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recent reads

Ever since I got my Kindle, I’ve been on a reading binge. Something about cuddling into a cozy blanket, putting my phone on DND, and enjoying a book makes me ridiculously happy! And since I’ve read quite a few books lately, it’s definitely time for another roundup.

MUST READS

Recent Reads - Daisy in Chains

Daisy in Chains: “Famous killers have fan clubs. Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams. Who would join such a club?.” via Goodreads.

If you’re a fan of crazy mystery thrillers, this one is for you. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I went in blind on this book. If you decide to read it, I suggest you do the same. There were parts of the book where I thought I had it figured out, but nope! I legit raced through this book as fast as I possibly could. 5.0/5.0 stars

Recent Reads - Before We Were YoursBefore We Were Yours: “An engrossing novel inspired by shocking real events—the kidnappings and illegal adoptions of children conducted by the notorious Tennessee Children’s Home Society—Before We Were Yours is a poignant, uplifting tale for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.” via Goodreads.

Hands down another must read. But I’m warning you, this is a heavy book. It tore at my heartstrings constantly and I ended up having to put it down a couple of times to give myself some time to absorb it all. It’s also another book that I’d suggest going in blind for because it really makes the story hit home even harder. 5.0/5.0 stars

Recent Reads - Red RisingRed Rising: “Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed.” via Goodreads.

If you’re a fan of Divergent, Hunger Games, or the Champion series, then you’ll love this book. I still haven’t had a chance to read book 2, but book 1 definitely caught my attention and made me want to read more. I will say that it takes a few minutes to get into the book. I had to re-read a few pages, but once I got it, I was in it. 5.0/5.0 stars

Recent Reads - Bad Mommy

Bad Mommy: “When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.” via Goodreads.

Tarryn Fisher is ah-ma-zing. Seriously, I love her books and this one was definitely one of those could-not-put-down kinda reads. It’s super twisted and kind of hops around, but once you get started, you won’t want to stop until you’re done. If you start this book, stick with it, it’s worth the crazy ride it takes you on. 5.0/5.0 stars

recent reads - small great things

Small Great Things: “Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?” via Goodreads.

Like most books I read, I went in blind on this one. I only knew that the main character was a nurse, but nothing else. This book broaches a very tough subject matter, so be prepared for that. This book was rough to read and it made me really think about how I act. Jodi Picoult is an author I can only read now and again because man, her books are so heavy for me. But if you get the chance, definitely pick this one up! 4.0/5.0 stars

HELPS PASS THE TIME

Recent Reads - Someday, Someday, Maybe

Someday, Someday, Maybe: “Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three-year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates – Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material – and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works. ” via Goodreads.

Ok, this might be an unpopular opinion, but yeah, I wasn’t crazy over this book. I love Lauren Graham, but for some reason the story didn’t really capture me. It seemed a little slow and there was nothing that was encouraging me to really get through it. You win some, you lose some, huh? 3.0/5.0 stars

Recent Reads - Paper Princess

Paper Princess: “Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.” via Goodreads.

I’m somewhere between a 2.5 and 3 star rating with this book. It held my interest (probably only because I had spare time to read it), was a quick read (probably because the plot is practically non-existent), which was all fine & dandy. But one too many parts of the book held some seriously disturbing sexism/triggering situations that I wasn’t expecting. It wasn’t the worst book ever, or the best…just one of those that you could read if you’ve got time to kill. 2.5 – 3.0/5.0 stars

Recent Reads - Carry Me Home

Carry Me Home: “Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.” via Goodreads.

This was another heavy book. I wasn’t entirely sure what the story was going to entail, but as I started reading it, I kept being pulled in. It’s such a real book (albeit a little slow at times) — I could easily draw up the situations that the author was discussing in my head. It was also a scary book, one that made me really think about how I want to ensure my daughter knows that I am here for her no matter what she needs. Worth the read if you can handle books with tough situations. PS: I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley. 4.0/5.0 stars

NOT WORTH IT

Recent Reads - Until Harry

Until Harry: He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector. He was my best everything. He was mine.
Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.
Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.” via Goodreads.

I could’ve easily done without ever reading this book. But since I just wanted something to help pass the time, this did the trick. That being said, I didn’t like the dude main character at all. He was everything wrong in a guy with his controlling nature & his attitude. I also didn’t like the girl main character. While I did understand some of the things she dealt with, her dramatics were just way too much. Overall, not a fan of this book, but I’ve heard the author has some better ones, so maybe I’ll give those a try! 2.0/5.0 stars

CURRENTLY READING

Dirty Little Secret

Woooof, that was a long post of book recaps, huh? Hope you find some new ones to add to your list! xo

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19 Comments

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    Heather
    September 12, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    I enjoyed Red Rising but still haven’t picked up the second – just too many books and too little time! hopefully this fall though 🙂 I enjoyed Someday Someday Maybe about the same as you!

