The Books I Read in October

Monday, November 23, 2020

I've got some catching up to do in the books department! As much as I enjoy writing these posts and looking back and reflecting on past reads, it's a lot of work to compile the information and present it clearly and concisely. There are countless times I've sat down to write these recap posts, and I've said to myself, "I'll come back to it after I read a chapter in my current book." Ha! A chapter becomes two or three and then it's time to make dinner or workout, and I never get to the post. So, I had to set a reminder on my phone and put it on my Must Do list in order to absolutely accomplish it today.

Here we go. Here are the three books I read in October.

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand            4.5/5 stars

It's hard to find an Elin Hilderbrand book that I don't love. Although she has evolved since her debut novel, Elin Hilderbrand can still be counted on to deliver a great read. The Rumor was a juicy summer read about how easily and quickly gossip can go awry and how the snap decisions we make can hurt the people we love the most. Written in Hilderbrand's true Nantucket form, The Rumor is full is rich characters who quickly feel like friends and storylines that hook you from the first page. This book has a special place in my heart because it's the one I had signed at the end of July when I attended a book signing/meet and greet with Elin Hilderbrand.

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward      4/5 stars

The book has a great ending, but it seemed to take a long time to get there. After seeing a lot of friends on Goodreads favorably review this book, I finally read it. It was good, not great. I loved the main character Charlotte, but I wish the author had spent a little more time on Charlotte. Her character was underdeveloped but had great potential. I mean, she lost her virginity to Vincent Van Gogh! There's an entire book right there. Anyway, 76-year-old Charlotte wins a cruise after she pens a sexy essay about her one-day stand with Van Gogh. She invites her grown children to join her in an effort to bond with them, but each of her children has his/her own issues that they are dealing with on the cruise, and not much bonding happens even though the trip teaches Charlotte a lot about both her children and herself.

The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand         5/5 stars

In case you hadn't yet guessed it, one of my goals is to read all of Elin Hilderbrand's novels in the next year or so. I really enjoy her books, and every time I finish one, I feel sad to be leaving the characters behind. So, I've set a goal for 2021 to read as many of her books that I haven't yet read. The Beach Club is Hilderbrand's debut novel but you'd never know it. I loved some of the twists that Hilderbrand included throughout the book that I never saw coming. I loved the complex characters and how their lives were intertwined. If you haven't read any Elin Hilderbrand, this debut novel is a great introduction to her writing.

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