Brace yourself, this month was a big reading month for me, with 7 books! I was off of work for 7 consecutive days, on vacation, so that allowed me to get through my tbd pile. This month I read 2 fiction, 1 fantasy, 1 non-fiction, 1 romance, 1 thriller, and 1 BRAD (beach read after dark). There is something here for everyone this month!
Vladimir by Julia May Jonas- ⭐⭐/5 stars. This was a BOTM pick, and I did not like it. It was slow, I hated the narrator, and the weird twist in the end made me wish I did not even finish it. Lesson learned, if the BOTM picks are not calling your name, skip that month.
Waypoints: My Scottish Journey by Sam Heughan- ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars. I love Sam Heughan, and the amount of time that I have devoted to his character on Outlander (via the books and the show) is a bit alarming. So, of course I would read just about anything that has this man's name attached to it. Finding himself on a break between work commitments, Sam decides to set off on the West Highland Way, a 96 mile hike, solo. The book chronicles his time on the trail, all while taking a look back into his past. An easy read that made this indoorsy woman want to become an outdoorsy one (maybe). Below you can purchase the book via Bookshop, where you directly help support local bookstores, or via an Amazon link.
Anon Pls. by Deuxmoi - ⭐⭐⭐/5 stars. Do you follow Deuxmoi on Instagram? She is an anonymous account where people send in celebrity gossip. This book of 'fiction' follows our main character as she works a dead end job, and creates Deuxmoi out of frustration. It was a short, easy read, that was somewhat entertaining. Below you can purchase the book via Bookshop, where you directly help support local bookstores, or via an Amazon link.
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars. This was the last book in the ACOTAR series. I was holding off reading it, because I knew that I would be sad once it was over. I was right. I am eagerly waiting for an announcement on the Hulu series, or on a potential release date of a 6th book, as I am completely obsessed with this entire series! If you have never read fantasy before, dip your toe in this genre with ACOTAR. You will not be disappointed. Below you can purchase the book via Bookshop, where you directly help support local bookstores, or via an Amazon link to book, and the entire series.
Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter- ⭐⭐⭐/5 stars. This was a BOTM pick. Long story short, I no longer have the book in my possession, so I waited for months on Libby to listen to the audio version. I believe that rankings and reviews on audio books vary greatly vs. reading a physical copy, so take that into consideration if you are interested in this book. In this thriller we follow Andrea, who we first met in Pieces of Her (Netflix movie and Karin Slaughter book). There is a connection between the two stories, but they can be read independently of one another. Andrea recently became a US marshal and her first assignment is protective duty over a judge. However, the judge isn't her real assignment, it's Emily Vaughn. Emily is the judge's daughter who was murdered on the night of her prom. No one was ever convicted of the crime. Who killed Emily? What big secret was she hiding? Below you can purchase the book via Bookshop, where you directly help support local bookstores, or via an Amazon link.
Stuck-Up Suit by VI Keeland & Penelope Ward- ⭐⭐⭐/5 stars. Free on KU (kindle unlimited), this BRAD (beach read after dark) is an average read. Our main character Soraya, is on her way to work on the subway in NYC, when she becomes mesmerized by the man across the aisle from her. After staring at him for a few stops, listening to him berate someone on his cell, he abruptly leaves and drops his cell without knowing. Of course Soraya picks it up, and goes through all of his photos. She will return it later today, or maybe tomorrow. In a classic enemies to loves trope, this was a decent free read. Below you can purchase the book via Bookshop, where you directly help support local bookstores, or via an Amazon link( free on KU).
It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover- ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars. The highly anticipated follow up to It Ends With Us, It Starts With Us gave us everything we hoped for. Think of this book as an extended epilogue. In this novel we get a deeper look into Atlas's past, and his teenage relationship with Lilly. We also get a present day look at Lilly and her coparenting relationship with her ex-husband Ryle. This story is a sweet ending that I think we all needed after the heaviness of the first book. Below you can purchase the book via Bookshop, where you directly help support local bookstores, or via an Amazon link.