Book Chat: Top 5 Disappointing Summer Reads

What were your most disappointing reads so far?

I was really looking forward to these ones, but sadly they didn’t quite live up to the hype or my expectations. 😢

I’ve listed them starting with my most disappointing read:

1) Finale by Stephanie Garber

⭐⭐ 1/2

2) The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

⭐⭐ 1/2

3) Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

⭐⭐⭐

4) The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

⭐⭐⭐

5) The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

⭐⭐⭐1/2

In all fairness, The Arrangment was still a good read. I just didn’t love it like I did with Her Pretty Face.

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May Wrap Up #monthlywrapup

I can’t believe May is already over! It went by so fast!!

Who’s ready for the summer heat? Not me..I actually don’t like the hot weather. But I do enjoy taking a dip in the pool and going to the beach (when it’s not scorching out).

Alright. So I wasn’t as successful this month at tackling my reading list, but I did manage to read most of what I had planned:

ARC’s

Birthday by Meredith Russo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The East End by Jason Allen – DNF
Middlegrade ARC’s

Carmen Sandiego: Endangered Operation – UNREAD

Maybe A Mermaid by Josephine Cameron – currently reading

The Startup Squad by Brian Weisfeld & Nicole. C. Kear ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

NETGALLEY

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren- Started

AUDIOBOOKS

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
BOOKS

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – ⭐⭐⭐

March Wrap Up #monthlywrapup

How did your reading go this month? Did you read all the books that was on your March list?

It was a good month for me. I was able to read additional books that weren’t on my list, but were on my tbr:

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward – ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams –⭐⭐ 1/2

Where’d You Go Burnadette? by Maria Semple -⭐⭐⭐⭐

Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego by Rebecca Tinker – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – DNF

The Pisces by Melissa Broder – ⭐⭐⭐

Book vs Film: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy #dumplin #bookstofilm

**Caution: spoiler alert**

Genre: YA, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was one of the rare times where I watched the movie before reading the book. I loved the movie! So of course, I went out and bought the book the next day!

Just like any book to film adaptation, changes were made to the fit the movie.

Rosie Dickson

Film: Will didn’t have a relationship with her mom growing up. Her aunt Lucy took that role.

Book: Will and her mom are complete opposites and have different views, but have a relationship throughout the whole story. In fact, Rosie helps Will where she can.

Mitch

He was a pretty important character in the book and helps Will through some of her struggles! I’m not sure why they cut his character from the movie.

Hannah Perez

Again, another character they took out in the movie but had a big role in the book.

Bo Larson

Book: Bo struggles with his feelings for Will throughout the novel and has a hard time articulating how he feels for her at first. He wasn’t as likeable in the book in my opinion.

Film: It was clear without saying, how Bo felt for Willowdean. You could see it in his eyes and gestures.

Ellen Dryver

Book: Not only was she tall and blond, but the loss of her virginity & friendship with Callie explain the true fallout between her and Will

Film: El has brown hair. The strain in her relationship with Will happens later on during the pageant and is very minor compared to the book.

The Hideaway

Book: The hideaway took a bit of a back seat in the book.

Film: This was my favourite part in the movie and had a much larger role. I think they did an amazing job at highlighting Dolly Parton Night.

Willowdean

Book: There were times where Will really annoyed & pissed me off. I get that she has insecurities, but she’s afraid to tell the people she supposedly cares about how she’s feeling and is so self sabotaging.

Film: Will’s character has a bit of a stronger personality. She’s not as afraid to speak her mind. I liked her more in the movie!

Final Words..

The ending kinda leaves you hanging which is understandable since there’s a second one (Puddin). But I still enjoyed the book! We get an indepth look into Will’s relationship with her mother, her insecurities about her weight and relationship with Ellen. There were some major differences from the movie! So if you haven’t read the book, don’t write it off just yet. I’d still recommend it! 😊

Overall, I still kinda liked the movie more 😜

Have you read the book? Seen the movie? What did you think??

First Line Fridays

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

WHEN THE WHITE NOISE WENT OFF, WE WERE IN THE GARDEN, PULLING WEEDS.


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Genre: YA, Dystopian

I seriously don’t know why I bothered to come up with a reading list this month, cause I haven’t really stuck to it.

I finally decided to read this and enjoy it so far.

Have you read it or seen the movie? What are you reading??

