Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Summer Book Review {2017}

Happy Tuesday, all! 

It seems that I've slacked quite a bit on my reading goals over the summer. I read 50% fewer books that I usually do in a month...but was a magical, exciting and busy summer, so I'm 100% okay with that.

I have some really good ones to recommend in this (very lengthy) post though, so sit tight!

First off, I'm aware that this is more of a "young adult" novel, but I was intrigued after seeing the trailers for the upcoming movie. This book was great! Not only was it a super quick and easy to read book, it was also very good! It has a story line that I've never read about before, and kept me interested the entire time.

Everything Everything is about a young girl who lives a life of quarantine and exclusion because of her severe health issues developed as a child. Once a new family moves in next door, Maddy finds it increasingly difficult to not wonder what lies behind her bedroom walls. Finding friends in the right places, help Maddy see that life might not be so dangerous after all.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5

I'll preface this recommendation with the fact that I am not an over-the-top football fan, nor do I have any allegiance to Ohio State or Urban Meyer. Above the Line was a book that my boss required our leadership team at school to read before we came back for the summer. I was surprisingly impressed by the leadership lessons that Urban Meyer teaches in his book. After reading it, I truly felt compelled to become a stronger, and more effective leader in my school and in life.

Above the Line discusses the handwork and determination of Urban Meyer, and how he lead the Ohio State football team to a championship in 2014. He discusses some very interesting leadership qualities that one must live by, in order to be successful in their own endeavors. These lessons apply to every aspect of your life, not just on a football field. Through reading this book, I gained respect for Meyer, even though opinions about him aren't the greatest. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and suggest you grab it if you're looking to improve the leadership in your own life.

I give this book a 3 out of 5

Colleen Hoover does it again. If I haven't deemed her my favorite author yet, I'm yelling it from the rooftops now. I have now read 5 of her books (currently reading a 6th), and not one of them has disappointed me. I had heard mixed reviews of November 9, but holy cow! Do not believe anyone who says it's anything less than WONDERFUL. 

November 9 is about Fallon and Ben and their commitment made to each other. After a chance meeting, Ben and Fallon commit to seeing each other on November 9th every year for 5 years. They cannot speak to each other any other day of the year except for November 9th. Their ever-growing attraction for each other might not be as unplanned as Fallon originally thinks. What did Ben do that keeps him so intrigued be Fallon?

I gave this book a 5 out of 5

I've had my eye on this novel for a few months now! A friend mentioned having read it, so I picked up a copy and did the same. I really liked how this book keeps you guessing who did it the entire time. I'm super into mystery books lately and this one did not disappoint! It's very reminiscent of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and In a Dark, Dark Wood.

All the Missing Girls is about Nic, who has been away from her hometown of Cooley Ridge for ten years. Ten years prior, her best friend disappeared, never to be seen again. It's only until Nic gets news that her father is sick, that she returns to the town that shook up her life. While there, another teenage girl goes missing. Nic throws herself into the mystery and commits herself to finding out what's happening to the missing girls.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5

I rarely preorder books. When I found out in February that Ruth Ware had a new book coming out, I hopped on Amazon and ordered MONTHS before it was set to be released! If you've read In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10, then you'll love this book too. I'm already ready for her next one!

The Lying Game jumps from 4 best friends in present day London to their time together at boarding school. The 4 girls lived by "the lying game" with very strict rules. 1) Tell a lie. 2) Stick to your story. 3) Never get caught. The game gets the girls into major trouble that ultimately gets them kicked out of school. Ten years later, all have gone their separate ways. Three simple words bring all the girls back to their tumultuous past: I need you. Did their sick little game go too far and come back to haunt them?

I gave this book a 5 out of 5

Much like my conflict with It Ends with Us (which is VERY high on my list of favorite books this year), this book had be questioning my opinion through the entire book. This was the first book I read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and will not be the last.

Emma and Jesse are SO in love. One in a million, true, unconditional love. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is called away for work. Jesse's flight goes missing over the Pacific and her true love is gone. After years of grieving, Emma runs into an old friend, whom she ends up falling in love with. Just when Emma feels like she's piecing her life together again, Jesse is found alive. How can Emma make sense of Jesse's reappearance and keep her life with Sam afloat?

I give this book a 5 out of 5

Colleen Hoover does it again in Ugly Love. There aren't any words other than buy as many of her books as possible. 

Ugly Love is about Tate and Miles, who don't have the most traditional of relationships. Fiercely attracted to each other, but not looking for commitments is their motto. As Tate's feelings grow, Miles doesn't stray from his strict rules that they both established in the beginning. Finding out the reasons behind Miles' closed off demeanor is truly devastating and beautiful. Do Miles and Tate have it in them to break down barriers and follow their hearts?

I give this one a 5 out of 5 (shocker, I know)

Sorry, ya'll. I was on a roll with this babe this season. I couldn't get enough. I promise one I get back to my monthly book reviews, it won't be so Colleen Hoover heavy. Maybe just one book each month ;) Maybe Someday didn't disappoint at all, and I loved it just as much as I liked the others!

Sydney thinks she has it all! Great boyfriend (so she thinks), steady job, and rooming with her best friend. It's only when she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with....her BEST FRIEND, that she gets forced to move in with her acquaintance, Ridge. The two quickly form a great friendship that may cross some lines, but are they justified? Sydney needs Ridge as a distraction from her ex-boyfriend, and he needs her for something that he will never be able to have for himself. 

I give this book a 5 out of 5

Okay you guys! That was it! All of the books that I read from June to September. I'm going to get back on track for the month of October and share my October books at the end of the month. 

Let me know if have any recommendations!!



  1. I've read all three of those Colleen Hoover books and I really loved them all. Maybe November 9 best though. It was so good! And One True Loves is on my list! I started Sophie Kinsella's My Not So Perfect Life weeks ago but haven't had time to read. I need to get back into a reading spree!