Show us your books - June/July Reads

I had a long day today (its Monday night as I write this) but I needed to draft this post before lights out. I've been meaning to join this link up for some time now and just always miss the date - clearly I'm not the most organised blogger these days. But I love books and reading and I wasn't about to miss another one. Joining Steph and Jana for "Show us your books".


Now these aren't all the books I've read in June and thus far in July. Far from it actually - remember the literary ladies summer reading challenge? Well I've read all but one book from my list (and changed a couple of my choices - but thats a post for another day) so I've definitely read a lot in the last few weeks and since I don't want to spill it all just ye, I just chose some books that I've read that stood out good or bad. Here goes!

I sometimes always walk into Book Stores just because. So a couple weekends ago I went shopping for work clothes at the mall and walked into a book store and saw this. I've read both The Husbands Secret and Big Little Lies so I though why not. I'm glad I did. I'm not sure what I would do if I forgot years of my life or didn't remember those people close to me - but I thought she did a good job of portraying the concept. Its gotten mixed reviews but I'd give this one a thumbs up and 4/5 stars. I recommend.

I get the hype, I really do. I get it ... I just don't get it. If that makes sense. I have to sink into a book and while it was good ... there was no sinking. P.S. I feel genuinely bad for not loving it - I didn't dislike it - I liked it - I just was waiting for the feeling of love that everyone seems to have :( 

Here's a little secret - I'm a sucker for a celeb tell all. I've said it before but I read everything. And celeb tell-alls (not just comedians) are a guilty pleasure. Ive probably read every book a Real Housewife has ever written so why not read one by Holly - after all, I used to watch Girls Next Door all the time. Anyway this was a good read if you're looking for a bird's eye view into the Playboy Mansion. I also read Kendra's book some years ago. Both interesting. Was it mind blowing? No ... but it was ok.

Who doesn't love a good comedian read. Another guilty pleasure when I want an easy read. I've been wanting to read this for a while now. I actually had it sitting in my Kindle books for some time. I put it down for the summer challenge and finally read it. Worth the wait. I recommend.

I really really enjoyed this book. I don't want to say too much because I'd actually like to review this all on its own at some point. I mean, some books take you into them and envelop you. I love Jodi's style. Its not for everyone. But I loved it!!

Shameless plug with this one. I haven't finished it yet. But so far so good - its the book club book of the month and we review it on August 4th (and you should too)! :D

Yay for books! - I couldn't live without them.

Have a great Tuesday!!!

38 comments:

  1. I've never read a Jodi Picoult book. Guess what. I have Nineteen Minutes sitting on my floor at home checked out from the library waiting to be read! I figured I need to read one of hers since she is so hugely popular. More than one of the Picoult faithful recommended that one to me.

    I've been wanting to read the Silverman book for awhile as well. Need to get to that.

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  2. the martian???? NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! my fav book of this year so far!

    i could not get into station eleven....i ended up returning it after trying to get through a few chapters :(

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  3. The only Jodi Picoult book I've read is The Other Sister and from my skimming of a few of her other books, they all seemed to be very similar plots with different characters and I really struggle with authors that stick to their one successful formula (I'm pretty bitter about Nick Sparks).
    What Alice Forgot is on my list for one of my book challenges and I wish I had more hours in the day to read more!

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  4. What Alice Forgot is my favorite Moriarty book, I especially like the way she ended it.

    I haven't picked up The Martian despite all the great reviews, it just doesn't seem like a book I'd like to read.

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  5. So many books!!! I was wondering about Holly Madison's book - those are never mind blowing like you said, but entertaining for sure! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. I've been having my own relationship (mini-obsession) with Liane Moriarty and I've read 5 of her novels in the last 2 months. I just finished What Alice Forgot and it made me wonder if I went back 10 years if I would even recognize myself. I was skinny, in college and stressed out every day. The relationships were ... Let's not talk about the relationships. I loved this book. This is the link
    To my review http://runwright.net/2015/07/08/weekly-reads-wednesday-the-ebook-version/

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    1. hahah if I went back 10 years gosh I wouldn't even know myself!

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  7. I was one of those people that absolutely loved The Martian. I was really surprised too because it's not my usual type of book. I STILL haven't read any Lianne Moriarty books even though everyone seems so crazy about them. I'm sure I will get there eventually. I found Nineteen Minutes at a book sale for .25 cents! I haven't read it yet but I'm excited because I've never read any Picoult books either

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  8. I want to read What Alice Forgot! I like having some easy, entertaining reads too!

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  9. Did Holly or Kendra divulge any info? Probably not.

    I am usually a Picoult fan. That was a good one.

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  10. Really wanting to read What Alice Forgot! And I'm a sucker for a celeb tell-all too, so I've been wondering if Holly's book is worth the read.

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  11. I've read every Picoult book, some are better than others. I liked Nineteen Minutes. I LOVED The Martian but understand why it wouldn't be for everyone.
    I was once on a flight with Sarah Silverman from NH to NY. I actually didn't know it was her until I got off.

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  12. Nineteen Minutes is one of my favorite Jodi Picoult books (and I've read them all). I also enjoyed Saint Anything and What Alice Forgot. I'm sad you didn't love The Martian but I can understand why.

