Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fab Fiction: June 2015

June has been packed for me, personally and professionally, and while I had lofty goals of all these books I was going to read, I only managed three. And while beach reads are great in theory, when you have a toddler it's kind of a production to read more than a few lines at a time.

Anywayyy ... I'm going to do things a bit differently for June and talk about books I read, books I started, and what's up for next month. July is going to be hit or miss for me reading-wise with my own book launch coming up, but I'm planning to share some of the year's best beach reads with you!

Books I finished in June:

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
This was my first Laura Dave book and I will now be ordering her others because I loved this one so much. I brought it to the beach and then left it there (aaaaghh!!!) but luckily I had it on Netgalley too, so all was good. I couldn't stop reading and finished this in about 48 hours, which is huge for me. The story follows Georgia, a woman who returns to her family's California winery after finding out her fiance was hiding a huge secret about his past. If you don't want to go to wine country (or at least enjoy a nice glass) after reading this book, you might be crazy. The first chapter really surprised me and actually taught me a lesson about revealing backstory that I probably needed while working through the draft of my next manuscript. Thanks for that, Laura!

Those Girls by Lauren Taft
Contemporary YA is typically not my bag, but I came across this one on Netgalley (I think I must have received an email about being pre-approved to read it, because like I said, I don't typically seek out this genre) and the Philadelphia prep school setting and Mean Girls-esque theme caught my eye, so I thought why not? This was a super fast read and another one that would be perfect for the beach/vacation. If you thought what the characters in Mean Girls did was bad, then you'll be in for a shock here. Let's just say there a few things that happen that will make you thankful you never had friends like these in school (well, I hope you hadn't, at least). I do wish the ending had wrapped up a bit more of the story, but overall, I thought the book was really well written and had some laugh out loud moments. I would definitely read another book by this author.

The Santangelos by Jackie Collins
Confession: this is the first Jackie Collins novel I've ever read. I know, I know. My romance writer membership card should probably be revoked. Anyway, I was excited to read this one, and it was pretty much everything I thought it would be. Sex, drugs, murder, fame, fortune, exotic locations ... it's got everything a dishy, soap opera-esque summer read should have and then some. The story follows the matriarch of the Santangelo family, Lucky, along with her model daughter, nightclub owner son, his assistant district attorney girlfriend, and a pretty big cast of crazy characters. Each point of view was so distinct that I never got confused, and I liked peeping into the world of each of the different characters. At 535 pages, this isn't the shortest read, but the chapters are short and fast paced, so if you have a long flight ahead (or kid-free beach/pool time), you definitely won't be bored if you bring this one along. And although the story follows characters that have been around for decades, you definitely don't need to have read any of her previous Lucky books to know what's going on.  Find out how to win a copy at the bottom of this post!

Books I started in June:

Those Secrets We Keep by Emily Liebert
I started this book last week about three women who come to Lake George to escape from the problems in their lives. I'm not very far along, but so far I absolutely love it, just like the other Emily Liebert books I've read. I plan to finish it over the 4th of July weekend and I'm looking forward to some reading time!

Reached by Ally Condie
I mentioned this in Friday Finds a few weeks ago about how I did a free trial of Audible and got this on audiobook. It's been enjoyable so far, and the story is pretty much what I expected after having read the first two in this dystopian YA series. I've been busy watching/listening to other stuff, but I'm hoping to finish this in July.

Books I want to read next month:

Courtship of the Cake by Jessica Topper: 
Jess is a friend of mine and I love her books! Looking forward to this bakery/rock star-themed romance.

Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams: I'm a huge Beatriz Williams fan, so I've been waiting for this book for a while and was excited when I received an advance copy. I'll have a book to give away, too!

Shelter Us by Laura Nicole Diamond: I received a review copy of this book about a grieving mother, and it looks heavy, but inspiring.

Giveaway time!

Thanks to Get Red PR, we have one copy of The Santangelos by Jackie Collins to give away! (US/Canada readers only). Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. We'll announce the winner on July 8. Good luck!

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