reading lately: october


This year I set a rather easy reading goal — to read at least two books each month. Knowing how busy life can be, I did not want to overwhelm and eventually disappoint myself. With the days growing shorter and the nights colder, it is so much easier to curl up with a good book. Fall always signifies a cozy time full of hygge and reading. Without further ado, here is what I have been reading lately:

a light between oceans

by M.L. Stedman

A Light Between Oceans left me with a very heavy heart and a wondering mind. Although I knew that the ending would not be happy for all, I was still rather caught off guard. After incredible and heart wrenching losses, to find what you have been dreaming for at last would make anyone second guess the right thing to do. Altogether I found this story to be beautiful, sad, and understanding. One where you find yourself wishing for the best and being content with the outcome. After all, not every situation will have a happy ending. Especially in the situation that is brought up in this book.

I found myself falling in love with each of the characters through their flaws and their strengths. Each personality was unique with their innermost thoughts laid bare to the reader. The actions of each character were incredibly believable. The setting was not overwhelming, but had quite enough detail. All in all, I truly enjoyed reading this book ending be damned.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

what alice forgot

by Liane Moriarty

From the very first page I found myself falling headfirst into What Alice Forgot. Constantly I found myself wondering what I would have done in that situation — losing my memory of the past ten years. Waking up to being divorced, having three children, and being a completely different person. The answers I found myself coming up with aligned quite a bit with Liane Moriarty’s plot. Torn between trying to figure out what is going on to appeasing those around me. The story was very believable and the situations realistic.

Each character has a bold personality and you find yourself caring for each one. Yes, even the ones that drive you a little (or a lot) batty. The pace moved forward at a good pace and held my interest during the entirety of the book. I found myself, on more than one occasion, not being able to put the book down. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read another book by this author.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

we could be beautiful

by Swan Huntley

Honestly, I found myself having a difficult time fully engaging myself in We Could Be Beautiful. I wanted so badly to like and relate Catherine, but it was not always easy. After all, I have not spent my life with obnoxious amounts of money surrounded by designer things. However, I can understand that when one is so dependent on something and that something suddenly disappears it would be devastating. Unfortunately, in Catherine’s case, I still could not relate. At all.

All in all, I did find myself somewhat enjoying this book. The story was rather interesting, although shallow at times. Plus, there was an eventful twist towards the end of the book that was hinted at throughout. Also, I oddly found myself reminded of the show Gossip Girl while reading this!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.


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  • Ashley Angle

    Thanks for these great reviews! I for sure want to read What Alice Forgot and will be checking out more about We Could Be Beautiful. Have you seen the movie The Light Between Oceans?
    Ashley @ A Cute Angle //

    • I have found myself really enjoying Liane Moriarty’s books! So far I haven’t picked one up that I haven’t liked. I haven’t seen The Light Between Oceans but I am going to have to try to get my hands on it! I think I would really enjoy it!