Being at home definitely has me reading even more than I normally do, but I’ve noticed I’m gravitating towards much more fun reads in the past few weeks. Since I haven’t done a recent reads post in a few months, I figured I’d share my thoughts on some books I’ve read recently.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
I’ve had this book on my to be read list for a while and I kept passing on it when I would take out books at the library, but felt that during this pandemic, it was time to finally read it. And I’m so glad I did because I loved it! This was Hoang’s debut novel, and it was refreshing to read a story about Stella, a character who has autism. While at times it was predictable, the journey that both Stella and Michael go through make it worthwhile to read.
The Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillroy
I loved Guillroy’s debut, The Wedding Date, but as I read more books from her, I’m finding I am liking them less and less. Maybe it is the continuation of characters from some books, but I think this is the last Guillroy book I’m reading. I struggled to get through this book, I kept thinking it was going to get better and when I got to the end, I wish I had abandoned it because it was a huge disappointment.
Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley*
Perfect Distraction is such a sweet romance and you can’t help but root for Lauren and Andrew, not just to be together, but for Andrew through his battle with cancer and for Lauren to land her dream job. I love that Ashley didnt sugarcoat the struggles the characters face, which made this story so much more authentic. This was Ashely’s debut and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
The year may be early, but The Friend Zone is ranking as one of my favorite reads of 2020! I loved all the characters in the book, the storyline was fast moving and I could not put it down, and then was so sad when it was over because I just wanted to keep reading about these characters. The book had it all, it made me smile, but it also had me shed some tears a few times. For a debut book, it blew me away and I can’t wait to get my hands Jimenez’s new book The Happy Ever After Playlist that comes out next week.
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
I was on the fence about reading this, it has some really great reviews, but some really bad ones as well, but I decided to see for myself what it was all about. The problem I’ve had recently with some mystery books is that it has been really easy after a certain time to figure the mystery out, but The Escape Room had me guessing for a while what actually happened and why Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are locked in an elevator with no way out. One of the better mystery novels I have read recently.
Virgin River by Robyn Carr
I loved the first season of Virgin River on Netflix and had never heard of the book series before, so of course I had to read it after. As much as I liked the show, I wasn’t a huge fan of the book. Maybe the show swayed me and I noticed where things differed, but I was glad I watched the show first, because I don’t know if I would’ve watched it if I had read the book first. I did like delving more into Mel’s background in the book, but her relationship with Jack in the book felt so forced, whereas on the show, it feels natural. There are a number of other books in the series, but it appears like Mel and Jack’s story is only told in the first book, so I definitely will not be continuing with the series and instead will patiently wait for season two to be released on Netflix.
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen*
While this wasn’t my favorite Hendricks and Pekkanen book, that goes to The Wife Between Us, I did enjoy it. Its a quick moving story and I liked that while most of the story is told from Shay’s perspective, other chapters you get to hear the story from other characters and see another side of things. You can start to piece a lot of the mystery together throughout the book, but this duo is famous for their twist endings, and I definitely was shocked in the end.
The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani
Have to end this post on a high note, The Storyteller’s Secret is one of the best books I have ever read! My co-worker told me about this book, and usually her and I disagree on books, but I am so glad she told me about it. If you get an opportunity to read it, do it, because it is such an incredible book. The story was so moving and I felt like I was transported to India to learn about Amisha’s life as Jaya learned it. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down and I was so sad when it ended because I just wanted to continue reading about these characters!
*I received an ARC from NetGalley, who provide me with a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions on the book are my own.