October 11, 2016

The Bookshelf: Vol. 8

It's been a few months since I've recapped books. I've been too busy trying to catch up to meet my yearly goal. Read Vol. 7 here. I'm still behind, but it's the time of year to curl up on the couch and dive into a good book.

2 Stars:

Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin - (Amazon/Goodreads) If you are planning on having babies and then moving to the Upper East Side, you should probably read this to prepare yourself. If you're a sociology person like me, you might just find this interesting. I wouldn't really recommend it though. It's not the most exciting of books and kind of makes you annoyed at how rich people are. It's like Real Housewives of NYC without the excitement of Bethenny being honest with people.

I'll Have What She's Having by Rebecca Harrington - (Amazon/Goodreads) This author documented her attempts at copying the diets of celebrities like Beyonce and Marilyn Monroe. She talks about the weird habits and attempts to recreate them. It is a great idea for a book, but it's missing a lot of personality. I honestly think this would be better as a blog so you could follow along during the process.

3 Stars:

360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World by John Higham - (Amazon/Goodreads) This book is the story of a family that gave up their home, jobs and school for one year to travel around the globe. Things didn't go as planned, but that didn't stop them. It took me a long time to read this because it didn't move too quickly.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - (Amazon/Goodreads) I had such high hopes for this book. I liked the characters and the plot line. I gave it three stars because the end left me wanting more. It seemed rushed. I think I was a little thrown off by the fact that the cover has a quote from Amy Poehler saying how much she loved the book - I guess I thought it would be funny? I don't know. It was good, but not great.

If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster - (Amazon/Goodreads) I love her memoirs. She is hilarious and I can relate to so many things that she writes about. This book was "fiction" but I'm pretty sure it was 85% true life. Plus, the entire story is about how obsessed she is with John Hughes and I get it.

4 Stars: (I'm learning that I rarely give anything 5 stars... so take that into consideration)

The Last Letter from Your Lover by JoJo Moyes - (Amazon/Goodreads) She is one of my favorite authors. I love that her books have totally different characters and storylines. Once you've read a couple books, you kind of understand her style, but I have really liked all of her books and this was no exception. I love watching the storylines work their way towards one another. This was a great plane read.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (and others) - (Amazon/Goodreads) While this wasn't as good as the books, I'm glad I read it. It was a little peek into the world of adult Harry. It was kind of cool reading a script. I flew through it and would definitely recommend to any other Potter fans. If you haven't read the HP books, I would skip this and jump into those immediately. This is definitely not the place to start.

In Summary:

I'm currently reading: Modern Romance, The Good Girl and a book about how dogs brains work. I will be obsessively stalking the other people that link up with Steph and Jana to add some more books to my list. You should check them out too.

Now tell me, have you read any of these? Agree or disagree? I'm curious what others thought about The Nest.

**Also, if you click on any of the Amazon links and purchase a book, I will receive a few cents to buy more books.


  1. i haven't read the nest, but it was on my list and then steph & jana did the episode on it and i was like... eh. haha. so i removed it. The Last Letter from Your Lover is on my list though, so good to hear you liked it! i've only read a few of her books but i enjoyed them all.

  2. I've heard such mixed reviews about The Next. It was on my high priority list of TBR but has since been bumped to "if I get around to it" list.

  3. I just read my first Jojo Moyes book and I can't wait to read more of hers! I feel like when authors have a specific genre that they write sometimes their books can start to sound the same, but I still love them anyways! Most of the time I just try to take breaks in between them.

  4. I love Jo Jo Moyes' books but I haven't read that one yet...it's on my list for someday!!! I loved HP & the Cursed Child, but mostly because I was so happy to be reading about adult Harry and watching him as a father, etc. It was definitely not up to the caliber of the other books, but still really good for me.

  5. LOL @ your Primates of Park Avenue review! I felt the same way about The Nest-- it was just okay, and I wonder if it's because it got so much hype and then sort of fell flat. I've only read one Jen Lancaster book and loved it, so I've always wanted to read more.

  6. I loved The Last Letter From Your Lover! Moyes did such a great job weaving everything all together. I hope you're enjoying Modern Romance! I was surprised by how interesting that book turned out to be.

  7. I overall enjoyed Cursed Child, in large part because I never though I would read "new" Harry Potter again. But I definitely think the books are far superior, although I bet Cursed Child is much better seen than read.

  8. I don't think I've read that one by Moyes. I'be enjoyed her other books so I'll add it!

  9. I felt the same about The Nest... I liked it, but... did I? I just expected a little bit more... I felt like there were TOO many characters with stories intertwining... and was it necessary? Modern Romance is on my list, too- can't wait to hear what you think of it!

  10. I adore Jojo Moyes. I read a bunch of her books last year but none this year. I should read one before year's end.

    The Nest did not live up to the hype at all.

  11. I'm glad you liked the Jojo Moyes book. I read & loved Me Before You. I'm glad to hear that she's not a one hit wonder.

  12. I read the Nest and felt it fell flat. It was interesting enough.

  13. I read the Nest and felt it fell flat. It was interesting enough.


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