October was a pretty good month for reading! Three of the four were over 500 pages, but for the most part I enjoyed them all (minus one that had great content but poor execution).
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. They continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
This book was SO.GOOD! I read it in two days, which is saying a lot because I only have 45 minutes at nap time and then after the kids go to bed for reading. Don would come up from studying at 11 or 12 pm and was shocked both nights to still find me up. It’s been a long long time since I have felt so invested in a book and it’s characters. I cried, I laughed out loud, I had cheesy grins on my face – I felt the feelings of Fallon and Ben myself and could not put this book down. There’s sex and swearing in the book, but they play into the plot, and if you can look past that, I would definitely recommend it!
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old.
I loved the concept of this book – it was such a unique plot and I really related to twenty-nine year old Alice. Before having kids, I used to devour books about serial killers and kidnappers and all the books with high suspense, but I’ve found those books just kind of stress me out (maybe it’s the mom anxiety). This book filled the void, I was sucked into the plot and sped through it. It’s a long book (500-ish) pages, but definitely worth it!
Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl
Katie Nicholl gives an inside look into the life of the future Queen of England, Kate Middleton. Since becoming Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton has captivated royals fans around the world and now, Nicholl delivers the story of her early life, first romances, and love with Prince William. Nicholl will reveal new details on Middleton’s initiation into royal life and, of course, her first pregnancy.
I wanted to like this book so much because Kate Middleton is pretty fabulous, but it was just so bad. The book was way too long, had a lot of trivial facts, dug way too in depth about un-important things, and was just written so poorly. I don’t know if it’s because Nicholl is a British writer, but her run-on sentences and poor wording bothered me. While there were parts that were interesting, I was very bored the entire book and found myself skimming a lot. Nicholl seemed to have interviewed anyone and everyone and some of the people that she quoted in the book seemed too out of touch to be valid “witnesses”. In my opinion, she also used a lot of conjecture in forming opinions as she clearly could not have known how Kate or William were feeling in situations (and I’m fairly sure she didn’t interview them). I definitely would not recommend this book. It was a big old yawn.
Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance; but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, renowned advice columnist of Woman’s Friend magazine.
Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women, she begins to secretly write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.
This book was set in London during World War II, and I really enjoyed reading it from a young woman’s perspective. Despite the setting of the book being quite somber, the book has a light and optimistic feeling, and I breezed through it relatively quickly. It did take me about 75 pages to really get into the book, but I enjoyed reading a little historical fiction. It wasn’t my favorite book that I read this month, and I didn’t feel the need to read, but I am glad that I grabbed it off the shelf when I did.
Have you read any of these books? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts on the books? What books did you read in October?