Book Coffee Happy’s 12 Most Viewed Posts of 2021

Book Coffee Happy’s 12 Most Viewed Posts of 2021

Oh man, Blogmas. I tried!!! The official Blogmas goal is to post every single day in December from December 1st until Christmas. I made it to the 21st before life and a magical staycation in downtown Chicago got in the way of completing the goal. I’m super proud that I was able to post as much as I did and I’m already planning next year’s Blogmas schedule! Such a fun thing for bloggers to do. I actually really loved doing it which is quite surprising considering my reservations about it (you can watch the video of me sharing my thoughts on that HERE). So until next year, Blogmas…it’s been fun!

So today is 12/29 and although I was thinking I would take this time off from blogging, I thought I would share a little recap of Book Coffee Happy’s most viewed posts from the past year! Seems weird to post something like this in January, lol.

I love writing my little hobby so much and it warms my heart that so many of you love reading it! Thank you for all of your kind words and support throughout the years. Book Coffee Happy is just getting started…I’ve got some big plans for this little blog in 2022!

I always find my analytics so interesting and I love to see which posts are the most viewed by you. Most of the highly viewed posts on my blog make perfect sense to me but some….do NOT, lol.

Here in order from the 12th most viewed post of 2021 to the #1 most viewed post of 2021

#12

Sex. Hot, Steamy Sex. And so Much More…This Book is AWESOME.

I’m so glad that so many of you have read this post because I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH! Aaaaaaand now I’m wondering if starting blog posts that start with the word “Sex” might just be a wonderful attention grabber, lol…???

#11

I was Wrong. So Very Wrong. This Book is AMAZING.

I wrote this post in 2020 and I’m so glad that so many of you are still reading it in 2021. This book is beautiful! I spent waaaaaaay too long resisting it and I’m so glad I finally read it. Highly, highly recommend this gorgeous book.

#10

My Top Book Recommendations

The fact that this is one of my most visited posts of 2021 comes as zero surprise. It’s a book blog…obviously people want to know my top book recommendations! I actually wrote that post back in 2019! I’m thinking an updated post should be on the 2022 agenda…

#9

One of the Best Books I’ve Ever Read

Oh I love this book so much. I’m so glad so many of you have read this post and have read this book as a result.

#8

The Best Book I Have Ever Read.

I mean….with a title like that, I’m not surprised that this post is so popular. I’m so glad it is…READ THAT BOOK.

#7

Book Review: The Housekeeper {Natalie Barelli}

I honestly have NO IDEA why this post is so highly visited. I can barely even remember the book let alone the post? For some reason, this post continuously gets so much traffic and it blows my mind.

#6

Book Review (Unpopular Opinion): Then She Was Gone {Lisa Jewell}

I’m honestly not sure why people love this book OR this blog post, lol???

#5

**DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK** Book Review: Tampa {Alissa Nutting}

Oh god I hate that I’m even including this VILE book on here because the very last thing I want to do is to draw attention to it. This book is DISGUSTING. I’ve never, ever said this about a book before but please don’t buy it.

#4

The 12 Best Books I Read in 2020

YES. I still stand by every single one!

#3

Why I Stopped Reading The House in the Cerulean Sea {TJ Klune}…But You Shouldn’t!

Eh this book. I just couldn’t do it.

#2

Why I Stopped Reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo {Taylor Jenkins Reid}…But You Shouldn’t!

So this blog post has an insane amount of traffic to it EVERY SINGLE DAY from alllll around the globe. I honestly don’t know why but it literally has had so many thousands of page views and that kind of blows my mind.

#1

I Was Stuck On A Mountain in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Well this comes at NO SURPRISE considering this post went viral last winter when Google put it on their homepage! It was super exciting and thanks to Google, thousands and thousands and THOUSANDS of new readers have since found my little blog. You can read the insane and awesome story of when it was on Google’s homepage HERE! This week is the 1 year anniversary of being stuck on that mountain….what a craaaaaazy vacation that was!

Blogmas 2021 Posts:

12/1: Welcome to Blogmas 2021 {Video}!

