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Recent Reads: April

The theme of this month was "Spring Reading", so I stuck to light, fun reads. Reading is now my favorite pre-bedtime activity, and I look forward to curling up under the covers with a good book each night! 

The One and Only 
by Emily Giffin

This book is well written and entertaining, but the plot just made my stomach twist a little. The relationships between certain characters was slightly unsettling, but if you are a fan of Emily Giffin, I'd give it a read. One thing I love is the book is centered around a small town in Texas and their love for college football. The town itself is made up, but they reference the big game against the Aggies (my alma mater) and playing the Longhorns on Thanksgiving. At the time this book was written, the Aggies and Longhorns played every year on Thanksgiving Day, so I decided the made up town represented Texas A&M. That made the book even more exciting for me. Because it wasn't my favorite plot, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

The Undomestic Goddess 
by Sophia Kinsella

This was my first book to read by Sophia Kinsella but I really enjoyed her writing style. You realize pretty quickly that she is a British author with certain words and phrases written throughout the book. She used "er" quite a bit in place of what Americans would say as "uhh" or "umm". It was a great light read with a cool twist at the end that I didn't see coming. The story is a great reminder to stop and smell the roses in life, and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? [And Other Concerns] 
by Mindy Kaling

I find Mindy Kaling really funny (her Superbowl commercial where she thought she was invisible had me laughing out loud), so I was excited to read her book. Her book was equally as funny, but it was a bit random at times. I love a story, and this book more closely resembles a collection of thoughts. There were several times where I kind of just wanted to finish so I could read something else, but the book was well written and her comedic personality shines through. If you are into comedy and like random thoughts and anecdotes, you will love it. Since that's not my favorite style, I give it 2 out of 5 stars. 

I have been enjoying all of these fun, easy reads but am excited to dive into a few suspenseful novels next. It's time to mix it up!
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Jen @ South in the City said...

I think I've shared that I'm an Emily Giffin fan too, but that was definitely my least favorite of hers!! You shoul read Jane Green's Tempting Fate next....sooooo good!!! Love all the reviews, thanks! Xoxo Jen

Amy said...

i've been interested to read the emily giffin book. i have it (from a box i got haha) and just haven't delved in yet...interesting.

denise said...

I was also not a fan of The One and Only. I actually found it very hard to finish. I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan (but not the shopaholic books). I liked Undomestic Godess but really loves Twenties Girl. You should check it out for another fun read but with a hidden message!!

Valerie Cox said...

I haven't read The One and Only, but I love Sophie Kinsella. I read the Shopaholic books first and loved them, but I was skeptic to try her other books. They are so funny though, and I'm glad I read them. I stayed up until 4 in the morning to finish the Undomestic Goddess...easily one of my favorite books!

Unknown said...

Normally I love Emily Giffin's books, but I had trouble finishing The One & Only... there were a couple of plotlines were just painful to read.

Jen said...

I love emily giffin!

The Jessa Olson Blog said...

I love The One and Only. I thought t was a really good book. I haven't read the others but Mindy Kaling is on my wish list for books.

Stephanie said...

I've been wanting to read the Mindy Kaling book because everyone just raves over it. If you are wanting to read a suspenseful but very engaging series, you should check out the Heat series by Richard Castle (which is actually a fictional author from the ABC show Castle).

Carly said...

I haven't read The Undomestic Goddess, but the Shopaholic books are so fun & light reads too! I'm with you on The One & Only being good, but not really loving the plot because of the whole relationship situation going on.

Katie at Better Off Benedict said...

Hi, stopping by from the link up. I hated the plot of The One and Only too. It made me sooo uncomfortable. But I loved all of the football :) Sophie Kinsella is probably my very favorite author. Have you read Liane Moriarty? She is amazing too.

Unknown said...

I totally agree with your thoughts on The One and Only! Something about it just didn't sit right with me. Looking forward to reading your Sophie Kinsella sounds like we have a similar taste in books! :) you might also like John Green (my favourite!) and Liane Moriarty (just read my first of hers, but I've heard great things!)


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