Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Books (June/July 2019)


Hello hello! It has been awhile since I've done a book post. I've mentioned this a few times lately but this has just not been my year for reading. However, I am trying to turn that around because I do love to read. So I set a goal to read 10 books over the summer and here are the ones I read in June and July. 6 down 4 to go! I am back linking up in my favorite book link up- Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana. Here is what I have been reading this summer....


I started off this month withThe Mother-in-Law and it was so good! This little mystery alternates between the perspectives of Lucy (the daughter-in-law) and Diana (the mother-in-law). The book opens up with the apparent suicide of Diana and then switches back and forth between past and present. We see their relationships unfold, learn about their pasts, and then follow the investigation present day when an autopsy finds that Diana's death may not be suicide after all. I loved the different perspectives of this book and that things weren't necessarily what they seemed. Plus, I loved the mystery thrown in.

I love reading about other people's lives, behind the scenes, and just learning more about different industries so I was excited to read Ladies Who Punch! I watched The View years ago and found it interesting how the show all began, how/why the co-hosts came and went, and just more about behind the scenes of television. While I found this book interesting, the meanness and a lot of behind the scenes stuff made me sad. Let me just say that for as glamorous a life that being on TV sometimes looks, I am so thankful I have no part in that!

I was looking for a good encouraging "mom" book and LOVED Mom Up: Thriving with Grace in the Chaos of Motherhood! This book is broken up into 4 sections (4 themes- intentional motherhood, genuine community, refreshing rest, and embracing chaos) and is filled with humor, encouragement, and practical ideas. This is one I will definitely be reading again.

Slightly South of Simple is part #1 of a 3 part series about three grown sisters and their mother as they live together for the summer. The three daughters (each living in different parts of the country) come home for the summer as an escape from what is going on (a deployed husband, a marriage falling apart, and trying to make it as an actress). This book navigates through some secrets being kept and how the sisters and their mom adjust (also with 4 kids) under one roof. The book alternates between the perspective of the mother and oldest daughter. (I believe the other books will be from the perspectives of the others sisters).  I've read really good reviews about this book but honestly just couldn't get all that into it. I really have no idea why?! It wasn't that interesting for me and I found myself rolling my eyes at some parts, BUT all that being said I've read quite a few recommendations for this book so it may just be me:)

The Last Mrs. Parrish was one of my favorite books in 2018 so when I saw The Last Time I Saw You by the same author. I couldn't wait to dive right in, and I really liked this one. This book is about a doctor named Kate whose mother has been murdered. On the evening of her mother's funeral, Kate receives an anonymous text message threatening her life as well as her family's. This book navigates through the investigation as Kate's estranged childhood best friend shows up, as Kate's marriage is falling apart and she suspects her husband of cheating, and as she begins to question her father and a secret he has been keeping.  I think I suspected just about everyone as the killer at some point in this book and there were a few twists I did not see coming!

If you have been reading my book reviews for awhile, you know that I love reading about other people's lives and professions. So when I came across You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again: The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny (in a magazine I believe), I couldn't wait to read it. I grew up babysitting and was a nanny in college so I enjoyed reading this book. In fact, I flew right through it. Suzanne Hansen tells her story of leaving her home state of Oregon to be a nanny in Southern California. I found her story interesting and of course, really enjoyed getting a peek into the life of a nanny for the rich and famous.

My August reading is off to a much better start than both June and July! I have read some good books already. In the mean time, what have you been reading? I am always looking for recommendations.



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26 comments:

  1. I read The Mother In Law this month too and I'm currently reading The Family Next Door by the same author and so far liking it even more!

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  2. YAY!!! I have been missing your book reviews! So glad they are back! I always look forward to them because I think we have similar book taste! lol I totally know what you mean about it being hard though to find time to read, I struggled with that this Summer too! Also, I am totally going to have to check out Last Time I Saw You! How did I miss that she had another book out!!?

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    1. So glad to be back!!! Yes definitely check it out! I just finished The Silent Patient today and LOVED it!!! Can't wait to hear what you read and like in August :)

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  3. The last time I saw you sounds right up my alley!

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  4. I just requested The Mother In Law, sounds like something I would enjoy!

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  5. I've heard good things about The Mother in Law. Ladies that Punch would probably make me a bit sad too.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  6. I think I might have to check out The Mother-in-Law

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  7. I still need to read Mrs Parrish but still adding The Last Time I Saw You. I watched The View right when it first debuted (I had to as I worked the receptionist desk at a small TV station that aired it) and I remember it was basically drama from the get-go.

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    1. You definitely need to read the Last Mrs. Parrish and let me know what you think!

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  8. i've never read a sally hepworth book but i keep seeing that one around recently, so adding it to my list!

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  9. The mother in law book was up my alley as I have issues with my own mil...don't we all! The nanny book looks interesting, will have to check it out.

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  10. After The MIL, I'll say that I would happily track down all of Sally Hepworth's books. It was the perfect length with a little mystery and relatable characters.

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  11. It seems like a lot of us read The Mother-in-Law this month! I enjoyed it and love her other books as well.

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  12. I grabbed the MIL this week at the library!

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  13. Adding The Mother in Law. That sounds like my kind of book!

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  14. I've heard so many good things about The Mother-in-Law. I'm hoping to read it soon!

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  15. I have been trying to get my hand on The Mother In Law all summer!

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