My week has been pretty amazing….busy but amazing. I’m feeling a bit better anxiety-wise and I think it’s partly due to being able to find time to read. I finished 3 books and started one other. I’m also reading a non-fiction The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD on and off…taking it slow to take in the information.
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes ★★★★★ – this was such an easy and fun read…exactly what I was looking for this week. It was romantic but not in a cheesy, ‘stick my fingers down my throat’ kinda way. The characters were relatable – they had struggles, kept secrets, made mistakes – but they were real. I loved the banter between Evvie and Dean and also the friendship between Evvie and Andy…in equal measures. I admit to being a little put off by Dean being a baseball star when I first picked up the book….I know next to nothing about baseball and I am in no way a sporty person…but I am glad I went with it. I can see why people all over bookstagram are loving this book. It’s not life-changing but it is a very enjoyable way to spend some time on the couch.
It’s Not me It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane ★★★★- Mhairi McFarlane does it again. This is the second book from this author that I have read in the past month. After listening to Don’t You Forget About Me I knew I wasn’t done with Mhairi’s Scottish humour. I listened to this book on Audible every chance I got…during my lunch break, in the car, on the way to work…the narration was brilliant; and the story line was comfortably predictable with the main character, Delia, beautifully flawed and finding her way. Completely feel-good, laugh out loud. Highly recommend.
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★ – Not one of TJR’s best but still good. Two people together since they were 19 decide to try a year apart to save their marriage? Romantic?… maybe…realistic?… not so much. I guess it was sweet that they could forgive each other and move on…(sorry spoilers!)… but I really was hoping Lauren would find herself and follow her bliss…away from husband. Oh well…..it was still a good read. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is still my favourite TJR novel….closely followed by Daisy Jones & The Six.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms – my latest audiobook – it seems just okay so far. The narration is a bit cringy and I’m don’t know if I like the characters but I’m prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt and keep reading. Hopefully it gets better.