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Real Honest Book Reviews, Part 2

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Alright, let's get a few things straight before we dive into these book reviews!

  1. I will always give you my honest opinion! No sugar coating here!

  2. All facts about the book and quotes or synopsis have been pulled from their Amazon listing, which you can find by clicking on the cover of the book.

The Giver of Stars

By Jojo Moyes

Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Domestic Fiction

*Listened to audiobook

Synopsis provided by Amazon

"Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve, hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically."


My Review

4.5 Stars

The beginning of the book is a little confusing, but once I figured out who was who, I fell in love with this book. I fell in love with the "romance" between friends. I say that because this is NOT a romance book, but there is definitely a strong bong and love between the women in this book. The feminist side of me loved every bit of that and the fact that these women were "breaking the rules" for a good cause. The struggles in their lives, the disasters, the triumphs, I felt like I was a part of it all. I found myself begging for this book to be turned into a movie. Good news, it's been pitched! I can't wait to see the film screen adaptation of these #bosswomen !


Love Lettering

By Erica Bauermeister

Literature & Fiction

*Listened to the audiobook

Synopsis provided by Amazon

"Meg Mackworth's hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancee was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn't counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid..."


My Review

3 Stars

Okay, first things first, this book is slightly predictable. It's basically a Hallmark movie in book form. Although you know what's going to happen, this book is still super charming. I love the off-the-wall approach and out-of-the-box setting and storyline. There are definitely some twists and turns, which I appreciated, and there were also some slightly R-rated scenes. 100% do not listen to parts of this book around your kids or at work. Yes, I did both of those things and even though I had headphones in, had to abruptly turn the book off. If you enjoy books like that (I will admit, I do), then you'll enjoy this book. It's extremely detailed.



I Hope You Stay

By Jodi Picoult

Literature & Fiction

Synopsis provided by Amazon

"From heartbreak to dreaming of and finding a new love to healing the heart to ultimately finding peace, the themes in this book are universal but also uniquely individual to readers.

Just as moving and endearing as Peppernell's previous books, I Hope You Stay is a reminder of the resilience and hope needed after heartache and pain. The book is divided into five sections, with poems ranging from free verse to short form. These words are a light in the deepest hours of the night: Hold on. The sun is coming. "


My Review

3 Stars

This is a poetry book. I feel like you either like them or you don't. I have read some poetry books that I have absolutely loved, but this one was just okay. I liked that it explored love from ending to renewal, and beyond. It is very thought-provoking and emotional, but I didn't feel like the emotions were mine. I felt like I was reading someone else's experiences. If you LOVE poetry, I would recommend this book. If you are new to poetry and looking for something to fall in love with, this is not the book to get started on.


That's it! I hope you enjoy this, and if you do, let me know so I can bring you even more Real Honest Book Reviews!


Now some follow-up questions

  1. If you've read any of these books, please start up a conversation in the comments, I'd love to hear what your opinions are! (Just no spoilers!) Do you agree with my review? Disagree? Why?

  2. If you have not read any of them, which one are you going to try first?

  3. What book should I read and review next?

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