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It’s book day! Crazy how fast that comes every month, right?! For June, my goal was to get through as many books on my shelf in Netgalley as I possibly could. You know, so I can request more and keep up my ration. Ha! But also to follow along with Dani and Erin‘s Read My Books challenge. Full disclosure, One True Loves was the only book that I did not have prior to this month, the rest I pulled from my Netgalley shelf from requests that were approved before June. A few of them may have been archived for more than a month….oops. Better late that never. Obviously I am also linking up with the queen(s) of books, Steph and Jana!

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl

This book is a retelling of Taming of the Shrew. One of my favorite movies, 10 Things I Hate About You is also a retelling of Taming of the Shrew. I found myself thinking of those characters a little as I read this novel. The book is short, less than 250 pages and I felt like Anne Tyler did a good job at retelling the famous comedy. The writing itself was great and if I didn’t know it was a retelling, I would have compared it to Taming of the Shrew.

Had this story been just a modern day tale, there are a few things that would have irked me about how Kate was just supposed to submit to her father and marry Pyotr. The way he is always expecting Kate to take care of him like its her life duty and such. But I appreciate all her snark and the contrast between her and her sister Bunny.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a good retelling of Taming of the Shrew, this is it. It is a quick, summer read.

Rating: 3/5

I received a copy of Vinegar Girl from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves

I knew that when I saw this on Kristen’s list last  month. it would be right up my alley. I really enjoyed this book. What would you do if your husband was thought to be dead and you had moved on with someone else…..only to realize that he never died. I really liked the characters in this book, both guys were likable as was Emma. This was a beautifully told love story and I had my mind made up about half way through where I wanted Emma to end up in the end. And I loved loved loved the ending.

Bottom Line: Read it! I adored this book.

Rating: 5/5

That Darkness by Lisa Black


This book was just ok for me. There was a lot of action and an interesting story line, but it didn’t pick up as much as I would have liked until I was 80% in to the book.  While I appreciate all the crime scene analysis and details that make up the story, it was sort of boring at the same time. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for this type of book when I read it? The book did make me question whether you should do the right thing or the legal thing. How I would feel if the justice system failed me. And my thoughts on vigilantes.

Bottom Line: If you are in to crime books, this would be a good option for you. I really did like the story line and concept of the book.

Rating: 3/5

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

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Curious Minds (Knight and Moon, #1)

I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan, I just love her Stephanie Plum series. I also recently read one of the books from her Fox and O’Hare series a few months back and it was great too. Curious Minds is (hopefully) a new series with Janet Evanovich pairing with Phoef Sutton. I really enjoyed this book!!! I liked Riley, the lead female character. She is sort of quirky like Stephanie Plum, but maybe put together a little more. And then there is Emmerson, the eccentric millionaire that grabbed my heart. These two made quite the team while trying to solve the mystery of fake gold in the Federal Reserve. I literally read this book in one day, that is how much I enjoyed it. I just flowed for me and I wanted to find out what was going to happen next!

Bottom Line: If you like the Stephanie Plum series or cozy mysteries in general, then this book is for you.

Rating: 4/5

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

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

First Comes Love

I was a little worried, as Giffin’s last book was pretty terrible, I knew this would have to be better. The chapters rotate between Josie and Meredith’s POV and I liked that. The book takes place in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. I lived in that area for several years and I loved hearing all the places I recognize like the OK Cafe, Tin Lizzy’s, Five Paces etc. I recognize all the street names and can picture everything as it is being described.

I liked that the characters of this book were relatable. You have one sister who seems to have the perfect life with the husband, the kid, the fancy career, etc and then you have the sister that is a little bit of a mess who appears carefree and selfish. But things aren’t as they seem. I liked that the characters weren’t perfect and it was a real sibling relationship.

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read and I really felt like I got to know the characters.


I received a copy of First Comes Love from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.

Wanting it All by Chrisi Barth

Wanting It All (Naked Men #2)

This is the second book in the Naked Men series. I reviewed the first book a few months ago. The Naked Men is actually a blog and podcast that a few best guy friends share where they are completely candid and uncensored about their real thoughts on topics. This book focuses on Knox, the incredibly successful and smart bachelor who typically goes through women like a buffet until he meets Madison. Madison is a strong and compassionate girl who has a one track mind to marriage. She is also in DC to find her long lost brother, none other than Knox’s best friend Logan. This was quite an interesting read watching Knox transform and see Madison adjust to big city living.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a cute love story, this is it.


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

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  • Reply texerinsydney July 12, 2016 at 1:06 am

    You had a solid month of reading. Go you!
    Taylor Jenkins Reid and Emily Giffin are both authors that I view as “chick lit” that I don’t necessarily get drawn to reading all that often. But, that’s what I love about bloggers and books…I’ve opened myself up to them a little more and have found delightful reads! I should give each of them a try the next time I step out of my comfort zone.

