Have you been reading a lot this summer?
I told you last week that I was a book-reading machine the first few weeks of summer, but unfortunately fell off the bandwagon around mid-June. Cecilia now has a set bed time so I’ve promised myself that for 30 minutes after she falls asleep, I will sit down with my current book and unwind. I’ve found that during her afternoon nap time I’m always rushing to get some basic things done (ex: showering, eating, etc) that I don’t have time to really sit and enjoy what I’m reading because I’m thinking of all the other things I “should” be doing. Even though I’m super productive after she falls asleep, I’m going to dedicate 30 minutes to myself (and my book) to just relax and reboot before I finish out my daily “to do” list.
When I was on a roll with reading, I read three books from my summer reading list. In case you were looking for books to add to your summer reading (or just your general “to read” list), I thought I’d chat about them here.
The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that I love, love, LOVE Bravo. Honestly, if I could watch only one channel on TV, it’d be Bravo. And when my husband and I decided to try a little experiment and get rid of our cable, my one major concern was, “but how am I going to watch all my Bravo shows?!?!?!”
This is Andy Cohen’s second book. While I haven’t read the first one, it’s totally on my “to read” list now that I’ve got this one under my belt. This book is fabulously trashy – and I mean “trashy” in a good way because he does some trash-talking and major name-dropping and I eat it all up. There are some instances where he doesn’t name names on purpose (mostly when referring to demanding Housewives or Watch What Happens Live guests) and I had fun trying to figure out who he was referring to. One major “storyline” in his book revolves around the adoption of his dog, Wacha, and it’s incredibly sweet to read how madly in love he is with him. The rest of the book a diary of his life each day for one year. It’s all about his celebrity BFFs (most notably SJP, Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper), jetset lifestyle and partying ways. Honestly, after reading this book I love him even more and want to count myself as one of his BFFs. If you already like Andy, or like any Bravo show, this is a great, fast, summer read!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I was really looking forward to reading this book because of all the great things I had read about it. While the book did have some twists and turns (and who doesn’t love those?!?), I didn’t find it to be as suspenseful as I was hoping. Some reviews I read talked about the book being “mind blowing” and “jaw dropping,” but unfortunately it wasn’t either of those things for me; I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t. I did appreciate the family relationships that were built at the beginning of this book, though. I could feel the tension between family members and those relationships had me hooked in the first few chapters. After those first chapters, though, this book lost me.
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
To me, this book sounded like the epitome of a summer beach read since it takes places in the summer. On the beach.
The narrative jumps back and forth about seven years in time and revolves around the relationship between two college friends and one of those friends and her relationship with her college ex-boyfriend. Like many books, one of the girlfriends is the shy, conservative type while the other is the wild, beautiful one with many adoring male fans. At the beginning of the book you find out there is a rift between these two former best friends, so naturally you try and speed read through those chapters to get to the ones that “go back in time” in order to find out what happened between the two pals. I certainly foresaw some of the secrets that were uncovered in those chapters, but there were still some good plot twists and things I wasn’t expecting. The ending was a bit too soap opera/unrealistic to me, which kind of ruined it a bit for me, but overall this book was enjoyable.
What have you been reading this summer? I’m back into my reading mode, so check back her soon for more updates and reviews!
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