Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Show Us Your Books ~ July 2018

First of all, I have to mention that I spent most of June reading cookbooks. I went to our local library and loaded up on low salt recipe books, heart healthy recipes, and just about anything else that a heart attack patient needs in order to make a change in their eating habits. So those books should count for something, right?

Looks like I was able to do a 180 on my May reading slump during June and today I'm sharing what I read with y'all, Steph, and Jana! If you're looking for a new book to read, be sure to hop over to the link up for some great ideas from other bookworms like me! 

I'm also linking up with Lindsay and her friends for Welcome Wednesday! 

17th Suspect || I enjoyed this book which is in The Woman's Murder Club series by James Patterson. I love the camaraderie and friendships between the characters. In this book, Yuki has taken on a case that begs the question: Can a woman be tried for rape (of a man)? I thought this theme was interesting and I wanted to keep reading to find out the verdict. But be forewarned: there are explicit details. In the meantime, Lindsay Boxer is trying to find out who is shooting homeless people in downtown San Francisco. Four stars.
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No One Ever Asked || I read this book on lazy days of floating around the pool on my new raft. Jamie Ivey chose this book for her summer book club. I had a hard time getting into it - there were so many darn people that I had a hard time keeping them straight (Y'all know how I feel about a lot of people!). I struggled through the first one third of the book, but after that, I was sucked in. This book is about one thing: race. Author, Kate Ganshert's storytelling makes readers consider their own feelings and perspective regarding race. The story telling was just so real to me. Four stars. 
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A Nantucket Wedding || So this was my first Nancy Thayer book and I borrowed the audio version from the library. I didn't care for the voice of the person reading the book, but I let it go. Allison and David are planning their second marriage with a big who-ha on Nantucket, but this book is more about Allison's daughters than a wedding. I was a little disappointed in this one, but I gave it three stars. 
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The Summer I Met Jack || LOVED this fictional depiction of Jack Kennedy's love affair with Alicia Corning Clark, which was before Jackie and before his run for the presidency. I'm a sucker for Camelot and have always been mesmerized by the story of Jack and Jackie. Alicia is from Poland and she escaped during WWII to the United States. As luck would have it, she ends up in Hyannisport and eventually makes her way to Hollywood. I was drawn to Alicia and enjoyed the romance between her and Jack. I fully believe if Joe Kennedy had not intervened, Alicia would certainly have been the First Lady.
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Love and Ruin || I picked this book up at the library having absolutely no idea that it was about Ernest Hemingway and his marriage with Martha Gellhorn. If you enjoyed The Paris Wife, then you will enjoy this follow up. It was a slow, but satisfying read. Three stars. 
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Currently Reading || The Perfect Mother was on my summer reading list and I nearly decided not to read it because I wasn't impressed with the reviews. However, this book is suppose to be made into a movie starring Kerry Washington, so I put the reviews aside. Let me just say, I am loving it! The reader is sucked in from the very beginning. So far, all I can tell you is that there is a baby that's kidnapped. So good! 
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Guess what! I'm planning to meet one of my favorite author's this weekend! I am SO PUMPED about it! I'll tell you all about it next month!

Happy reading, Bookworms! 

29 comments:

  1. Good to know about A Perfect Mother - sometimes you cant listen to reviews.
    I too am a sucker for all things Camelot. I'll have to check out that book!!!

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  2. I've always loved Hemingway's writing but not felt much about him as a man. The two McLain books made me hate him. LOL

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    1. Lol! That’s funny! We had to read, The Sun Also Rises in high school. I enjoyed it, but I’m not a fan of him, either!

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  3. I loved the Women's Murder club series for awhile but I am a bit behind now! Need to check another one out sometime.

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  4. For some reason, I didn't realize that The Summer I Met Jack was fiction. That makes me want to read it even more. The narrator of an audio book can really either make or break it. I have several Murder Club books on my Kindle ready for our vacation. Thanks for the reviews. I think Love and Ruin is coming off my to-read list.

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  5. Shoot! I wish I'd seen this yesterday, I'd have ordered The Summer I Met Jack. I ordered The Matchmaker by Elin H. I would have ordered the new one, but this one was cheap...LOL I think all of her books are probably good, so I have nothing to lose. Oh! YES! Cookbooks definitely count. Happy Tuesday friend! XOXO

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    1. Loved The Matchmaker!

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  6. Glad you're enjoying The Perfect Mother! I haven't read any of these, but look like some good ones.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  7. oooh i love kerry washington so i will have to check out the perfect mother! how exciting about meeting one of your favourite authors!

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  8. Lots of nice summer reads here. Havent read any of them but a few made it onto my TBR list

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  9. The Summer I Met Jack sounds so intriguing! I love Presidential history books.

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    1. You will love this one, Kasey!

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  10. I am not a fan of a book with too many characters either. Unless I am really in to it, there is just too much to keep up with! I am adding Perfect Mother to my list! The Summer I Met Jack sounds really interesting too.

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  11. I love keri Washtington, might have to pick this one up, so that it can sit on my dresser and not be read :)

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  12. I've heard a few times about The Summer I Met Jack. I love anything that has to do with the Kennedy's so I'd better get that one! And The Perfect Mother sounds really interesting!

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    1. I highly recommend The Summer I Met Jack, Erin! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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  13. Love your reviews. I think I want to try out The Perfect Mother. My book post is tomorrow! I had no clue about a link up. Yes, I know, totally out of the loop.

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  14. The Perfect Mother is on my to read list. I will definitely have to read it before the movie comes out. Your post made me realize that I'm a couple of books behind in the Women's Murder club series.

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    1. The Women's Murder Club books are easy reads. You can definitely catch up this summer!

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  15. I like books that make you think about your feelings on issues.

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    1. I do too, Jana! Highly recommend No One Ever Asked, Jana! I think you will really like it!

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  16. The Summer I Met Jack sounds amazing!! I need to check that one out!

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    1. I think you would really like it!

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  17. You did a great job reading last month - I feel like a total slacker! There are a few here that sound good, thanks for sharing!!!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  18. I love The Women's Murder Club books! I love how tight knit the group is, although I have to admit I think that I'm like 10 books behind in the series!

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  19. I bought No One Ever Asked for summer reading. Hopefully I will get to it before summer is over. Pam :)

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  20. I have been on a blogging break and just saw what happened! So glad Wayne is okay and continued prayers that you all will be able to make any changes he needs to keep him healthy!

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  21. These sound like some really great books!

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  22. The Summer I Met Jack & The Perfect Mother are going up on my "want to read" list. I love hearing other people's reviews a d since I read the most in the summer this is perfect timing. I'll also invite you to link this up with the Continental Drift on Aug.1st as we are talking about our favorite summer reads!

    bosbodaciousblog.blogspot.ca

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