12:2: BLOGMAS: Birthday Giveaway {Amazon Gift Card}!

12/3: BLOGMAS Book Review: One Day in December {Josie Silver}

12/4: BLOGMAS: My Birthday Visit to Barnes and Noble!

12/5: BLOGMAS: 3 Library Books I Recently Returned Without Reading

12/6: BLOGMAS Book Review: The Christmas Wedding {James Patterson}

12/7: BLOGMAS: (Non Holiday) Book Review: Other People’s Children {R.J. Hoffmann}

12/8: BLOGMAS: I Bought 5 New Books!

12/9: BLOGMAS: 8 Holiday Books I Want To Read

12/10: BLOGMAS: Must Have Book Accessory #4

12/11: BLOGMAS: The Holiday Drinks Book Tag

12/12: BLOGMAS: Book Review (Non Holiday): The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend {Katrina Bivald}

12/13: BLOGMAS: Book I’m Currently Reading, Coffee I’m Currently Drinking, I Thing Currently Making me HAPPY!

12/14: BLOGMAS: (Non Holiday) Book Review: The Photographer {Mary Dixie Carter}

12/15: BLOGMAS: 6 Books I Want To Read in 2022

12/16: BLOGMAS: GIVEAWAY {Amazon Gift Card}! Book Coffee Happy Readers Are The KINDEST!

12/17: BLOGMAS: A Change In My December Reading Plans!

12/18: BLOGMAS: The 13 Best Books I Read in 2021

12/19: BLOGMAS: Books To Give As Gifts

12/20: BLOGMAS Book Series Review: The Winter Novels 1-3 {Joanne Demaio}

12/21: BLOGMAS: {Video} Favorite Reading Accessories #5 and #6

Xo,

Jenny

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BLOGMAS Book Review: The Christmas Wedding {James Patterson}

BLOGMAS Book Review: Christmas Wedding {James Patterson}

I read this book last December while our family was on vacation in Tennessee. You might remember how I was stuck on a mountain during a blizzard with no power and low food supply? If not, you can read that crazy story HERE 🙂 While on that mountain, I read a very long, dramatic, and HEAVY book (review of that wonderful book HERE) and when I finished, I knew that my next read needed to be something much lighter. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson (and Richard DiLallo!) was a perfect selection to read starting on the last day of our trip and review once I came back home!

The only issue was that I literally finished reading this book on December 31, 2020 and by December 31st…who wants to read a Christmas book?! I figured that I would wait and review this one during the appropriate holiday season, even if my review had to wait a year before I published it!

Goodreads Synopsis of The Christmas Wedding {James Patterson}:

The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill’s wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby’s four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married–and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day–she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.

But the wedding isn’t Gaby’s only surprise–she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh look at family and the magic of the season.

My Review of The Christmas Wedding {James Patterson}:

This book is EXACTLY what I was hoping it would be. Light, quick, easy to read, nothing too deep. After just finishing my previous book, I NEEDED something LIGHT. This book was perfect.

My only complaint…how is this not a book series??? This book follows the lives of a big family and each has chapters dedicated to their stories. It reminded me SO MUCH of Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter series (if you haven’t read those books, READ. THOSE. BOOKS. You can check out my review of them HERE). The Christmas Wedding feels so little like a standalone novel…this family really should be a series.

I read this book over a few days but honestly could have easily read it in one sitting. It’s only 266 pages long (short like Winter Street) and composed of 64 teeny tiny chapters…my favorite!

And it has a cheat sheet with all of the characters! WHY DON’T ALL BOOKS DO THIS?!?!? First 3 pages of the book. I probably looked back at this “cheat sheet” 20 times while reading the rest of the book. There were a lot of characters in this book but this basic summary made it so easy to keep everyone straight. LOVE. I so wish every single book had something like this. You can read more about why I hate when books have too many characters HERE.

Bottom Line:

If you are looking for an easy holiday read, this book is great! I actually enjoyed it way more than I was expecting to.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Blogmas 2021 Posts:

12/1: Welcome to Blogmas 2021 {Video}!

