I took a bubble bath today. Well, I didn’t have anything to make the bubbles, so it was really just a bath with some calming lavender salts. Regardless of the kind of bath I took, I spent 40 minutes in the bath thinking about my life.
Naturally, I took a (very) full glass of wine – I am currently obsessed with Narcissi’s Black Raspberry wine – my phone (for music purposes only, I am very anti-social media when it comes to relaxing) and a book for entertainment. I honestly try my hardest at self-care. I keep a steady skin care regiment, I use a eye mask a few times a week, use hair masks on the weekends, and moisturize every inch of my annoyingly dry skin. I try my best, I really do, but there isn’t a self-care task I love more than a bubble bath, wine, music, and my current best seller.
A few weeks ago, thanks to my love of Reese Witherspoon, books, and a lack of ideas for my Christmas list, I decided I would read every book from Reese Witherspoon’s book club. Thanks to boredom, I created an entire spreadsheet of all of the books included (there is 42 btw – not including the newly added YA selections) complete with columns, highlights, and a section for notes. I sent this spreadsheet to my husband and my mom and would honestly be completely content to only receive books from this list for Christmas.
To add to my super nerd status, I couldn’t wait to start reading and complete this list. So, naturally, I am currently reading my 9th one from the list. Oops. Don’t worry though, there are still so many left for my family to get me for Christmas.
Let’s get back to that bath again. While I was thinking about my life, I remembered one of the items my husband put on his Christmas list – and that was for more Ktwrites. Since I made this blog (almost a year ago!!!!!) as a place where I could review books I have read, I thought it would be silly for me to not write a post (or a few) about my current undertaking.
I’m not sure if I will do a post for each book after this or if I will do a few book reviews in one, but for the purpose of this blog, I am just going to include my spreadsheet that has comments on the books I have read! Once I finish a book, I will update this chart, so make sure you check back!
|Book Title||Author||Own Book||Genre||Rating and Comments|
|Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine||Gail Honeyman||√||Fiction-Drama||9.5/10 – beautiful. I fell in love with Eleanor and all her quirks. I wish there was a little more with Raymond but the twist at the end was perfect!|
|The Alice Network||Kate Quinn||√||Fiction-Drama||8/10 – great storyline. I enjoyed Eve’s character the most. Could easily find myself reading this again and again.|
|The Lying Game||Ruth Ware||√||Thriller||8.5/10 – slow moving and then an abrupt end. The cheating was unnecessary between Isa and Luc|
|Little Fires Everywhere||Celeste Ng||√||Fiction-Drama||6.5/10 – there was a lot of hype for this book and I honestly was not that interested. It was nice, but too many storylines for my liking. The messages were good, but it was not necessary for Bebe’s story. Also, not a fan of a mom treating her daughter like that…|
|The Rules of Magic||Alice Hoffman||√||Fiction-Drama||10/10 – have read twice so far. Prequel to Practical Magic. Beautiful story and great imagery|
|This is the Story of a Happy Marriage||Ann Patchett||√|
|The Last Mrs. Parrish||Liv Constantine||√||Fiction-Drama||9/10 – loved this! The twist was great! I could see myself reading this book repeatedly. I LOVED the three parts with different POVs.|
|Braving the Wilderness||Brene Brown|
|The Light We Lost||Jill Santopolo||√ k||Fiction-Drama||9/10 – beautifully written, but predicable ending. I loved that it was written like a letter to Gabe but then the end was an actual letter to their son.|
|Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows||Balli Kaur Jaswal||√||Fiction – Drama||7/10 – this was a fun story to read. I enjoyed learning more about the culture. The author mixed in different story types, which made this a compelling story.|
|Happiness||Heather Harpham||√ k|
|You Think It, I’ll Say It||Curtis Sittenfeld|
|Something in the Water||Catherine Steadman||√||Thriller||4/10 – Too much detail on unnecessary things. They were in so many places in the book it was hard to pick up on what was important and what was not. I really wanted to like this book, but I probably won’t read it again. Good concept, though.|
