Monday, October 31, 2016

October 2016 Reads (on a Monday)

Yep, you read that correctly--no weekend recap here today!  My weekend wasn't anything spectacular...lots of cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and Hallmark Christmas movies.  So basically nothing picture worthy ;)

Since it's the last day of the month and I realized I hadn't done my book review yet, today seemed like a perfect day for that!

I read five books this month and started on a sixth and seventh.  None of the books I finished were too impressive except one, so I'm hoping my November books are better to me!

As always, I will post the summary from Amazon.com and I'll post my own thoughts in italics below.

The Couple Next Door
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. 

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

This book wasn't as sick and twisted as Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train.  Unlike those two, this one was semi-predictable to me (and I never usually can predict endings).  I honestly have nothing good to say about this book--don't read it!

Ugly Love
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love; she doesn’t have time for love. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

This was another one of those okay books.  I read the book below first and enjoyed it enough to read another of her books.  After this one, I'm done reading her books.  I need something with substance.  Again, don't read this one.  

It Ends With Us
Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
  
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
  
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
  
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

I read this book before reading Ugly Love.  It has some pretty heavy material in it that I wasn't expecting.  You usually don't see anything like that in chick lit.  I enjoyed it--especially after reading the author's note at the end and learning how her life inspired this book.  I recommend this of you need something fast and easy to read.  (I got this recommendation from the Mix and Match Mama September book review.)

Truly Madly Guilty
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

Ugh.  That's what I thought about this book.  I like Liane Moriarty, and last month I read The Last Anniversary by her.  This was my October book club book and that's they only reason why I actually finished this book.  Otherwise I would have quit about 50 pages in.

After I Do
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.

Even though I don't agree with the view on marriage this book presented, I still really enjoyed reading it!  I absolutely love reading books by Taylor Jenkins Reid (I loved Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves), so I had high hopes for this one--and it delivered!  I read this in one day while Dustin was in ICU.  I have one more of her books left to read, Forever, Interrupted, and I'm putting it off because it looks so sad!  Has anyone read it?

Right now I'm reading both The Good Girl and Knowing God.  After I finish these two in November, I'll need another good book to read.  Any recommendations?

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11 comments:

  1. Ugh what a bummer that it wasn't a great month for books! At least you got a good one, and a so-so one out of it. I feel like Ive been reading slower this month, but I'm reading a book right now that I really like so I'm hoping to blaze through that one pretty quickly :)

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  2. It Ends With Us is sitting in my living room, waiting to be read! After I Do sounds interesting!

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  3. Someone else mentioned The Couple Next Door but didn't have that same review...so that scares me since I was ready to read it!! I loved After I Do, like you I really enjoy that author, but I agree that take on marriage was a different one! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I didn't love The Good Girl. It was okay, but not good enough to make me seek out Kubica's other books.
    I felt the same way about After I Do: it just kind of infuriated me. Like, maybe if they didn't spend every second together for 10 years, they would've liked each other a bit more (I read it this summer while my husband was deployed, so I think I took it as Lauren was just being petty and whiny)...Anyway..
    I love TJR's other books!
    The Couple Next Door was good too, but not amazing.
    Truly, Madly, Guilty wasn't my favorite Moriarity.

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  5. Are you against reading books from the Romance section? If not, I would highly recommend reading Julie James. She writes contemporary romances that have great pacing and smart witty banter between characters.

    I also recommend Graceling. It's YA and though I read it a few years ago, I remember it being fantastic.

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  6. It stinks they weren't the greatest - but great that you got a bunch read!

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  7. I just finished The Good Girl and it was great! I never have any luck with Liane Moriarty books, I just can't get past the first 30 or so pages. Next up I'm reading The Fall Guy, looks pretty good!

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  8. So sad that Truly Madly Guilty didn't live up to the hype. So far I have loved Liane Moriarty's books. What Alice Forgot is my favorite. I have never read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid but all of her books sound great - I will have to add them to my list.

    The Lovely Latte

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  9. I felt the same way about truly Madly Guilty, and I LOVE Liane Moriarty!

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  10. I'm in the process of reading Truly, Madly, Guilty and I can't get into it and I also love her books. I hate that I'm not loving it because I waited so long for it to become available through my library. I'm going to check out your recommendations because it seems as if we have similar taste in books.

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  11. I'm currently reading "It Ends With Us" and so far I love it. Truly, Madly, Guilty is next on my list.

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