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Linking up with Steph and Jana for another month of Show Us Your Books! I feel like a read a few really good ones this month. In fact, they were all decent reads.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

This book you guys!!! I had all the feels. I literally blubbered through sections of it and it was so captivating. Let’s get real for a second, shall we? Alzheimer’s scares the shit out of me more than most diseases. I mean, cancer is awful. But Alzheimer’s? It literally strips away every piece of you and leaves you a confused and lost soul. It is so hard for not only the victim of the disease, but the family and friends. I think that this book really put it in to the correct perspective and it was so beautifully done.

Bottom Line: Just read it!!!!

Rating: 5/5

Audio comment: I consumed this via audio book and the narrator wasn’t my favorite. She was sort of monotone but the story was so good I didn’t care.

Tempting Fate by Jane Green

Tempting Fate

I always feel like you can never go wrong with a Jane Green read. They are usually consistently good and easy reads. The premise of the book didn’t really excite me at first. I am not really a fan of reading about cheating in a marriage. I can’t understand that mindset. I have never, could never, would never cheat on anyone. Ever. So it is hard for me to read about it. However, the story line was very interesting. You really get to know the main character, Gabby, and all her thoughts and feelings.

There was one character that I got really mad at for the way she acted, but it was all part of the story and necessary so I get it. I felt like the author didn’t rush the story line and really let things build up and have a solid foundation. I will say that the ending was a bit too perfect of a bow.

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this book. It had well developed characters and a decent plot. It was a solid read, what you would expect from Jane Green.

Rating: 4/5

Audio comment:Jane Green narrates this book herself so you get to hear it exactly as she meant for you too. I enjoyed it. And her English accent 🙂

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth Leban

The Restaurant Critic's Wife

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book at first. Mainly I was irritated that Lila would let her husband’s job take over  her entire life. He didn’t want her to have friends or go back to a job she loved because he was afraid of being exposed. It’s one thing if you live cautiously for your job, but you can’t expect  your entire family to miss out on life happiness because of it! Besides that fact, I feel like we really got to know Lila as a character.

Bottom Line: The book dragged just a little in a few spots for me, but overall I enjoyed it. I would recommend it if you are looking for a light chick-lit type read.

Rating: 3/5

I received a copy of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

This is my second read from Sarah Dessen. In the very beginning of the book, you get right to the main plot line…Haley receives a call from her best friend Scarlett while away at camp. Scarlett’s boyfriend just died in a motorcycle accident. Oh, and then we find out she’s pregnant with his baby.

This has your typical YA story line of the good girl falling for the bad boy, the transformation of a relationship with the best friend, an overbearing parent, and your typical high school drama. I really liked that things weren’t so perfect and the ending didn’t really wrap everything up in to a bow. It left something for you to wonder about.

Bottom Line: This is a solid YA read and I enjoyed it.

Rating: 3.5/5

Audio Comment: Decent narrator.

Don’t Tempt Me by Lori Foster

Don't Tempt Me (Guthrie Brothers #1)

I actually read this book in about three sittings over two days. That is a rarity for me. What I really liked is that we got some character development before a romantic relationship ensues. I hate books where the relationship is rushed. I also really loved the plot line of this book with Honor’s issues with her family and her upbringing. The side characters had some development as well. I didn’t really care for the whole Lexi and Sullivan line because I felt like it was randomly thrown in. There is a little action in the book with crime going on in the neighborhood which was interesting too. The only thing I didn’t really care for is how perfect Jason was. No one is that amazing LOL.

Bottom Line: If you are in to love stories with a decent plot line, I would suggest this book. I appreciated that there was some depth.

Rating: 4/5

I received a copy of Don’t Tempt Me from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.

Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

Sunset in Central Park (From Manhattan with Love, #2)

This is a really cute love story between two people who were friends for a long time and realized they wanted more than that. It is the second book in a series, which I was not aware of until I went to add it to my Goodreads. You don’t need to read the first one to enjoy this one.

