The latest in books

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Whew! I honestly could’t have been worse about reading this past fall. I blame it on starting a new job and moving to a new apartment, which in turn meant getting used to a new routine, a new schedule (probably the biggest change), and a new neighborhood. But that excuse can only go so far…how did I fall off the reading bandwagon so badly?!

Anyway, now that I’ve been on vacation, I’ve had the chance to read a ton, and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously, I packed 6 books for 6 days. Plus I’ve already been to the library down here and picked up two more. Reading marathon challenge accepted.

Without further ado, here are a few books I’ve read lately and either liked or loved:

Younger, by Pamela Redmond Satran: I can’t get enough of the TV show younger (I’ve talked about it before here), so when I learned that it was actually based on a book (1. Yes you read that correctly and 2. Why was this some big secret?!) I picked that baby up right away. I loved the similarities between the book and the show (there were many) but the book obviously condenses everything into a short storyline and doesn’t have the same ~plot twists~ that the show does. However, if you’re a big fan of the show like I am (or even if you’re just looking for a fun, light read without having seen the show), I’d definitely pick this one up!

Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty: Ugh, I wanted to like this one more than I did. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a Liane Moriarty book, so of course I still breezed through it in days, but I guess I wanted more to happen (the big “mystery” was something that would definitely frighten me in real life but it didn’t deserve so much build up in my opinion). The book focuses on several different families who all regret something that happened on the night of a neighborhood barbecue, and the storyline switches between past and present. Funnily enough, I had actually started this one as an audio book while on a long bus ride, but I didn’t think I’d have the patience to listen to all 17 hours of the recording and decided to just pick up the actual book instead. Not in love with this one but Moriarty definitely still rocks…which leads me to my next read…

What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty: Loved this one and all of its twists and turns. Also, since when are Australia and America so similar? This book could’ve easily taken place in any town in the U.S. I started it right after I finished Truly Madly Guilty, and then read 200 more pages on the plane, and boom. It flew by and was a funny read about a woman who loses 10 years of memories in an accident and is struggling to piece her life back together.

One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: My favorite read of late. I finished it in a day and told all of my friends to pick up copies (so far one did, woo!). This was a very raw and emotional story about a woman who believes her husband to be dead, gets engaged to someone else, and then learns that her husband is alive after all and must choose between the two men. Although the premise may sound a little cheesy, Reid did a wonderful job of capturing mixed emotions and–I’ll admit it–left me in tears at points!

The Balance Project, by Susie Orman Schnall: Every 20-something should read this interesting (fictional) take on life, love, work, and, well, balance. The book follows Lucy, an assistant whose own life is suffering as she attempts to make everything seamless for her boss, the queen of having it all. Eventually Lucy must choose between her own interests and her boss’s and struggles to do so, all while trying to maintain her struggling personal life.

Other books I enjoyed earlier this fall: Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley and First Comes Love by Emily Giffin.

What have you read lately? I’m about to start another light read, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert (seems like a good winter break read, right?).

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