|Next Year in Havana||Chanel Cleeton||√||Fiction-Drama||8.5/10 – beautiful story. Will read the sister’s other stories. The storyline was predictable, but I still really enjoyed this book.|
|Still Lives||Maria Hummel||√ k|
|Where the Crawdads Sing||Delia Owens||√||Fiction-Drama||10/10 – WOW. I loved every minute of this book. Beautiful. It reminded me of Fried Green Tomatoes.|
|This is How It Always Is||Laurie Frankel||√ k||Fiction-Drama||5/10 – eye opening book with a good story. I just could not get into it.|
|The Other Woman||Sandie Jones||√||Thriller||9.5/10 – Read this is about 24 hours. The twist at the end got me.|
|One Day in December||Josie Silver||√ k||Fiction-Drama||7.5/10 – A easy to read love triangle story. It’s cliché but I enjoyed the story and would read again.|
|The Library Book||Susan Orlean||√|
|The Proposal||Jasmine Guillory||√ k||Fiction-Drama||6/10 – Cute and fun to read. It’s a very basic book but was lighthearted. Very predictable but would probably read again.|
|Daisy Jones & The Six||Taylor Jenkins Reid||√ k||Fiction-Drama||9/10 – SO GOOD. I actually thought that this was a true band and a true story. It is supposed to be based on Fleetwood Mac which makes this so much cooler. I read this so fast over Thanksgiving. Would love to possibly write my own story in this format – interview|
|The Night Tiger||Yangsze Choo||√||Fiction – Drama||8/10 – Very interesting story concept. This was a delightful book to read. I could see this being turned into multiple stories!|
|From Scratch||Tembi Locke|
|The Cactus||Sarah Haywood||√ k||Fiction – Drama||7/10 – I liked this one for the cliche story type. The main character is drab (but that’s the point), she falls for someone not her type, and it ends happily ever after. |
|Whisper Network||Chandler Baker||√||Fiction-Drama But w/ Murder||4/10 – The beginning of each chapter was written in a different tone/POV from the rest of the chapter – almost like they were summarizing a feminist point before actually going into the story. I am all for feminism, but I wish there was just one tone/POV. It was slow and confusing. Just too many characters and POVs.|
|The Last House Guest||Megan Miranda||√||Fiction – Suspense||6/10 – I was very excited to read this one, but it fell short for me. Compelling, but I expected more of a thriller.|
|The Secrets We Kept||Laura Prescott||√|
|Fair Play||Eve Rodsky|
|The Giver of Stars||Jojo Moyes||√||Fiction – Drama||8/10 – Moyes is a fantastic author. I loved her Me Before You series and now I love this one! Her writing style puts you right there in the saddle delivering books. Great story!|
|Such a Fun Age||Kiley Reid||√|
|The Scent Keeper||Erica Bauermeister||√||Fiction – Drama||8.5/10 – such a cool concept for a story. Everything is told from scents! I flew through this book because I have never read anything like it.|
|The Jetsetters||Amanda Eyre Ward|
|The Henna Artist||Alka Joshi|
|The Guest List||Lucy Foley||√||Thriller||8/10 – little bit of a slow start and not enough closure for Hannah. Good twist on who the killer was and who was killed|
|I’m Still Here||Austin Channing Brown|
|Everything Inside||Edwidge Danticat||√ k|
|The Last Story of Mina Lee||Nancy Jooyoun Kim||√||Fiction – Drama w/ some suspense||6/10 – I liked how this story wove together stories of the mom and daughter separately. It’s an interesting story where you learn a lot about the culture. Definitely eye opening.|
|His Only Wife||Peace Medie Adzo|
|The Chicken Sisters||KJ Dell’Antonia|
|Outlawed||Anna North||√ k|
|The Sanatorium||Sarah Pearse||√||Thriller||8/10 – this satisfied my thriller needs. Semi-predicable and a little bit of a letdown for an ending. Is there going to be a sequel?|
|Infinite Country||Patricia Engel|
|Northern Spy||Flynn Berry||√||Suspense||7.5/10 – Once you get past the first part of the book, you will not be able to put this down! The plot of the book was good and easy to follow. |
|The Last Thing He Told Me||Laura Dave||√||Suspense||9/10 – I absolutely loved this one! The past few book selections were good, but this one blew them out of the water! I highly recommend.|
|Seven Days in June||Tia Williams|
|We Were Never Here||Andrea Bartz|
If you have read any of these books, drop a comment and tell me what you loved about them! Or if you have any book suggestions, I am always on the lookout for a good book.
As always – Love, KT