Book Review: The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle @Flatironbooks

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m surprised I have the ability for words, because this is insane.  Maybe I’m dreaming.  Maybe this is some sort of mental breakdown.

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As part of a spirituality exercise back in college, Jessica asks Sabrina to write down 5 people (living or dead) she’d like to have dinner with. Coincidently, the 5 people she lists have all had an impact in her life.

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I had seen this cover pop up all over Instagram and after being on the waitlist for a month, I finally got a copy!

This was a story that explores the relationships, love and loss between Sabrina and her dinner guests.

I’m a sucker for true love, so the story of Sabrina and Tobias definitely pulled at my heartstrings.

Find it on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36399096-the-dinner-list

 

Book Review: Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding @ScoutPressBooks

Genre: Mystery, General Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

My Thoughts..

She could never tell a therapist about these violent thoughts, at least not one who knew what she had done in the past.

Who is Amber Kunik?

I’m a huge fan of multiple POV’s, and this was done very well! The story is told through 3 different characters: Frances, Daisy & DJ and alternates between the present and past.

I have to say, I’m so glad this was described as a domestic drama. If I had walked into this one thinking it was a thriller, I would have been disappointed. Even though I had figured out the who part early on, I still second guessed myself at one point (which is rare). I really enjoyed the element of mystery and surprise.

The author does a great job at trying to keep you guessing and ends each voice at just the right moment.

Find it at Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36373379-her-pretty-face

September Wrap Up

Hello Bookworms!

Are you ready for Fall & Halloween like I am?? Hope you had some good reads this month! I had some highs and lows, but here’s a recap of what I read this month:

See any titles you’ve read or have on your TBR?

THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE BY STUART TURTON

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

MY LADY JANE BY CYNTHIA HAND, BRODI ASHTON & JODI MEADOWS

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

THE LAST TIME I LIED BY RILEY SAGER

⭐⭐ (DNF)

THE WAITER BY MATIAS FALDBAKKEN

⭐⭐

I don’t think I was the right audience for this particular book. You’d have to be someone who works and has a passion for the food industry.

What I liked..

I found “The Pig” (Graham) entertaining.

What didn’t work..

The waiter seemed to get lost in his own thoughts and would often ramble, making for a slow read.

** Special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for my copy **

Sorry this didn’t work out for me. 😞

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

**Special thanks to Harper Collins Canada & Stuart Turton for my HCC First Look copy**

The truth isn’t always kindness

Evelyn Hardcastle

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Pub Date: Sept 18, 2018

What It’s About..

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

My Thoughts..

Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up in someone else’s body and have absolutely no idea who or where you are?

Talk about a mind-blowing read! Seriously, this was like slap you in the face, kick you in the crotch good!!

I have not read a mystery novel this good in a very long time! In fact, I was in a slump with this genre for quite some time now. I had almost given up on reading anymore mystery & thrillers until I was fortunate enough to snag a copy of this gem.

Do you remember the game Clue?

This was just like that with a hint of Hercules Poirot, but even better. Just when you thought you had an ah-ha moment, Turton throws you for another twist and palm-sweating moments.

Despite my list of suspects and notes, I was still stumped until the end.

And the end..

Brilliant! Just Brilliant!! 👏👏👏 SO DID NOT see that coming!

The Characters..

OMG..There were so many great characters!

My faves

ANNA

Very witty & cunning. She is not what you think.

EVELYN HARDCASTLE

One word: GENIUS

AIDEN BISHOP

I actually had a bit of a love/hate for him. I admired his determination and heart, but his stubborness made him weak and at times I wanted grab him by the collar and shake the crap outta him.

THE FOOTMAN

OMG! This guy was always one step ahead of you! If you wanna talk about creepy, he totally had Jack the Ripper vibes.

Some of my tips if you plan to read it:

– There’s alot going on and many characters, which can make it confusing. All you need to remember is that the main character becomes 8 different people. Thankfully, the author labels each day that takes place and some of the info repeats itself.

-Even if you reached 40-50% of the book, don’t bother trying to skip to the end to see what happens! (Yea..you know you do it!) Believe me, I tried and it won’t make any sense unless you see the story through. You won’t truly KNOW, until you have ALL the facts.

But don’t fret, it’s such an action packed and mind boggling read, even if you don’t know what’s going on in the first few chapters, you’ll still want to keep reading.

Do you like mysteries & thrillers that throw you for a loop? Have you had a chance to read this? What did you think? Let’s chat!

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