February 12, 2019

Show Us Your Books

Got myself together for Show Us Your Books, finally. All female authors this time, randomly.

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I found this book because I was looking up pregnancy books for learning, not just for fun. Super glad I picked it up because it is a super cute read. The main character is enjoyable and the premise is silly, but legit. After being stuck with all the crap shifts and jobs at the magazine, Liz pretends to be pregrnant to collect on her MEternity so she can find another job. Of course she meets a guy, of course people second guess her and of course she gets attached to all the joys of pregnancy. Full of normal rom-com funnies, this is a easy read to pass the time. I took off half a star beccause I felt the auther was trying to be too trendy in her writing about NYC. It just annoyed me, ha.


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I still have to see this movie, so of course I read the book first. Which doesn't totally mesh with how the movie runs, apparently. I wanted to love it, because I love Blake Lively, but even imagining her as Emily this story kind of fell flat. Kind of tried to be quirky by pushing boundaries and it was weird. I also didn't enjoy the back and forth between blog post and real dialogue. I honestly was waiting for one more twist at the end but it didn't happen. Passed the time well, but not the hype the movie seems to be about.

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Ballet is a secret love of mine so I snatched this book up when I needed something easy for a trip. It is the classic Nora Roberts formula. Hot girl, smoking guy, both from different backgrounds with no reason to fall in love. Things happen, they get together, something pulls them apart and theeeeeeennnn! I enjoyed the unique family dynamics woven into the story and adored Kate.

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Random pick up on a whim. Full disclosure I thought it was fiction until I started reading it. Call me a bad history student but I was completely unaware of Kick Kennedy and enjoyed learning about her and the Kennedy family's stay over in Europe before WW2. Lots of Downton Abbey period references and interesting tidbits about the Kennedy family. Was a bit long, but still enjoyable.

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This book is how I imagine a conversation with Graham would go. I must admit, there were a few times I was like, 'GIRL GET TO THE POINT', but overall it was a fun read. I enjoyed learning more about her early career, gaining insight into what it was like to be on GG when it suddenly ended and how the remake came to be for everyone involved. Fun read.

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Oh, this book. I thought it was the normal Roberts book, but it was kind of icky which really surprised me. Roberts is the queen of opposites attract and people fighting chemistry until there is the 'awww heck' moment and someone goes in for the embrace. However, this is the first time I've felt the 'chase' was taken too far and the consent really wasn't there. The main character had so much going for her, but then was just a flop. I enjoyed the setting of Greece and the whole mystery was one I didn't truly see coming.


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Loved this Roberts book. So well written, such wonderful characters and masterfully pulled together. Heartbreaking at the beginning, something we are seeing too much in our society, but the follow up is truly wonderful. There isn't a quick fix and relationships are tested over and over again. You watch people grieve and grow and come back together. This will pass the time quickly.


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Oh, wow, what a book. This one tugs at the heart strings so badly and is beautifully written. Set in WW2 it follows three completely different women as they navigate the rise of the Nazis and the war. One woman is Polish, one is German and one is American, all trying to survive and make it through. Lots of pondering moments and thoughts of "what would I do in this situation". Incredibly crafted and a book everyone should read.

33 comments:

  1. I love Nora Roberts though I don't read her as often as id like. Sorry you didn't like the right path. I haven't read that one yet but I know when an author disappoints how it feels lol Shelter in place is on my list.

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    1. It was super disappointing because I she always is on the right side of love stories to me. Shelter in Place is great.

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  2. Loved Lilac Girls!! I cried and just want to read it again.

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  3. So I didn't realize that A Simple Favour was a book! Now I need to read it before seeing the movie. Congrats on your pregnancy! Hope you are feeling well!

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    1. Thank you so much!!!!! I didn't know it was a book either, but randomly found it.

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  4. Need to get to Lilac Girls sometime when I'm back in a WWII mood. Sounds so good!

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    1. YES! It is a tough book to read but beautifully written.

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  5. I still need to read Lauren Graham's memoir. Seems like it would be fun overall. I've never read A Simple Favour, but I DO want to watch the movie.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It is a fun read, for sure. Like a chat with Lauren.

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  6. I couldn't even finish Meternity...

    Graham's book was so fun, she has a very energetic personality.

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    1. There were quite a few eye rolls with the book and I think if I wasn't pregnant I would have probably stopped the book.

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  7. The Lilac Girls had me in complete pieces. It was over a year before I read another WWII book.

    The blogger angle of A Simple Favor really annoyed me.

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    1. It was such a tough book. The concentration camp part had me crying quite a few times. And then the after part, wow.

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  8. I skipped the blog posts in a simple favor and it made it a way better book!

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    1. I started to skip them, they were so dumb.

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  9. I loved the Lilac Girls - so much. I really want to read Lauren Graham's book - I was late to the Gilmore Girls, only watching after my first episode after it'd been on Netflix awhile, but I hoped she was similar to her character. I'll check that one out!

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    1. Such a good but tough read. Lauren's book is good and just like a conversation with her. At least I imagine the conversation. :)

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  10. i didn't actually know the blake lively movie was a book, now i'm intrigued. i feel like i might need to re-read lilac girls - i don't remember much and don't remember loving it. might have been wrong time right book for me.

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    1. YES! I have wanted to see the movie so badly and randomly saw it was a book. LIlac girls is TOUGH, but beautiful. Could be wrong time, its similar to the NIghtingale.

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  11. Shelter in Place was SO GOOD but the ending made me angry. It was too rushed, especially with all the time she took getting there.

    Lilac Girls was a DNF for me. The concentration camp stuff was too much.

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    1. YES! The ending, I was like WTH! I expected quite a bit more. But I still loved it so much because of all the other characters.

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  12. I'm so weird but I HATE it when they replace the standard (and right) book cover with the movie cover. It's a huge pet peeve of mine and I would literally have to hunt down a regular covered A Simple Favor. Yup, weird. I like Nora Roberts and Considering Kate sound like classic Roberts to me and a fun read - adding it to my TBR.

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    1. Girl, I'm usually with you. But, I LOVE Blake Lively so much I made an exception with this one, haha.

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  13. I loved Lilac Girls! Meternity was a cute read. I didn't realize that A Simple Favour was a book before I recently saw the movie. It wasn't a bad comedy/thriller but I have no interest in reading the book now.

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    1. Fun we have similar taste. Did you like the movie?

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  14. I read Lilac Girls for my book group. I thought it was ok as a novel but really good as a lesson on history.

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  15. If you like cute pregnancy books, Shopaholic and Baby is funny and endearing.

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  16. I want to read the Lauren G one so badly! That may have to be the happy v day to me gift haha Also a simple favor was so good (in my opinion) way better than I had expected!

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  17. One of these days I will read Lauren Graham's book and Lilac Girls. The latter is one of my first Netgalley books... yikes. Obviously wasn't on it with that one. I'd like to read A Simple Favor and The Meternity one sounds cute too! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  18. Ok I need The Kennedy Debutante. You had me at Downton Abbey references <3
    Green Fashionista

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  19. I really enjoyed Talking Out Loud, especially the audiobook version. Also, I've heard many didn't enjoy A Simple Favour, so i've decided to stay away and just see the movie!

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  20. Ohhh, maybe I'll buy Lilac Girls for all my flights this week!

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