Ugh…spring has not been my best reading season this year. I think I have experienced my first reading slump, and I’m still sort of in it. I was very busy with work during the spring and felt exhausted every night, not really wanting to spend time reading. I also don’t think my book choices helped my case. I had a hard time picking enough books for this post to constitute a list. Of the 12 books I read, 5 were rated 3 stars or less. Despite the reading struggle, there were a few that I enjoyed (reviews linked):
Five Star Reads ★★★★★
Author: Stephanie Danler
This was recently made into a series on Starz, which I have not yet seen, but I listened to this gem on audiobook. The writing is luscious and decadent. This tells the story of a young woman trying to make it on her own in NYC in the restaurant business. It’s very much a coming-of-age tale, filled with mistakes, drug usage and other generally unsavory behavior. This is not going to be a book for everyone, but I loved it!
Title: The Royal We
Authors: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
All the Harry and Meghan hoopla got me jonesing for a re-read of this cotton-candy goodness. I listened to it on audiobook this go around, which was really well done. This book follows the story of Rebecca Porter, an American who studies abroad at Oxford and meets Prince Nicholas of Wales. Their lengthy courtship, their ups and downs, and all the gory details are in this delightful book, with some loose ties to William and Kate’s story.
Four Star Reads ★★★★
Title: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author: Mariana Zapata
This mild romance follows Vanessa “Van” Mazur as she decides to quit her job as a personal assistant for a top defensive player in the National Football Organization to pursue her dreams. Her employer is not willing to let her go quite yet, so he begs her to come back, putting Van in a new position and seeing a new side of him. Guys, it’s a romance, it is what it is, but I enjoyed it and it wasn’t too smutty. It was 97% chick lit and 3% romance.
Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy
Author: Jenny Han
Jenny Han is my girl. I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago as my first experience with JH, but never read the rest of Belly’s story. When I realized my beach vacation was around the corner, I decided to read this series to get me in the beach mood. It’s the story of a love triangle that begins in childhood and extends to adulthood during the series between Belly and the two brothers of the family she has spent her childhood summers with. It’s sweet and nostalgic and makes you ready to jump in the sand.