Jul 30, 2017

LaLa Life Book Club: August Selections


It's almost August, y'all! I cannot believe it. My summer has almost come to an end and while I'm excited about starting off another school year, I'm so sad to say good bye to summer. There's nothing like being at home all day and having time to enjoy life!

 It's time to pick our August book for book club! Before we do, can we just talk about how amazing our July pick was?? I LOVED The Marriage Lie! Be sure and check out the spoiler picture on both my Instagrams (@msleslieann01 and @lalalifebookclub) to see what everyone thought. 

August's book theme is....hyped up books! You know, books that are everywhere right now! Scroll down to read a synopsis on each one.

These links will take you to each book's Goodreads page (friend me!). If you wish to order them, I've included the links from Amazon under each picture and description. These are affiliate links! :) 


So here's how the book club works if you're new!

1) If you want to participate, comment on my Instagram picture (@msleslieann01 and/or @lalalifebookclub) with your book choice #. I'll have a short description of each book below if you want to research to see which sounds best to you. I've never read any of these so I'm excited for any of them!

2) I'll tally up the votes and announce the winning book on Tuesday night (8/1). 

3) Once we've decided on a book, it's time to read! You can post your own pictures and thoughts or just comment on my pictures. Whatever gets us discussing the books! Just be sure and use the hashtag #lalalifebookclub so that everyone that is participating that month can follow along. 

4) If you have an Instagram account and don't really post pictures but still want to participate, just comment on others! The goal is to talk about the book! 



Here's a synopsis about each book if you're trying to decide your pick!


In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.
Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth ...no matter where it leads.


From the New York Times bestselling author of the pulse-quickening (Good Housekeeping, UK) In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware s highly anticipated third novel, featuring her signature verve and energy (Library Journal).On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa s dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick and to her horror, she discovers it s not a stick at all but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels. Tackling the slipperiness of your memories, the relativity of truth, and the danger of obsessive friendships, The Lying Game is a page-turning mystery with compelling characters and electric prose, resulting in an unputdownable thriller."


"The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us." 
Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon. 
Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit. 
Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara's investigation and Nick's last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.


Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living--and it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.


He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.


A warm and wonderfully vivid novel about taking second chances—in life and in the sea

One summer day on the beach in Florida, two extraordinary things happen to Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is bitten by a blacktip shark.

Eighteen years later, Maeve has thrown herself into her work as a world-traveling marine biologist discovering more about the minds of misunderstood sharks. But when Maeve returns home to the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses where she was raised by her grandmother, she finds more than just the blood orange sunsets and key lime pies she’s missed waiting for her.

While Maeve has always been fearless in the water, on land she is indecisive. A chance meeting on the beach with a plucky, irresistible little girl who is just as fascinated by the ocean as Maeve was growing up leaves her at a crossroads: Should she rekindle her romance with Daniel, the first love she left behind when she dove into her work? Or indulge in a new romance with her colleague, Nicholas, who turns up in her hometown to investigate an illegal shark-finning operation? 

Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, calypso bands, and perfect ocean views, The Shark Club is a story of the mysterious passions of one woman’s life: her first love and new love; the sea and sharks that inhabit it.

Jul 3, 2017

June Reading Recap

Friends, can y'all believe June is done and in the books? I feel like June is always the fastest month! I did manage to get in 9 books during this speedy month and I can't wait to share them with y'all! 

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It's Always the Husband

I started off the month with a mystery thriller that kept me guessing until the very end! I'm talking the LAST page! It reminded me of The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty, which I LOVED! This one was so good! It's about three women who have been friends since college. The book flip flops from their college years to 20 years later when one of the women is dead. I could not put it down! It did drag a bit in the middle, which is why I couldn't give it a full 5 stars, but I loved it nonetheless! 

When Dimple Met Rishi
This young adult book was the cutest book! I used to LOVE young adult books, but last year I found myself not reaching for them. This summer I have rediscovered my love for YA! When Dimple Met Rishi is a smiling throughout the story kind of book and I absolutely loved it. It's about a girl who goes to a technology camp for the summer, despite her parent's wishes. They think she should be concentrating on finding a husband. They rearrange a marriage for her and her supposed groom attends the camp, unbeknownst to her! These two characters have one of the BEST meet cutes EVER and I LOVED it! I so recommend this one! 

The Perfect Stranger
The Perfect Stranger had been on my list for the longest time! I loved Megan Miranda's first book from last summer,All the Missing Girls, so I was excited about this one! I liked it, but not nearly as much as ATMG. It's about two girls who move into together and then one of the girls goes missing. It's good, but not all that great. 

