SUYB - June Reads

July 09, 2019

Happy book day everyone! I'm super excited to say that I've completed my Goodreads goal for the year on June 25th! I wavered with increasing it but I'd much rather see how much I go over 100%.

Summer at the Little French CafeSummer at the Little French Cafe by Karen Clarke
4 stars {Netgalley}

Initially, I wasn't sure what to expect. I kind of expected this to be a cheesy French-inspired romance novel. Instead, I was treated to a story I found myself falling into and enjoying.

Elle, quiet and reserved; content with the same old routine, finds herself in Chamillon, France for a week in an attempt to find her birth mother with nothing more than an initialed post card, a few items, and what little her father could tell her.

The story, for me, felt less bout finding her birth mother and more about Elle finding herself. While on the island she stumbles into a job at the local cafe, meets several locals, and even finds a love interest or two. During her time in Chamillon, Elle learns about what she wants, who she is, and what, and who, really matters to her.

Looking forward to more from this author.

The InvitedThe Invited by Jennifer McMahon
5 stars {NetGalley}

I'm always cautious about giving a book 5 stars. I think I need to "feel" something. And usually, I do. This book was different.

I was pulled in, but felt that the story itself was slow-moving. Perhaps it was, but as I kept going, it made perfect sense and no longer full slow. Suddenly it was fast paced and working out things that weren't all that obvious. Sure, I was able to figure out one of the secrets, but the others, the end, it all came wrapped perfectly.

As someone who is interested in this type of family history, the suspense and mystery of piecing together the past, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I liked the way it unfolded; the background of the characters; the multi-view chapters. A truly great read.

 The Greatest Love Story Ever ToldThe Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
5 stars {Audiobook}

I REALLY enjoyed this! I'm a fan of both actors and their personalities so I really liked that they read their own book. Nick Offerman has the perfect reading voice and I would ideally fall asleep every night with him reading me bedtime stories. I feel like you got a deeper look into who they really are, as well as a ton of funny anecdotes. It was just real, relatable, and fun. There were several moments where I found myself chuckling out loud.

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)Alice by Christina Henry
5 stars {Library}

What a good fucking book!

I'm always hesitant about things that mess with my beloved Disney classics {looking at you Alice in Wonderland remake} but as it happens, I've thoroughly enjoyed them. This book was no different and Christina Henry does an amazing idea of telling the story of Alice in a new light.
When they found her all she would say was, "The Rabbit. The Rabbit. The Rabbit." Over and over.

After being locked in a mental hospital for 10 years, there's a terrible fire and Alice, with the assistance of Hatcher, occupant of the room next door, who she has only seen through a mouse hole, escapes into the night.

From here is a strange and dangerous journey as pieces of both her memory and Hatcher's start flooding back to them about who they used to be, how they ended up in the hospital, and the fight for their lives before them.

I REALLY enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to reading her other interpretations of Disney classics.

Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and You Too!Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and You Too! by Chelsea Handler
3 stars {Audiobook}

I've read every one of Chelsea's books and this rated high with me. I also liked that she was the narrator

In short, she's realized she's a spoiled, privileged, woman with some unresolved emotional issues, and her typical way, sets out to be more aware and less entitled.

I especially liked this one because I feel like a lot has changed since her last book (some I was upset about) but I also learned some things I'd never known before. She came off more real and relatable in this book.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
3 stars {Audiobook}

This was a cute story about a girl living with typical teenage girl problems: boys, sisters, friends, boys.

When her previously written love letters accidentally get mailed, her love life goes from zero to complicated. Add in some sisterly drama and you've got yourself a good YA read.

I enjoyed listening to this but felt it was longer than it needed to be - 70 chapters?? Just... how? Regardless, I liked it and plan t finish the series.

SpikySpiky by Ilaria Guarducci
3 stars {Amazon Firsts}

This is a cute illustrated kids book about an animal called Spiky. He prides himself on being bad to other forest creatures, until one day, he starts to lose his spikes.

Only then does Spiky realize how it feels to be teased and picked on.

Thanks to the help of Bernardo the Bunny, Spiky soon realizes that he can do new things without his spikes. But when they suddenly grow back, he has a decision to make.

The Clue in the Jewel Box (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #20)The Clue in the Jewel Box by Carolyn Keene
3 stars

Nancy must solve the mystery of the missing Prince... and pickpockets.

All Dressed in White (Under Suspicion, #3)All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark
3 stars

I listened to this during a recent road trip and although I told myself it was simply to pass the time {and reach my reading goal}, i found myself sucked into the story.

On the eve of her wedding, Amanda Pierce goes missing. Of course her fiance is the natural suspect, but 5 years later, Amanda's killer still roams free.

When her mother comes to Laurie Moran, and her television show Under Suspicion, as a last ditch effort to find her daughter's murderer, everyone involved in the wedding day signs on to go back to the scene of the crime, provide interviews, and try to shed light on Amanda's case.

In doing so, old wounds are opened, hidden secrets are uncovered, and an unknown witness provides missing pieces.

The Quest of the Missing Map (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #19)
3 stars {Library}

This one felt a bit stretched out. Nancy kept falling for the most obvious of traps and finding herself stuck in ridiculous situations - kidnapped, ambushed, trapped in an abandoned house, thrown overboard.... it just kept happening.

Currently reading: Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand

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