Linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books! I actually read a decent amount this month. Had some really good reads!

His Royal Highness by RS Grey

His Royal Highness

I absolutely love RS Grey. She is one of my favorite rom-com authors. Her female leads are always a little quirky/nerdy and the inner dialogue from them reminds me of things I actually think too! This one is extra special because it takes place in a Disney-like theme park!!! Who doesn’t want that?!? Like with all RS Grey books, you get a slow burn and funny banter.

Bottom Line: Read it! Such a cute rom com!

**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.**

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays

I didn’t know who Mary Laura Philpott was, but I found this book from Laura and liked the cover and the title….so I figured why not? I did this on audiobook, so it felt more like a friend chatting with me in my car, sharing life stories. I really related to some of the things that she went through, and I am now following her on Instagram. Plus, she lived in Atlanta which is a bonus for me, since I used to as well.

I think everyone can relate to something in this book, whether you are a type A personality who always has to have a list, a plan, and do everything right….or a struggling parent, a people pleaser, needing a change and not feeling fulfilled in your life even though you checked all your boxes. There is so much to relate to here.

Bottom Line: If you don’t mind nonfiction, definitely check this out. I really feel everyone can relate in some way.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

This was the cutest book! I have loved everything I have read by Christina Lauren, but this might be my favorite. It is one of those where you know how it is going to end, but you don’t even care because it is so cute. Both of the characters were fabulous, and their chemistry was so good. I was laughing out loud, and had allllll the feels while reading this!

Bottom Line: Read it!

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

Never Have I Ever

I love Joshilyn Jackson. She really knows how to write a character! I thought I had this book figured out early on, but then there was another twist that blew my mind! This was a little different than her others, and it moved slow for me in the beginning. It still had me interested to see what was going to happen the whole time. The secrets are dark, and the characters are playing games the whole time which keeps you guessing.

Bottom Line: If you love a book with some twists and turns, where the past and present twine together to form the story…check out a Joshilyn Jackson book!

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)

I have checked this book out from the library three times, and each time two or three other books come in while I have it. I hate when that happens! This time I was determined to read it though! Kristen recommended this one awhile back, and I usually like anything she recommends.

This reminds me a lot of the Stephanie Plum series, but Charley is a much more competent PI, and there is a supernatural piece to it all. I LOL’d several times throughout the book, and found it very interesting. I plan to continue on with the series.

Bottom Line: Read it if you are into cozy mysteries and ok with the supernatural.

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

I checked this out from the library to browse through, and I have to say, there were some good looking recipes in it! Crab Rangoon, Mexican Street Corn, Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip, Bacon Hashbrowns, Cayenne-Candied Walnut Salad, Honey Balsamic Glaze, etc. It all seemed easy enough, and if you like to collect cookbooks, it would be a good addition.

Bottom Line: Nice option if you are into collecting physical cookbooks. Or at least worth browsing at the library for a few special recipes.

From Scratch by Tembi Locke

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

This a beautiful, devastating love story. I didn’t know who Tembi was before I read it, which is rare for me to pick up a memoir if I don’t know the person. (Even though it was my second time doing it this month!) It sort of read more like just a fictional story to me. It was beautifully written, and the description of Italy and the amazing foods she consumed really made me feel like I was there! I will say that at times, the book dragged a little for me.

Bottom Line: This book is getting picked up by Reese Witherspoon to turn into a movie, so that is why it had made my TBR. I don’t know that I would have picked it up otherwise, but I am glad I did. It was enjoyable.

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  • Reply Confuzzled Bev December 10, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I need to read Never Have I Ever – it’s been on my Goodreads tbr since July!

  • Reply Andrea Nine December 10, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I love a cute romcom and I love physical cookbooks. I wondered about her book. Thanks for your honest reviews girlfriend!

  • Reply Kay R.D. December 10, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Ive never read Josh and Hazel but its on my list! His Royal Highness is on the list too. Its been a while since Ive read an RS Gray

  • Reply Brittany Always December 10, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Looove JJ! Have never been dissapointed by her books.

  • Reply SMD December 10, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Never Have I Ever was a little different from her others but I loved it. Her female characters are on point.

    I adored Josh and Hazel.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer December 10, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I wast to read I Miss You When I Blink!

  • Reply Julie December 10, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Josh & Hazel has been on my tbr list. It looks cute! One day I’ll get to it!

  • Reply Heather December 10, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I feel like I say this every month on your SUYB post but I really do NEED to try Joshilyn Jackson sometime. LOL. 2020 will be the year..it’s in writing now so it has to happen!!! I have taken a bit of an RS Grey hiatus but that one does sound super cute so maybe I’ll try her again.

  • Reply Lauren December 10, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    This is a great list! I’ve added a few of these to my TBR!

  • Reply kristen December 10, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    YAY i am so glad you enjoyed first grave. i just got the third from the library. there is a novella, in between book one and two, i think? it was amazing, if you can get your hands on it i highly recommend not skipping it. i’ve never read a book by Joshilyn Jackson, i think that one is on my list. josh & hazel is my favourite by christina lauren! so cute.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent December 10, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    A disney theme park??? Yep – I gotta get that Grey book!!!

  • Reply Joanne December 10, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    A book set in the Disney theme park?! OH yeah, that sounds like something I’d like.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says December 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I liked Josh and Hazel so much. Like Evvie Drake, I read it at the right time so I wound up enjoying it more than had I read it at a different point.

  • Reply Becki December 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I need to check and see which Christina Lauren is on my TBR list. I don’t think I’ve read anything by them yet, but they’re highly recommended by a friend.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag December 11, 2019 at 7:59 am

    You did have a great reading month! I really want to read Josh and Hazel – I think it’s one I’d love. And I Miss You When I Blink sounds really great.


  • Reply Pam December 11, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    I have enjoyed the Joshilyn Jackson books I have read. I own Never Have I Ever and need to read it in the coming months. I also like Christina Lauren and would like to read a few of hers I’ve yet to read.

  • Reply Kristin Darhower December 12, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Never Have I Ever was so great. It was more literary than the typical chick-lit and I didn’t see that second twist coming!

  • Reply Jill K December 13, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I have never read anything by Joshilyn Jackson, but I really want to.

  • Reply Danielle December 16, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I have the Cravings cookbook and it is really good. I haven’t used it in awhile and now I need to break it out again.

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