what’s on my kindle, part 42

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben. I didn’t like this nearly as much as Run Away, but there was a massive twist at the end that made it worth finishing. I’ll definitely keep working my way through his books.

Six Years by Harlan Coben. Okay fine I spoke too soon this one was REALLY BAD I’m giving up on you, Harlan. But still read Run Away.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan. I will listen to his books until the end of time. Different story altogether from the Crazy Rich Asians series, though there are some nods to a few of those characters. His books are a must-listen because of the narrator (Lydia Look) is incredible and because of all the footnotes. This made me laugh out loud, and is the only book I have ever considered actually slowing down the audio to make it last longer.

What a way to end a meal at FLX Table in Geneva. Freshly torched homemade marshmallows with local honey.

Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scotch. This was one of the Kindle First books for July. It was entertaining but too long. About a young female senator who is also a single mom. Kind of has Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win vibes (BTW the other night I joined a Zoom virtual book club with Jo Piazza and Jennifer Weiner and listened while I folded laundry because I’M REALLY COOL). I had one major issue with it which was she talks about being 1) a law student 2) in New York City 3) with an infant and not once does she mention this being a financial struggle, but rather at one point she BUYS AN APARTMENT. Sorry no.

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. This is the sequel to The Royal We which I loved. I would highly recommend reading a re-cap before starting the sequel because there are a ton of characters and I really didn’t remember the specifics. But it was good!

I really missed wine slushies last summer.

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London. This is about a plus-size influencer who becomes the Bachelorette (or, in this book the “Main Squeeze”). I really loved it. It’s the perfect balance of trashy and thought-provoking which is really my ideal genre. Beach read!

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell. This was totally bizarre. It jumps around to all different time periods and perspectives of a family living in the Cotswolds. Lots of family drama, affairs, mother is a hoarder… I liked it but didn’t love it.

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. I really liked this. The beginning was a little slow where they talk about the early days of their relationship, but the overall message about how to respect friendships and how this can be culturally difficult was really interesting and timely. They also host the “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast if you want to get a taste of their vibe before you read!

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter. This was SO GOOD. By now you know I love her but this was a Grant County/Will Trent mashup and I couldn’t get enough. If you haven’t read any of her books, start from the beginning with Blindsighted and prepare to have your nose in a book/earbuds in for the next several months.

We have a new Sprouts market in our neighborhood and I got these wild caught ahi tuna steaks and made poke bowls YUM.

Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan. This is told from the perspectives of a new mom in her 30s who has recently moved from Brooklyn to the suburbs, and her babysitter who is a senior in college. I really liked it and this author has a knack for phrasing things in a way that makes me feel like she pulled it straight from my brain. It’s a little slow but overall I really enjoyed it.

Luster by Raven Leilani. About a young woman who enters into a relationship with a married man. I listened to about half of this on a drive to West Virginia and I’ll be totally honest and admit that I think I’m too much of a prude to finish it. The writing is objectively stunning and the narrator was really good but it just wasn’t my thing.

Our neighborhood dive bar turned into a funky new restaurant with socially distant outdoor seating and delicious takeout!

Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin. This is about a playgroup in NYC that has a lot of drama. It’s a fun, light read with a good twist. It’s not like Big Little Lies status or anything but I enjoyed it!

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory. Quit this at 13% because it was stupid. I really don’t have patience for a woman who is described as successful, beautiful, and self-assured having extreme difficulty believing that an attractive man could be interested in her. BYE.

“Mom, if you’re going to have messy hair at least put a bow in it.”

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand. One of my favorites in a long time from Elin. There are definitely some problems with the concept in general but I still could not stop listening to it, and particularly enjoyed the “What are we talking about in 1999?…” intros to each chapter. Very entertaining.

Up next: Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl and Welcome to the United States of Anxiety by Jen Lancaster. What are you reading??

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