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The Book Wrap Up : 2019 VOL I

Welcome back to another book wrap up! It is time to share some of the books I have read recently and my thoughts on them. If you're looking for something new to read, keep reading!

I know it has been a while since I last shared the books I have been reading, however I have also been reading less recently. The start of this year had a lack of motivation, and now I am just busy that it can be hard to read all the time. So I am going to cut back on the wrap ups, so that I can give you some other recommendations. I am also planning on doing some other book related posts, so stay tuned!


BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS : KIM SAVAGE

The parts of Mira Cillo that Ben touched are etched on his soul.

Palm. Hair. Chest. Cheek. Lips. Throat. Heart.

It was the last one that broke her. After her death, Mira sends Ben on a quest for notes she left in the seven places where they touched—notes that explain why she and her sister, Francesca, drowned themselves in the quarry.

I was really excited to read this book, but honestly I found it a bit fluffy and I just didn't connect with it. Francesca essentially believes that she was a saint and that's why she had to kill herself. It was like 13 Reasons Why but less good and a little bit more all over the place. Unfortunately, a bit of a bummer for me.

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THE SPITE GAME : ANNA SNOEKSTRA

*WARNING SOME SPOILERS BUT I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THE SPOILERS* Getting even is a long waiting game, but Ava is happy to wait. Mercilessly bullies in high school by the girls she so desperately wanted to call friends, Ava know she should move on. But she can’t. So she watches. Watching each of the girls in the new lives, waiting to destroy each and everyone of them.

The opening of this book hooked me hard. I don’t remember the last time a prologue hooked me this good. I needed to know what happened! It’s interesting reading how Ava watches each of the girls, but creepy - knowing how easy it is for her to watch them without them knowing. It is sad to hear all the things that happened to Ava growing up, so you can kind of understand why she wants revenge.

I have to admit I didn’t love the ending. It felt like it all happened a little too fast. It was jumbled between time periods in ways that were a little unclear. Mel’s death happened very fast and sudden, and while I knew something like that was coming, it still happened quite unexpectedly - I would’ve liked to have a little bit more about Mel.

Overall a good book though. Would definitely recommend.


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A GOOD IDEA : CRISTINA MORACHO

 Fin and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.

Then Betty disappears.

What follows is Fin returning to Maine to see if she can find Betty and discover what actually happened to her best friend. With claims against the 'boyfriend' that she can't prove, Betty goes a little crazy, pushing everyone away in her desire to discover what really happened to Fin. However, not everything is quite as it seems. Brilliantly written with twists and turns that will leave you guessing until the last page!


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I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU : GABY DUNN

Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely,
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We're still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
G


So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country.

A really lovely read and a book I would highly recommend for young adolescent teens for an exploration of what life can be like once school is over - the challenges that you can face when you go off on your own for the first time. I don't know that I loved the format of this book as much and I think in some ways it let the story down. Towards the end of the book something big happens between them, but it is hard to completely understand it as you have to wait to decipher it through the emails and texts. I think having interludes of actually story would help enhance this story even more. 


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NINE PERFECT STRANGERS : LIANE MORIARTY

Could ten days at a health resort really change your life?

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some to lose weight, others to reboot life, and some are there for their own personal reasons. Despite all the luxurious pampering and meditation, they know that these ten days will require some hard work. But do they know how hard the ten days will really get?

For some reason, I was really hesitant to pick this book up. I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty. Her books are fantastic and I’m yet to read one that I haven’t enjoyed. But I put off reading this one for so long. Anyway, I’ve clearly now picked it up and once I did, I couldn’t put it down. It was fabulous!!!

The book kicks off with the nine attendees on the way to the resort, giving you little insights into who the people are and why they are heading there. What is absolutely brilliant about Liane’s writing, is that she never gives it all away. You get a little fact here and there but if you want the whole story you have to keep reading.

As the story continues in the luxurious health resort, things start to go a little weird. The nine guests are thrown into an interesting challenge that tests all of them. But will it bring them a serious change? Well you’ll have to read it!

Overall I LOVED this book. I did find the challenge went a little weird and over the top at times (hence the four stars) but I couldn’t put it down. Gone was my reading funk - I had a new book to get me going!  


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CONFESS : COLLEEN HOOVER 

Auburn is determined to rebuild her shattered life. She has no more room for mistakes. When she walks into an art studio in Dallas, she has no intention of becoming deeply attracted to the artist - Owen Gentry. But he has a secret to hide.

Colleen Hoover is a mastermind. I’m yet to read something from her that I can’t put down and this one was no different. It is a simple, easy to read story following the typical romance structure of - fall in love, challenge that means they can’t be together (and this challenge is one you will want to punch in the face), big climax moment, end up together. However, it hooks you and you want to know what happens.

I did find the ending a bit rushed and I wanted a little bit more from it. However, I did love the last chapter, which bookended the first beautiful (you’ll have to read it to know what I mean).


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REMIND ME HOW THIS ENDS : GABRIELLE TOZER

It's the summer after high school ends and everyone is moving on. Winning scholarships. Heading to uni. Travelling the world. Everyone except Milo Dark.  Milo feels stuck. Stuck in Durnan. Stuck without direction. Stuck with no idea what he wants to do with his life. His girlfriend is 200km away, his mates have bailed for bigger things and he is convinced he's missed the memo reminding him to plan the rest of his life. Then Layla Montgomery barrels back into his world after five years without so much as a text message. What begins as innocent banter between Milo and Layla soon draws them into a tangled mess with a guarantee that someone will get hurt. While it's a summer they'll never forget, is it one they want to remember?

This was a super sweet book. With the challenges that many teenagers face when they finish school and have to decide what they are going to do for the rest of the life. With the added pressure from his parents to decide, and the pressure from his girlfriend for him to join her, he has no idea what to do. Layla is battling demons too, and trying to continue through the grieving process. When these two reconnect, they are forced to face the demons in their lives head on. A lovely story of boy-meets-girl. 
 


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MARRIAGE VACATION : PAULINE TURNER BROOKS

 In season four of Darren Star’s hit TV Land series Younger, the editors at Empirical Press are shocked and deeply moved when they read Marriage Vacation, an autobiographical novel by the publisher’s estranged wife, Pauline Turner Brooks. Knowing the book will cause a sensation, they decide they must publish it. Now you can read what the hype is about.

To find herself…she might lose everything.

By all appearances, Kate Carmichael had the perfect life: two adorable daughters, a pre-war town house on the Upper East Side, and a husband who ran one of the most successful publishing companies in New York. But when Kate attends the wedding of two of her oldest friends and reconnects with successful classmates from graduate school, she suddenly sees her life in a different light: the career she didn’t pursue, the dreams she’s locked away, the empty veneer of her privilege.

When the wedding weekend ends, instead of heading home to her husband and family, Kate gets on a plane and flies halfway around the world. She claims it’s just going to be for a week—two max—so she can clear her head, make headway with her writing, and shake free of the feeling that time is passing her by. What goes from one week, turns into a month, and then another, until she's not sure if there is a space for her left at home.

The latest 'Eat, Pray, Love' book - women goes on a journey to discover herself and find out what is most important to her. It is a lovely story of self-development. Kate goes on a journey that takes her to Thailand, where she will meet people she never expected to meet and take on challenges that she would never have expected. It was a lovely, easy read that I would recommend to anyone wanting to carry on the Younger obsession.  



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What books have you read recently? I'd love to hear your recommendations. I am on the hunt for some new books to read!




 

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