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August 13, 2019

What I Read Recently

I LOVE reading, reading about books, and reviews. I have only really had time on the weekends to read recently, but I love that I still have some room in my schedule to get some books off my TBR list! Linking up with Steph for Show Us Your Books....
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Ugly Love
5/5- I have totally fallen for Colleen Hoover, and am obsessed with everything she writes. I picked this one up and read it in just a few days since I was so interested in the story. Tate Collins moves in with her brother and meets airline pilot Miles Archer, her brother's friend who lives just across the hall in their building. They have an attraction for one another, but it doesn't go farther than that so they make an agreement- just sex. Don't ask about the past and don't expect a future.
The details, the love story, the back story and ending are SO good. This was really interesting and I immediately requested two more of Hoover's books from the library after I finished this...I just can't quit her.


The Vacationers 3/5- I read this one on the way home from vacation in the Outer Banks after finding it as a suggested read at the local library. I thought it would of course, be the perfect vaca read given the title. The Post family takes  a two week trip to the island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends. There's beaches, wonderful food and tennis courts among a beautiful home- what could go wrong? The story was pretty humorous at times but also sad as secrets come out, childhood tension erupts and a family is on the verge of breaking from it's wounds.
This was harder to read for me, I just couldn't get in to it as easy- but a nice, light beach read for sure.


Columbine 4/5- This was Influenced the Podcast's July pick for their book club. I'm not sure that it's one I would have thought to pick up otherwise, but I'm glad I read it. The author, Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on the scene of the tragedy that happened April 20, 1999. Most of what we heard about Columbine is wrong- no outcasts, goths or the Trench Coat Mafia. I was shocked reading most of the book and cried at times reading about the journals the killer kept, and their families. It was a VERY interesting read. I gave it 4 out of 5 due to how hard it was for me to read, this is not putting down the author- rather the subject material. I knew it was going to be hard, but didn't realize how hard until I got in to it. Worth the read, also make sure to check out Influenced the Podcast and their episode from last week as they discuss the book (if you've already read it!).


Daisy Jones & The Six 5/5- I'm sure everyone has heard about this book, hence why I was on the library wait list for SO long. I was really excited to finally get it, and read it in 3 days. I loved it so much that I'm hoping for a sequel- because I can totally see one happening. Daisy Jones is a girl, who in the late sixties was getting in to clubs as a teenager, sleeping with rock stars and loving sex and drugs and all that came with it. She has an awesome voice and gets noticed by her late 20's- for not only her voice, but her beautiful, one of a kind looks. At the same time, a band The Six, is getting noticed and the band members have an interesting and wild chemistry. Daisy and Billy- the lead of The Six cross paths when a producer dreams of the success the two could have together. I LOVED this book so much, and the beginning parts about Daisy Jones gave me Drew Barrymore vibes. I really enjoyed how it's read as an interview between all the band members, and the ending was really, really good! I have really liked reading Taylor Jenkins Reid's books and this one was no different- the way it was written is extremely engaging and keeps you wanting more. No wonder this book was such a hit, it's awesome!


Confess 5/5- Surprise, another Colleen Hoover read. I am OBSESSED! I finished this one IN A DAY- like, come on...so good. Auburn Reed has suffered a huge heartache, and I was wiping back tears just a few pages in. That's how good of a writer Hoover is! She makes you fall in love with the characters and feel for them. Auburn is 21, and is struggling to make ends meet. She comes across an interesting building, filled with scraps of paper detailing anonymous confessions, and has no idea what's inside. She finds a handsome, talented artist who begs her to work for him- for one night. What you find out throughout the story is that Owen, the artist remembered her, but couldn't place it. They both have secrets, and keep them from one another while discovering the wonderful dynamic they have.  There were so many great things that came out of it and shocking twists  and turns. I love how the characters were weaved together, but each had their own integral part of the story. Another amazing book by Colleen Hoover, check it out!

Without Merit 4/5
And yet again, another from Colleen Hoover. I just can't quit. Admittedly, this was the first book of hers that I didn't read in just a few days. I read a few chapters here and there, and once we got in to the thick of the story I couldn't put it down. This story is about the Voss family- who live in a re-purposed church and are far from normal. The father is doing his best,  their cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, and their stepmother live sin the same house along with all the rowdy siblings. Merit Voss is a little odd- she collects trophies she's never won and keeps lots of family secrets buried deep inside. She skips school one day and while browsing a local antique shop comes across a new trophy, and Sagan who sparks some interest. The story gets very interesting once we learn more about all the individual family members and crazy family dynamics and it got really good once Merit decides to let all the secrets out of the bag. A very good story that makes you realize no family is perfect, not even your own.

Don't be surprised if next update is all Colleen Hoover books ;) If you enjoy her books, which one has been your favorite?  What have you read lately?
I'll be back Friday...hope you have a great week!

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