12:2: BLOGMAS: Birthday Giveaway {Amazon Gift Card}!

12/3: BLOGMAS Book Review: One Day in December {Josie Silver}

12/4: BLOGMAS: My Birthday Visit to Barnes and Noble!

12/5: BLOGMAS: 3 Library Books I Recently Returned Without Reading

Xo,

Jenny

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Welcome to Blogmas 2021 {Video}!

Blogmas 2021 is HERE and Book Coffee Happy is officially participating! Watch this short video which explains what Blogmas is, how Blogmas works, and why I’m so excited to finally be able for Book Coffee Happy to partake in the Blogmas fun:

Here’s to a fun month! Let’s do this!

“Oy to the world” Happy Hanukkah!

Xo,

Jenny

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Book Review (Unpopular Opinion): In My Dreams I Hold A Knife {Ashley Winstead}

Book Review (Unpopular Opinion): In My Dreams I Hold A Knife {Ashley Winstead}

I had said this in a blog post that I wrote a few weeks ago about In My Dreams I Hold A Knife {Ashley Winstead} and I still stand by these words today:

“It seems EVERYONE is reading this book right now and I’ve heard it’s AWESOME. I can’t wait to get started! If you are someone looking to read the latest book that EVERYONE will be reading and talking about…here you go :)”

Goodreads Synopsis of In My Dreams I Hold A Knife {Ashley Winstead}:

A college reunion turns dark and deadly in this chilling and propulsive suspense novel about six friends, one unsolved murder, and the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other—and themselves—for a decade.

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to southern, elite Duquette University, down to the envious whispers that are sure to follow in her wake. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see—confident, beautiful, indifferent—not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather’s murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she’d been closest to since freshman year. Ten years ago, everything fell apart, including the dreams she worked for her whole life—and her relationship with the one person she wasn’t supposed to love.

But not everyone is ready to move on. Not everyone left Duquette ten years ago, and not everyone can let Heather’s murder go unsolved. Someone is determined to trap the real killer, to make the guilty pay. When the six friends are reunited, they will be forced to confront what happened that night—and the years’ worth of secrets each of them would do anything to keep hidden.

Told in racing dual timelines, with a dark campus setting and a darker look at friendship, love, obsession, and ambition, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an addictive, propulsive read you won’t be able to put down. 

My Review of In My Dreams I Hold A Knife {Ashley Winstead}:

I didn’t love it and it CERTAINLY isn’t worthy of the hype it has created.

Before I get into all of the reasons why this book wasn’t for me, I must say that it is SUPER popular right now and many other people LOVE it!

Now that I’ve cleared up that so many people love this book, I will indulge you with all of the reasons that I, in fact, did not.

I found each character more unlikeable, more immature, and more unrelatable than the next. These 20 somethings acted like children half the time! Some twists I found predictable, some I didn’t but overall I just didn’t love it. I found the entire book incredibly cliched and so, so cheesy.

The timelines in this book are allllllll over the place. Present, past, more recent past, back to present, more recent past, FAR away past, present, etc. I HATE WHEN BOOKS DO THIS. WHY DO BOOKS DO THIS????

Now all of that being said, it DID hold my interest long enough for me to actually finish reading it which is more than I can say for many of the other books I’ve been reading lately! So there’s that.

Bottom Line:

SO many people are loving this book! I am clearly not one of those people 😉

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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The Book That Got Me OUT Of My Book Rut!

SEE YA BOOK RUT!

My son bought me this coffee mug and I love it so, so much. It’s perfectly creepy.

So to those of you who have been following my STUPID book rut…it’s officially OVER.

I have finished reading a book. Let me repeat…I HAVE FINISHED READING A BOOK. It has been WEEKS since I’ve done that and it feels positively fantastic. Starting books and not finishing them is hell but sometimes it needs to be done. And MAN have I done that a lot recently.

The Book That Got Me Out of My Book Rut:

Goodreads Synopsis of Firsts {Laurie Elizabeth Flynn}:

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process.

