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It's almost June, so y'all know what that means. It's time to wrap up May reading and chat about what all I read this month. May is always a super busy month for me since school is winding down. I usually don't have a productive reading month each May, but this year was different! I ended up reading NINE books this month and I can't wait to share them with y'all. :)

You Think It, I'll Say It

I started off by picking up Curtis Sittenfeld's newest collection of short stories. I'm not a big anthology fan, but I love Curtis Sittenfeld (she wrote one of my favorite books of all time, Prep) and Reese Witherspoon picked this as her May book club book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I loved this one. It's filled with stories about women who are at a point in their lives where they are looking back and reflecting on where they are at and how they got there. It's really good. Even if you aren't a fan of short story collection, I think you'll like this one!

The Family Next Door

I've always been a fan of Sally Hepworth's books, so when I learned that her newest book was about a family neighborhood, I immediately preordered it. Y'all know I love a good neighbors story that focuses on several families and how they interact with each other. Y'all, this one is soooo good! It's centered around 3 different families and how their lives are affected when a new woman moves into the neighborhood. This new woman is different from the others-she's single and doesn't have any children, so the other women don't understand why she would move into their neighborhood because it's very family oriented. Y'all have to check this one out this summer!

Arrogant Devil

Romance books are my go to guilty pleasure and one of my favorite authors is RS Grey. You can get her books on kindle and I always enjoy them. They are just light hearted, quick reads that you can get lost in. I really enjoyed her newest book that is set in Texas. I highly recommend all of her books. This one wasn't my favorite of hers, but I still really liked it!

Our Little Secret

I've been seeing Our Little Secret all over Goodreads and it sounded so good. Spoiler alert: it is. Y'all, this thriller had me dying to figure out what happened. If you love a story that has a lot of flashbacks, you'll love this one. It's not very action packed, but such a good slow burn mystery. It's about a woman who is accused of being involved in the disappearance of her ex boyfriend's wife. A must read!

Hot Assest

Another romance read. Lauren Layne is my absolute favorite author of romance books and her new series debuted this month. It's even available in paperback! YAY! I LOVED this one! Romance readers, you must check her out! Her wedding belles series is phenomenal! 

Goodbye Perfect

I bought Goodbye Perfect because I knew Zoella (a Youtuber) picked it as one of her bookclub books and it sounded really good. It's a young adult book about a girl who finds out her best friend has ran away with their teacher. I was disappointed in this one. Maybe because it was a young adult book that read like a young adult book. I think the plot would have been so much more interesting if it were written on an adult level with multiple perspectives like hers and the girl's mother and even the girl and the teacher. This was just bland. 

Nine Days and Nine Nights

I read 99 Days three years ago and honestly I don't remember much about it. I do remember enjoying it, but I know TONS of people have issues with the love triangle and how selfish the main character is. I read the highly anticipated sequel this month. You can read this one as a stand alone or if you're like me and it's been a loooonnnng time since you read the first one. It will all still make sense, but I do think I would have enjoyed this one much more if I had reread the first book or read them back to back.

The Forever Summer

Y'all, I have discovered a new favorite author. Have y'all read this one?? The Forever Summer is soo good. It's the perfect summer beach read. It's about a woman who has everything and loses it suddenly. In the process of everything crumbling around her, she discovers she has a half sister that she never knew about. She decides to go with her sister to visit their grandmother that they have never met. It is soooo good!!! I loved it so much that I went out and bought the author's other two books, The Wedding Sisters and her newest one, The Husband Hour. I highly recommend this one!

The Favorite Sister

And then we have our May pick for our #lalalifebookclub. I was SO EXCITED about Jessica Knoll's newest book because her debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, was one of my absolute favorite thrillers. I was so disappointed with this one though. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm the only one either because the Goodreads reviews aren't that great. This one just never captured my attention and I never felt anything for any of the characters. I was just super disappointed in this one. 

Okay, so there's my May book reviews! I'd love to hear what you read during May OR if you've read any of these! :)

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Hi friends! I'm currently on Spring Break (can you hear me shouting?!) and I'm trying to use this time to catch up on some work that has currently been piling up. The weather here in Alabama is just awful, (cold, windy, rainy) so I'm trying to look on the bright side and think of this as an opportunity to get some stuff done. If it were bright and sunny, all I would be doing would be laying out and enjoying the Spring weather, so this coldness is definitely a bummer.

