I have been a huge bookworm recently. I listen to books while exercising, doing chores, and running errands and it makes me so happy. Here are the books I’ve been listening to lately.
I’ve always loved reading, but recently I’ve been flying through books thanks to listening to some really fun audiobooks. Here is what I’m reading lately:
What I’ve Been Reading
- This was such a fun series about the American royal family, as if the United States had a king instead of an elected president. It shifts each chapter from the perspective of the king’s two daughters, the prince’s girlfriend, and one of the princess’s best friends. It has fun banter, drama, and some unexpected twists.
- This one moved a little bit slow for me, but it was cute overall. The main character is a 20 something girl whose parents got divorced and her dad and his new girlfriend (who she hates) are selling the beloved family home. She decides to sneak into the house during the farewell party (which she wasn’t invited to) and ends up overhearing and finding more than she bargained for.
- This was my favorite read so far, about a girl who, after fourteen years of distance, goes back to her childhood summer home and connects with the boy she loved. There’s a secret that made her leave and never come back, but it takes the whole book to discover what it was and why it kept her away. Fair warning, it does have a few sexy parts, so if that offends you I’d probably skip it. But it was such a sweet story and I just couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters. The story was long but I didn’t want it to end, it was just so good.
- I really liked this one. The main character is a female firefighter living in Austin, Texas, and at the top of her game. She’s made for emergencies and helping people, until her semi-estranged and ailing mother asks her to move to Boston to help her and suddenly life is turned completely upside down. I loved the strong female character who is constantly divided between being the strong female firefighter, a frustrated daughter, and a surprisingly hopeless romantic. The story moved really quickly and the character dialogue was fantastic…I found myself smiling and laughing out loud and gasping my way through it!
- I think I read this like fifteen years ago, but couldn’t remember it. Honestly, I didn’t like this book. I finished it, but I hate lies and affairs, and this book was filled with them. It just rubbed me the wrong way and I couldn’t root for the main girl when she was making so many bad decisions.
- This book caught me off guard when it fully revolved around Texas football — sports fiction is definitely not my first pick. But it ended up being a really sweet story about a girl who has grown up in a small college town, with a great football program. Her best friend’s dad is the beloved and longtime college football coach, and she spends the story battling her desire for following her dreams and staying in this small college town to be with the ones she loves.
- I loved this book about a hot shot career woman, living in NYC, who seems to be living the ideal glam life until her 18 year old biological daughter, who she gave up for adoption after a very secretive teen pregnancy, comes knocking at her door. It was really eye opening to read from the perspective of the adopted daughter, who is struggling with feelings of abandonment, curiosity, resentment, and hope as she meets her biological mom and together they figure out how to fit back into each other’s lives.
- This one had a very You’ve Got Mail kind of feel. It follows the story of a girl who works in a children’s toy shop and is filling unfulfilled with her life, and a boy who’s the host and creator of a popular Mr. Roger-esque children’s TV puppet show that gives life advice to children. He has his dream job, but is also feeling like something is missing, and he’s lonely. She’s secretly in love with this cute TV host and secretly watches every episode of his show. When she can’t figure out what to do with her life, she musters up the courage to email him and ask for life advice. It was charming and sweet and such a fun story.
- Laura (one of my team girls at Merrick’s Art) recommended this one and I sped through it. It’s a mystery thriller about a man who disappears, and all that’s left is a big bag of money for his 16 year old daughter and a note for his new wife telling her to protect his daughter. The wife and step-daughter, who don’t particularly get along, have to work together to figure out why their dad and husband disappeared, who he really was, where he went, and who they need protection from.
- After I read the To All The Boys I Loved Before series, I gave this new series a try. Honestly, I didn’t love this book. It’s about Isabelle (Belly) and her summers she spent at the lake with her mom, her mom’s best friend, Suzanna, and Suzanna’s two boys. There’s a love triangle with Belly and the two boys, lots of typical teen drama, and family heartache and problems, but the story kind of dragged for me with a pretty flat plot.
- I had high hopes for this book after it was recommended, but honestly didn’t love it much either. The main character’s mom has just died at the beginning of the book, right before their planned trip to Italy. Suddenly feeling completely lost in life after the death of her mom, she leaves her husband to go on this trip by herself. The time warp was a weird and unexpected twist, and I didn’t ever feel connected with the main character.
- I’d read this book before, but probably not since it came out in 2014. It’s available on audiobook on Scribd, so I breezed through it in a day. Laura Jean is a typical teen girl with boy crushes, and after she’s over a crush, she writes them a letter professing her love for them, and then stores it away, never to actually be sent or read. When her little sister discovers the box of love letters, she sends them out to the boys and suddenly Laura Jean’s love life, which has been non-existent up to this point, is out of control. Honestly, I prefer a love story where the characters are closer to my age, but the story is so well written and very sweet.
- This is book two of To All The Boys I Loved Before, and I didn’t like it as much as #1, but there’s a fun love triangle that keeps you on your toes. Now it’s time to read book #3!
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