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Thanks to the holidays, I had a pretty good reading month! Linking up with Steph and Jana for another month of Show Us Your Books.

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Where We Belong

Marian Caldwell is living her dream in NYC until Kirby Rose shows up with a reminder of the secrets from her past. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves.

I really enjoyed this book! From the very beginning I was hooked and wanted to find out what was going to happen.  I went back and forth as to whether I really liked Marian or not, I felt at times that her character was a little shallow and disconnected. It didn’t take away from the story at all. Kirby and Conrad were my favorite characters.

Bottom Line: Just read it!

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Some of Amy’s stand up cracks me up and I have caught a few episodes of her show, so I thought I would check this out. I consumed this via audiobook since Amy herself reads it.

Bottom Line: If you are a fan of Amy’s, you will probably enjoy this.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Heart of the Matter

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

Even though I predicted what was going to happen from the very beginning, I really enjoyed this story. You get to know both Tess and Valerie really well. I felt like I could relate to both characters circumstances, and I like to think I know what I would if I were on each side.

Bottom Line: This was a good read. It sort of plays to both sides of the story with the alternating points of view and allows you to “chose a side.”

Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong

Strike a Match (No Match for Love, #5)

When Kate’s abusive husband dies in a house fire, she only feels relief. Eighteen months later, she’s ready to move on and seeks the help of a matchmaking company. Only, they match her with someone that knows too much about her past. 

This was a super quick and cute read. I really enjoyed it. I read this in one evening, so that should tell you it definitely held my attention. If you are wanting a romance book without any of the dirty talk, then this would be a good one for you.

Bottom Line: Cute, quick read.

Sociable by Rebecca Harrington


I don’t know if it is because I read a few other books in the last few months about social media and the curated life vs real life or whatever…and I kept comparing those two books to Sociable, but I think I decided that Sociable was just not for me. I found the characters to be unlikable, they were superficial and ridiculous. I think it had a relevant and interesting concept, but it wasn’t executed well. It was a quick, easy read and there were a few humorous moments I enjoyed…but there was nothing really memorable about the book and I didn’t really care for the writing style.

Bottom Line: I cant really recommend this book. I gave it two stars, but very meh for me. I would recommend reading Hello, Sunshine or My Not So Perfect Life over this.

**I received a copy of Sociable from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Mooseletoe by Tiffinie Helmer


A matchmaking moose is determined to bring together an unlikely pair. Holly Noelle Snow loves Christmas so much she could be one of Santa’s elves, and Reese Sutton might as well be Scrooge. 

This was such a cute Christmas read! I read this in a span of about two days and it gave me all the warm and fuzzy feels.

Bottom Line: It is a little cheesy and predictable, but the perfect Christmas romance!

This Christmas by Jeannie Moon

This Christmas (Christmas in New York #1; Holly Point, NY #1)

Single mother Sabrina Gervais has built a happy life with her daughter Charlotte. Jake Killen’s career in professional hockey has brought him many rewards on and off the ice, but returning to New York brings back a flood of memories. When he sees Sabrina again, he discovers that he didn’t just away from her ten years ago, but also from their unborn child. 

I do love a good second chance romance. This was another quick read that I really enjoyed. Again, nothing mind blowing…but one of those feel good Christmas romance stories. I do like that it makes you think about what you would have done in Sabrina or Jake’s situation.

Bottom Line: Cute Christmas romance if you are in to those sorts of things.

The Trouble with Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson

The Trouble With Valentine's Day (Chinooks Hockey Team, #3)

Dumped by her boyfriend, stressed out by her job, Kate Hamilton needs to regroup and get back some self-esteem. Rob’s been more than burned by love and when Kate tries to seduce him in a bar, he completely rejects her. Little do they know they will meet again in a small town!

 This was a slow burn romance that really grew on me. You really get to know the main characters and see how first impressions might not always tell the whole story. I felt like the ending was a little anticlimactic, and sometimes I got a little frustrated with the misunderstands and miscommunication between Kate and Rob. I suppose that is what makes it a fun story though!

Bottom Line: Overall, a cute read and perfect since Valentine’s Day is coming up!

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Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Mean Streak


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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine January 9, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I heard Mean Streak was good! Emily G. has been hit or miss lately, some I love and then others , it’s meeeh. I always look forward to your book posts! have a GREAT day!

  • Reply Laura January 9, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Yay for Mean Streak! I loved that one! And look at you with all of those holiday books . I also want that girl’s red skirt on the Strike A Match cover.

  • Reply Carly January 9, 2018 at 10:55 am

    So many books! Sociable has the cutest cover so that’s a bummer that the book itself wasn’t very good. I always see people mention Sandra Brown in this linkup and need to look into her books!

  • Reply Kelly @ Noodle to the Rescue January 9, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Emily Giffin is one of my favorites! (Except for the one about football – Have you read that one?) I like how she mentions the characters from other books (like Tess is Dex’s sister from Something Borrowed I think).

