Long time, no post! I haven’t made much time for the blog recently, and this semester has been crazy busy between classes, my internship, clubs, and homework. I’m so glad it’s finally warming up, and summer is only a little over a month away! We just got back from spring break, and it was honestly such a good week to unwind and relax. I didn’t do much, just went home for the week, but I got on a big reading kick again! I had barely been reading the weeks prior because of school, but over spring break I read… 10 books. From Sunday to Sunday. Yes, two of them I was already mostly done with because I had started them earlier, but still- I read nonstop! After coming back from spring break, I’m trying to keep my reading motivation alive and make time for it throughout the school day. Today I’m sharing all the books I’ve read this month and telling you my top recommendations!
Winter in Paradise // 3.5 ★ // This wasn’t bad, but just a little slow and not much happens. I usually love Elin Hilderbrand’s books but this one wasn’t my favorite of hers. It did make me want to go to a tropical island tho, and I loved the beachy setting!
The Last House Guest // 3 ★ // This was okay, but the plot wasn’t my favorite. I felt like it didn’t all add up or make sense at times, and it was a little slow. It’s about a girl who is investigating her best friends’ death in a small beach town. Not expecting that ending tho.
Reckless Girls // 4.5 ★ // This was a really good book, it draws you in right from the start. Set on a deserted island, it’s the perfect beach read with lots of mystery and drama. The ending was very unrealistic tho, but other than that I enjoyed it. I listened to it on audiobook!
The Night Swim // 5 ★ // Wow, this book was good. It’s told in such an interesting way that keeps you guessing and always wanting to read the next chapter. I love how it’s a mix of mystery, court room drama, and true crime podcasts! It does deal with some harder topics, but the author draws you in and keeps you guessing until the last page. Definitely recommend.
The Escape Room // 4 ★ // This was another fun read that kept you turning pages to find out what’s next! I like that it was told from two perspectives as you tried to figure out the history and mystery behind the scandal between the main characters. A majority of this book was set at a financial/investment firm in NYC, and I enjoyed reading about the cutthroat world of finance as well. The ending was pretty unrealistic, but still a fun thriller!
The Good Sister // 5 ★ // Wow- this book was not what I was expecting, in the best possible way! It had so many twists and I could never figure out who was “good or bad” until the end! I loved Fern, the main character, and the storyline was so good. I read it in a day!
The Summer of Broken Rules // 4.5 ★ // This was such a fun book! It’s the perfect summer read, set over the course of a week in Martha’s Vineyard. I haven’t read YA in forever, and it was a little cheesy at times, which is why I docked half a star off. But I loved the setting and all the wedding prep, and the love story was so cute. Finishing it made you miss the characters and the story, which is how you know it’s a good book!
10 Truths and Dare // 3.5 ★ // Another fun YA book! This was an easy read, I finished it in a few hours. I love the family dynamic and friendship between all the cousins, and the setting of the summer after graduation. It makes you want to be there, driving around town with the cousins and having family dinner at the grandmother’s house- a sweet read!
Better Than the Movies // 5 ★ // This book was SO GOOD!!! Another YA contemporary, but it was perfectly paced with such a fun plot, and not too cheesy- basically perfect. It reminded me of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before with the fake-dating plot, and I loved all the music and movie references throughout. Highly recommend!
Today Tonight Tomorrow // 2.5 ★ // This wasn’t my favorite. A YA contemporary, but I felt like it dragged on too much and was pretty unrealistic. Probably wouldn’t recommend.
The Hawthorne Legacy // 2.5 ★ // I loved the first book of this series, but this one fell short for me. It felt like there were too many twists and filler chapters, which made it hard to keep up with the actual mystery. I can’t decide if I want to read the third one or not.
Get Your Life Back // 5 ★ // Such a good book! This is one I can see myself reading again and again, just to remind myself of the simple truths about our union with Christ. This book talks a lot about how busy and distracted we get in our daily life, and how it’s time to be intentional about making space for time with God. 5 stars for sure!
Counting Down with You // 2 ★ // I thought I would like this book but it was wayyyy too cheesy and unrealistic for me. The main character was so dramatic and it got boring at the end.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince // 5 ★ // Listened to this on audiobook and Jim Dale’s voice calms me like no other 😌
Six of Crows // 5 ★ // Wow, this book was amazing! It took me a little while to get into, because I never read fantasy and the first few chapters had a lot of names and terms to set you up in the world of the book. But after that, the story picked up pace quickly and keeps you turning pages! It’s about a group of six teens who band together to pull off an impossible heist, and there are so many twists and turns. I liked the multiple perspectives from each of the characters, and the hints of romance between different pairs. I can’t wait for the second book!
Gay Girl, Good God // 4 ★ // I listened to this on audiobook and it was read by the author, which added to the story immensely! This was a really interesting read, and Jackie is such a powerful speaker. Her love for the Lord is so evident and it was interesting to hear her story.
Right now, I’m reading the second book of the Six of Crows duology, Crooked Kingdom. I have a long list of books to read up next, but I’m always down for suggestions! Let me know your favorite recent read down below.