Great Reads from May 2017

Today, I’m sharing the 4-star and 5-star books I reviewed over the last month over on Opinionated Book Lover. I actually kept up with my blog this month, and I read a lot of great books, so my list is pretty long this month. Click on the book title to read my full review.

Tumbling by Caela Carter

Five gymnasts. One goal. By the end of the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, some of these girls will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever.

This book was wonderful. Great characters. So many emotions. Some intense gymnastic moments. I honestly didn’t know how it would end.

4 Stars

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant. But as the week wears on, Lo witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. 

The suspense in this book was so well done. I didn’t know what to believe. And strangely I really wanted to be on a cruise. Haha.

4 Stars

The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet by Natasha Farrant

A fresh, funny, and spirited reimagining of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet brings the voice of the wildest Bennet sister alive and center stage like never before.

I thought I knew everything about Lydia from Pride and Prejudice, but this book really brings her character to life. I found myself actually routing for her. It was pretty amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

4 Stars

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

This book is adorable. It’s an unbelievable but 100% fun-to-read contemporary YA romance. I loved it.

4 Stars

The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away.

This memoir is so phenomenal. Kim is so honest and so brave, and I truly enjoyed reading her story. I also interviewed her along with my review.

4 Stars

Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

This book weaves together multiple stories. It’s about all different kinds of love. It reminded me of Love, Actually, and I blew through it.

4 Stars

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

On a rainy New Year’s Day, Elsie Porter heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped. Only nine days later, Ben is…killed on impact. 

Like all of TJR’s books, this one is emotional and wonderful, although sadder than I was expecting.

4 Stars

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls.

Part memoir, part advice column, and part essay collection, this book is fun and funny. I enjoyed it tremendously.

4 Stars

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

So nerdy! I loved this book. It’s like an epic Dungeons & Dragons quest.

5 Stars

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. 

This book really helped me understand the fundamental differences between Liberals and Conservatives. It’s something I’ve been struggling with since the Presidential election in November. I highly recommend it.

5 Stars

What great books have you been reading lately?

Today’s post will be linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit series.

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  1. Tumbling! I've heard good things about that book, but I think the cover makes me always forget about it. I'm definitely going to try to remember to get it now!

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