Book Review: May 2020

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I am hopeful that this past weekend finally brought me out of a reading rut.  I have been turning to TV more than books here of late, but this weekend I finished the book I had been reading all month, and even sped my way through a new one!  Both were super good and now all I want to do is read!

Open Book by Jessica Simpson.  I ended last month's book review mentioning I was reading this book.  Well, it took me until this past weekend to finish it.  I do not know why it took me so darn long, because I thought it was such a great book!  I mentioned before - I was a fan of hers growing up, and during her Newlywed days, but I honestly didn't know a ton about her.  Something I realized more and more as I got further in the book.  This book really is as the title suggests and very open.  I think it's super courageous all that she shared, and really eye opening.  A reminder that you think you may 'know' what is going on with someone due to all the media, and especially now social media, but you truly have no idea.  Highly, highly recommend!

Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews.  Awhile back I spent a bit of time looking up new spring/summer reads that were to come out this year.  I requested a bunch from the library, but pre-ordered this one from Amazon because Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite authors.  I thought this book was really good.  It's about a woman whose getting ready to leave her current job for a new one, only to find out that her new job is no longer.  With nowhere to go, she heads back to her hometown, where she stays with her grandma and goes to work for her family business.  There's conflict with family, a bit of a love story, and a big old mystery that brings some excitement back to the town and her family business.  One of the reasons I enjoy her books so much is because she offers a lighter read that is still substantial.

I haven't picked up my next book as of yet, but I am debating if I finally get into Emily Ley's When Less Becomes More, or  The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.  Or scratch both those books and read something else!

Linking up with Steph.

20 comments

  1. The Family Upstairs was a one-night/day read for me. I'd go with that one!

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  2. I’ve heard great reviews of Open Book and am so curious to read it!

    Here are my April reads, if interested: https://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2020/05/april-book-reviews.html

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  3. Read The Family Upstairs. It is really good! I just finished it. I loved Open Book.

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  4. The Simpson book seems to have several good reviews this month, might have to look into it.

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  5. I really want to read Jessica Simpson's book now. I hadn't heard of it before but it sounds really good!

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    1. I feel like everyone really has enjoyed her book, too, so it's a bit of a crowd pleaser!

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  6. I've heard from diehard fans and no-so-big fans that Jessica Simpson's book is really well done. Generally, I'm not a big fan of memoirs but I might have to make an exception for this one. :D

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    1. I would! I don't think you have to be a fan to enjoy it. Or enjoy memoirs, because sometimes I don't either, but this was just really, really good.

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  7. Everything is taking me long to read. This is just how it is now in my brain I guess!

    I've also been watching more TV. It's mindless!

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  8. Both of these are on my tbr list. I'm finding myself to turn to TV more as well but I think that's also because my actual books are all done and its all kindle reading and I just can't do that all the time.

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  9. I loved Open Book, and can't wait to read Hello Summer!

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  10. i go through phases with books vs tv, sometimes i have to 'force' myself back into reading, other times i just let myself veg out in front of the tv lol. i've heard nothing but good things about Open Book, it's on my list! hopefully soon.

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  11. Everyone is reading Open Book! I need to get to it!

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  12. I loved finding out so much about Jessica. I am going to add Hello Summer to my list of books to read

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    1. Me too! She's been through so much! I really loved the tidbit about the Mickey Mouse Club, too - I had no idea she was almost on that!

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  13. Both of those sound really good. And yay for reigniting enjoyment in reading! I haven't read either of the ones you're considering. Good luck choosing - hope you pick a winner!

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    1. Thanks! I went with When Less Becomes More and flew through it! It definitely gives you some food for thought!

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  14. I still can't believe all of the stuff that Jessica Simpson went through behind the scenes. It was just heartbreaking. I'm so glad that she was able to persevere through it all. I loved that book.

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