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Books Lately

It’s book day!!!! I love talking books and linking up with Steph and Jana! As always, the link to Goodreads is in the title.

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

After reading Me Before You, I had all the feels and couldn’t wait to get going on After You. I read some reviews that people were disappointed in After You, but I wasn’t. I went in with zero expectations because I knew it couldn’t be just like the first book. There were a few twists and I loved all the new characters that were introduced. Plus, I loved that you knew what you were getting with Trina and Lou’s parents.

Bottom Line: If you enjoyed Me Before You, I would certainly give this a go. You get some closure. I really suggest just going in not expecting anything so that you can just enjoy where the story leads. Don’t compare it to Me Before You.

Rating: 4/5

Natural Green Cleaning by Ben Night


This was a really quick read, but informative if you are interested in safer cleaning products for your home. Not only does this book provide tips and recipes for products that you can make at home, it gave you tips on how to keep your house clean in general. There were some great tips on working room by room, what to clean, what to use, how to manage  your time, etc. There were some organization tips, purging tips, a little mix of everything.

Bottom Line: Great quick read if you are looking for natural cleaning basics. All the recipes are non-toxic alternatives and look simple to make.

Rating: 3.5/5

Risking it All (Naked Men #1) by Chrisit Barth

Risking It All (Naked Men, #1)

The Naked Men is actually a blog written by a group of guys that covers all sorts of topics in a guys life. The group started it as a way to communicate openly with each other through letters/email and it morphed in to the blog for all guys around the world to relate to. So obviously I was instantly drawn to that aspect of the book since I am a blogger! I enjoyed reading about the tragic incidents in both Griffin and Chloe’s lives. I wish that the author wrote the whole book the way that she described those events. I felt like the book really fell flat for me in the characters. There was too much writing about what was going on in their heads (the same things over and over) and not enough development of things that actually mattered. There was too much focus on Chloe’s virginity at 27. Who cares about that? I want something more in depth!

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a fluffy romance novel with decent love story and a HEA, then this is worth the read. It wasn’t mind blowing or amazing, but it passed the time just fine.

Rating: 3/5

*I was provided a copy of Risking it All by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

No One Knows by JT Ellison


So, I finished this book in two days. That is really fast for me! I literally spent most of Saturday reading it. I had to know what was going to happen! Aubrey’s husband disappears one  evening and Aubrey is now the number one suspect. Five years later, after a trial and lots of struggle for Aubrey, her husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee by the request of her mother-in-law who never liked her. Aubrey is trying to get her life together and meets a man that reminds her very much of her husband. She is not the only one who thinks this! But Aubrey still wants answers to what happened to Josh.

While reading this book, I had a few suspicions of what was going to happen but I was wrong. So very wrong!!! So I really appreciated the twists that kept me trying to guess what was going on. Aubrey is a complex, dark character. I found her interesting. When I got to the last chapter I was like ummmm what????? I am not sure I like how the book ended 100% but I can appreciate that it wasn’t wrapped in a perfect bow.

Bottom Line: If you like reading about mysteries, dark characters or plot twists…then this book is for you! I enjoyed it, even though I wasn’t 100% sold on the ending.


*I was provided a copy of Risking it All by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Other books I read this month:

The Power of Broke by Daymond John

I haven’t started a book since No One Knows, but I plan to hopefully do that tomorrow. Not sure what that will be. Have you read any good books lately?

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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine April 12, 2016 at 8:09 am

    You know what I can picture? You owning a bookstore maybe with a lil coffee bar bistro! How fun would that be! You know a great author when you read one, you have a varied selection and your reviews are always spot on!! Adding After You to my list!!

  • Reply emelia April 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I love reading your reviews and will definitely check some of these out! Thanks for sharing…also, that first picture…LOLLLL!

  • Reply laura April 12, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Ok, so now I have to add No One Knows to my must -read list! I love a good plot twist, especially when everything doesn’t end perfectly. Also, one of these days I’ll get on Me Before You, so we can go see the movie when it comes out. Oooo POPCORN!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston April 12, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I was giving myself a break after reading Me Before You, but it’s been long enough and I’m ready for the next one!! Can’t wait to download it! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Kelli April 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I added No One Knows, I love books with twists and turns that keep you guessing.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says April 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I did not love After You. It was too…busy. She tried to cram way too much plot and characters into the book and it got on my nerves. But I got through it, which is more than I can say for the sequel to The Rosie Project. So there’s that.

