Saturday, September 22, 2018

Book Review: Chapter One (End of Summer)

Reading on the porch swing

During my recent trip out to Whidbey Island I was able to finish my summer reading list! Summers used to be a lot earlier to sit and readd. I used to have a lot more down time but since I started my job, last year, this time of year is increasingly harder to stay up and read. In short, this list is small. Over the winter, I want to read two books a month! 

I've decided to start a book review series on this blog. Reason one, to keep me honest but also to keep a record for myself. In the past I started this idea, but only reviewed one book. As you can see from my previous post, I had every intention of reading a book a month and that didn't happen. This time, I've got them written in my calendar, in hopes that it'll keep me on track! 

To start, I want to say that I'm a huge library supporter. If I don't get my books from the library, I try to get them at either a thrift store or borrow them from a friend. It's not that I don't believe in buying books, I definitely do! I will buy them every so often, sometimes even after I've read it and loved it. 

Let's begin. Shall we?

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The French Girl // This super suspenseful book was a recommendation from Southern Curls and Pearls' book review in June. I read her synopsis and thought I would take a chance. This was my first true thriller book and my first Lexie Elliot read. I was hooked and desperate to find out the ending. I read this book in 3 days. By day 3, I purposely woke up early to burn through the morning. The book is based in London with flash backs to Kate's summer vacation in France back in college. Her squad has all grown up when a body from that summer is uncovered. It hooks you faster and faster as the chapters progress. I loved that it had a bit of romance it in to break up the suspense. A great book for Fall! 

How to be an Overnight Success: Making it in Business // This book opened my eyes to the struggle and determination many small business owners go through. Especially when trying to figure out how to make it big as a beauty brand. Maria Hatzistefanis, more commonly known as Ms. Rodial has one of the most unique back stories in business that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. She takes you through her decision process of starting out as a columnist to being the ultimate beauty boss babe in the industry. It's a fascinating book and it's filled with tips for social media, how to have the metal push to start your own business and discusses the hardships along the way. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a great book for my commute in the mornings.   

The Witness // Many of you don't know this about me but I'm an absolute sucker for Nora Roberts books. Her books have gotten me through some tough times and they tend to be my favorite during the Fall. Cuddled up on a big chair with my tea and the rain. This book was more suspenseful than her other novels and, to be honest, not my favorite one of her books. I thought Abigail/Elizabeth, who is running for her life after witnessing a murder when she was only 16, was a character that could have lighted up a little bit more throughout the story. Though, Roberts turned this character into the ultimate girl boss and bad ass, she could have been a bit less awkward at times. Abigail and Chief Brooks Gleason's relationship is worth the read and he's a breath of fresh air for her. This book is perfect for any plane ride or sitting on the beach with an ice cold drink. 

Work Party // This book! I read this book in a week. I borrowed it from the library and I was able to finish this weekend. If you are interested in reading about how the worst of the worst work situations can have a happy ending, then this is the book for you. Jaclyn Johnson is the most amazing boss B. She has started multiple businesses throughout her career and this is a workbook/guide to how she did it all. From using her Mom as her accountant to dating the wrong guys to growing with her passion. This book is a must read for anyone who has considered being a business owner. Highly recommend and another great book for the commute or placed on your bed side table. 

Shadow Spell // The second book in a Nora Roberts series. This series takes place in Ireland where falconer Conner O'dwyer lives with his sister and distant cousin who recently found them and also possesses the gift of magic. Connor and his sister's best friend, Meara, often work together since she's the local horseback guide. After a close brush with death, Conner realizes there might be more than something between Meara and him than just the love of a sister. As the story progresses you easily fall in love with Conner's boyish ways, wit and happiness. Meara is the girl next door that shines light through darkness for them. A fun and exciting book to read. Not my favorite Roberts trilogy but fun never the less and I'm still going to read the third! 

Those are the books I've read over the past few months. I've already started another one but I can't wait for the Fall rain and reading by fireplace again this year. If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them! 

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