Show Us Your Books (Finally!!!!)

It's been a LOOOOONG time since I linked up for a Show Us Your Books and it's not because I'm not reading (although I'm not reading as much as I'd like to be), it's because I can never get my act together to post about all of the books I've been reading. But I finally did, so here ya go!

Reflection by Diane Chamberlain 
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Synopsis:
"Returning home twenty years after a tragic accident that caused the Pennsylvania Dutch townspeople of Reflection to condemn her, Rachel Huber cares for her ailing grandmother despite open hostility and finds allies in two childhood friends."

I love Diane Chamberlain books through and through. This one was a solid 3 stars for me. The story unfolds going from past to present day, with bits and pieces teased out through the story until you have the whole picture. The ending wrapped up a little too unrealistically for me, but it would be a good beach read.

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
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Goodreads Synopsis (in part):
"Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in na├»ve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. "
 
This one took me a LONG time to get through. The story is a cute romance, but has some really far fetched (to me) characters. And there was a little too much back and forth seemingly forced drama between the main character love interests that annoyed me more than kept me interested. I'd give this one a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
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Goodreads Synopsis is long, so check it out here.
This one took me a bit to get into, but once I was in it, I really enjoyed it. The story started off a bit difficult for me to follow, forgetting what character was who, etc. I also went in not knowing much about the book, and I think it's kind of a good way to come in. Because it's hard to explain this book without reading it. I gave it 4 stars.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
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Quick Synopsis:
The story alternates from Daniel and Natasha--from a "meet cute" through one day together and ups and downs throughout. Click the link under the book picture for a more detailed summary.

This book was a really cute read that showcased different cultures and how two people can be so drawn to one another. It had elements of Serendipity to it, one of my favorite movies. I gave this one 4 stars and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Royal Treatment (Crown Jewels Romance #1) by M.J. Summers
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Goodreads Synopsis (part):
"Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart. "
This was a summer read for me and I really enjoyed it. It was a nice, light romance, set in a palace and who doesn't like that? After I was done with this book, though, I wasn't as interested in continuing on in the series. It was a good 'one and done' for me. I gave it 4 stars.

Currently Reading: Beneath a Scarlet Sky at the recommendation of my husband who listened to the audiobook and loved it. It's been really slow going...not bad, but not moving very quickly which has made it hard to get through in my limited reading time.

12 comments:

  1. I am reading my first non-work book in SO long...Michelle Obama's "Becoming." I'm really enjoying the "me" time... we'll see if it lasts and if so, I might use some of these recs!!! XOXO, R

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  2. I really like Melina Marchetta's books, and I've been looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for reminding me to get it (despite my library books break).

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  3. jellicoe road is on my list, hope to get to it eventually.. i liked the first melanie summers book but the next two kind of fell flat for me, but i know a few people who loved them. the sun is also a star is on my tbr.. one day lol. truth or beard is one of my all time faves so i'm bummed you didn't love it, but totally get it.

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  4. Ive seen a lot of mixed reviews on truth or beard!

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  5. These sound so good and I haven't read any of them! I love Diane Chamberlain.

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  6. I havent read any of these but the sun is also a star sounds pretty good!

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  7. The Royal Treatment sounds like a cute read! I'll have to add it to my list when I need something a little bit lighter to read.

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  8. I had not heard of any of these, I need to check them out! I am struggling through Ohio right now, I love it but it is taking forever to read!

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  9. I need to read more this year! I'm adding a couple of these books to my reading list! THanks for sharing! :-)

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  10. I loved Jellicoe Road but sometimes her books take me a little while to get into too.

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  11. I have had Jellicoe Road sitting on my bookshelf for at least 4 years. Need to read it someday. I really enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star and can't wait to see the movie of it this year! I read those MJ Summers books and liked them but they weren't my favourite. Too bad about Truth or Beard - I loooove that series but not for everyone!! I'd recommend her Knitting in the City series too, I think I liked it a bit more honestly.

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  12. On the Jellicoe Road sounds really interesting! Sometimes books that take a bit to figure out and get into can turn into such great reads! I am also going to have to add The Sun is Also a Star to my "to read" pile!

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