Book day!!! I only have three this month, but they deserve a look! Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy


I loved Dumplin, so I had to check out Puddin! Spoiler alert: I loved it too! I loved Millie’s character and you really get to see her and Callie’s characters develop. This book had me smiling and laughing a lot. It was such a cute read, and definitely a few good life lessons thrown in! You have to love a book where you don’t care for one of the characters through most of the book, but love them in the end.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand


This is everything you expect from Elin. A Nantucket beach setting, with lots of characters who all twist together. I will be honest, this wasn’t my favorite from her…but still a good read!

Bottom Line: If you are a Hilderbrand fan, it is worth the read!

A Grown- Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

I didn’t read what this one was about before I started it. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a mystery of sorts. This story is told from three points of view, the grandmother, mother and daughter. I liked that it alternated between the three and you get glimpses of the past thrown in. It still has all of Joshilyn’s messed up southern family touches to it, and just a super interesting story about baby bones found in a backyard.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Currently Reading:

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

The Lies We Told
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  • Reply Andrea Nine January 8, 2019 at 7:27 am

    oooh I cannot wait to hear about The Lies We Told. Yeah, I was just so so on Elin’s read but I do love her so it was ok. I hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag January 8, 2019 at 8:20 am

    I didn’t have time/room on the blog to do Show Us Your Books this month, but I still need to go around and read everyone else’s posts!! I’m glad you read some good books. I’m currently reading Dumplin’ for my book club.


  • Reply Lindsay January 8, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I didn’t get my shit together to link up for this of course. I need to read Dumplin and Puddin’!

  • Reply Kasey Holloway January 8, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Dumplin and Puddin sound cute! Have you watched the Netflix movie yet?

  • Reply Carly January 8, 2019 at 9:23 am

    A grown-up kind of pretty has such a pretty cover and I usually really like multiple perspectives.

  • Reply Kay R.D. January 8, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Ive yet to read either puddin or dumplin but I own them both so hopefully Ill be getting to it soon!

  • Reply Monica January 8, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I think I remember that I liked Dumpin More than Puddin or the other way around.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says January 8, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I love Millie as a character, and I’m glad she got her own book. I liked Dumplin’ more but this was a great follow-up.

  • Reply Audrey January 8, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I’m glad all your books were good ones! I mildly enjoyed Dumplin’ so I’m not sure I’ll pick up Puddin’. I saw Rebecca Jo wasn’t a fan but you are! I love seeing the different reviews across SUYB day!! 😀

  • Reply kristen January 8, 2019 at 11:21 am

    yay, so glad you liked Puddin! i still haven’t read it, but i just requested it from the library (again, oops) so hopefully soon.

  • Reply Leslie January 8, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Dumplin’ the book that the new Netflix movie is based off, I assume? I had never heard of it until I saw it on Netflix. I’ll have to check it out! I have The Lies We Told checked out from the library right now so I look forward to seeing if you like it!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo January 8, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I SOOO wanted to just love Puddin’… but I just could NOT get in the mood for it.
    I will try it again later though.

  • Reply laura January 8, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I want to get to Puddin’ so bad!! And also that Joshilyn, because I love her so much!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders January 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I just finished up Dumplin’ last month and I loved it so much! I can’t wait to pick up the second book, especially since it centers around some of the secondary characters. Did you have a chance to watch the Netflix movie yet? I haven’t, but I’ve heard good things about it!

  • Reply Lauren January 8, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I’m going to give Joshilyn Jackson’s book a try!

  • Reply Brittany Always January 8, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Puddin’ was so great! And I loved the actress for Millie in the Dumplin’ movie, so I really hope we get to see her do a Puddin’ movie (the actress for Callie is probably great too, but just wasn’t on screen very much). Enjoyed one of Jackson’s other stories so may pick up Pretty!

  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels January 8, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I absolutely adored The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson but now I’m hesitant to read her others because the descriptions don’t sound that interesting. Isn’t that crazy? I’m glad to hear you liked this one so I might have to give it a try.

  • Reply Olya @ The Siberian American January 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve had a grown-up kind of pretty on my list forever! I just read Dumplin’ this month, so I might have to do Puddin’ soon!

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen January 8, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    All of these are going on my list as I loved Dumplin on Netflix, love Elin and that other one sounds awesome!

  • Reply SMD January 8, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Loved Puddin’ and I liked A Grown Up Kind of Pretty a lot too.

  • Reply lauren // laurenalforddesign.com January 8, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I am checking out puddin’ and dumplin’ because I haven’t read either of them!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky January 9, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Puddin’ was so cute but i cant remember if it’s ok for a 10yr old? i have it on hold for pick up so kayla can read it.

  • Reply Heather January 9, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Loved Dumplin and have not read Puddin yet!! Have you watched the Dumplin movie on Netflix? I’ve heard it is really good (And I have also been delighted to tell at least 3 different people that it was based on a very well done book) haha. I need a little break from Elin Hilderbrand but will likely pick her up again later this year.

  • Reply Marie January 9, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Ok I had no idea Dumplin was based a book. I thought the movie was adorable. Now, I have to read the books. I have Summerland but I haven’t read it yet. I really like her books though. I’m reading The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. It’s really good. Sad but good.

  • Reply Dani January 9, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I think I’m in the minority, but I liked Puddin’ so much more than Dumplin’! Probably because Willowdean really annoyed me, and Millie is so sweet, and I loved the growth and turn-around in Callie’s character. I read The Lies We Told a few months ago, so I’m curious to hear what you think of it!

  • Reply Michael January 10, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I still need to read Puddin’ and Dumplin’. I always feel like I’m behind on books. I read The Lies We Told as an ARC so I’m curious to see your thoughts on it.

  • Reply Danielle January 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I didn’t know Puddin was a sequel to Dumplin. I just watched the netflix movie. How is the current book?

  • Reply Biana January 14, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Cant wait to hear your thoughts on the lies we told – that sounds like my kind of read! I liked dumplin, but haven’t heard of puddin before!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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