Eeeek! You guys! It’s BOOK DAY and I’m SO excited! If you’ve been with my since January you know that it was one of my New Year’s Resolutions to read more. I set a goal for myself to read 12 books this year and as of today… I’ve already read 20! I’ve branched out and tried new authors, new genres and even a new way to read. (Spoiler Alert, I bought a Kindle and now I can read any time, any where!) I can’t wait a second longer to share everything I’ve been reading the past couple of months!
But first, I know I said this is a quarterly book review, but I can’t count and did not understand the word “quarterly” when I wrote the first book review in April. 🤦🏽♀️ So for the sake of the series, I’m still calling it my Quarterly Book Review, but I’m just sharing books every four months with you… not every 3. It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything is fine. hahaha
Okay, now that that is out of the way, let’s jump right in! Here is everything I’ve read since April of 2021! (You can click here to see all the books I read in the first four months of this year!)
PS… some spoilers ahead!
So the first book I read in June was Beach Read! I had heard from SO many people how much they adored Emily Henry and this book and that I needed to read it. And everyone was not wrong. This book was so so so good! It is exactly what it claims to be, a cute summer beach read. It was light, it was funny, a little cheesy… it was everything I love in a book! Plus it takes place in my home state 🙂 It’s about two authors who knew each other from college and kind of hate each other and end up living next door to each other and they are both struggling to write their next book. It has a cute, predictable ending and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Definitely pick this one up before the summer is over if you haven’t already read it!
People We Meet On Vacation
I finished Beach Read just in time to pick up a copy of Emily Henry’s newest book, People We Meet On Vacation on it’s release date. And in no surprise to me, I liked this one too! It’s similar to beach read in that it’s light, funny and cheesy, but this one is like taking a vacation with the two main characters. It’s one of those opposites attract/friends to lovers type romance stories and you can’t help but love the two main characters, Alex and Poppy. The only thing that bugged me a bit about this book was the title. They didn’t really meet anyone new on vacation… the story was entirely centered around the two old friends. I really liked this book, but I loved Beach Read more! (You should still read this one too though!)
After two summery books I decided to read America Royals. I saw it randomly on Amazon one day and was like huh… what a crazy concept. I should read it. And I’m still not sure how I feel about it? I love the concept of this book. Basically, after the Revolutionary War, the American people offered General George Washington a crown. And instead of becoming the president, he became the King. Two and a half centuries later, we catch up with the royal family. The heir (Beatrice), the spares (Samantha and Jefferson). I loved the glimpses into this alternate universe of America. I loved the “royal” theming. (I’m a sucker for anything royal.) The story was fun. I liked the characters. I liked rooting for the princesses and the prince to find love. It was a sweet story that my YA self would have probably loved and re-read 47 times had I found it in my early teens. I liked it enough to read the second book… but I wouldn’t read it again. (It’s no Princess Diaries or Red White and Royal Blue!)
Majesty (American Royals, #2)
So of course I had to read the second book in the series after I finished the first one. And I did not like it. I was pretty mad honestly. Why? Because EVERY COUPLE YOU ROOTED FOR IN THE FIRST BOOK WAS BROKEN UP IN THE SECOND BOOK AND THEY WERE ALL WITH NEW PEOPLE. Do I see why the author did this? Yes. Did they fall in love with their new person? Of course. Was I happy about it? Absolutely not. It also left off feeling not finished, so I would assume there is going to be a third book, but I’m not sure. If there is, I’ll read it just to see what happens.
The Summer Job
The Summer Job was the BEST surprise of all the books I read these past few months. I adored this book. This was another one I saw scrolling on Amazon. It caught my interest for two reasons. 1, the main character’s name is Birdie. (So cute, right?) 2, this summer job takes place in the Scottish Highlands. When I think of books that take place in the summer I think of sun soaked beaches in places like Nantucket or The Hamptons. I think of beach dates and drinks and sunsets and bikinis. This book had none of those things. And it was perfect none the less. The story is about Birdie, a 31 year old that seems a bit lost in life. She is kind of impersonating her best friend Heather because she doesn’t have anywhere else to go. Thinking that the job she’s taking as Heather will be an easy one, she’s thrown into the world of a wine sommelier. And she knows nothing about wine! It’s a fun story with a cute ending. Highly recommend this one!
I really liked Malibu Rising, but I wasn’t obsessed with it. I think my expectations might have been too high because everyone and their mother was reading this book. It’s a story about adult siblings but also about their parents. It goes back and forth between their stories. It’s unlike any book that I’ve ever read, and I really enjoyed that about it. I really liked all the characters and all of their stories. I liked going back and forth between their parents love stories and their current dramas. It was a very good book. But it wasn’t my favorite book that I read these past few months.
I ADORED this book. The Unhoneymooners was so cute and everything I love about a light summer read. It took me far away from real life and I loved every second of it. The books starts out with a horrible circumstance at a couples wedding… causing the bride and groom to not be able to go on their honeymoon. Instead, they decide to send their siblings. The problem? They HATE each other. This book was funny, cute, easy to read and not as predictable as I thought! In fact, about half way through it took a turn I didn’t really see coming. However, it had the happy ending I hoped for! This one is definitely a beach bag staple. If you haven’t read it yet (it came out last year) get it before the summer is over, and thank me later 🙂
And that is it for the last couple months! What have you read this year? Anything that you loved and think I should read?!
Alright my loves. I’m signing off for the weekend! Sorry I missed posting the last two days… Tuesday was a long and hard day for me. And yesterday I spent some time with my bestie before she moved away! I pinky promise that next week you’ll get our house painting post! I can’t wait to share it with you, but I want it to be perfect before I share!
Have the most wonderful weekend everyone! I’ll be back on Monday!