Anyways, I never did post about the books I read during January and February. I was able to read several in January and then I fell into a major book slump in February and only managed to read ONE book! Thankfully March has been much better on the reading front! 

Let's chat about what I read during the first two months of 2018.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

When St. Martin's Press asked if they could send me a copy of The Wife Between Us, I couldn't reply with a yes quickly enough! I had been hearing so much hype about this book and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. A lot of people compared it to The Last Mrs. Parrish, which y'all know I LOVED! 

Now, I really liked this one, but I didn't LOVE it. I gave it 4 stars because I felt it grew a little boring between the second and third part (the book is divided into 3 parts). I also had an issue with the main character, but I don't want to spoil the book for y'all. I did LOVE the fact that one the of the main characters was a teacher, so we got to read a few parts about her job and parent/teacher conferences. I found those parts really interesting and funny. Overall, I really liked this one and would totally recommend it!

Rating: 4 STARS

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Y'all know how much I love Lisa Jewell, so when I hear she had a new book coming out this Spring, I went to check it out. It sounded so good to be that I went ahead and ordered the UK edition on Amazon since it was already out. Y'all. This book. It might be my favorite of 2018 so far. I LOVE LOVE LOVED it! I could not put it down and I had no idea where it was going. I highly HIGHLY recommend this one if you love a good mystery/thriller!

It's about a woman whose daughter goes missing when she's 15 years and no one ever hears from her or finds her body. Years later, the mother is divorced and starts to date a new guy. When she meets his daughter, she realizes his daughter looks exactly like HER daughter. It's SOOOOO good! 

Rating: 5 STARS

The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

Romance books are my go to genre, but I haven't had a lot of luck here lately with these types of books. I would love recommendation! I did read R.S. Grey's newest release in January and I really enjoyed it! It's not my favorite RS Grey book, but I still flew through it and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good love story.

It's about a girl who develops a crush on a college boy that rents a room from her parents. When a hurricane forces everyone to evacuate the town, she loses touch with him and then reconnects again 10 years later when she moves back home and discovers he is a successful lawyer. It's really good and the perfect light read!

Rating: 4 STARS

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
I finally decided to sign up for Book of the Month in January and this was the book I picked. I had been hearing a lot of buzz surrounding this book, but it wouldn't have been one I would have went out and bought on my own. I was glad to see it on BOTM. Sadly, I didn't love this one. I thought it was WAY too long and I just was never really invested in the storyline. I have since heard mixed reviews, so maybe you'll have better luck than I did! I will say I didn't guess the ending! Even thought I didn't love my first Book of the Month, I'm really glad I signed up for it. It's fun to see the choices when they come out each month. If you use my code, you'll get your first book free! 

Rating: 3 STARS

Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

Like I mentioned earlier, I LOVE a good romance and I am always on the hunt for a new romance series. You know, the kind that revolves around the same characters, but each story is centered around a different person. I was hoping I would love Jennifer Probst's Billonaire Builders series because it's set up this way (the series contains three books and each one is centered around a different brother.) Sadly I didn't really love this one. I'm picky about my romance stories. I like more humor as opposed to cheesy-ness and this one fell more on the cheesy side. I already purchased the other two in the series because I was just positive I would love them, but now I'm not so sure... 

Rating: 3 STARS

This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

Not only is the cover of this one simply goregous, but I LOVED this story! Gallery books sent me a review copy and I am so thankful because I just ate this one up! This was a sleeper hit for me.When I started reading this one, I thought I was going to hate it. The beginning is the reason for the 4 star rating (instead of 5). I understand why the events in the beginning had to take place, but for me, the book didn't "get good" until the middle. In fact, I think a lot of people won't like this one because of the beginning and I bet many people will DNF it (I almost did!) The main character is hard to like, but if you stick with this one, you will love it! I'm so glad this is one that I didn't abandon.

Rating: 4 STARS

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

And finally we have the ONE book I read in February. February was filled with a ton of blog/TpT work for me, so it makes sense that I couldn't get into a book because my mind was constantly wandering. I did manage to read and finish the #lalalifebookclub February book, which was an accomplishment because this book had close to 400 pages! I sadly didn't like it very much because it was way to far fetched and unbelievable. You can see everyone's thoughts about this one here, here, and here since it was a book club pick. 

I've also filmed a video discussing the books I read during January and February if you want to check it out! 

I'd love to hear about what you've been reading! Have you read any of these? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Happy Monday!

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