Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What I've Read Recently..and what's next


(Click on the titles to read the Synopsis on Goodreads!)

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I received this book through Blogging For Books and really had high hopes about it.  I ended up being a bit disappointed with it.  The fashion tips were actually really great but the outfit photos they put together were a little bit "much" in my opinion.  You can read my full review HERE

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This is considered a "young adult" novel so it has very short chapters and is an easy read.  I really loved the main character, Lara Jean.  I could definitely relate a lot to her, being kind of awkward about love in my teenage years too.  It was filled with some funny moments and it kind of read like something you would see in a movie.  I really enjoyed this one.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
If you've seen or heard about the movie Gone Girl then you know this author loves to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.  I had a hard time putting this one down.  You always want need to know what's going to happen next. A lot of the characters have this very unlikable quality about them but you somehow still end up rooting for the main character Libby.


I just started this one so I can't give a review yet but it is basically about a man that gets stranded on Mars after his mission goes wrong.  They are going to be releasing the movie (starring Matt Damon) in November this year, so I wanted to read it before I see the movie.


Here's what you need to know about my "to read" list above..  I go to my local library a lot to trade in books that I read and didn't care for, and also to look at the section of books on sale.  They sell books between ten cents to fifty cents, so I stock up.  There are a ton of newly released books that I would love to read but I can't always afford to buy the newer ones.  So I'm sorry if you are looking here for the newest book releases because unfortunately I don't usually get them.  Sorry!!  BUT I do list new ones on my Goodreads that I want to read and I try to keep an eye out for them at the library or if I have a little extra money to pick out a new one.

(Synopses courtesy of Goodreads)

Hush by Kate White
When Lake Warren learns that her husband, Jack, is suing for full custody of their two kids four months after their separation, she's pretty certain that things can't get any worse. The upside is that she's working with the Advanced Fertility Center as a marketing consultant, alongside the attractive, flirtatious Dr. Keaton. But the morning after their one-night stand, Lake finds Keaton with his throat slashed and discovers that things can indeed become worse—they can become deadly.

So as not to jeopardize her case for custody, Lake is forced to lie to the police. Having just been intimate with a man who has been murdered, and wanting to protect herself from being charged with the crime, she begins her own search for the truth. Meanwhile, the police start looking at her closely, people at the clinic start treating her with hostility, and strange clues begin dropping—quite literally—on her doorstep, and Lake realizes that she is dangerously close to dark secrets, both about Keaton and the clinic. But can Lake stop what she's started before it's too late?

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
One of the nation’s most beloved and successful writers of women’s fiction, Jennifer Weiner has become a literary phenomenon with millions of copies of her books in print. Her latest work, Best Friends Forever will delight fans and critics alike, following the ups and downs of a long-time friendship between two young girls who grow up to be two very different women. Addie Downs and Valerie Adler were eight when they first met and decided to be best friends forever. But, in the wake of tragedy and betrayal during their teenage years, everything changed. Val went on to fame and fortune. Addie stayed behind in their small Midwestern town. Destiny, however, had more in store for these two. And when, twenty-five years later, Val shows up at Addie’s front door with blood on her coat and terror on her face, it is the beginning of a wild adventure for two women joined by love and history who find strength together that they could not find alone

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want--husband, country home, successful career--but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

Have you read any of these books??  Do you have any book suggestions for me?

Also, you can find my last book post HERE

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42 comments:

  1. You've been busy, girlfriend! I'm dying to make some time to read as soon as basketball season is over!

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  2. I read HUSH and LOVED it!!!!!

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  3. I really enjoyed the Jenny Han book a lot. There is supposed to be a sequel coming out sometime this year but she didn't release a date yet.


    I love finding hidden gems in the library! You can't beat a book for 10 cents!!

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  4. The Jenny Han book is really great if you are looking for an easy read, and the Gillian Flynn one is great if you love a good mystery/thriller.

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  5. haha yayy for us library girls!! lol! You can't beat a book for only 10 cents! I had no idea about Lauren Conrad selecting that book. I'm definitely going to check that out. Thank you so much for letting me know!

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  6. I can't wait to see the Dark Places movie later this year. Charlize Theron is going to be the main character and I think she'll be perfect for the part.

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  7. Oh good!! I'm so happy to hear that! I found it at the library and it sounded really good so I picked it up. I hadn't heard anyone else talking about it so I wasn't sure.

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  8. haha it's definitely a gift. Have you ever read Sharp Objects?? That might be the next one of hers that I'm going to try to track down

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  9. I used to read all the time and I definitely got out of the habit of it. I'm trying to make more time for it now. I try to read a little bit each night before bed to help get my eyes tired. It definitely makes for interesting dreams sometimes though. haha

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  10. adding the Jenny Han book - I haven't read Dark Places yet but its on the list. I seriously LOVED The Martian, like blew my mind. It might have been because my expectations were ridiculously absurdly low, but my husband enjoyed it too. Hope you like it!!

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  11. I read Dark Places last month as well and didn't like it as much as her other two :( the twist was good but I couldn't get into it and didn't like the characters... Hush sounds like a good book, I'll have to add that to my list. :) Thanks!

