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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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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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 Nest

When “The Nest” was released in 2016, I remember it being on every “must read” or “best of” list I saw.  It seemed to be the hottest book that year and it immediately went on my list of to be read.  And that’s where it stayed….until I needed a book about a family for one of my reading challenges. I am so glad I finally read this book because it was like nothing I expected it to be and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

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The Black Maria

Reading poetry is a skill and one that I have not used in a while.  I used to read more in my teens and twenties and have no valid reason for waiting so long to pick up a book of poetry again.  That’s why I appreciated that a prompt on one of my reading challenges was a collection of poetry published since 2014.  This was a great excuse to seek out new poets and new collections and I enjoyed my experience with The Black Maria, even if I found myself confused by the format.

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Beard Science

Three books into this series and I think I like this one more than the previous books, but that could be due to my love for Cletus Winston, the best Winston brother (in my humble opinion.)  I so enjoyed this unconventional love story and would be more than happy to see an entire spinoff series with Cletus and Jen.  These books just keep getting better and better and I highly recommend it.

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Grin and Beard It

This is the second book in the Winston Brothers series and I can’t believe how much I enjoy reading about this family.   Penny Reid does a great job of making sure you are interested in the main characters while still learning about the other brothers so you, as the reader, can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series.  This book was very fun and I would highly recommend it.

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Bright Side

I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book.  There were times I really wanted to stop reading but kept on because it was my book club pick and I wanted to be able to discuss it. Then something strange happened…about 40% of the way through the book I ended up really liking it and actually found myself crying at the end.  Suffice to say, there were things I really liked about this book and things I did not.

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