My Review of Firsts {Laurie Elizabeth Flynn}:

Ok so I didn’t love it. Each character was more unlikable than the next (especially the main character which made it completely impossible to root for her). The storylines were so far fetched and unbelievable.

HOWEVER….

It held my interest enough for me to finish reading the entire book which is something that hasn’t happened in WAY TOO LONG (weeks!!!). If you haven’t been following my book rut, HERE is a link which explains the utter hell I have been going though. And HERE is a link to the book that I THOUGHT was going to get me out of the stupid rut buuuuuuut….did not. Ugh.

Did I love Firsts? No. Did it grab me in the way that I thought I needed a book to in order for my book rut to end? No. Was it well written with easy to read, short chapters (my favorite)? Sure was! I’ll take it! WINNER!

Bottom Line:

If you are looking for a quick read, this book is good. Not great…but good enough for me to say SEE YA, BOOK RUT!

**If any of you are currently going through a book rut, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.**

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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This Book Did NOT Get Me Out of My Book Rut. Ugh.

This Book Did NOT Get Me Out of My Book Rut. Ugh.

While I’m clearly not loving any books at the moment, I’m LOVING Halloween decorations!

Book Rut

Ugh. I was so thinking this book was IT. The one to get me out of my STUPID book rut. But alas…nope. Still in my book rut. Still not happy about it.

Ugh.

Goodreads Synopsis of The Guncle {Steven Rowley}:

Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is honestly a bit out of his league.

So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick’s brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of “Guncle Rules” ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old. Quickly realizing that parenting—even if temporary—isn’t solved with treats and jokes, Patrick’s eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you’re unfailingly human.

My Thoughts on The Guncle {Steven Rowley}:

Ok I need to say…I actually was LOVING this book. It was adorable and charming and FUNNY. The characters were lovable and complex. The writing was GREAT. I smiled, I laughed, I was ALL IN.

Except…

I wasn’t.

Why did I stop reading this book? Simple. It didn’t “grab” me. Now I understand that every single book I read isn’t going to “grab” me. However, being smack in the middle of a book rut means that in order for me to actually finish reading a book, I need it to grab me! And I don’t mean a light grab…I mean, I need it to HANG ON to me and not allow for me to put it down. I need to be thinking about it even when I’m not reading it. I need to look forward to picking it up and I need to feel sad when I need to put it down.

This book just wasn’t any of that for me. A charming and heartwarming story? Absolutely. One I HAD to read because there was no way I could not? Nope.

So as much as I HATED putting this one down, I knew it was time. I just wasn’t 100 percent into it. Do I recommend it? Absolutely, it’s wonderful. Do I recommend it if you are in the middle of a book rut and need something to GRAB you? I do not.

So I begrudgingly closed the cover of this one 124 pages in and started reading yet another book to try to pull me out of this stupid book rut. So far so good…I’ll reveal it’s title once I can figure out my feelings on it!

I. HATE. BOOK. RUTS.

Xo,

Jenny

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

Clearly this book wasn’t for me…but you might love it! Click the image below to order the book through my Amazon affiliate link. When you order through this link, I receive a tiny commission. Thank you for your support, Xo



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Book I’m Currently Reading (Is My Book Rut Over?), Coffee I’m Currently Drinking (Delicious), 1 Thing Making Me Happy

Book Coffee Happy’s newest series where I share the book I’m currently reading, the coffee I’m currently drinking, and 1 thing that is currently making me happy!

Beautiful old books I came across while at an antique store a few weeks ago!

Book I’m Currently Reading:

So I THINK my book rut miiiiiiight just be over?

Goodreads Synopsis of The Gungle {Steven Rowley}:

Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is honestly a bit out of his league.

So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick’s brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of “Guncle Rules” ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old. Quickly realizing that parenting—even if temporary—isn’t solved with treats and jokes, Patrick’s eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you’re unfailingly human.

I’ll post my thoughts when I finish reading!

Coffee I’m Currently Drinking:

Delicious coffee while watching the new season of Nailed It with my kids (Do any of you watch it? We LOVE Nailed It over here!)

