Books – July 2021

Last month was a really slow reading month for me. I just couldn’t get in to anything. Did things pick up this month? Yes!!! I had a lot of really good books, and one you can skip. Linking up with Steph and Jana.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

The Last Thing He Told Me

This was our book club pick for June, and I was hooked instantly. It is a great mystery of figuring out what has happened with Owen. But I also loved the backstory of Owen and Hannah, as well as watching Hannah’s relationship with Bailey. This one was hard to put down, and totally lives up to all the hype it has gotten over the last month or so since it’s release. This book pulled me out of my book funk real fast and I am so happy!

Bottom Line: Read it! So good!

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews

Hello, Summer

I can usually count on Mary Kay Andrews to deliver a decent read. I did this one on audio, and it was done well. It was quite a long read, over 500 pages which equals over 16 hours of listening. The narrator was great though, and kept my attention. I really enjoyed all the aspects of this book. You get a mystery, family drama, a little romance, and characters with lots of personality. I loved everything about it.

Bottom Line: Would make a great beach read! Definitely check it out.

Imposter Syndrome by Kathy Wang

Impostor Syndrome

I don’t really know how to review this book. The premise was awesome, so I was really excited to dive in. The first chapter or two I was so excited. Unfortunately, it took me forever to get through the rest. The books transitions from one character POV to another. You get lots of backstory, over 100 pages of it. And you know eventually there is going to be a showdown, but it falls so flat. And then the end???? UGH! Talk to me if you read it, I wont spoil it for anyone. I couldn’t even tell you what genre this falls under after reading it? Perhaps just a waste of time and something I should have quit weeks ago.

Bottom Line: Honestly, I cant really say that I recommend this book. There were some super interesting parts in it, but overall I was bored and the ending pissed me off.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing

Oh my, this book! YA isn’t a genre I visit often, but I make exceptions for certain authors. Nicola Yoon is one of those authors. I am trying to decide what I want to say about this book without giving much away, because I really think you should read it. It was cute, and sweet….but it also broke my heart and I found myself crying. I loved Evie and her group of friends, and X!! This book was hard to put down, it grabbed my attention from the very beginning. There is a bit of magic realism, but it totally worked in this case….which is hard to pull off. I am so glad I chose it for my BOTM.

Bottom Line: This book was so sweet, I definitely suggest checking it out.

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

This Time Next Year

I thought this book was really cute. It reminded me of One Day In December in some ways. Each of our main characters has a lot of stuff they need to work through to grow, and it seemed very realistic. I loved all the side characters that worked at No Hard Feelings, and Minnie’s best friend. I also appreciated all the video game references from Ian.

Bottom Line: Cute, read it!

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Ex Talk

I do love a good enemies to lovers trope. And I often enjoy a fake relationship trope. What happens when you put them together? Perfection. That is what this book is for me. Perfection. I could hardly put this one down. I loved that this was a rom-com, but it dealt with other issues like loss, moving on, careers, dealing with a crap boss, and both of the main characters had growth. The podcast was a fun thing to read about, and there were some short chapters of the actual podcast and tweets about the podcast from listeners that made it fun.

Bottom Line: Read it!!!

Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl

Heartbreak for Hire

Another great romcom that I flew through in about a day! This one had me instantly hooked with the whole concept of Heartbreak for Hire and watching our main character Brinkley struggle with her past and where she wants her future to go. I loved her and Mark, it was a lot of fun seeing everything play out. I also felt like the relationship with Brinkley and her mom was realistic and it was an interesting theme to read about throughout the entire book. I laughed a few times, and there were definitely some good steamy scenes. Overall I just really enjoyed it.

Bottom Line: Love this one, add it to your list if you love romcom. This one comes out July 27th!

** I received a copy of Heartbreak for Hire from NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer July 13, 2021 at 8:01 am

    You read a lot this month! You know my feelings on The Last Thing He Told Me, and I also liked Hello, summer! It would be a good beach read.

  • Reply Audrey July 13, 2021 at 9:54 am

    So many good romance reads! Thanks for the suggestions!
    I’m sad I missed out on The Last Thing He Told Me. It sounds like everyone really enjoyed it. I just didn’t get it from the library in time. SIGH.

  • Reply laura July 13, 2021 at 10:23 am

    So many good reads!!! Love loved Last Thing He Told Me, and I’ve already requested Hello, Summer from the library! Hopefully I’ll get it before the end of summer. 🙂

  • Reply SMD July 13, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Loved the Laura Dave – I can see it pulling anyone out of a reading blah period.

  • Reply Tanya July 13, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for all the recommendations! My latest book reviews ~
    Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent July 13, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    I am half way through Instructions for Dancing & I AM LOVINGGGGG IT! If I had the time to sit down & devour it, I would. But its fun to make me go slow in it.

  • Reply joanne July 13, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I really enjoyed Hello Summer and The Last Thing He Told Me too!

  • Reply Nancy @ NY Foodie Family July 13, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    I just added Instructions for Dancing to my to read list. The Last Thing He Told Me and The Ex Talk are both on my to read list.

  • Reply Carly July 13, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    The Last Thing He Told Me was so, so good! I can’t wait to see what she writes next. Instructions for Dancing sounds good– I think maybe the magical realism element kept me from adding it to my holds list, but you convinced me.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag July 13, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Yay for a good reading month. I am curious about The Last Thing He Told Me. The more and more positive reviews I see, the more I want to read it!


  • Reply Danielle Butler July 14, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    I think we all have the Last Thing He Told Me on our lists. I have been waiting to read it. Glad you enjoyed it. You read a lot this month!

  • Reply Kimberly July 14, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    okay NOW I need to track down The Ex Talk – this is the second good review I’ve read in a row today.

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