Beach Read Book Review

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


BOOK REVIEW: Beach Read by Emily Henry

Release Date: May 19th, 2020
Genre: Romance / Fiction
Published by: Berkley
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Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They're polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really. 



Every once in a while we're lucky enough to find a book that makes us fall in love with the characters and reminds us that LOVE is beautiful...even when the world feels pretty shitty.
I fell in love with this book.  
I could not put it down.
I actually ran out of post-it notes to mark the passages that I want to go back to!

But how could I not love it?  Let me give you 5 reasons to love this book:

  1. January is a hopeless romantic and Gus is a "life is shit" kind of guy. But not everyone is just one thing, is it? And as they start knowing each other, the layers start coming off, and they might discover that they are not so different after all...
  2. January writes romance novels and she believes that Gus thinks his writing is superior...
  3. The sarcasm...oh, that twisted humor and endless eye rolls that make sparks fly...
  4. Everyone has secrets, even the people we've loved all our lives...
  5. Finally, the love scenes, they were not so steamy, but were perfectly written.
Which song would I pair this book with?  COMING AROUND AGAIN by Carly Simon 

"I know nothing stays the same
But if you're willing to play the game
It's coming around again
So don't mind if I fall apart
There's more room in a broken heart

And I believe in love
But what else can I do
I'm so in love with you"

I do hope you get to read this book, and when you do, please let me know what you thought of it!

Happy reading!

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2020 Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Sunday, July 5, 2020

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Can you believe it's July already?  

Honestly, there's nothing I would like more than press the reset button and re-install 2020, because the version we downloaded is definitely bugged...but when nothing seems to be working, books offer comfort and the option to escape reality!

I only see one way to sum up the first 6 months of 2020: I read 41 books and I am on target to hit my year-end goal of 80 books (I read 83 books in 2019)!

So, without further ado, let's look at the #MIDYEARBOOKFREAKOUTTAG  

BEST BOOK you've read so far in 2020?

After falling in love with The Night Circus, I couldn't wait to read The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. 
Click here to view my full review of this Masterpiece.  


BEST SEQUEL you've read so far in 2020?

That would be Blue Lily, Lily Blue (book 3 of The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater!  
If you haven't read this series, I suggest you order your copies now!


NEW RELEASE you haven't read yet but want to?  

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin is sitting on my shelf and I'm planning on reading it in July.  
I have very high expectations for this book!


Most ANTICIPATED RELEASE for the second half of 2020?

There are 2 books coming out in September that I already pre-ordered and can't wait to get my hands on: 
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman 



Hmmm, I have to confess that I DNF'ed Crave by Tracy Wolff.  
It just didn't do it for me :-(



One debut book that was a total surprise to me was Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas! 
I read it without high expectations and yet, this book was a solid 5 stars!


Favorite NEW to you AUTHOR?

After reading both The Simple Wild and Wild at Heart,  K.A. Tucker quickly became a favorite!



Hunt Athalar from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. 
I mean, who wouldn't fall for the notorious fallen angel? 



Twelve-year-old Edward Adler
I got very emotional when followed Edward on his coming-of-age journey from feeling like he didn’t deserve to survive to understanding that he is a survivor!!!  From learning to put away his guilt of being alive to deciding to do something to honor the people that didn’t make it.⁠


Book that made you CRY?

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle made me cry at the end and I wasn't sure if I was happy or sad with the did that happen?


Book that made you HAPPY?

Little Wonders was a breath of fresh air. It was funny and SO real!


Favorite Book-To-Movie ADAPTATION you saw this year?

I haven't really been watching lots of TV lately, and even though I haven't watched it yet, I can't wait for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo TV series to release on Netflix!


Favorite REVIEW you've written this year?

Pretty much the same answer as last year's book tag, I like every review I write.  
I do it because I enjoy it, so it's not an obligation, it's my opinion.  I'm not sure I can choose a favorite, except the one review that got chosen by Penguin Books, which was How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.


Most BEAUTIFUL BOOK you've bought so far this year?

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo is just stunning!


What BOOKS do you need to READ by the end of this year?

That might be the toughest question of all!!!
Honestly, I'm like a kid in a toy store and want to read all the books...


There you have it.  
I'm not going to tag anyone so feel free to #TAG yourself, and let me know if any of these books made to your list as well! 

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