I had high hopes for myself this month...I mean, July, for a teacher means all the free time in the world! Unfortunately, that was not the case for me.
I spent a lot of July finishing up the painting in our house...I had this silly goal of having every room, door, and piece of trim painted before our one-year housiversary (which is tomorrow)
Luckily, I was able to achieve that goal and I will be hanging up my paintbrushes for awhile...but something had to give...and that something was the hours I planned on spending in my sun room snuggling my sweet pup and reading. #OhWell #MaybeNextSummer
This month there isn't much variety in what I read. 4 of the 5 books are what I like to call "beach reads" They were quick, easy, mindless chick-lit type books. This is all because of that dreaded library holds curse...I've had most of these books on hold for months...and what do you know...they all came available at the same time. Good thing they were quick and easy to read...but I have to say my brain feels kind of mushy and is in dire need of something more substantial next month :)
My first book for this month is also the first book I incurred a late fee at the library for. I may or may not have misplaced it somewhere in the house...which never happens. By the time I found it I only had 2 days before it needed to be returned. However, this book is not meant to be sped read (is that right? Or is it speed read? They both sound stupid...but you get the idea)
This book is much too insightful to not spend the time reflecting, re-reading, and celebrating everything this brilliant woman has to say. I have been a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes (Hello Grey's, Private Practice, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder...my favorite shows) and while I knew she was a gifted writer...I had no idea how insightful she was. I found myself agreeing with her and cheering her on throughout the entire book! I am half-tempted to go out and by a copy I can keep, highlight, and re-read over and over again!
Another reason I loved this book is because it reminded me of my New Year's Resolution back in 2011..."What the Heck, Why Not?" I could relate to Rhimes and her "never saying yes" and playing it safe. Please do yourself a favor and read this book :)
Kristin Hannah is a well known author...I have seen her books everywhere, yet I have never read one. I know, I know...I am just as shocked as you are. I have several on my "to read" list on Goodreads, but never seem to pick up any of her books.
I am a member of BookBub, and each month they send me an email with killer deals on ebooks...well this just happened to be one of the 99 cent deals and I knew I couldn't pass it up.
I read this book on the treadmill and on our way to Chicago...and I have to say I was not disappointed at all. It reminded me a lot of Nicholas Sparks' book "The Choice" and definitely pulled at the heart strings. I felt like the story-line was somewhat predictable (but isn't that the case with most chick-lit?) but I enjoyed it just the same.
I was VERY excited to read this book as I have read several of Emily Griffin's books in the past. I don't feel like I have much to say about this book...I liked it...but was it wonderful? Nah...quick easy beach-read...and if you are a fan of Emily Griffin and chick-lit than you will really enjoy this one.
Oh Elin Hilderbrand...something about you just keeps me coming back for more. I have read several of her books and honestly, hated almost half of them.
However, for some reason I keep reading her books because I want so badly to see what other people are raving about.
This book just may have pulled me further into her trance and helped me to see what the hype was about. I absolutely LOVED this book. I loved the characters, the story-line, the ending, and the easy way in which it flowed. If you are a Hilderbrand fan definitely read this book...and if you are like me and have been burned once or twice by her past books...go ahead and give this one a try...it will redeem her that's for sure :)
I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I read this smutty book...and even more embarrassed to admit that I liked it. I honestly put this book on hold months ago (before it was released) because I loved "The Devil Wears Prada" and I figured "why not?" I had no idea what this book was about going into it...but quickly discovered that it was the epitome of beach reads. A professional tennis player who is quickly thrust into the spotlight and ends up in a love-triangle of sorts. There isn't much to the story...but entertaining at the very least :)
That's all I have for this month...and I have to say I am a little concerned about August. Back to School teacher exhaustion is a real thing...and I am hoping I can keep my eyes open long enough to get in my 4 books :)
However, if not...it's probably okay because as I did a quick check-in with my progress on my reading challenge...