We're back from the beach... womp womp :( Back to realityyyyy. I hope you guys had a good week and didn't miss me tooooo much ;) I'll share some pictures from our trip Wednesday!! :)

 

I've recently become addicted to reading blogger's book reviews. I love getting ideas for new books to read! One of my favs is from Mr. Thomas and Me... I've gotten SO many book reccs from Amber! So I decided I wanted to get into book reviews, too. At first I struggled with including book reviews on this site... I mean, what does that have to do with "saving money in your twenties"?

 

And then I was like, DUH, reading is one of my favorite cheap hobbies-- what better topic to include on this blog? (Note: you better be utilizing your local library to get the books-- free books, hellooo) Instead of going out shopping this month or otherwise spending money... grab a good book and settle in for some free entertainment!

 

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Not the books I read this month... but it's a picture of books, so, ya know... goes with the post. ( I did read these books last year and they were good. so add these to your "to-read" list!)

 

Here's what I read in June:

Bittersweet

Book summary from Amazon: "On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead.

Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted:  friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs. But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact - and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev's world her own."

I read this book over the course of a 24-hour period: a lot of hours at the beach and a few hours at the pool the next day. This would be impressive, since the book is reeeeeally long, but I'm not going to lie-- I skimmed a lot of it. There was a lot of family history, almost like a historical fiction book, and that's just not my cup of tea. BUT the actual story was super intriguing and I loved it, hence finishing the whole thing in 24 hours :)

 

The Handmaid's Tale

Book summary from Amazon: "Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...."

I heard about this one on Healthy Tipping Point and it sounded interesting. I wasn't disappointed! It's a dystopian novel, which according to Wikipedia means, "an imaginary community or society that is undesirable or frightening." (Think Hunger Games.) I was immediately hooked into the story and didn't want to put it down until I was done! I was a little surprised/annoyed(?) at the ending but it was good nonetheless :)

 

Dear Daughter

Book summary from Amazon: "Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a high-society beauty known for her good works and rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for."

I heard of this one through this article: 12 Books to Read If You Loved 'The Girl On The Train'. (hey, I guess that's where I found Bittersweet, too!) This one was not quite as suspenseful as The Girl on the Train... but still really good! The storyline totally hooked me and the main character was quite hilarious/sassy which made me laugh. Totally recommend this one.

 

Origin in Death

Book summary from Amazon: "Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Wilfred B. Icove has been found dead in his office – efficiently murdered by one stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Eve Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security discs show a woman calmly entering and leaving the building – the doctor’s final appointment. Known as “Dr Perfect”, Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son knows what it is. With her husband Roarke working behind the scenes, Dallas follows her instincts into the Icoves’ pasts. And what she discovers are men driven to create perfection – playing fast and loose with the laws of nature..."

This is another book in my favorite series of books, the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). I love every single one of the books in this series. This was no exception. I don't even have anything else to say about it... just go read the whole series! (and no, you don't have to read them in order. But maybe read the 1st book (Naked in Death) first; it'll help you understand the characters better.)

 

The Room

Book summary from Amazon: "Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works--a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his co-workers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn's bizarre behavior eventually leads his co-workers to try and have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room."

I stumbled across this one when I was looking for an audiobook to download. The cover drew me in (yes I judge books based on their cover) so I started listening and was HOOKED. It's the weirdest story; nothing really happens but somehow you get invested and just want to know what is happening!! I'm not sure I would recommend it... I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It's a really short book, so even if you hate it, at least you didn't waste much time on it :)

 

 

What books have you read lately?