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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

5 stars 

Book Review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

When I saw Kristen’s review of this book I knew it was right up my alley and I loved it! It’s the classic tale of how one decision can completely change the course of your life. The book opens the night that Hannah Martin moves home to L.A. after years of moving all over the country for various reasons. That night, the decision to go home with her high school sweetheart or to go home with her best friend after a night out leads her on two very different paths. From the opening, each chapter switches back and forth from one life to the next and I liked how this allowed the two stories to be told simultaneously. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and this was such an easy read. I got through it in a couple of days because I really wanted to see how each life played out. In the end, I liked the way both stories ended and couldn’t really pick an outcome I like better. This is a great summer beach read!

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

4 stars

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica Book Review

This has been on my to-read list for a while so I used my Audible credit for it last month. There’s a lot of “girl” thrillers floating around right now and I think this one measured up pretty well. It captured my attention from the very beginning and surprised me a few times. The ending was a shock too. I didn’t see it coming. I really didn’t like any of the characters though, at all. Overall, it was a good thriller, just missing that WOW factor. As a side note, I recommend going for the printed version of this book, I found the Audible narrators to be super annoying.

Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons

4 stars

Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons

This was my first book for the Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge (a book set in the Appalachan Region). It was a random choice but a good one and I really enjoyed it. A granddaughter narrates what it was like growing up with her strong-willed mother and grandmother in rural North Carolina and what life was like for them during WWII. I wouldn’t say there is a definitive plot, it’s more a collection of anecdotes from the events that these three generations of women experienced, mostly in chronological order. I loved all three women, and they vaguely reminded me of the bold women in my family and the stories I’ve heard about my grandmother and great grandmother. I also listened to this on Audible and really enjoyed the narrator. I highly recommend this book if your looking for a quick, endearing read.

Exposure to a Billionaire by Ann Menke

2 stars

Exposure to a Billionaire by Ann Menke

This one had a lot of potential but unfortunately fell flat. Read my full review here.

 

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  • A Mindful Migration

    It seems like everybody read The Good Girl this month and it’s gotten overall stellar reviews from everyone. It’s added to my list! I need to grab one of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books too. They sound right up my alley.

    • There’s a high standard for thrillers right now and The Good Girl definetly keeps up! I need to read the other TJR books!

  • I love books with strong women, and I’m always into Appalachia books. I added that one to my list, I hadn’t heard of it.

  • One of the reasons that I personally enjoy book challenges is the act of stumbling upon a book that I might not look at otherwise. Glad you enjoyed your Appalachian choice.

  • i definitely need to read a TJR book soon. Glad you enjoyed your Appalachia book! I am still on the fence about what to read for that category.

  • Maybe In Another Life and The Good Girl have both been on my list for a while, and obviously I need to get to reading them quick! I also felt the same way about Exposure To A Billionaire. It just really fell flat and wasn’t worth my time at all.

    • Yes, they were both really good! The Good Girl was on my TBR list for a long time and I’m glad I finally read it, I needed a good thriller!

  • Biana Perez

    Maybe in another life was one of my favorite reads last year!! I think we all didn’t like exposure to a billionaire!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston