May Book Review

Hey everyone!

I wanted to share my book reviews for the books I read last month. I just finished another but I’ll save that for my June review. I will preface this by saying that…I work. And I have two little guys that require a LOT of attention. I would love to spend an entire day reading and reading but it’s just not in the cards for me right now. Until then, I have to get by with my meager two books a month.

The Secret Life of Violet Grant / Beatriz Williams

I give it 5 stars.

Of all of the Beatriz Williams books I’ve read, I’d say that I liked this the least, BUT I still loved it. I’m just oddly infatuated with her other work. I would still very much recommend this book.

This is the story of Vivian who receives a suitcase in the mail that belong to her great aunt who had moved to Europe many years ago. There was apparently some scandal regarding a dead husband and Vivian sets out to uncover the truth so that she can use it as a feature in her magazine. She uncovers so much more about the life of Violet Grant.

Here’s the thing about Williams: You know how people always like characters they can relate to? I’m like that too, except that Williams makes EVERY character relatable. And even if you find that you can’t relate, you always have a strong understanding of the character and their motives. You get them.

Eligible / Curtis Sittenfeld

I give it 4 stars.

This book is a modern telling of Pride and Prejudice. It follows the two eldest Bennet sisters after they return to their hometown to help out after their father’s heart attack. It is complete with suitors, the pushy mother, and the immature sisters.

This book really grew on me! When I first started reading it I was thinking “This is EXACTLY like Pride and Prejudice. So…why aren’t I just rereading that?” It did waver slightly from the original telling but the modern spin created a easy, fun read. Even though you knew how it would end, it was still an enjoyable story. If you haven’t read the original Jane Austen story then I insist you skip over this one and read the classic first.


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  • Reply Holly Breton at Pink Lady June 8, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I give you a lot of credit for even being able to read two books a month when you work and raise kids! I do the same and my goal this year is one book/month- so far so good but still so challenging! Thanks for the recommendations Tara

  • Reply Allie @ June 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Do not apologize for your reading! I usually only manage 2 a year- life gets a lot busier as kids get older, and I almost feel that the blog world has become this big competition of who can read 7+ books in a month. I have a feeling that some of those ladies are either A) dishonest and not actually reading the books or B) have a lot of help and free time. Sometimes I think I need to reread my high school books- I feel like I’ve forgotten a lot of the classic story lines!

    • Reply xo Tara June 9, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Agreed! I am the biggest book nerd and even I would get burnt reading that many books. Especially with little kids running around.

  • Reply Erin Port June 8, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I have not read any by the first author. I had a really hard time getting into Eligible but everyone loved it so I might have to give it another go! I barely have time to get one book done in a month so you are doing amazing lady! xoxo ERIN

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