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen January 9, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I always love Emily Giffin, I will have to check both of those out. I can’t wait to hear more about Mean Streak.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag January 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I own Amy Schumer’s book and I really do want to finally get that read soon. Sorry you didn’t really like Sociable – I do however want to read My Not So Perfect Life!


  • Reply HEather January 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

    LOL that moose book looks SO funny to me!! The cover makes me laugh. I’m glad it was good though! Mean Streak is on my list so I’ll be interested to hear what you think! 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Jo January 9, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I haven’t read Emily Griffin books in the longest. Makes me want to check it out.
    I actually was disappointed in Amy’s book. Maybe audio would have done it better but I was just eeewww in a lot of it

  • Reply kristen January 9, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    adding Where We Belong to my list! i’ve only read a couple of her books but i have a few more on my shelf at home.
    i am not a fan of Amy, so skipping that one.
    i want to read Mooseletoe just for the title hahaha
    adding The Trouble with Valentine’s Day, i love a good slow burn. hope you enjoy mean streak!

  • Reply SMD January 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I ordered a cheapo Sandra Brown for Christmas and thought of you!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says January 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I can’t with Emily Giffin. Her first couple of books were fine but the last few. AWFUL. I’m done with her.

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration January 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Strike a Match sounds like a fun read. I don’t mind dirty talk, although sometimes it’s a bit extreme. And I’m like do people really talk like that? I don’t. Maybe I’m doing it wrong! 😉

  • Reply Lauren January 9, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I couldn’t really get into Amy’s book, but I’m excited to check out Where We Belong!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders January 9, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I really enjoy Emily Giffin books a lot! I’ve read Heart of the Matter and remember enjoying it, although I don’t remember too much of the storyline. I also love that she tends to give nods to characters from other books which is fun and unique. Everybody seems to be reading Mean Streak! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

  • Reply K @ Keeping Up With K... January 9, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I have somehow made it 30 years without reading a single Emily Giffin book. I need to fix that!

  • Reply Nancy @ NY Foodie Family January 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I love Giffin and have read almost all of her books. I liked Where We Belong more than Heart of the Matter.

  • Reply Audrey January 10, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Man… love triangles and communication flubs/misunderstands are my LEAST favorite things in books (and movies, lol). But I’m glad you enjoyed *most* of these books! You read a lot!
    I’ve been on the fence about Amy’s book. I think I’ll eventually pick it up. I’ve seen her stand up and I think she’s funny so I imagine I’ll like it. Lol

  • Reply Marie January 10, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Oh so many great books. I have heard Amy’s book is really good. I have actually never seen any of her work but everyone tells me she is funny. Will check it out.

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston January 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Strike a match sounds like my kind of read! I read both of those Emily Giffin books in the past and really enjoyed them both!! Thanks for sharing all your great reads! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Gina January 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Oh I hope you like Mean Streak! That was one of my favorites for 2017. (Thanks to Kristen, of course!) Also, if you decide you want another Social Media-based book I enjoyed the Memory Watcher. It was a suspense novel and while it is a little about how people can portray a false life on social media, it’s also a reminder of what kinds of crazy things people could do with that info about you, true or false!

  • Reply Ashley Ziegler January 10, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve been eyeballing Emily Giffin’s books for years but have never read any of them. I don’t know why!

  • Reply Danielle January 10, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I love Emily Giffin. I need to read both of those books because I am far behind. I just finished the Husband’s Secret. Only took me 2 or 3 months. It was good, but slow. How are you liking Mean Streak? I might add it to my next read. I just started When We Were Worthy.

  • Reply Kate January 10, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    OOoooh I need to add Socialable to my list for sure!

    • Reply Kate January 10, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Oooook scratch that whoops! I meant Strike a Match. I can’t believe you read it in one evening!

  • Reply chelsea jacobs January 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I love Emily Giffin!

  • Reply StephTheBookworm January 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Ooh, look at you go! You were on a roll with all those books!

  • Reply Olya @ The Siberian American January 10, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I haven’t read Emily Giffin in forever. Her books are usually fun, fluffy reads! (except that weird one with the football coach. Haha).

  • Reply Dani January 11, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    The only Giffin I’ve read was Something Borrowed YEARS ago. Adding this one for when I’m ready for some fluff! Love how you don’t recommend Sociable but offer Hello, Sunshine lol. Adding that one as well!

  • Reply Darby Fleming Hawley January 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I am equal parts impressed, jealous, and proud of how many books you read this month!!! Way to go!!!

  • Reply Alexandra January 11, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    OMG I love xmas romance! 😛 MOOSTLETOE?! I am dying. That pun. It’s so ridiculous that I may have to check it out! 😛 I haven’t read any Griffin! Which would you recommend if I had to start somewhere? XO – Alexandra

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