Hello August! How on earth is it already the end of Summer?! Anyone else feel like it just kind of flew by??
Well, it's official. All the Mini Magnolias are back in school. It's a year of change for both of us because the youngest mini we sent off to kindergarten and the oldest mini started high school.
How did we even get here?
Excuse us if we skip the "book" part of this club, and just head straight for our wine and cry.
Kidding. Sort of.
We would never skip out on Book Club. It is one of our favorite posts of the month!
WHAT WE READ...
Next up was THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND by Colleen Oakley. When I started reading this I wasn't sure what to except, but it was such a different and clever plot that it sucked me right in. The fictional Frick Island can only be reached by boat and is inhabited with a dwindling population...all of whom are stuck in their ways and live without the modern conveniences of cell phones, televisions, and WiFi. A young widow on the island acts as if her husband is still alive and the entire town just goes along with it. A reporter visits and ends up becoming a regular on the island so that he can produce a podcast about the quirky little island and its people. What starts as a podcast project turns into so much more. I really enjoyed this book and felt like it was so different than anything I had read in a while, so that was really refreshing!
I've always loved Taylor Jenkins Reid novels and this one was no different. AFTER I DO, was a story about a married couple who seem to have lost the love. They are at each others throats, constantly annoyed with one another, and just in a bad place in their marriage. They decide to take some time apart and this story follows their journey to reconnect and remember why they first fell in love with one another. I think any married couple goes through ups and downs and this book put an honest spin on how that life can look. I loved the way it ended and would definitely recommend this one!
Last up this month was THE SIREN by Katherine St. John. Jen suggested this book to me and told me it was full of Hollywood secrets and scandal. She was right! It's set in the Caribbean for a new movie that is being shot and I loved getting to get a peek behind the scenes of what a movie set and production would be like. It follows several different characters and their stories (the producer, an actress, and her assistant), but ends up bringing them all together for a thriller/mystery type of story towards the end. It was a really fun read!
This can be read as a standalone, but LAONDE is the novel that hooked me onto Pagan, so I’d say read it if you haven’t!
In this book we fast forward around 15 years in Libby’s life. And while she’s living her life cancer free and has everything she could ever want, something is off. She plans a trip back to Puerto Rico to recapture her magic, but one disaster after another and Libby begins to wonder if she’s not really meant to have it all.
I loved this story and while I teared up at multiple parts, and there were several times I was annoyed by Libby in this one, I understood why her story needed to play out the way it did. The ending requires a tissue alert, and even though I didn’t get the closure in one character’s story that I wanted (book three??), I’m so glad I added this one to my poolside reading this Summer.
And now to also book a trip to Puerto Rico. :)
WHAT'S UP NEXT...
It's no secret that I'm a Twilight fan. I shared about my obsession with MIDNIGHT SUN earlier this year (see my review HERE) and when I saw LIFE AND DEATH - TWILIGHT REIMAGINED by Stephanie Meyer I quickly added it to my must-read list.
Yes, Twilight has been overdone and I really don't see how many more ways it could be spun, but I'm here for it and willing to give it a try! I'll report back next month. :-)
Like most Netflix subscribers, I loved the show! I have never read any of Julia Quinn's popular series, so I am looking forward to having a little reading fun with it before the second season comes out.
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Anything fun you've been reading lately that we need to put on our lists?
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