The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Oh Evelyn Hugo, I adore you.  For a while now, I have had friends whose book tastes I trust tell me that I needed to read “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.”   So when my book club chose it for their monthly read, I was excited to finally have a reason to pick it up.   I expected a quick, light read about a Hollywood starlet and her various relationships and scandals.  What I didn’t expect was a heart-breaking, humorous, intriguing story that left me thinking about it for days after I had finished.  I cannot recommend this book enough.

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The Lost Girls of Paris

Historical fiction is a genre that I don’t normally read.  I have found that I prefer reading about the actual history event as opposed to a fictionalized telling of it.  There are exceptions to this of course but I struggle to find historical fiction books that I love.  This book hasn’t changed my mind on the genre but I did enjoy the mystery of the story and the writing was well done.

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Machines Like Me

When people ask me who my favorite author is, I will usually say “Ian McEwan.”  Not because I love all his books or am always in the right mood to read them (they can be heavy), but because the way he writes is beautiful and he chooses topics that I find fascinating while bringing his own unique spin to them.  This book won’t be one of my favorites, but the ideas he introduces made me think long after I had closed the final page.

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Fix Her Up

They say never judge a book by the cover but the reason I requested an ARC copy of the newest from Tessa Bailey was due, in part, to the bright and colorful cover.  I expected a fun read about 2 people falling in love with the backdrop of house flipping.  While this book wasn’t anything like that, I enjoyed it and would definitely read the next in the series as well as more from Bailey.

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

This is a challenging book to review because so much has been written about it, and its author, already.  It went on my “to be read” list almost immediately upon publication but was always passed over for various reasons.   So when I saw the pop sugar challenge item of reading a book published posthumously, I knew the time had come to read the book that everyone seemed to love.  And I was very, very happy I did because this was a gripping, emotional, and almost unbelievable story that needed to be told.

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My Fair Gentleman

For my ARRT meeting this month, we had to read a gentle romance—a genre that I really had no desire to read.  One of the suggestions was a series of “proper romance” books that at least sounded somewhat interesting to me.  Most in the series seem to be retellings of classic stories, including this one.  I enjoyed this book and would read others in the series.

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Star-Crossed

There were things that I really enjoyed about this book and found myself wanting to find out how everyone’s lives were affected by the horoscopes.  There were other things that annoyed me and prevented me from giving this a higher ratting but it was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it as a summer read.

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The Fiddler

This is not a book that I would normally pick up–I like romances but the idea of a clean romance was not something I was looking forward to reading.  Alas, when the next theme for my librarian reading round table is gentle romance, you read what you gotta read.  One of the tasks we were assigned was to read an Amish romance so my author choice was obvious.  Beverly Lewis is one of the most prolific gentle romance authors out there and her books check out like crazy at my library.  While I can’t say that I disliked “The Fiddler” the genre just isn’t for me and I found the writing to be somewhat lacking.

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