Latest Reads

I love reading, but for a long time I didn't make the time for it in my schedule. Back in August, I started reading every night before bed. It has been such a nice addition to my evening routine! Since I have been reading more lately, I thought I would share with you a few of the books I have read.
Good Things by Mia King
Back cover description: "A charming debut novel about a lifestyle maven who learns that living simply isn't simple. Deidre McIntosh became famous teaching women to live simply, and simply live-ironic for a woman who thrives on the chaos of a television career, and shares a home with her best friend, the one man she can count on-who happens to be gay. But when her Seattle cooking-and-lifestyle show gets bumped off the air, and her best guy moves in with his boyfriend, she's left trying to figure out the next segment. Seizing on a chance encounter with an attractive stranger, Deidre accepts his offer to use his country home. She hopes to get away for a while and learn to practice what she preaches. To appreciate life without voice mail. To gain the courage to start again, and take the first slow, cautious steps toward a new kind of success-and maybe even love. It seems like a simple task. But it may be the hardest thing she's ever done..."

My rating: 3/5

This book wasn't the greatest piece of literature, but it was really enjoyable to read, which sometimes is just what you need. I really liked the world that this author created and would like to read the other two sequels that she wrote!

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Back cover description: "Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future."

My rating: 2.5/5

I had been wanting to read this book for so long, but when I finally did, it was kind of disappointing. I mostly enjoyed the story, but it was slow moving and didn't have a very satisfying or concluding ending, to me anyway. This book has been adapted into a movie, which I would like to see to compare it to the book. Sadly, I don't think I would recommend this book.

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Back cover description: "It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for."

My rating: 4.5/5

Queen Lauren can do no wrong in my eyes and it was really interesting to see her as an author instead of an actress. There were definitely some things I could relate to with the main character, Franny, since we are similar ages. Lauren's voice really came through in this book and I didn't want it to end! She could easily write sequels to this book and continue's the character's story.

Lately it has been nice reading things just for pure enjoyment rather than being required to read things for school. I love giving myself the freedom to read whatever I'd like!

I definitely could use some new books to add to my reading list, so please give me some suggestions!

What kinds of books do you like to read?