Getting ready to dig in. New book and California Spaghetti Salad. Yum!
Book of the Month picks have arrived! I will be starting with Bringing Down the Duke. It looks super cute. Did you get yours? What are you starting with?
I think I‘m in the minority‘s here but I really liked this one. I have tried to limit my review to the allotted space and just can‘t do it so I‘m skipping it. Suffice it to say I enjoyed it and if nothing else, it has a lot of bookish references and is a quick read!
I loved this book. I liked that it didn‘t require suspension of disbelief- as often happens in these books the characters are fake dating, or making out or sleeping together & are somehow still in doubt about their feelings for one another, but not in this one. It happens slowly, over time & it‘s believable. The story, the characters & the relationships felt realistic & grown up. The dialogue is witty & fun. Overall I was charmed by this book.
Happy International Dog Day 🐶 ❤️Atticus here spent it reading so much he passed out! 😉#internationaldogday
My #bookhaul from the B&N sale this weekend. Three are part of the sale, the other three were just a good deal 😊 Did you guys go? What‘d you get?
I enjoyed this. If I‘m going to trust anyone to bring two unlikely characters together- one of them who speaks Medieval English- it‘s gonna be Bryn Greenwood. Do I think the Medieval English is going to be a problem for some? Sure. Did it bother me? Nope. I did get a little restless somewhere in the middle of this but as I said, overall, I enjoyed it.
This is the Warner Bros. props department. If you‘re working on a show and need something for a set you can go there and shop for it (they have ALL SORTS OF CRAZY STUFF!). These are some of the books (and chandeliers) you can get for your set 😊
You know when you pick up a book & it‘s the wrong time because there‘s a lot going on in your life but you finish it & then can‘t decide if you didn‘t click with it because of the timing, or if it really was just the book? Yeah, that‘s me with this one. I enjoyed it well enough but I didn‘t give it the full attention I would have liked unfortunately. I do think this would make for a great book club pick because there‘s much unpack!
I have mixed feelings about this one. Did I enjoy it? Sure. It‘s a fun, quick, read. I just felt the love story was kind of lacking? At first, the Rookie, as he is referred to for about the first half, seems more like a kid than a love interest, & then there‘s just not as much interaction on the page (it is alluded to) between them as I would‘ve liked. By the time they were irrevocably in love with each other I was baffled as to how it happened!
Super excited for The Reckless Oath We Made. If you haven‘t read All the Ugly and Wonderful Thing yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Sorry. Didn‘t mean to yell 😜 Was totally on the fence between The Whisper Man and Well Met, but I am weary of thrillers so Well Met won out, but maybe next month? What did you all get?
I love books set in or adjacent to Los Angeles/Hollywood, fiction and nonfiction. These are from my TBR pile. If you have any suggestions for me please, let me know! 👍🏼😊
You might pick this up and think you‘re getting the literary equivalent of sitting down to chat with gal pals à la Sex and the City but what you really get is more like sitting with a somber group who let you into their messy, dark and wounded selves and maybe hope you don‘t judge too harshly. It is elegantly and deliciously written and reads so much like fiction it‘s hard to believe it‘s not.
Umm, this book! 😱🔥🔥🙈🌶🌶 It‘s the usual trope you expect for a romance. They are attracted but can‘t/shouldn‘t be together. They fake date but don‘t fake sex, lol. I could have used less of the “baby girl” term of endearment from the Travis character and there were some other issues, but you don‘t read this for the secondary characters, so overall I enjoyed this even if it made me blush quite a bit 😂
I‘m in the minority on this one because I did not love this book. It was ok but not great. I really feel like Jodi Picoult did her homework and very obviously wanted to open some eyes here but she threw all the stereotypes and cliches in there and banged us over the head with it. There was no nuance. I appreciate the effort but it was just a little too forced for me.
I loved this book. Just ate it up! It was a little Sex and the City in the olden days (as my friend would say) and a little Stage Door (a classic movie with Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn and Ann Miller) among other things. It was just a really deliciously written, enjoyable read.
Happy 4th of July! Hope you‘re all having a lovely holiday. I was going to do a flag out of red, white and blue books but if I‘m being honest, I‘ve already had a few delicious drinks and I‘m too lazy and buzzed to bring all the books off the shelves, so instead here are some American themed books 😊 Enjoy the fireworks and be safe everyone! 💥 🎇 🇺🇸 🍹
I enjoyed this... but maybe not as much as everyone else? It took me around 50/70 pages to really feel like I was all in! I‘m not sure why, honestly. Once I got past the shaky start I *was* sucked in and finished rather quickly from there 👍🏼😊
Hello all! Hoping you can help me find this book. My friend is not a big reader but has somehow decided she really wants to read it! If this sounds familiar to anyone please let me know? Thanks in advance! 😊👏🏼
My June wrap. Just managed to squeeze in The Flatshare under the wire and finished it last night. My favorites were The Moment of Lift which I think EVERYONE should read, Ask Again, Yes and The Friend Zone. All completely different from each other! How‘d you all do?
