Out of all the things, books and film included, that haven’t been able to happen in 2020, the last thing that I expected this year was a new Taylor Swift album! folklore is not my absolute favoriteeee Taylor Swift album… but that doesn’t mean I haven’t listened to it at every opportunity possible! I really do love its indie vibe, and I find that it makes for the perfect background music while I’m doing school work or blogging. Like every TSwift album, my top 3 favorite songs are always changing but my current three faves are “betty,” “illicit affairs,” and “august” (with “exile” and “invisible string” as a very close #4 & #5). I’m also going to be providing my thoughts on each song in the corresponding prompts!
This album has also caused me to fall into Taylor Swift Tik Toks – I especially love the ones focusing on the bridge of “betty” transitioning into the “All Too Well” bridge and the ones comparing life when Lover came out last August vs. pandemic life with folklore. I definitely relate to this last category so much, considering that when I did the Lover book tag last fall, I was starting my senior year of college, commuting to the city every week, and living with my best friends…. but at least we have folklore now to compliment all of our feels! I also admit that I came to close to hitting ‘submit order’ for the merch cardigan from the “cardigan” music video, but I’ve determined to find a lookalike!
the one: a book with an ending that left you speechless
I’m going to go with a recent read of mine, Verity by Colleen Hoover. It’s been a while that I’ve read a book with an ending that still has me thinking about it and rethinking the book’s ending weeks later!
song review:I think “the 1” is a strong first song, and it sort’ve reminds me of the vibes of Lover’s first song, “I Forgot That You Existed.”
I go in spurts of sharing my monthly to-be-read piles, mainly because I’m such a big mood reader and I tend to read more than what I list on my published TBRs – including this August TBR. I have a few books on hold from the library, so what I actually read will largely revolve around what books I’m able to get. I already have a few books out from the library that I need or want to finish – although my library is actually extending due dates past the usual 2 week deadline. With the fall publishing season right around the corner, I also have a few books that I need to read for review. I am really excited to be once again participating in ARC August, an annual readathon hosted by Octavia and Shelley of Read. Sleep. Repeat. This TBR will be split into my ‘regular’ TBR and my TBR for ARC August.
Library & Owned Books TBR
The Heir Affair ( The Royal We #2) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan – After rereading The Royal We last week, I couldn’t wait any longer to read the sequel and I decided to checkout a digital copy from the library. I’ve had a hold for a physical copy of The Heir Affair for over a month now, but I think my country library system is a little behind on receiving new releases. I’m currently reading this one & loving it so far – if my physical copy does come in soon enough, I’ll probably transition to the digital to physical copy… but let’s be honest, I’ll probably will be finished reading it by then!
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare – I hauled The Duchess Deal in last’s month library haul, so I won’t go into too much detail. I do plan on reading this one ASAP, although it’s not due until September. I took a little break from romance in the second half of July, but I know I’ll be ready to jump back in ASAP.
The Worst Man by Mia Sosa –The Worst Man was also part of my July library haul, but I know once I’m really back into the romance reading mood, this will be one of the first books I pick up!
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover – After really enjoying Verity last month, I’ve decided to give Colleen Hoover’s another go, starting with Regretting You. So many of my friends have loved this one and it seems like a really great blend of YA and adult romance.Read More »
Five college friends have arrived at forty in very different circumstances, but with at least one thing in common: they are among the more privileged in society. Elizabeth and Sara are lawyers, Martha is a doctor, Carmen is a wealthy and well-educated homemaker, and Heather, the most successful, is a famous tech executive―and after more than two decades of friendship, they know one another better than anyone.
Then Heather writes a women’s advice book detailing the key life “mistakes” of her four friends―opting out, ramping off, giving half effort, and forgetting your fertility―that becomes wildly popular, and Elizabeth, Sara, Martha, and Carmen all feel the sting of Heather’s cruel words. Despite their status, these women face everyday obstacles, including work problems, parenting challenges, secondary infertility, racism, sexism, financial stress, and marital woes―and as they weather their fortieth year, each one can’t help but wonder if their life might have been different if they had followed Heather’s advice.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Laura Jamison’s debut, All the Right Mistakes, was the first book I read while floating around the pool this summer – and it was the perfect choice! I’m always ready for any book about female friends from college, especially having been obsessed with Elizabeth Ames’ The Other’s Goldlast summer.
Ever since their first move-in day at Dartmouth, Elizabeth, Sara, Martha, Carmen, and Heather have been best friends. Instead of bonding over sorority rushes and homework like they used to, the women are now more likely to talk about their struggles with work-life balance and motherhood over anything else, despite having found success in their own ways. But when Heather, a famous tech executive, publishes an advice book based on her friends’ ‘mistakes,’ the other four begin to question each other’s friendship and all the choices that they’ve made since.