WHAT I READ: May-August

Remember the days back when I actually used this blog to write about books? No? Me neither. Somewhere between having two babies under two and working three-ish jobs, I found myself opting for Bachelor in Paradise over the books on my shelf. It's a little sad, but I'm hopeful that our family will settle down into a little more of a routine and I will make more time for reading than I have in the last four months.

Here's what I did manage to read this summer (please don't judge):

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (★★| I listened to this audiobook back in May when I was driving a lot for work. I loved the familiarity and nostalgia that it stirred up in me as I was reminded of my days as a server back in college. For those who have worked in the food service industry, a lot of this will probably hit home. However, I found all of the characters annoying and the story was ultimately forgettable.

After You by Jojo Moyes (★★★) | SPOILER ALERT. This sequel to "Me Before You" was a little disappointing to me. The book focuses on Louisa and how she finds her way after losing the love of her life, Will. Like most everyone else, I loved Me Before You, and cried huge, fat, ugly tears at its conclusion. However, I think the story should have ended there. The plot of "After You" felt weird, forced and uncreative.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore (★★★★| I confess, I'm a sucker for celebrity memoirs. Drew's was sweet and I loved her positive take on what was not always an easy life for her. To hear her gush over her daughters is just the sweetest. I listened to the audiobook and there were parts where she would randomly scream that I found to be annoying, but for the majority of the book, I enjoyed listening to her story in her own words.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (★★★★) | This was my first book of Reid's and I loved it. She has quickly become one of my favorite, go-to authors. This book chronicles the relationship of a couple who after their marriage reaches a breaking point, decide to separate for a year. I love that all of the characters felt familiar, the couple's issues didn't feel sugarcoated or fictional- it all just felt real. Highly recommend for fellow chick lit lovers.

Sorry Not Sorry by Naya Rivera (★★★) | I told you I'm weirdly into celebrity memoirs. Probably because they're the literary version of reality TV which is also a guilty pleasure of mine. Anyhow, I recognized Naya Rivera from Glee so I thought I would pick this up. I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. I don't think I would care for her in real life and I don't agree with a lot of the choices she made, but it was interesting enough.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (★★) | Loved it. Love, love, loved it. Because I love celebrity memoirs and this felt very much like the memoir of Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, I highly recommend this book. It's so well-written, sucks you in, and keeps surprising you until the very end.

The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd (★★★★) | I've followed Ashlee's blog and her collaborative blog, Coffee + Crumbs for some time. Although I love both, I was hesitant to pick this up thinking that it was going to be over-the-top, cheesy, Chicken Soup for the Soul-type stuff. Please believe me when I say, it is so raw, so real, and so beautiful. This collection of essays about motherhood was fantastic. And if you subscribe to my newsletter, you know that one in particular really hit home with me.

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Currently, I'm in between books. All of my library borrowed e-books came in at the same time, so I'm frantically trying to decide which to choose. I just finished The Hate U Give and I'm thinking about starting Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker next. What are you reading?

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