Currently Making Me Happy:

I write notes in my kids’ lunchboxes every day and about once a week I sneak a little present in there, too. These were last week’s lunch surprises! They were a hit!

Happy Friday (almost…it’s currently 10:00 PM on Thursday)! I hope your weekend is filled with love and BOOKS!

What are you currently reading?

What coffee are you currently enjoying?

What is 1 thing currently making you HAPPY?

Xo,

Jenny

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BOOK. RUT.

Book. Rut.

Hiiiiii!

I was a bit absent last week because I’m still trying to figure out a routine in my new normal of working (part time…all the info on my new job HERE)! Things here have been great! I am LOVING my new job!

As wonderful as things have been over here, there is most definitely 1 area where things have NOT been so wonderful: READING. Ugh. Is there anything worse that a book rut? If you have never experienced a true book rut, you are extremely blessed. Basically a book rut is when you read book after book and none of them pull you in. Once they start, it seems impossible for them to end. I HATE. BOOK. RUTS.

I think part of the issue here is that I read a FANTASTIC book that I truly couldn’t put down (I’ll have my review posted here on Monday! Stay tuned!) and then ever since that awesome book…Book Rut.

In all fairness, I didn’t give any of these books a proper chance. At all. I started them and none of them one “grabbed” me so I gave up. I think coming off of that other book that literally grabbed me from page 1 I just felt so let down by these 3.

**Note: I posted all about Book Rut Book #1 on my blog last week. To read that post, click HERE.**

Book Rut Book #2: The Guilt Trip {Sandie Jones}

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Rachel and Noah have been friends since they met at university. While they once thought that they might be something more, now, twenty years later, they are each happily married to other people, Jack and Paige respectively. Jack’s brother Will is getting married, to the dazzling, impulsive Ali, and the group of six travel to Portugal for their destination weekend.

Three couples.
As they arrive at a gorgeous villa perched on a cliff-edge, overlooking towering waves that crash on the famous surfing beaches below at Nazaré, they try to settle into a weekend of fun. While Rachel is looking forward to getting to know her future sister-in-law Ali better, Ali can’t help but rub many of the group up the wrong way: Rachel’s best friend Paige thinks Ali is attention-seeking and childish, and while Jack is trying to support his brother Will’s choice of wife, he is also finding plenty to disagree with Noah about.

One fatal misunderstanding . . .
But when Rachel discovers something about Ali that she can hardly believe, everything changes. As the wedding weekend unfolds, the secrets each of them hold begin to spill, and friendships and marriages threaten to unravel. Soon, jumping to conclusions becomes the difference between life and death.

Book Rut Book #3: The Husbands {Chandler Baker}

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nora Spangler is a successful attorney but when it comes to domestic life, she packs the lunches, schedules the doctor appointments, knows where the extra paper towel rolls are, and designs and orders the holiday cards. Her husband works hard, too… but why does it seem like she is always working so much harder?

When the Spanglers go house hunting in Dynasty Ranch, an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora meets a group of high-powered women–a tech CEO, a neurosurgeon, an award-winning therapist, a bestselling author–with enviably supportive husbands. When she agrees to help with a resident’s wrongful death case, she is pulled into the lives of the women there. She finds the air is different in Dynasty Ranch. The women aren’t hanging on by a thread.

But as the case unravels, Nora uncovers a plot that may explain the secret to having-it-all. One that’s worth killing for. Calling to mind a Stepford Wives gender-swap, The Husbands imagines a world where the burden of the “second shift” is equally shared–and what it may take to get there.

Sooooo yeah. Major book rut over here. THE WORST. What am I reading next you ask? I HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE. I have a huge stack of library books here but eh…Any suggestions?? Help!! Someone get me out of this book rut STAT pleeeeeease!!

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is filled with love and (non book rut) BOOKS!

Xo,

Jenny

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Book Review: The Last Thing He Told Me {Laura Dave}

I was looking forward to reading this book for MONTHS and was obsessively checking the library to see if my copy was in! I was already prepared to buy it in case it didn’t come before our trip to Michigan because I knew that it would be the perfect vacation read.