    • Reply Heather April 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Haha this made me LOL because I can totally relate to the analogy (even though I really liked After You). I could not get through the Rosie Effect AND I spilled coffee on it so the library made me buy it…brutal situation! 😉

  • Reply Rebecca Jo April 12, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I’m next in line for After You at the library so I dont want to start anything… its driving me NUTS waiting!!!

  • Reply Michael April 12, 2016 at 9:41 am

    No One Knows is definitely being added to my list. That sounds like something I won’t be able to put down.

  • Reply Lauren April 12, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Steph’s “passed the time just fine” is such a good way to rate a book. I always think of her when a book is on the higher edge of okay for me.

    I think because Me Before You is the book that made me get back into reading again, I hold it up really high so of course the sequel wasn’t going to compare. But, like you, I tried to read it with fewer expectations and that made it okay – it definitely passed the time just fine 🙂

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista April 12, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I totally LOL’d at the Beast meme – hilarious!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph April 12, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I haven’t read After You yet. I’ll get around to it some day!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family April 12, 2016 at 10:39 am

    No One Knows sounds really intriguing! I tend to prefer endings that tie up all the loose strings, but I might still give this a go!

  • Reply kristen April 12, 2016 at 11:19 am

    i saw no one knows on someone else’s list but i wasn’t 100% but your review sold me. yay. i’m so glad you liked after you 🙂

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization, Actually April 12, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Bahahaha! Bitches love libraries. I know I do… And of course I’m most interested in the cleaning and organization book. 😛 Adding to my TBR.

  • Reply Jess April 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I hear so much about Jojo Moyes but I could not get into Me Before You, so I don’t think I’ll continue reading her. Oh well, there are plenty of other books to read! That thriller sounds really good.

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration April 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    No One Knows is already on my TBR. I still haven’t read Me Before Your but I want to get to it this month or next month at the latest because the movie comes out this summer. I’ve seen the mixed reviews on After You too, so I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Jessica April 12, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I don’t care what anyone says, I really liked After You. Like, really liked it! I am on the waiting list for No One Knows, I can’t wait to read it!

  • Reply Jackie April 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    No One Knows is now on my to read list. Thank you! I love a good mystery!

  • Reply Heather April 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I totally agree with you about After You – I didn’t expect it to be Me Before You but I still really liked it!! Although I did miss Will’s character too. I kind of want a sequel to it now!!

  • Reply caitlin @ candyfloss & persie April 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    okay fine….! I’ll read the naked men novel. lol

  • Reply alyssa April 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Nice to see a positive review of After You! I’d seen so many negatives but I think I have enough space from Me Before You to pick up After You now with lowered expectations and be able to just enjoy the story.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders April 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I think that Olya read No One Knows this month too, and it sounds like such a great book! I definitely need to pick up a copy since I love a good mystery. I still haven’t read Me Before You… Obviously I need to get on that train like everybody else!

  • Reply mandie April 12, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I actually saw the preview to the Me Before You movie last night & I thought it looked pretty good which leads me to want to read the book before seeing the movie…I think that I’m gonna have to & then move on to After You. 🙂

  • Reply Olya @ The Siberian American April 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I felt the same way about No One Knows! The plot twists were good until the ending!

  • Reply Allison April 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I am gonna buy that cleaning book! I have actually been looking for something like it, but felt unsure where to start. Yay! Thanks for the recommendation! And can we talk about the cover of Risking It All?? 😛

  • Reply April 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    i know it’s the sequel you mentioned, but i want to read me before you…it’s been on my list fora ges. i’ve just been reading kids books. tons. all day long. nanny life!

  • Reply Lindsay April 12, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Damn… Naked Men is not what i thought! Haha! The cleaning book sounds super interesting. I’m trying to use more natural products around the house! I always love your recommendations!

  • Reply texerinsydney April 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I’m sorry. Did you write something in this post. After seeing the dude on that one book cover I’ve gotten all flustered and lost my train of thought…………..

  • Reply Christina April 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I liked After You, but totally agree that it shouldn’t be compared to Me Before You. I’m adding No One Knows and definitely want to check out Natural Green Cleaning at some point!

  • Reply Jackie @ My Sort Of Adult Life April 12, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I just started No One Knows…I can’t wait to see what these plot twists are all about!

  • Reply Dani April 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Ok, I seriously need to get on the JoJo Moyes train. I keep hearing about this series! Unfortunately so has everyone else because the wait-list at the library is ridiculously long. Womp. I just added No one Knows to my TBR- love a good thriller!

  • Reply Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! April 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    The Beast meme is the BESTTTTT!!!!

  • Reply Duckie April 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Now adding No One Knows to my list! Definitely sounds like my kinda story!

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