It’s been QUITE a long time since I’ve typed out one of these posts… but better late than never. I have to be honest, I was great at reading the first part of 2023 and now I am stuck in a funk trying to find some new titles. BUT you all came through yet again with tons of recommendations via IG a few weeks ago = so I am hopeful to get back to book business ASAP!
So if you’re wanting to check out some of the ones I read so far this year, he’s a little snapshot of what I read, what I loved and what’s worth passing on:
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins | You know I LOVE a suspenseful fiction that’ll I devour in a few days and this one was PERFECT! A littel background for you… the story is set around the scene of a man who is found murdered in London = three women all knew the victim but have have no connection to each other… think of oit as they each have a motive to make you point the finger at them, but all the surprises thrown in throughout make it a quick read… rating 8/10
Spare by Prince Harry | I gave in because yes, I am all things obsessed with learning about the royal family and I was hoping this would make me dislike Harry less… well, it honestly made me hate him even more. I did like the beginning chapters of the book = learning about his early childhood, schooldays, Princess Diana, etc, but then it just annoyed me when Meghan was introduced and it all went downhill from that point. It sounded like a true pity party and I was not a fan… rating 5/10
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid | I was hesitant to read this, because I am not really into tennis, but I love me some Taylor Jenkins Reid and I am SO glad I didn’t follow my gut intuition. The setting is about a retired tennis pro who comes back for one final season to see if she can bet the new girl on the scene beating all her records. It was absolutely INCREDIBLE and a fun new title from one of my fav authors… rating 9/10
Happily Grey by Mary Lawless Lee | She is one of the top influencers in the industry and her entire aestethic is mindblowing to me in her high fashion style, but I’ve always been curious about Mary’s life behind the scenes because she lives in Nashville as well. I never knew about her small town Texas roots and how she came to be where she is now. She spills it all, including her divorce from her first husband, and I loved her sharing her personal journey in such an enlightening way… rating 8/10
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid | An early career release from TJR, this book follows the story of a relationship falling apart between the two main characters and how they create an unconventional plan when their marriage comes to a crossroads. They take time apart without speaking to each other for an entire year and then what they are each willing to fight for… good, but not my fav. rating 7/10
Happy Place by Emily Henry | A new to me author, everyone has been chatting a lot about Emily Henry so I thought I’d start off with this one… because I loved the happy reference. It follows the story of friends who always meet up each year to stay at a house in Maine together, except this time it’s not all “good” as two of the characters’ marriage is falling apart. They are forced to “fake it” which ultimately reveals lots of true feelings and misconceptions… rating 7/10