I DID in fact get my copy from the library before my vacation and I DID in fact bring this book with me to Michigan a few weeks ago!

Once I got back home from our trip, I had posted this video in my Instagram stories after I had repeatedly tried OVER AND OVER to get the sand out of the plastic cover. Total fail. Oops.

Yikes.

Goodreads Synopsis of The Last Thing He Told Me {Laura Dave}:

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her.

Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers: Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered; as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss; as a US Marshal and FBI agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.

Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth, together. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they are also building a new future. One neither Hannah nor Bailey could have anticipated. 

We all have stories we never tell.

My Review of The Last Thing He Told Me {Laura Dave}:

I know this is going to be quite the unpopular opinion but…

Man is this book overrated.

The very best part of this book was the fact that I didn’t actually end up buying myself a copy!

I really didn’t like this book.

I felt like there was absolutely no character development and certainly no development between characters. Relationships that should have been important seemed trivial based on zero development in their storylines.

I found each character more unlikable than the next and therefore I wasn’t nearly as invested in the outcome of the story as I should have been.

People describe this book all the time saying that they couldn’t put it down. This confuses me because I had a much harder time picking it UP than I did putting it down, lol.

The story itself was confusing and VERY, VERY far fetched. Completely unrealistic for SO many reasons. I had many issues with the way that the main character (Hannah) reacted to so many things.

Oh and the ending? I hated it. Like REALLY hated it.

Bottom Line:

For the life of me I cannot understand why so many people love this book.

This book is just further proof that Reese Witherspoon and I could never be real life friends. We disagree waaaaaaaaay too much on what makes for a great book. There have been very few exceptions to this…but the biggest exception where her and I actually agree is hands down THIS BOOK. One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read!

PLEASE TELL ME I’M NOT ALONE. Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

HERE is a link to another book that everyone loves and I hate.

Xo,

Jenny

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82 Pages In and…I GIVE UP ON THIS BOOK.

I tried to read this entire book. I really did. And then as much as I REALLY wanted to, I just couldn’t continue. I was DONE. After only 82 pages. Ugh.

I read (and posted on Instagram) through 2 school pick up lines (side note: whyyyyyyyy are school pick up lines the worst??):

Ugh.

Goodreads Synopsis of The Good Sister {Sally Hepworth}:

There’s only been one time that Rose couldn’t stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be…dangerous.

When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.

Fern’s mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of what families keep hidden. 

My Review of The Good Sister {Sally Hepworth}:

I thought that this book was going to be a thriller. Maybe it’s the creepy girl on the cover, maybe it’s the “everyone has a dark side” quote on the cover. For whatever the reason, I expected this to be a psychological thriller. AND I LOVE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS.

So my general reactions of boredom and confusion can be understood when 82 pages in, I finally accepted that this book wasn’t at all what I went into it thinking that it would be.

I absolutely, positively, unequivocally love Sally Hepworth! She is truly one of the funniest people on Instagram…I LOVE watching her stories.

So…this book…isn’t funny like Sally and isn’t a thriller like the cover led me to believe.

Granted, I only read 82 pages so maybe things would have turned around had I read more? The reviews that I’ve seen of this one have been wonderful and some even suggest that it IS, in fact, a thriller? Maybe it’s just a slow start? Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel the need to stick around to find out. I was honestly just so BORED. And sad. Parts of this book were heartbreaking. And dark. But mostly I was just really bored.

Once I had decided that I was officially done reading this book, I googled the summary. I’m glad I stopped reading when I did. That’s all I say.

I still love Sally Hepworth and I still love her writing style! HERE is a great book that she’s written (one of the very first books I ever reviewed on my blog! It’s so funny to see how different my posts are now than they were when I first started blogging) and HERE is another example of one of her books that I loved! I will definitely keep reading her books…just not this one. Nope, this one was just not for me.

Bottom Line:

Moving on…

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is filled with love and BOOKS!

Xo,

Jenny

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