  • Reply Teh Megan July 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Still Alice broke my heart, but I loved it and I actually kept the hard copy I purchased so I could reread it in the future. I’m adding One True Love to my TBR list. Also, I just want to stare at the cover of that Wanting It All book. /lickslips

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says July 12, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I love reimaginings of classic stories since, let’s be honest, I probably won’t read the original.

    I haven’t gotten to Emily Giffin’s book yet (sorry, NetGalley) but I did read TJR and, as always, I love her books.

  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World July 12, 2016 at 9:04 am

    One True Loves is on my list!

  • Reply Kelli July 12, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I’ve read two book posts and you’ve both reviewed Curious Minds and my library doesn’t even have it. I feel like yelling rude the next time I walk in there. 🙂

  • Reply July 12, 2016 at 9:14 am

    i just reading something about the vinegar girl, i think in my entertainment weekly, so i am curious to see a review on it. i still want to read emily griffin!

  • Reply Jessie @ The Acquired Sass July 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I didn’t realize Vinegar Girl was a retelling of Taming of the Shrew, so shame on me. I love 10 things I hate about you, but this book just did not do it for me. I will say I liked the ending, but more than anything I was glad it was over.

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph July 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I hope that Evanovich & friend already have more books written in that series. Release them! LOL

  • Reply Helene July 12, 2016 at 10:37 am

    One True Loves sounds SO good! definitely adding it to my list!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo July 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Oh gosh – the movie Still Alice had me in a sobbing mess. I can imagine the book is worse.

    I just added One True Love to my MUST list.

  • Reply Jessica July 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Oooo I loved Still Alice, it is so good! And I just put the TJR book on hold on my Overdrive app, I have heard so many great things about it!

  • Reply Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! July 12, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Oooh I loved Still Alice! So heartbreaking but SO good!

  • Reply kristen July 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    my netgalley is out of control right now, and my ratio definitely sucks because of it. i need to make july my netgalley month .. but i also have a few kindle unlimiteds that i am going to lose in 1 week if i don’t re-up my membership, which i don’t want to, but i don’t think i can read 10 books in 7 days lol.
    i am SO glad you loved one true loves and the ending <3
    curious minds is on my kindle! i can't wait to get to it.
    and omg i can't WAIT to see what you think of still alice.

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky July 12, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    let me know about STill Alice….I’ve been thinking about queueing that up as well!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine July 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    My mom really liked Curious Minds..she said it wasn’t her favorite JE book , but enjoyed it a lot. Never saw the movie but Still Alice had me bawling like a baby. Just added One True Loves to my list!! Love these round ups!!

  • Reply Jackie July 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I’m glad the Evanovich book is good. I always love her stories.

  • Reply Kristin July 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I *liked* One True Loves, but I didn’t like the ending. That was probably my biggest complaint about the book. I could dissect that book for daaaaays 🙂

  • Reply Mackenzie July 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Vinegar Girl sounds like a cool read! Will add it to my list 🙂

  • Reply Olya @ The Siberian American July 12, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I really loved One True Loves too! Definitely want to read more Taylor Jenkins Reed now!

  • Reply Jess July 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Vinegar Girl sounds really cute. I am a fan of 10 Things I Hate About You, too :).

  • Reply alyssa July 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I like your review of the new Emily Giffin. I am so-so on her—I read the whole thing but was seriously agitated by The One and Only—but this one looked interesting, so I think I’ll give it a try. Oh, and so with you in that I love when a book or movie is based in an area I know and I can recognize references to real-life places and things!

  • Reply Brie @ A Slice of Brie July 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Everyone keeps talking about how much they loved One True Loves and now I want to read it RIGHT NOW. I’m glad the Emily Giffin book was good – her last book got such bad reviews that I haven’t wanted to read it, but I adore her earlier stuff. And I love when you’ve been/lived in the place where a book takes place – it’s so neat to really be able to picture exactly what the author is describing!

  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels July 13, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I loved Something Borrowed by Emily Giffen so so much, but was let down by her other books. Sounds like she redeemed herself with this latest! Also, I’ve never heard of One True Loves but it sounds terrific! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders July 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    You got through so many great books on your Netgalley shelf! I have a few of those on my shelf too, and obviously I need to read them, specifically Vinegar Girl, One True Loves, and First Comes Love. I totally agree with you about That Darkness. It was a good crime story, but it just so long for it to pick up! This was the authors first book, so maybe books later in the series will pick up quicker.

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  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family July 14, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    One True Loves sounds so interesting! I’ll have to check that out!

  • Reply Alexandra July 15, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I have heard good things about One True Loves. Glad to know it’s not just a few people! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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  • Reply Duckie July 28, 2016 at 2:28 am

    One True Loves and Curious Minds seem like my kinda reads! Definitely gonna look into them!

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