Book Review

Review: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Recently, I saw on Instagram that Reese Witherspoon does a book club where she recommends one book a month to read. After looking back at some of her previous picks (One Day in December, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and Little Fires Everywhere are among them), I decided to start following her suggestions. The Proposal is the January 2019 pick, and I couldn’t be happier to start my book club experience with a self described romantic comedy book. While The Proposal is nothing groundbreaking, it is a fun and light read with a strong female lead.

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wendesday is a weekly prompt hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The rules are simple: every Wednesday you post about the three W’s.

What are the three W’s?

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads. I’m gonna modify this one for me – I’m going to make a list of books with less than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads. I really love this category – I have plenty of books that I’ve loved that I’m just shocked haven’t caught more people’s eyes. There’s something super satisfying finding a hidden gem and getting to recommend it to all of your friends.

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Book Review

Poets, Artists, Lovers by Mira Tudor

I received a copy of this book for review from the author.

Official Summary from Goodreads

“PAL is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romance, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians.

Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things.” – From Goodreads

Review

Before the author reached out to me, I had never heard of this book. As someone whose background is distinctly non-artistic, I was excited for the change of pace that this book would give me. Disappointingly, this was far from the escape from my daily life I had hoped it would be. Between clunky dialog, an overcrowded (and generally unpleasant) cast of characters, a boring plot, and poor writing, I really had to push myself to even finish this book.

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Book Review

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is by far one of my favor authors. The basic concepts of her Anna and the French Kiss series are nothing unique – it’s her execution of these premises that sets her apart. Her books have intricate characters, tangible chemistry, and an atmospheric vibe that is matched by few. Needless to say, I was beyond excited to read her latest book, There’s Someone Inside Your House. Sadly, it fell a bit short of my expectations.

There’s Someone Inside Your House takes place in a rural town in Nebraska where someone is picking off high school students one by one. Each murder is more gruesome than the last and there is no discernible pattern between the victims – anyone could be next. New to town, Makani mostly keeps her head down, and wants desperately to keep her sordid past a secret. With the growing terror and her growing feelings for Ollie (the resident bad boy and suspect in the murders), it’s only a matter of time before her past catches up with her.

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