YES! It's time for one of my most favorite blog posts of the month. I'm linking up with Steph and Jana to share with y'all what I've been reading lately.
June was vacation month so typically that means I read a lot but it was also moving month so that drastically cut down on my free time. I also re-read 2 books...because I'm weird like that.
Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
Okay, here's the skinny. I'm growing tired of Jodi's books. Everything has a pretty predictable plot...sure there are different characters and circumstances but the writing style is the same. Event happens, back story, current story, back story, current story, trial play-by-play, surprise verdict or twist ending. Now, some people love her predictability but I've grown tired of it. This book was good, but overall very long (almost 600 pages!) and too heavy/serious for a beach read. I regret reading it over vacay and wish I'd have started something lighter. 3 out of 5 salted caramels.
How Sweet the Sound - Deborah Heal
This is the 3rd book in the Rewinding Time series that I've followed. Basically it's marketed as a "Christian fiction" but I would hesitate to call it that. It's got scripture and prayer references but it's not about Christianity. The basis is about a college professor who has a software program that allows her to rewind time and visit historical places and actually see the historical events that happened there. I love the juxtaposition of historical and the present...which is my main reason for continuing this series. I am obsessed with history. If you're not a history buff or not into vaguely religious novels, pass on this one. 4 out of 5 salted caramels.
Lavender Morning - Jude Deveraux (re-read)
Jude Deveraux is one of my fave authors. She writes about love and romance in quirky and fun (and often historical) locations like small towns or Regency England. This is book one of the Edilean Series that I really enjoyed. It sets the tone for the whole series in which each book is the story of a citizen in the small town of Edilean, Virginia. It's a great light read with some mild romance and a bit of a mystery as well. 5 out of 5 salted caramels.
Can You Keep a Secret - Sophie Kinsella (re-read)
This is a favorite of mine. I love the vulnerability of the main character but also her tenacity at times. The book has a lot of funny moments and the main character sometimes is a little ditzy but that's typical Sophie Kinsella. Unlike a lot of her books, this one isn't predictable and surprises you with some of the plot changes. This is one I like enough to own an re-read again and again. 4 out of 5 salted caramels.