Reading Lately

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In the last two months I've been on an INCREDIBLE reading spree. I go through phases of forgetting reading for fun is an option (just full disclosure here!) and this summer I've loved it so much. I've realized that on a bad day there's not a whole lot better than curling up with a book I'm dying to finish. Highly recommend choosing a book over flipping channels or scrolling on your phone.

Unrelated photo bc every post needs a photo :) 
Crazy Rich Asians and two sequels by Kevin Kwan
I read these really at the end of spring but haven't recapped. Something to note about my reading style- I read books with urgency and usually rather quickly. These books weren't like that. I always really enjoyed reading them but didn't feel the urgency. That being said, they weren't hard to get into and I really did enjoy them. There are a lot of names that makes it kind of hard to keep up with but overall really easy to read and enjoy. It was an interesting look into a crazy lifestyle.

The Island by Elin Hildebrand
I've read lots of people talking about Elin Hildebrand and decided before our flight to Amsterdam earlier this summer.. LOVED it. It was a beach read but felt a little bit more complex and I felt so invested in the characters. I loved the ending, too.

Barefoot by Elin Hildebrand
Second Elin book! Haha! Honestly my reflection is similar.. kept turning pages and loved the story and was so emotionally invested.

Silver Girl by Elin Hildebrand
Again.. super interesting story of a woman who's husband was just caught doing some serious money laundering and it's about the fallout of that and how she recovers and starts to try and rebuild her life. Again, I was SO invested. She clearly does a great job with character development.

Beautiful Day by Elin Hildebrand
More Elin!! Haha! I couldn't get enough. Although I will note that I didn't read any of these back to back.. well maybe just two. It was nice to have a break from the same location to help me differentiate. This one is about a wedding weekend and again.. loved it!

After You by JoJo Moyes 
So last year or the year before, I read Me Before You and had my heart literally ripped out of my chest. The ending was extremely sad and frustrating and so I didn't really care about the sequel bc I just wanted to remember the good parts of the book. Then last week before my friend Rachel was going to have her baby, we watched the movie bc it was free on Amazon prime. So we literally sat there crying together and for the first time I wondered if I should read the book, even though Rachel and my friend Sarah had both said it wasn't good. UM YEAH. Not good. I finished it out of obligation but I didn't feel emotionally connected, didn't like the story, just was over it in general. At least now I know, I guess?

Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave
I read another book by Laura Dave, Eight Hundred Grapes a few years ago and LOVED it. It was one that I breezed through. So when I saw this new release I was eager to read it. It's about a famous chef who makes youtube videos and is getting all these big deals and then is exposed as a fraud.. and then about her rebuilding process and trying to repair her marriage and I really enjoyed it! I feel like I liked the other book a bit more but I still loved this one. Read the other too if you haven't!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I told y'all my friend Kassidy recommended this book and said she read it super quick.. YUP. One of those you pick up and just love. Its long which I LOVED. I finished it really quickly and couldn't put it down and am eager to read the sequel now. When I mentioned it last week my friend Sarah reminded me that she had already told me to read it, haha! I'll keep you posted on the sequel and from what I understand the third book isn't out yet.

Two old favorites I reread on our trip: 

The Selection Series by Kierra Cass

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan 

These two are some of my absolute favorites to breeze through. If you haven't read them, I'd HIGHLY recommend!


  1. Wasn't The Island so wonderful?! My friend read The Identicals already and loved it so that's next on my list! Unfortunately, school will be cramping my reading for a little bit haha!! And I need to reread The Royal We! Oh, I've got 2 of my little girls reading The Selection currently haha! I thought about you when I recommended it to them on the 2nd day of school!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. Try Nancy Thayer! Her books are very similar to Elian Hilderbrand's but I actually like them better :)

  3. Ah...books ;-) I LOVE to read and am enjoying some of Elin Hildenbrand's choices as well, although she's a very light author. But since Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard are on my bucket list they're great choices for now. And now I'm going to shamelessly recommend my daughter's book, Invisible, available on Amazon. Amy has an invisible disability, and this is a sweet book written to educate people about how not all disabilities are visible and how we shouldn't be judging others based on what we see with our eyes. She even gives her "pain playlist" which helps her get through her toughest days. Ok, thanks for letting me plug her book, lol!

  4. Too funny - one of the girls at book club last night mentioned An Ember in the Ashes. It keeps popping up, so I think I HAVE to read. Also, I read my first Dorothea Benton Frank book last month and really liked it. It's a bit of a mix between Elin and Mary Kay Andrews.

  5. After You felt like the middle book in a trilogy, to me. I didn't hate it, but I definitely didn't love it. I'm still holding out hope that Moyes will wow with a third book that wraps up the story a little better!

  6. Victoria, have you read Hadassah by Tommy Tenney? Another excellent read!

  7. I've read a lot of these! Seems like we have similar taste! I've heard a lot recently about An Ember in the Ashes so I will have to read it soon! Right now I'm finally reading Redeeming Love, it's been on my reading list forever!

  8. I think you recommended Cancel the Wedding on a post a few months back and I finally read it and loved it! Thanks for book recaps :)

  9. I didn't like After You when I thought about it as a sequel since I liked Me Before You, but I did like "After You" when I thought about it as a completely unrelated book with a female character who had been in a similar situation as Louise!

  10. I want to reread The Royal We so badly but I lent someone my copy and now I can't figure out who is was. Insert sad face here!! I can't blame you for reading all over those Elin Hilderbrand books - she is just too good!!

  11. Elin Hilderbrand is seriously so good, I love her books & want to read more of them!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  12. I had to put down Eight Hundred Grapes this month - I just couldn't get into it!! I have Hello Sunshine on my list also so I'll give it a try!



CopyRight © | Theme Designed By Hello Manhattan