Bottom Line:  If you are looking for a light and fluffy love story, then this is it! There are a few hot and heavy scenes in the book, so I don’t recommend it if you are more conservative with your reads.

Rating: 3.5/5

I received a copy of Sunset in Central Park from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.

Currently Reading

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly Guilty

I was really hoping to have this one completed for the link up but it is really long!!! I am doing it via Audible and I still have 9 hours left after listening to it for a week on my commute! I am enjoying it, but not as much as some of the other reads by her.

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  • Reply texerinsydney August 9, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I have yet to read a Jane Green book, but I keep meaning to pick up Summer Secrets since so many people seemed to like it. Sometimes, I think it’s good if an author can get you really mad at a character. An emotional response is part of the enjoyment of reading for me. Even if it is a negative response to a character.

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee less talky August 9, 2016 at 7:10 am

    i have picked up and then put down Still Alice because it seems so heavy and sad. That said, I have it on my “for later” shelf which I think I’ll probably be signing out from the library after The Nightingale.

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization Actually August 9, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I always want to comment but we really don’t read the same stuff. Except maybe for pregnancy books! But I didn’t include that in my post because I’m following along each month, so 9 months of talking about the same book would get pretty dull. 😛

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says August 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Still Alice is such a wonderful book. I love that Lisa Genova is/was a neuroscientist and she takes such care when she writes about brain diseases.

  • Reply Brittany Pines August 9, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I keep hearing about Sarah Dessen, must read her! And interesting about TMD, I loved What Alice Forgot so I’ve been considering more Moriarty.

  • Reply August 9, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Still Alice is on my list–I haven’t seen the movie yet nor read the book.

  • Reply chelsea jacobs August 9, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I’ve heard such good things about Still Alice..I need to read it!

  • Reply Lauren August 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I think Still Alice is on my list. I read another of Alice Genova’s books (the one about Huntington’s Disease… I can’t remember the title) and it was heartbreaking but so good. I loved how she really examined what the diagnoses meant for the family, both those affected and not. I need to find a time when I’m ready to cry through a book, though…

  • Reply Audrey August 9, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I think Still Alice is just too damn heavy for me. I like historical fiction or light and fluffy. Haha. I prefer to escape real-world drama and heartbreak 😉 I’m going to add Sunset in Central Park to my GoodReads list right now 🙂

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph August 9, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I keep meaning to read more by Sarah Dessen. Thanks for the reminder!

    I have avoided Alice. It scares me.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo August 9, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I saw Still Alice the movie … I was so freaking depressed & heavy hearted after watching it. Alzheimers scares the beegeez out of me too.
    I felt like the movie just ended randomly without a real ‘ending’ – did the book end the same way?

  • Reply Jackie August 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    British audiobooks narrators are my absolute favorite. Jane Green has been on my to read list for a while. I’m going to have to bump her up.

  • Reply kristen August 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    YAY so glad you loved still alice. we have such similar taste most of the time but i still get worried haha
    i am with you on cheating, but i’m glad you ended up liking that book. i am intrigued by the fact that she narrates herself!! that is awesome! i had no idea she was english hahaha
    i am so glad you liked don’t tempt me, as it is on my kindle waiting for me lol. i hate perfect characters too, and i hate when the romance is rushed. sounds good! can’t wait!

  • Reply Heather Hines August 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I also really enjoyed Still Alice 🙂 I read the first in that Sarah Morgan series and really enjoyed it too…I am looking forward to reading the second because I know which characters it is about 😉 I too was hoping to have Truly Madly Guilty finished by now, but I’m sure I’ll be done by the next link up! So many books, so little time 🙂

  • Reply Brie @ A Slice of Brie August 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Oh, I loved Still Alice too! Such a fascinating (albeit sad) book. Have you read any of her other books? I really enjoyed Left Neglected too. Her others aren’t as good, but I still liked them.
    I haven’t read a Jane Green book in years! But I’ve enjoyed hers in the past. I’ve only read a few Sarah Dessen books, but this one sounds really good! I’ll have to keep it mind for when I need an audio book – I listened to Saint Anything on audio and it was positive experience.