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  13. Loved Nineteen Minutes! What Alice Forgot is my favorite Moriarty book so far (I've read The Husband's Secret and Three Wishes too). The Martian is on my list for the summer reading challenge but I kind of have a feeling it'll be hard to get through. I think I'm saving it for last so I know how much time I have to read it exactly.

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  14. Hurry up and finish Saint Anything so we can talk about it!!! I LOVED it. Nineteen Minutes is on my radar. I seriously get overwhelmed with all the books I want to read. Books = Love.

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  15. I think I heard about What Alice Forgot a while back- thanks for reminding me!
    I used to watch The Girls Next Door too, I don't love all celebrities but I would be interested in reading hers.

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  16. What Alice Forgot has been on my list FOREVER. I kind of wanted to read Holly's book but didn't want to spend the money so you made me feel good about that :) And I am a huge Sarah Dessen fan so I can't wait to start Saint Anything.

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  17. I think I might do the Martian on Audiobook, to ease the way of all the math and science. I would totally read Holly's book though I did hear it was a lot of sour grapes.

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  18. I have heard Holly's book was a bit outlandish so I'm not sure I will read that. But girl, you have me hooked on the "What Alice Forgot" book. I am definitely interested in this and gotta pick it up as soon as I can. Thanks for these recommendations Kay :).

    Kia / The House of KTS
    www.houseofkts.com

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    1. No problem, glad I could give some good recommendations!

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  19. I'm in the camp of LOVING The Martian. For me, it was the main character's sass plus all the geeky science stuff.

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  20. We have already talked about The Martian so I will save my sads from my comment. Haha! I have What Alice Forgot on my list to read, I really need to get around to it. I think I will add Nineteen Minutes to my list, haven't read any of hers yet. I finished Saint Anything while I was at the beach and I loved it!

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  21. i am so sad you didn't love the martian!! i really think the audiobook is what made me love it. that being said, i know how it feels when you don't love a book that everyone else loves - don't second guess yourself lol (i would, i'd be like well maybe i did like it? haha).

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  22. What Alice Forgot has been on my list forever. I need to read it already! I read The Martian last month too. I'm about to start Holly's book tonight! I love celeb biographies too and she was my favorite on the show. :)

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  23. My husband loved The Martian, but it’s likely the nerdy side of him. I loved The Rosie Project and Eight Hundred Grapes!

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  24. What Alice Forgot is on my holds list...CANNOT WAIT. Also I added Holly's book because I saw you were reading it on GoodReads! LOL! I love those celebrity tell alls... guilty pleasure. The Martian was a huge hit for me but I am a HUGE NERD. So you know.

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  25. I read What Alice Forgot and really liked it. I'd like to read some more of her books too-I hear they're fantastic!

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  26. I loved The Husband's Secret. I haven't picked up any other of Moriarty's books yet but she's on my list.

    A TON of people have read The Martian this month, I just requested the audio book from my library so I can check it out.

    I'm a sucker for celeb books too!

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  27. Dudette, I love that you read tell all books and I'd love a glimpse into the Playboy mansion. I'm definitely adding that one to my list. The Martian does not sound intriguing at all, but people everywhere are loving it so I'm interested. What Alice Forgot sounds like such a sad story, I'd need to be in the right place to read it.

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  28. Already failing the book challenge over here. Lol.
    I'm reading A feast for Crows and Ross Poldark and I know those don't count. Especially as I read them at bed time and I'm not sure I read past a page a day - I'm that tired at the end of a day.
    You are my hero, getting through all these books with your busy life. I used to be like that once. Lol.
    Will catch up. I promise.

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  29. Jodi Picoult is my favorite author - can't wait to read that one! And What Alice Forgot is next up on my list!

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  30. I hope you loved Nineteen Minutes. I mean, it's hard to love. But it's an amazing book by an incredible author. Most of the rest of these are coming up on my list too, it's just a matter of picking which I'm going to read next!

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  31. I just finished Saint Anything, I really enjoyed it. Now, I'm reading Sea of Tranquility. You ladies inspire me to read more, I'm trying but it's hard when you work two jobs. Every few second I have, I try to read a bit.

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  32. Nineteen Minutes is one of my favorite books. I just love it. If I didn't have SO many books to read, I'd re-read it. What Alice Forgot is next on my list. It will be my first Liane Moriarty book. I haven't yet read The Martian. I'm just not that interested in it even though it seems like everyone loves it.

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  33. I really liked What Alice Forgot and 19 Minutes too. I'll need to check out the Sarah Dessen. I've liked her books in the past.

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  34. I'm always late to this link-up. Always. I'm just thankful I have a few days to get my post in! I'm glad you were able to write this in time to join in this month!

    I just read Big Little Lies (it's actually one of my picks for the Literary Ladies challenge!), and I loved it! The Husband's Secret was already on my "To Read" list, but I'm planning to add What Alice Forgot as well.

    The Martian is on my "To Read" list as well. I think I'll probably love it, but it's interesting to see a review that isn't gushing. I'm glad you still enjoyed it, though.

    I'm pretty sure I added Nineteen Minutes to my list after commenting on your Literary Ladies post, but I could be wrong. (If not, it's going on the list now!) Either way, I enjoyed The Pact and look forward to reading more of Jodi Picoult's work.

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