Currently Reading Vol. V

Book recommendations

It’s been a minute since a book roundup–I didn’t read as much this summer as I’d hoped, but I guess that’s what happens while you’re temporarily in grad school! Luckily I’ve been able to pick up more books over the past couple of months and am sure these posts will be more regular in the future :) Here’s what’s been on my nightstand lately, including a couple I loved and one I had to put down part way through…

Eligible: I loved, loved, loved this book. It truly does live up to the hype. It’s like a modern take on Pride & Prejudice, with a Darcy and everything. While it’s definitely an adaptation, it’s a really light, fun one…I’ll leave it at that because I don’t want to ruin it but if you’re in the mood for a well written romantic read, definitely pick this up! // Recommend? Yes!*

Talking As Fast As I Can: I was pretty late to the party of those who read Lauren Graham’s book but it was a fun read–her tone is so genuine, and it seems like she’s actually talking to you. I like her but am not one of those die-hard fans…I can see why those who are were obsessed with this book, and think you do have to have watched Gilmore Girls and really like her as an actress to appreciate the book. // Recommend? Yes, if you’re a Lauren Graham fan.

American Wife: I’d heard rave reviews about this book and it honestly took me a few chapters for me to get into it. Once it did pick up, though, I ended up really enjoying it! The story is loosely based around Laura Bush’s life–with many anecdotes most of us knew and some things we probably didn’t, which prompted some googling. Once I got into it, I could barely put it down…always the sign of a good read. I think it’s hard when books get so much hype and seemingly unanimous rave reviews–it makes you feel like you have to love it and rave about it as much as everyone does. Regardless, this one’s worth a read. // Recommend? Yes!

The Marriage PactYou guys, I rarely ever stop reading books once I start them but I just couldn’t do it with this one. The plot line was creepy and I don’t enjoy violence in books–particularly when it comes to fiction. This couple ends up receiving a wedding gift that brings them into this pact of people who are bound into a group that allegedly helps protect and preserve their marriages. There are consequences if you break the pact’s rules and the newly initiated couple is trying to navigate their new life. While this was definitely a page-turner at a lot of points, I never got over the creepiness factor and called it quits halfway through. // Recommend? No.*

Before We Were Yours: This book is based around a real-life scandal where a Memphis-based woman had an adoption organization filled with poor, kidnapped children who were then adopted by wealthy Tennessee families. The story goes between the present day life of successful prosecutor Avery Stafford, who stumbles across information that leads her to believe there’s more to her family’s history, and the story of how a tight knit family of young children was torn apart by this “organization.” It’s a sad tale that’s pretty heavy and historically accurate–if you’re okay with that, you’ll probably really enjoy it. I liked it okay but am not necessarily itching to pick up something similar. // Recommend? Maybe.*

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: This isn’t one I’d have read up on my own (Random House sent it over) and it took me a little while to get into. As I said, book violence doesn’t appeal to me at all–but the story was unlike one I hadn’t read before. The book tells the story of Sam Hawley’s questionable past while incorporating his present role as sole guardian of his daughter, Loo. His dangerous business dealings continue to have their consequences and Loo starts to piece together her father’s life before she was born. It flips back and forth between the past and present day, and is a great story of a close-knit family where loyalty knows no bounds. I’d basically recommend it because it’s truly just an interesting story with really rich characters. // Recommend? Maybe.*

Sisters First: After months of anticipation, Katie and I went to hear Barbara and Jenna speak in DC a few weeks ago and they’re just as sweet and hilarious in person as you’d imagine! I couldn’t wait to dive into Sisters First, and it’s definitely the most fun book I’ve read lately. Highly recommend–no matter what side of the political aisle you’re on (it’s really not a political book and has five stars on Amazon)–and think it would make a great present this holiday season! // Recommend? Yes!

*A huge thank you to Random House for indulging my love for reading and sending over these books!

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  1. I was shocked by how much I loved Eligible! It was such a unique read and totally took me back in time to reading Pride & Prejudice.

    Posted 11.29.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Definitely! Could easily have been botched, but was pleasantly surprised :)

      Posted 11.30.17 Reply
  2. I adored Eligible! And American Wife. I read it back in HS but it’s still one of my faves. And honestly, I didn’t love Lauren Graham’s book and I’m a HUGE GG fan. Fine, but nothing special. I need to read Sisters First, too!

    x Diana // Pearl Girl

    Posted 11.29.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      I didn’t even realize American Wife had been around for so long! Crazy how quickly it got popular again. Hope you love SF!

      Posted 11.30.17 Reply
  3. Karishma wrote:

    I hadn’t never heard of Eligible before reading your book review. After seeing it on here, I bought it on a Sunday and finished it this morning 🙈 LOVED the book and cannot believe how much they played off ‘the bachelor’

    Posted 12.4.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Hahah that’s amazing! I’m glad you loved it–so true re: The Bachelor as well. Makes it feel less “trashy” when it’s in book form, right?

      Posted 12.5.17 Reply