This was such a pleasant surprise! I really was not expecting the emotional roller coaster. Yes, it‘s fun and sexy but it also has some heavier moments that I was not expecting in this kind of book. I immediately passed it on to a friend who proceeded to devour it and then rave. We both recommend it!
Happy Friday everyone! My book order arrived at the crack of dawn this morning (literally) my husband found it in our porch at around 6. So excited for City of Girls! 👏🏼 I‘ve heard such good things. What are you all reading this weekend?
I don't normally fare well with thrillers but I enjoyed this one. I wish I'd known nothing about it going in though. It would have made for a better experience if I wasn't anticipating anything. And that's all I'll say so I don't spoil it for anyone else who might not know anything about it!
This is... a really strange, quirky book. It's deliciously well written but not exactly plot driven. If you like something that moves quickly this will not be for you. Before I started it two people told me they found it boring so I prepared to find it boring too but I actually really enjoyed it! I can see how some would find it slow but I did not. And now I find myself googling all kinds of stuff about Madame Tussaud and her wax figures.
I just really want you to read this book. The lessons and information are important. The stories will make you angry and sad but also move you, inspire you and give you hope. And who knows? Maybe it will also make you want to find a way get involved.
"There's something about first love, isn't there? She said. It's untouchable to those who played no part in it. But it's the measure of all that follows, she said." Whew. This book. It's a punch to the gut and a squeeze of the heart. It's lovely. It's heartbreak. It's both small and big at the same time.
This was fun, light and breezy. The "evil" character was a little too silly/cartoonish even for this kind of book and the storyline not particularly strong. But still. Enjoyable if you're just looking for some brain candy, you know? Think Hallmark Channel movies ?
A bit late but here's my May wrap-up. I had an awful month personally but my reading was great.
My June BOTM picks. Last year I made a rule to stop getting thrillers because they always sound great but always disappoint me. And now here I am getting The Silent Patient! 🤦🏽♀️ I've heard so much about it I got curious. Fingers crossed I don't hate it. What did you all get?
So while visiting Asheville this past week I did some book shopping because, of course. I picked up "Little" and "Tin Man" at Malaprop's. I got "Garlic and Sapphires" and a gorgeous 1945 edition of "The Age of Innocence" at The Captain's Bookshelf. And the ADORABLE Jane Austen tea towel was from the Biltmore Estate gift shop. I love it so much!
I spent the holiday weekend exploring Asheville, starting off with the gorgeous Biltmore Estate (which I actually wanted to visit because I read the Last Castle by Denise Kiernan). I brought The Unhoneymooners for the flight and finished it over the weekend. It was the perfect book to have brought: Light, fun and delightful. I loved it! Loved the Biltmore Estate too!
I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was heartbreaking, sweet and laugh-out-loud funny all at once. I had not seen anything about it prior to reading it but it definitely reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. When I finished it I read some reviews and see that I am totally not alone, which is reassuring 😊👍🏼
When I picked up this little book I wrongly assumed I'd finish it in a day. And sure, it can be done, but there's so much depth and heart, I had to let it sit with me and digest it slowly. It's thoughtful and quiet with shades of 84 Charing Cross Road- maybe just because it's epistolary? - I can't be sure. It also it didn't hurt any that I love the Tollund Man and he is a catalyst for the story and continues to be mentioned throughout.
Tonight's book signing was for a book on one of my favorite hangouts, The Chateau Marmont. When the author came to me for personal stories of hanging out with celebrities I said, "Ok! Yes, of course I'll help you BUT I can't tell you all the stories because I have to save some for my memoir". Of course he agreed and I was happy to show up and support him tonight. (Please note the heartfelt personal dedication in the pic). Continued in comments
I got some unexpected bad news this weekend and was in need of something to get lost in. Luckily I had this book and it worked wonderfully. It was such a fun and delightful read. It's less steamy than The Kiss Quotient but still sexy and a total page turner. There was a particular, we'll call it, "sex ed" passage that had me laughing out loud. I loved it. Helen Hoang does it again ??