Book Love, July 2017

This post contains affiliate links. If you chose to purchase an item through the link, it will cost no extra to you, but I will make a small commission. Thanks for your support.

About a month ago my I was challenged by Stephanie to read one book this summer, just one book. I grimaced, I groaned, I tried to get her to let me read a kids chapter book… she refused. So I sucked it up and went to the library grabbing a book that I thought I could make it through, some how. When I sat down to read something magical happened. The book-worm that has been resting dormant for over 20 years (whom I thought had died) sprung back to life.

I read one book, followed by another and then another. Something I had assumed I no longer enjoyed became the perfect past time. In less than a month, I had read several books and today I want to share them with you!


Talking as Fast as I Can

This was the very first book I read. Having just recently finished Gilmore Girls, I had a feeling this might be the perfect book for me to start with. I absolutely loved it. It was a super easy read that I finished in no time at all. I loved the insight into her time as Lorelai. She also shares a diary that she kept while filming The Year in The Life episodes that made me want to watch them again.






Someday, Someday Maybe

After reading the above book, I wondered about reading her first novel. She had shared about writing Someday, Someday Maybe in her spare time while she was filming Parenthood. I grabbed a copy of it and was equally enthralled. Her humor carried over into the playful story of a girl, Franny Banks, who is “trying to make it” as an actress in NYC and is up against a deadline that she has assigned herself. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading her next novel when it comes out. 






Between Sisters

I was told to read a Kristin Hannah book and I grabbed Between Sisters. It was an interesting story, but very far-fetched and a bit too unrealistic for me. It’s the story of two sisters, their broken relationship, the broken relationships they have, and the road to restoration. I did enjoy the way the book was written and will likely read another Kristin Hanna book.







The Young Wives Club

I grabbed this book by chance off the new release shelf at the library. A story of 4 young women in their marriages/ engagements. Each chapter focuses on one of the 4 girls, but their stories are woven together with friendship. I read the entire book in just over a day. It is a SUPER easy and fun read. This was Julie Pennell’s first novel. I hope she writes more!







Paris for One

JoJo Moyes is another author I was told I needed to check out. Sadly I just grabbed the wrong book. It wasn’t that it was bad, just a bit slow really. The story was rather short but there was about 8 short stories in the back. However, I didn’t care for any of them either. I still plan to give JoJo Moyes another try. I hear she has much better books. 






What have you been reading lately?
Any recommendations?

Linking up with Wife Mommy Me

Sharing my June #bookreview in today's blog post. #book #bookworm #Summerreading Click To Tweet

Summer Reading Collection I. My June must reads!

  • I’ve been reading this summer as well! I just finished Leave Me and it was pretty good. I’m still trying to find that “fun summer read” so I’ll have to check out some of the books you recommended.

    • Fun summer read eh? I bet you find the perfect book soon!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    I’ve been reading nothing lately! LOL! I need a new book so this is super helpful!! I think I need to check out those ones by Lauren Graham!

    • Read the nonfiction first. It is SO easy to read and easy to pick up and sit down. The other is really good and easy too though.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I definitely read more in the summer so I was so excited to see this list! Kristin Hannah is normally a favorite author of mine but I have not enjoyed her last couple books as much. The young wives club has me intrigued. I just finished up the couple next-door and it was so so good! I hope you have a marvelous Monday and a great start to your week!

  • Oh I have to read the Lauren graham books now!! Time to start back reading!

    • YES! You totally need to. Read the Non-fiction first, then you’ll want to read the novel.

  • I did not like The Young Wives Club at all. Ugh it was just too ridiculous for me. Look at you saying you would read one and clearing out a whole shelf! Go girl! xo Happy Monday girl!

    • Haha! It was a bit far fetched so I would totally agree. But it wasn’t complex or hard to read so I was never bothered by it. Does that make any sense? I also had read it after reading Between Sisters which I found to be COMPLETELY ridiculous. So this one didn’t seem so bad at the time. Thank you, thank you. *Said while taking a curtsey.*

  • I am so so proud of you 🙂 You’ve came so far young grasshopper!

  • Heather Bramlett

    Look at you!! So proud of you!!

    • Thank you, thank you! I knew you would be :).

  • tacy

    I love Lauren Graham’s books! Be careful of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I read it, and while I enjoyed her writing style, I didn’t like the themes of that book. It has a depressing agenda, unfortunately, 🙁 Good for you checking them out at the library!!!

    • Nothing worse than a depressing book. I am honestly thinking her style might not be for me, but I have heard GREAT things about “Ship of Brides”. I buy SO many books because of school I am a library girl through and through.

  • If you give Moyes another chance, go with “Ship of Brides” its my absolute favorite of hers!

    • Funny thing is, that was the the other I was debating between. I honestly think I picked the one I did because it was shorter #blushing.

      • Hey, no judging here! I can only get through short stories if I absolutely LOVE the writer (so far only Jane Austen and Edith Wharton have made the cut!)

  • I loved Lauren Graham’s book too!! I actually have Someday, Someday Maybe but I haven’t read it yet! I need to get on it!

    • Yes you do. It is just so perfectly her. It was a fun read.

  • Great job on the reading!

  • So want to grab Someday, Someday, Maybe! I just fell in love with her more reading her autobiography. And like you I want to go back and watch a year in the life after reading her diary!

    • YES! That is exactly why I had to read her novel. It was really witty just like her. Nothing crazy like November 9 but totally her voice which I adore.

  • Jessica

    I’m reading Between Sisters right now. Trying to get more into it. I recommend The Weekenders. I just finished that and really enjoyed it.

    • I will make sure to check that one out! I am curious to hear your thoughts if you finish it. It wasn’t bad by any means…. just far fetched for me.

  • I need to read the Lauren Graham book. I love Parenthood and Gilmore Girls so I don’t know why I haven’t picked this book up. Someday, Someday, Maybe! sounds good. Maybe I will have to read the two in the order you did.

    • Oh man you totally need to read both of those! They are SO good!

  • Whoa…look at you go! You have read so many books already. Isn’t it fun when something is re-ignited in you? This reminds me, I need to finish that Lauren Graham book.

    • It has been a lot of fun! I am reading Wild now and it is LONG!

  • …and then she read all the books. Amazing! I love anything with Lauren Graham but I didn’t love her Someday book.

    • I can see that. If it hadn’t been told in her ever so Lorelai wit, I would have hated it. Having read other stories after it I realize that it moved a little bit slow. I am curious how I would feel about it if I read it for the first time now.

  • Whitney Jordan

    So many great books! I’m anxious to get my hands on that Lauren Graham book! Way to go on all that reading. I’m hoping to get some reading in during nap time today 🙂

    • Thanks friend! It has been so much fun to pursue books again. Definitely read the Lauren Graham book.