book report: october 2018

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I’m so close to meeting my goal for the year of reading fifty books and better yet, I’ll be meeting it early! As of today, I’ve read 45 books this year, so only five more to go for the rest of the year. I read seven books this month and am in progress on three other books. Yes, my attention has been divided between them so it’s taking me longer than usual to finish. I read a lot of great books this month, though, that I’m excited to share.

Total Progress: 45/50

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
This was a cute book about two families joining together when their kids get engaged. The groom’s family are peach farmers from South Carolina and the bride comes from a wealthy family in Chicago. All sorts of drama ensues during the wedding planning process, but the story wraps up with everything in a sweet little bow. That’s kind of nice sometimes, don’t you think?

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
So, I watched the movie before reading the book and, as much as I liked the movie, I loved this book even more. This is the epitome of feel-good reading! It just made me feel so cozy and I love how clear and simple Jenny Han’s writing style is when she describes food or clothes or the atmosphere of Lara Jean’s cozy night at home. If you’re looking for something really cute and atmospheric, this is for you!

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
I loved this book so much. I got it from the library and midway through chapter one, I ordered it on Amazon because I knew I needed to have it on hand forever. It was so good, I have a full review post coming soon!

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
This was the first Emily Giffin book I’ve ever read and I’m glad I did! It’s about a wealthy Nashville family whose son becomes involved in a scandal with a scholarship student at his school. I must say, reading this felt very timely as the story really reminded me of the recent Supreme Court hearings and Dr. Ford’s story. So, yeah, that made it a little bit anxiety inducing to read, however justice is served in its own way. Highly recommend!

The Class by Heather Won Tesoriero
This was a great non-fiction book about Andy Bramante’s science research class at a high school in Greenwich, CT. His class is renowned for the students’ work and their accomplishment at major science fairs around the country. These aren’t your typical baking soda volcano type of science fair experiment. His students provide research and solutions for things like Lyme disease, tests for arterial clogging, cancer, and more. It was really an inspiring read!

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Ugh, these books are so good. I swear, I feel like they were written just for me. The second in the series follows Lara Jean when John Ambrose McLaren comes back into her life. She finds herself dealing with various issues and having to sort of choose between John and Peter K.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
I’m so sad I finished the whole series and I want more! The final book in the series follows Lara Jean and Peter K. during their senior year. Lara Jean has everything planned out and is excited to join Peter K. at UVA in the fall. When things don’t go as planned, everything kind of falls into disarray. The ending was so cute and nostalgic and I seriously want more! Jenny, where are the college books?!