Recent Reads and My Spring Reading List

Books, Joys of Josie / Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

As you can see, I’ve given up all hopes of having proper socialization and have turned to the pages of my never-ending reading list for moral support, life distraction and pure entertainment.

Too much longer and I will be that weird girl at parties who stands in the corner wishing I could be reading the book I’m hiding inside my purse.

My husband recently told me he could tell I was in a “funk” and just wasn’t myself… which is not something I would ordinarilly hear from him. Men are rubbish when it comes to reading between the lines and picking up on little intuitive bits. So, how could he tell? Reading. I’ve done absolutely nothing with my free time but devour book after book.

When life gets tough and I am not feeling my reality, I escape it by diving into the lives of fictional characters. I def haven’t been feelin’ reality lately because I’ve been all BOOKS BOOKS and more BOOKS.

I shit you not, I had three books going at once: one on my Kindle, on on Audible and one actual paper book.

Here is a little run down on what I’ve been reading lately.

And if you would rather just see what is on my spring reading list, scroll to the bottom of the page for the list of those books.

Recent Reads

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three-year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates – Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material – and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.

Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.

Synopsis from Goodreads.

This should be absolutely no surprise to anyone that knows me, has followed me in Instagram or has read a few of these blogs: I am obsessed with Gilmore Girls.

Yes, I am 100% Gilmore Girl fangirl who collects random memorbillia, gets GG themed tattoos and even names their child after one of the main characters.

So you’re asking yourself why has it taken you this long to read Lauren Graham’s book (as in the actress who plays THE Lorelei Gilmore)?

Well friends, you see… I was scared. I was scared I would read this book and it would suck and then I would forever feel cheated and my relationship with Gilmore Girls would be forever changed.

Good news, it didn’t suck. Infact, it was actually delightful.

Lauren Graham’s writing remided me of several Jennifer Weiner novels I have read. When I think about Jennifer Weiner books, I think of a female protagonist and enjoyable (sometimes humorous) writing and Graham’s novel was definitely along the same lines.

In short, this book was well-written, funny and easy to get through. I think I finished in a couple days. This would make an excellent beach read or long-weekend read.

Would I reccomend? Yes.

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. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.Synopsis from Goodreads.

In the event of full-disclosure, I must reveal that I actually listened to this book on Audible as opposed to reading it… and it took me probably a year to listen to it.

The fact that it took me a year should embarass the crap out of me because this book was really good.

I think I downloaded it for my trip to Ireland last year and started to listen to it during the trip but somehow got distracted and ended up forgetting about it. I’d attempt to listen to it during car rides to see my parents but it seemed like every time I would turn it on, Rory would decided to strike up a gibberish conversation. And what kind of shit mom would I be if I didn’t respond and encourage the creativity and stories to flow.

Eventually, I started turning the book on in the car once Rory fell asleep. And soon enough, I was so addicted I would skip listening to music during my workouts for the juicy details of this novel.

The twists and turns in this novel kept me on the edge of my seat and I loved every second of it. Once I actually got the hang of not neglecting it, it was a very fast-paced novel.

Not to mention, listening to Imogen Church speak in her English accent was very much a joy.

Would I reccomend? Yes.

Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Synopsis from Goodreads.

Admittedly, I’m not one for romance reads. It seems the majority of all novels do tend to have at least some piece of romance or a love interest or at least a little bit of sex. It seems inevideble.

This book was all over Instagram for a bit and I thought well, lets give it a look-see. Occasionally, it’s good to mix things up a bit and y’know… indulge in a little paper lovin’.

I’ve considered reading KA Tucker several times and actually checked out Ten Tiny Breaths from the library but never actually made it to reading. Eventually, I think I will go back to it.

Even though, the classic cinderella story has been told in many ways, I still enjoyed this book. Romance novels tend to be the cheesiest type of writing but Tucker was able to keep the cheese level to a minimum, so that was nice.

Was it predictable? Somewhat, yes but it was still fun to read.

Would I recommend? Yes.

The Disreputable History of Fankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer and possibly a criminal mastermind. This is the story of how she got that way.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club. Her father’s “bunny rabbit.” A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Landau-Banks. No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. When she knows Matthew’s lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

Synopsis from Goodreads.

I picked up this book on a random trip to Barnes and Noble. It was in the Young Adult section, aka my guilty pleasure. The National Book Award Finalist sticker on the front caught my attention and the synopsis on the back of the book sucked me in.

Who doesn’t like a good Girls Rule, Boys Drool novel? This novel was written really well and was a fun read. It did start out kind of slowly and took a while to really get going but once it did, I didn’t want to put it down.

Would I recommend? Yes.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate for her kids: Nick, the brilliant scam artist; Emma, the gifted dancer and party girl; Dave, the B student who strives to meet his parents’ expectations; Calista, the hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own. Theirs is a world in which every action may become public: postable, shareable, indelible. With the rare talent that transforms teenage dramas into compelling and urgent fiction, Lindsey Lee Johnson makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with the sorrow, passion, and beauty of life in any time, and at any age.Synopsis from Goodreads.

How to describe this book: morally complicated. I LOVE MORALLY COMPLICATED BOOKS. Not sure what it is about books that dive into the uneasy worlds and realities of teenagers but I absolutely cannot get enough.

Johnson brings a variety of uncomfortable teenage realities to life in this book. I enjoyed reading this book and it immediately sucked me in. It was evident really early on that this book was going to carry some heavy undertones.

This book did give a book hangover where I spent much of the next day (after finishing) thinking about the story, it’s characters and how everything we do is not without consequences.

Would I recommend? Yes.

Spring Reading List

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah (How on Earth I picked up two novels with the same name… who knows?)

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Please leave any book recommendations in the comments and I will forever be grateful. I have no plans on jumping out of this anti-social reading binge anytime soon. Fire away.

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