelor/Bachelorette here and there but didn't happen to watch either season that he was on. I really enjoyed his book though and learning a little more about what goes on in the show, as well as, learning a little more about Sean's life. I think people's lives in general are so interesting and this was another one that was interesting for me! Have any good memoir recommendations?! Send them my way because I love love love them!!!

I guess my reading this month primarily was reading about people's lives! When I saw that Hoda Kotb had one out (from years ago) I grabbed it to read. She talks about her news career, her battle with cancer, co-hosting with Kathie Lee, and some of the people who have helped shape who she is. It was an interesting and a quick read!

My last book this month was Elin Hilderbrand's new book, and it just might be my favorite book of hers to date. She writes beachy reads set on Nantucket island and this was just that with some mystery thrown in there. This book takes place over a wedding weekend when just hours before the ceremony a body is discovered in the harbor and everyone in the wedding party becomes a suspect. This book is told from quite a few different point of views and there ends up being A LOT going on between some of the characters. I couldn't put this book down, and I suspected just about everyone at one point or another so it kept me guessing :)

That was a lot this month! What books have you been reading?!

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


  1. Ive had the marriage pact for a while now and just haven't gotten to it. I will soon.

  2. So many good ones! A lot of these are currently on my list to read (and I'm on the wait list for them at the library...lol). I really want to read Then She Was Gone and The Marriage Pact! So glad you enjoyed The Sound of Gravel too! :)

  3. i was super disappointed in all we ever wanted. like it could have been amazing but it was blah. womp womp. i liked my oxford year but i wasn't wowed by it. it's apparently going to be a movie, so i'm looking forward to that!

  4. I loved the Lisa Jewell book. I thought it was really well done.

    I liked The Marriage Pact too but the pacing was off.

  5. I do love reading memoirs, even I don't know a ton about the person before diving into the book! Glad you had a pretty good reading month.


  6. I need to read the Lisa Jewell book. It sounds like something I'd enjoy.

    I feel like I tried to read or added the Sound of Gravel to my TBR. It sounds familiar.

  7. So many good books here! I already put in a request for The Perfect Couple. 25 people in front of me but they have 12 books so it shouldn't be too long of a wait! Then She Was Gone has been all over the link-up this month. Added to me TBR too!

  8. I really enjoyed Sean Lowe's book and I didn't even watch his season.
    If you like memoirs, the best I've read in recent years was Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller.

  9. So I have a little bit of an obsession with TLC shows, and I love watching Sister Wives, it's just fascinating! I'll definitely add The Sound of Gravel to my list because it sounds like something I'd really enjoy!

  10. The sound of gravel sounds really interesting! So many good books this month! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  11. I read Then She Was Gone this month too and enjoyed it. I also liked The Marriage Pact. All We Ever Wanted is on my to read list. I used to love Giffin back in the day and want to read this one. As a Bachelor fan I am going to have to check out Sean Lowe's book. I watched his season so I'm curious to see what he has to say!

  12. I liked Then She was Gone, and enjoyed it. I didn't finish My Oxford Year. I liked it but didn't love it...just didn't hold my attention. Thanks for all the recommendations. Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

  13. I am not hugely into memoirs but I loved Educated by Tara Westover and I also highly recommend When Breath Becomes Air :)