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  12. Dark Places is on my list to read, but now I need to add Hush, that sounds really good. I loved Eat, Pray, Love and thought the Pray part would make me not like it but it was really good.

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  13. I'm so glad to hear that The Martian was really good! I didn't go into it with super high hopes with but I already really love the character.

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  14. Finding a skinnier meFebruary 10, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Dark Places looks like a good read.

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  15. Yeah, the characters in Dark were very unlikable. I think Charlize Theron will do a great job with the character in the movie this year because she kind of has that quality about her as well. lol! Gone Girl definitely seemed to move a lot faster than Dark Places did. I've never read Sharp Objects...you liked that one too? I have it on my "to read" list but never heard anyone talk about it yet

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  16. Yeah, I found Hush at my local library on sale for 10 cents! The synopsis definitely pulled me in so I hope it's as good as it sounds. I wasn't sure about the Pray part of the book either, so hopefully I will be able to make it through that part

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  17. It definitely keeps you intrigued and guessing. I don't think it was quite as fast paced as Gone Girl but I still enjoyed it

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  18. I didn't even know there was a movie coming out until today haha not sure where I've been... ;) I actually liked Sharp Objects the most of all three. The characters are still unlike able but I think I just liked the story itself better. I couldn't put it down!

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  19. I had Dark Places in my post today, too. I can't wait to see what Gillian Flynn does next!


    I'm sure I've read Best Friends Forever because I usually read everything by Jennifer Weiner but the synopsis isn't ringing a bell. I'll have to figure that out. Hush sounds really good - might have to add that to my list!

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  20. Dark Places is on my list as well, I really need to get to that one! I'm currently re-reading Half Bad since the sequel is about to be released.

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  21. I don't think I've heard of that one actually... Dark Place doesn't have a movie release date yet but it's supposed to be in 2015, so you should have time to get to it before the movie. ;-)

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  22. I thought Hush sounded really good too. I can't wait to start that one after The Martian. Have you ever read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn?? I have that one on my "to read" list too but I haven't heard any reviews on it yet.

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  23. Yes, I loved Sharp Objects as well! Another majorly messed up main character trying to solve a mystery that hits close to home, but it's still different from Dark Places. I highly recommend it!

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  24. I loved Dark Places!!! And I read Best Friends Forever a few years ago and I remember liking it but not loving it as much as her other books. I'm going to have to recommend The Martian to my husband. That's totally his kind of book.

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  25. I really loved To All The Boys... I can't wait for the next book to come out later this year. Gillian Flynn's books are all so dark and twisted, but I love them! I keep hearing about The Martian so I definitely have to add it to my list! I've also wanted to read Best Friends Forever for a long time.

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  26. I've had The Martian recommended by several people that know my book-reading tastes. So, I'm looking forward to that one.

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  27. Eat Pray Love is pretty good. I got sick of it by Love, but Eat and Pray were good. I finding new book recs. thanks!

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  28. I'm worried about making it through the "pray" section actually. lol! I hope it will be as good as everyone says it is!

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  29. So far I'm really liking their main character. He's got a dry sarcastic sense of humor and I love it

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  30. Me too! I am really looking forward to the next one. I've been waiting to hear the release date! lol. The main character in The Martian has such a dry sarcastic sense of humor and I love it. I was hoping to get them all read by the end of the month but I'm not sure if that's going to happen. These migraines have been making it hard. We'll see, I guess!

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  31. You're very welcome! Let me know what your favorites are so I can add them to my list too!

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  32. To All The Boys I've Loved Before is on my list!! I saw it over at laurenconrad.com for the book club and it sounds like something I would like. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I've watched Eat Pray Love about a million times, but never read the book and I feel a little horrible about that ha!

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  33. Oh I thought it was so good! I had no idea that it was on Lauren's list until another blogger told me! How cool! I can't wait to see/read the interview with the author. I'm so excited. I can't wait for the sequel

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  34. I haven't read any of these but they sound interesting! I've heard mixed things about Dark Places. I'm glad to hear you like it!

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  35. It did seem to take a while to get moving, but I still enjoyed it

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  36. I can't wait to read your review of The Martian because I've heard so many great things about it and the premise sounds creepy and awesome!
    ~Sara

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  37. So far I'm really enjoying it! The main character has really dry sarcastic humor and I love it.

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  38. I've read Dark Places as well, because I loved Gone Girl. Now I think I will try reading her other novel Sharp Objects. Even though her books are really dark they are such page turners! Right now I'm reading a book called Wave, it's a memoir and it's a really good book so far!

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  39. I'm reading Jenny Han right now, so I'm happy to hear it was a good read! You're the second person to mention The Martian so it's on my list!

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  40. I definitely added Sharp Objects to my "to read" list too. I enjoyed the other too, even though they are really dark like you said. I will have to check out Wave, thanks!!

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  41. I really enjoyed it, I hope you do too! The Martian is really good so far, he has a great dry sarcastic humor that I love.

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