Wow, it has been entirely way too long since I’ve been here to update you on my bookish adventures. I honestly won’t apologize, as it was a much needed break from social media and a lot of my time was spent with family. I am back though, and boy do I have some books to update you on!
First, I’d like to provide my review for the NetGalley ARC of The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins. This book is set to release in July so I am cutting it close. The description from Goodreads is as follows. “New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins crafts an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship.
Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.
If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.”
I really enjoyed this book, and not just because I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately. I loved how books are the save all to someone in need, as many times books have been my place to go when dealing with life. I absolutely loved Mama G and the role she played throughout the entire book, as well as the mystical seventh daughter of the Dove family. This was a very magical story without crossing the lines into the fantasy genre, and it was very well written. For me, this was a great summer read and sure to tug on your heart strings. With a 4/5 star rating from me, I highly recommend this story to everyone!
Other books I’ve read lately and the rating I gave them.
- The Glass Magician ( The Paper Magician Trilogy #2) by Charlie N Holmberg – 5/5 stars
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 5/5 stars
- Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan Mcguire – 4/5 stars
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett – 5/5 stars (this was a reread)
- Roses of May (The Collector #2) by Dot Hutchison – 5/5 stars
- Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – 5/5 stars
- Meet Cute by Helena Hunting – 5/5 stars
- The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch – 4/5 stars
- Burn Out (#1) by Kristi Helvig – 4/5 stars
- Strange Skies (Burn Out #2) by Kristi Helvig – 4/5 stars
- Stay Dead (Elise Sandburg #2) by Anne Frasier – 4/5 stars
Maybe I give 4 and 5 star ratings too much, but I really loved sooo many of these books!!! This year has been such an amazing year for reading and I couldn’t be happier. Time to get back to work, so Happy Reading friends! 🙂