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    ShootingStarsMag
    September 12, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Oh, I want to read Daisy in Chains even MORE now. It sounds great – and I love a good mystery/thriller novel.

    -Lauren

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    Confuzzled Bev
    September 12, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Oooh, Daisy in Chains and Bad Mommy are going straight on my TBR list. They sound amazing!

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    Brittany Pines
    September 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Daisy in Chains has my attentions. Before We Were Yours sounds so good- but we are currently in the process of applying for foster care/adoption licensing so that might be too close to home right now 😉

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    kristen
    September 12, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Daisy in Chains sounds terrifying! Before We Were Yours is on my list, waiting on the library. Glad you liked Red Rising!! Book 2 was a bit slow for me but I adored book 3. Adding Bad Mommy to my list. I didn’t love Someday Someday Maybe either. It was just okay. Paper Princess is on my list, think I got it for free the other day – I’ve had other people say the same things about the disturbing stuff so at least I am going into it well aware lol.

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    SMD
    September 12, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    I’m sold on the first one, will pick it up from the library on Saturday.

    Loved the Red Rising series.

    I’ve been delaying reading Small Great Things because it’s so hard in real life right now on that subject. It’s been sitting on my shelf since October.

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    Tanya @ A Mindful Migration
    September 12, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    I loved Red Rising and the trilogy overall is very well done. Small Great Things was such a hard read for me. But I’m glad I did it because it was also a really important read. One that I always encourage everyone to undertake, no matter how uncomfortable you get. And after the events of Charlottesville, it’s even more important. So many great books here that I am unfamiliar with and I love it! I’m adding Daisy in Chains and Bad Mommy to my TBR. Before We Were Yours some interesting but I am adopted and I’m not sure how well I would handle the topic.

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    Ana
    September 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Like you, I did not like Lauren Graham’s book. I wanted to love it, or at least like it, but the story didn’t really go anywhere and the character was a little self involved and silly.

    I’m going to look into Red Rising and Small Great Things.

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    Jana @ Jana Says
    September 12, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Daisy in Chains sounds like my kind of book!

    SGT. My god, that was a hell of a book. I read it as an ARC last year and it has stuck with me ever since.

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    Audrey
    September 12, 2017 at 10:06 PM

    So many 4 and 5 star books! I love months like that 🙂 I loved Orphan Train so I’ve got Before We Were Yours on my TBR list. You also have me interested in Small Great Things even though I’ve seen it and scrolled past on a million other posts…

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    Ashley
    September 12, 2017 at 10:50 PM

    Daisy in Chains sounds like my kind of book. ALSO, I read your cute bio on your side bar under your photo and I feel like I’m not alone in the hot chocolate department!! Haha. Red Rising sounds pretty good. Have you read the Shatter Me series? I felt like they were pretty similar to the Hunger Games..

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    Laura
    September 13, 2017 at 3:42 AM

    Before We Were Yours and Small Great Things sound awesome.

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    Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders
    September 13, 2017 at 4:13 AM

    The Nightingale is one of my favorite books, so I definitely need to check out Before We Were Yours. It sounds like a tough read but totally worth it!

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    Kerri
    September 13, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Oh I loved Red Rising, easily a 5* book for me, so was the second book. I gave the third book 4* because I was a bit miffed with the ending but overall an amazing series. I could be tempted to actually re-read them at some point too which I never do. I hope you continue on with the series, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts in another SUYB round up sometime.

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    alyssa
    September 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Of these I’ve only read Small Great Things (incredible) and Someday, Someday, Maybe. I read everything Jodi Picoult publishes, have for years, but I know going in that it’s going to be a gut-punch so I try to be strategic about when I pick up her books. I thought SSM was cute, but it’s been a few months and I barely remember anything about it so yeah, it was a bit perfunctory. Cute though.

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    Alexandra
    September 13, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Red Rising and Small Great Things are both on my TBR. I read Someday, Someday Maybe last year. The first time I tried it (several years before) I didn’t get too far. The time I stuck with it I liked it quite a bit more. Not sure why. I felt like there was a part toward the end that fall apart a bit for me, but it was a 3 star read for me too. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    Alison - Puppies & Pretties
    September 14, 2017 at 12:05 AM

    I’ve been meaning to read Red Rising for awhile. Your review has me wanting to move it up my list!

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    Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com
    September 22, 2017 at 5:35 AM

    I know a few people who LOVE the Red Rising series, but I still haven’t gotten around to it. Hopefully soon!

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    Misty
    September 22, 2017 at 10:50 PM

    You’re not alone. I love love love Lauren Graham, but I didn’t love her book.

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