Dating You/Hating You
Oh man, this one was probably my most anticipated book for the summer. It sounded just like The Hating Game, which was one of my favorites from last year. Sadly, I just did not like this one at all. I DNFed it at p. 150. It had no cute parts like The Hating Game did. It spent WAY too much time explaining the two characters' jobs and how the companies were merging. I just didn't like this one at all. 

Once and For All
I discovered Sarah Dessen in a Teaching Children's Literature class in college and loved her! It's been a long time since I read one of her books, but I'm a sucker for a wedding story book, so I quickly snatched this one up! I LOVED it! A quick and cute read for this summer! 

One of Us is Lying
Oh my goodness. As of right now, this book is my favorite of the year. This is a YA mystery/thriller that sucked me in from the first page and never stopped. It's like The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. 5 kids go into detention and one ends up dead. I COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN! I absolutely loved it!

When It's Real
If One of Us is Lying is currently my favorite book of 2017, When It's Real is my second. I read Erin Watt's first book, Paper Princess, last summer and hated it. It was vulgar, crude, and nasty. I was hesitant to read this one, but something kept drawing me to it. I am so glad I picked it up. I LOVED this book! It's about a girl who is hired to pretend to be a huge singer's girlfriend in order to better his image. I usually hate stories than involve fake celebrities, but there was just something about this one that I loved! 

When Life Happened
A friend recommended When Life Happened to me and I immediately downloaded it after reading the synopsis. It's about a girl who moves into her grandfather's house and falls in love with her married neighbor. I have NEVER had a book surprise me like this one did. Now, I only gave it 3 stars, but I did love it. I just couldn't bring myself to give it 5 stars or even 4. First of all, it's LONG. Almost 500 pages. It feels like 2 different books and I understand why it had to be done like that, but still, I felt like it was a long book. Sometimes books can be long, but it doesn't feel like it because you are so into the story. This one didn't have that effect on me. I also didn't love one of the characters. I can't get into the character I didn't like because it would spoil the book, but PLEASE! If you read this one, email or DM me on Instagram and let me know your thoughts! I totally recommend this one, y'all! I'm still thinking about it!

Someone Else's Summer
I finished June's reading with another YA book. Someone Else's Summer was a  touching book that I really enjoyed! It's about a girl whose sister dies in a car accident the night of her high school graduation. Her sister and best friend (the boy next door) find her summer bucket list and decide to spend the summer completing it. A really good read!

I'd love to hear what you read during the month of June! :)



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Jul 2, 2017

July Book Club: July's book

Hi y'all! I am so excited to announce July's pick....


Yay! This one has been on my TBR for the longest and I cannot wait to get started!

About the book:
Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 

Iris and Will's marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane. 

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.

You can grab your copy here!

Okay, so a quick recap for how to participate in the book club:

*You have the entire month of July to read the book. 

*You can post pictures on Instagram while you're reading the book or when you finish. Just remember to use the hashtag #lalalifebookclub so everyone that is participating can read your thoughts and share their own! 

*If you aren't into posting pictures, just comment on others or my pictures so we can discuss the book. 

*I'll post when I start the book and when I finish.

Happy Reading! :) :) 

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Jul 1, 2017

LaLa Life Book Club: July Selections


Happy July 1st, y'all! It's time to pick our July book for book club! Now, last month was the first month for our new little book club, and not everyone had the best experience with the book (myself included!) I have researched and researched and I came up with 6 choices that I feel reeeealllly good about, so hopefully we will all have a better reading experience this month! :):):)

So here's how the book club works if you're new!

1) If you want to participate, comment on my Instagram picture (@msleslieann01) with your book choice #. I'll have a short description of each book below if you want to research to see which sounds best to you. I've never read any of these so I'm excited for any of them!

2) I'll tally up the votes and announce the winning book on Sunday night (7/2). 

3) Once we've decided on a book, it's time to read! You can post your own pictures and thoughts or just comment on my pictures. Whatever gets us discussing the books! Just be sure and use the hashtag #lalalifebookclub so that everyone that is participating that month can follow along. 

4) If you have an Instagram account and don't really post pictures but still want to participate, just comment on others! The goal is to talk about the book! 

Here's a synopsis about each book if you're trying to decide your pick!

5) Hello Sunshine (this one doesn't actually come out until 7/11)