Literary Review: Time to Get Studious (who am I kidding? – reviews of chick books!)

Hey y’all, Happy Weekend!

I’m always looking for something random to read in the evening before I go to bed. I try my best to read rather than watch television otherwise I stay up waaaay too late. So just in case any of you out there also like to do the same thing and are also like me in having a hard time on what to choose next, I’m gonna share the books I read and how I felt about them. Nothing formal. Just consider me your friend at lunch casually mentioning a recent read you may enjoy.

Warning: I am not planning on taking on all the problems of the world before bedtime; most of what I read would likely fall in the “romantic comedy” genre if it were a movie. Most cheerful books mixed with a few  different ones here and there (I’m planning on reading some chuck palahniuk (fight club writer) here soon and his stuff is pretty twisted. So I will always preface my reviews with what type of book, etc. Hope you find some here that you like to read too. I will also add in a little link to amazon if you want to check it out and buy the book or read more.

I will rate it on a 1-10 (10 best) scale at the end of the review and then say who I think will enjoy the book. Let me know if there is anything else that you want me to add in that would be helpful

1. Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

I read this after just getting out of a long relationship – my relationship did not parallel what happened to the character in the book but I found some of the dialogue strangely comforting. Strangely this book was loaned to me prior to the breakup by a relative of my ex-boyfriends so I just find that all kind of funny.

Back to the book… I identified with the characters and loved the little spark the book had. The overall theme of having something being broken and made into something entirely new and beautiful again is something many of us can identify with.Quick read, easy read and I really enjoyed it. Some parts of it reminded me of the Notebook for some reason.

Rating: 10 – best for those who love the broken hearts get healed type stories. 

2. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

I love Sophie Kinsella after all of the Shopaholic series and picked this book up in an airport a while back. When I first started to read it, it was totally different from most of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I didn’t get into it at all. So I put it back on a shelf and recently when I was moving I gathered a few books that I had been wanting to read and decided I would start with that one and see if I could get into it.

It is definitely not typical Sophie Kinsella but this book is GREAT it is super entertaining and a totally different plot than I’ve seen before. Still has the same rom-com undertones but with a spin including her great-aunt, named Sadie, that she has never met starts haunting Lara, the main character on the day of Aunt Sadie’s funeral. She convinces Lara to help her find something that she needs to stall the funeral because she can’t be buried without this items. After constant screaming in Lara’s face during the funeral which no one else can hear.  Lara ends up saying the funeral needs to be held up because she believes her Great Aunt Sadie (who she had never met before and died at the age of 105) was murdered.

Definitely some hilarious points to the story. Odd dynamic between Sadie and Lara at first but turns into a truly heartwarming bond with OF COURSE some lessons on love lost and new love wrapped in there.

Rating: 10 – for those who don’t mind an opinionated ghost creeping in on their rom-com. 

Hope you find these helpful. I’m about to start a new book this evening so I will let you know how it goes. If you ever read something that you think was “cute” or “fun” or might be something I would also like to read, please leave me comments, I am totally open to suggestions as I find that is how I’ve read some of the best books after another person has suggested it to me.

I’d imagine you can expect a review from me ever other week or so at least. I usually read through things pretty quick but don’t want that to take over the whole blog focus. I mean I do have cute projects to share like this one coming up here in just a few!