  • Reply Teh Megan August 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Sarah Dessen is a guilty pleasure of mine. Her books are simple to read and usually give a happy ending. Just the fluff I need between WW2 books.

    AHHH Still Alice.. OMG OMG, I lurved this book. I lost it at the end. I couldn’t even pretend not to be crying. Ugly crying while Teh German drove us back from NC and he’s just concerned that I’m losing my mind. I seriously want to reread this one.

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family August 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I still haven’t read Still Alice. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle it. We’re living it right now with Christopher’s dad (who was diagnosed with early onset dementia six years ago). I’ve been curious about the story, but I’m just not sure I am emotionally ready for that. I keep hearing such great things about it, though. So who knows. Maybe I’ll try it out. I am going to go ahead and add it to my GoodReads just to keep it on my radar, though.

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration August 9, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I have not ready anything by Jane Green or Sarah Dressen and they are two authors I hear about regularly. I need to pick something up. What book by Jane Green do you recommend?

  • Reply carly August 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Someone Like You is one of my favorite books from when I was younger but I haven’t reread it in years. Sunset in Central Park sounds like such a cute read!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders August 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Truly Madly Deeply audible really is so incredibly long, but I’m loving the fact that the reader has an Aussie accent! Still Alice has been on my TBR list for forever! Everybody raves about it, but I guess that I really haven’t been in the right mindset to read it. Then again I read some of the most depressing books last month no problem! I have never actually read a Jane Green novel, but Tempting Fate sounds really good! I need to try and pick it up!

  • Reply Michael August 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I completely agree on Still Alice. It was such a great book. I need to watch the movie now.

  • Reply Alanna @ Alanna & Company August 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Still Alice still makes me weepy. It was such a great book I read it all in one night and stayed up until 1 a.m. (my typical bedtime is 10 p.m.) Have you read Lisa Genova’s other book? I liked Still Alice better but the other one was really good too!

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native August 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I loved Still Alice. I see lots of other people are talking about Genova’s other books (right now I’m reading the one someone mentioned about Huntington’s–they couldn’t remember the title: it’s Inside the O’Briens) and the beginning was slow but I’m loving it now. And I loved Left Neglected that someone mentioned too! And lastly, Love Anthony. (After Still Alice I had to read ALL of her books–ha!) I’ve rated all three that I’ve finished 5 stars.

  • Reply Olya @ The Siberian American August 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I felt the same way about Still Alice! So good (but so sad!)

  • Reply Jess August 9, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Sounds like some good reads. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the Liane Moriarty book. I’ve still only read one book by her. Not sure if I’ll continue since it was good but not really my favorite genre.

  • Reply Amy @ The Crazy Wise Woman August 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I want to read Still Alice but I am a little bit scared. I think I am going to try though, finally starting to get my reading mojo back!

  • Reply alyssa August 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    My grandmother died of Alzheimer’s three years ago this month. Next week actually. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to handle reading Still Alice, though I am curious about the presentation of Alz in it since I hear such incredible things about the story. Maybe next year.

    I feel like I haven’t read enough Jane Green. I remember reading and loving Bookends by her some years ago—in high school maybe—but I haven’t picked up anything by her since. Whenever I read reviews though they sound so good!

  • Reply Kristin August 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I’m currently reading the same book….I’m about 2/3 of the way done. I like it.

    I added the Jane Green one to my list. If she’s reliable as an author, I might want to read her others too. And I love when authors narrate their own books.

  • Reply Rose @ Ramblin' Rose August 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    God, Still Alice wrecked me. Genova totally made the reader feel and take on the disease as if it was your own.

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots August 15, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Yes I’m glad you loved Still Alice, I thought it was amazing!! I am on the waitlist for Truly Madly Guilty and I can’t wait!

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