Hey, everyone! I’m here with my Project Read update for June & July. I actually read 6 books over these two months (still right on track for my target!) but I’m only going to review 4…it will make more sense as you read.
Arranged by Catherine McKenzie – Anne is a writer who seems to have everything going for her – except her love life. When she accidentally stumbles across an arranged marriage service, she decides to give it a try. The guy that she is matched up with ends up being perfect for her – but is he who he says he is? Can an arranged marriage really work? This was an entertaining read. I really liked the concept of it. While it was a fairly predictable storyline, it was one of those feel-good and entertaining books that I really enjoyed.
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – This book. Oh, this book. I still don’t know if I liked it or not. I was initially drawn to it because reviews had said it was similar to a Gillian Flynn novel. In my opinion, it is definitely NOT like a Gillian Flynn novel. This book follows Ani (pronounced Ah-nee), a successful 30-something about to get married. The book bounces back and forth between the present-day and her high school days. In the present-day, she is preparing to be showcased in a documentary about something that happened while she was in high school. This book covers A LOT of difficult topics. And Ani is not very likable at all. Some reviews I’ve read have said that Ani has absolutely no redeeming qualities. I definitely don’t agree with that. I can see some good in her, but most of the time she is just not a very nice person. Like I said, I have no idea if I liked the book or not, but it definitely left me thinking for a very long time and it is a book that I highly recommend.
Grey by E.L. James – This was the Fifty Shades of Grey story told from Christian Grey’s perspective. I know the world is split on these books. I know they are not masterpieces, but I do find them highly entertaining, so I was excited to read this book. Some people say these books promote abuse. I freely admit that these two don’t have the healthiest relationship – the way they talk to each other is truly astounding, but when it comes to the other controversial stuff, it’s 100% consensual. After I read this book, I was prompted to re-read the last 2 books in the original trilogy (which is why I’m not doing 6 book reviews).
Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie – So, when I started reading this book I didn’t realize it was by the same author who wrote Arranged. How I missed that, I have no idea! Anyways, this book tells the story of Emma, a successful lawyer who takes a trip to Africa after her mother dies. While in Africa there is a horrible earthquake and she is unable to call home for about 6 months. Everyone presumes she is dead. Forgotten follows Emma as she tries to find her footing in her new life. There’s romance and even a little mystery in this book. It was entertaining – very predictable, not at all though-provoking, but a fun read.
As always, leave any recommendations if you have them. I have a growing list of book recommendations to work my way through and I always appreciate them!