Olive by Emma Gannon
2.5 /5 ⭐⭐💫
I really wanted to love this book, but I thought it was just okay. It starts off very slow and it wasn’t that I really got into it until it was near the ending. The book follows Olive as someone who doesn’t want children and her 3 other friends. One who has fertility issues, the other two with children. I know the point of the book is the child free choice aspect, but I almost think it would have been more interesting to read about it from each girls perspective. I love that the book brings to light the choice of having children or not and that not having children is a completely normal choice! I just wish the book was a bit more interesting. Rather than Olive did this and had this experience and it brought up child free feelings here and there and here and there.
Thank you NetGalley for letting me listen to the ARC copy.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
I read the ebook version and it took me such a long to get through this book! It’s so good but a heavy topic that almost you need to break from and digest what you are reading and learning as you go. I’m someone who loves therapy, been in therapy before, and thinks everyone can benefit from going to therapy at some point in their life.
This book follows a therapist with her patients and while she goes through therapy herself. I loved it! I ended up in therapy after a big breakup too so I completed related to the author. Therapy causes you to learn so much about yourself and others around you. There’s so much to glean from this book and the patients in it. Highly recommend!!
Shipped by Angie Hockman
This book is so adorable! A super quick ready but still so captivating. It’s a hate to love romance where the main characters are up for the same job. They go on a cruise to prepare for the promotion and end up falling for each other. I absolutely loved Henley and Graeme. Their chemistry can be felt while reading. I also loved the aspect of females in the workplace element that was included throughout the book.
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
This is my first Elin Hilderbrand novel and it was very good! I really enjoyed her writing style.
This book is obviously set in 1969 and is an historical fiction that follows a family and their summer on Nantucket. Each chapter is from a differently family members perspective. I love books written like that! Overall I give this book a 3.5 just because I’d say it was a little slow with not a lot of plot. It was still enjoyable just not amazing.
The Two Week Wait by Lucy J Lewis
The Two Week Wait follows 5 women and their infertility journey. They meet on a chat forum and stick together during the 14 days that lead up til you can take a pregnancy test.
I loved the layout of this book! It’s laid out in the chat format with chapters mixed in via each woman’s perspective. The topic of infertility is very hard and deep, but I thought the author did a great job of covering the topic with some humor but still showing how difficult the struggle could be. Each woman comes from a different background, and relationship. As the book went on you were really rooting for each woman and I couldn’t wait to find out what their test results would be at the end.
My one compliant with the book is that the women tended to be a little harsh toward each other on the forum. I know they were each going through something so difficult, but sometimes I was like wow I’d never talk to another woman like that.
Thank you NetGalley and Troubador Publishing for letting me read the ARC copy.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Wow! Listening to this book after the Megan and Harry interview airs is wild! It’s crazy how right on the authors got some facts of what it’s like being in the royal family. Or an American entering it.
Being a royal fanatic and loving all things British I really enjoyed this book. I felt like it dragged on a bit and didn’t need some aspects but it was really good overall. I’m interested to see what the sequel is about and how the story continues.
The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams
What a cute read! The Lucky Escape is about a girl who gets left at the alter and how she finds herself (and maybe romance) afterward. Breakups suck but they are usually for the best and help us learn. How love how the author really captures the growth that Annie goes through. You really can see a difference in her character from the beginning to the end.
Sometimes the book reads more like a a movie script. Like scene here. Then scene there. But overall it’s very cute!
Thanks NetGalley and Avon publishing for letting me read the ARC ebook.
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You read a lot!! I am so bad at reading but just got a summer pool read- A Stranger in the House!
The Lucky Escape sounds like it’s up my alley— I love cute, quick reads like that!
LOVED The Royal We – with you I cannot wait to read the sequel! Summer of ’69 sounds great!
xo Laura Leigh
These sound like some great summer reads. I love having a stack of fresh new books to read, sometimes it’s hard to choose which one to read first!
So many good ones!! The Royal we is one of my favorites!
You read a lot of great books! I love Elin Hilderbrand books!!
Looks like a couple of check out worthy reads here…thanks for sharing! xoxo, Sarah
I’m really glad you enjoyed Shipped and The Lucky Escape. The Lucky Escape is one of my all-time favorite romcoms! I’m just such a sucker for friends-to-lovers and Laura Jane Williams knows how to slay a cute romance story, that’s for sure.
I definitely agree perspectives would be interesting but I’m curious to read these nonetheless. I’m 35 with friends who 99% have kid(s). The pressure to have kids, much less early in my life, was unending. We’re finally looking at that future now but I’m eager to read this!
The Royal We has been on my list for a while! Glad you enjoyed! Need to check these out!