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If Only I Could Tell You

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Okay, so. I have to be honest with you. I am very very mad at Hannah Beckerman, the author of this book If Only I Could Tell You. I was an unsuspecting victim in the crime that she has committed. I was not expecting to bawl my eyes out reading this book. Oh, but not only that. I also got very angry, hurt, and happy while reading this book. Yes, that’s right Hannah Beckerman, I have a bone to pick with you. Your book was just too good. You made me feel my own feelings!

In all seriousness, though, this book was beyond incredible. Aside from the frustration that I felt with the emotional roller coaster, this book about mother/daughter and sister relationships was beautiful, absorbing and one of my instant all-time favorites.

Jess and Lily haven’t spoken for most of their life. Something happened a long time ago that Jess will no longer speak of, but whatever it was, Jess thinks it was Lily’s fault. Now, their mother, Audrey has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her life is ending soon, and the last wish she has is for her daughters to finally become a family- and for her granddaughters to meet and love each other.

The perspective flipping and the timeline change made this book so enjoyable to read. There was never a dull moment! The shocking twist at the end will wrap your stomach in knots as well! I really wish I could say more about this book, but to be honest, this is one that you must go into not knowing much-trust me it’s way better.  You’ll love the character development and the suspense of it all, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, great for those cold wintery days!

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Family Trust

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Stanley Huang has just received the news that he has pancreatic cancer. He’s lived a wonderfully interesting life, with two marriages under his belt, as well as a couple of kids. That doesn’t mean everything will be all good once he dies, Stanley knows he needs to get his affairs in order, but what happens when his children’s inheritance isn’t all that they thought it would be? Family Trust by Kathy Wang is a hilarious and real-life look into the average Asian-American family.

If you’re thinking this is going to be the next Crazy Rich Asians you may be pleasantly surprised that it’s not much like that book at all. Although I liked Crazy Rich Asians, I had a hard time identifying with the characters because, well, I’m not crazy rich. However, in this book, the Huang family is your typical Silicon Valley family, one with secrets, lies, and regrets mixed in with the fun family moments we all live for.

Each character in the family has their own ways of dealing with the impending death of Stanley, as well as their individual personality that shines like a diamond. Fred, Stanley’s son, hopes that the inheritance he’s bound to gain after the death of his father will help him recover from his lack of work ethic. His daughter, Kate, thinks there’s more to life than the small family she’s helping to raise but isn’t sure how to get what she really wants.

Then there’s Stanley’s wife and ex-wife. You’ll just have to wait and see how they act in this hilarious novel. The situations that this family gets put into are believable yet create one humorous last days of life for Stanley. If you are in the mood for a funny book with a slightly morbid undertone, then definitely go pick this book up, it’ll be perfect for a weekend read. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was a lot of fun to read, and the characters were entertaining.

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About Kathy Wang

Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.

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No Judgements

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Bree is in the middle of a hurricane, but she doesn’t mind. What she has a problem with is all of the animals who are going to be stuck on Little Bridge Island with her In No Judgements by Meg Cabot, we follow Bree as she makes her name known for her love and animals and willingness to help when the island’s resident’s pets are trapped with no one to take care of them.

Running off to Little Bridge Island was Bree’s attempt at removing herself from the emotionally abusive ex that wouldn’t leave her alone. She didn’t really care about the hurricane. Once on the island, though, she discovers that there are tons of pets that need her help, and she can’t help them all on her own.

You guessed it, sexy bad boy coming in for the romance. Bree’s bosses nephew, Drew, pops in to help with the pets, and maybe cure Bree’s loneliness as well. The two start to fall in love, but with the hurricane receding, and the presence of the unwanted ex, things get a little complicated between the two new love birds.

As with most other Meg Cabot books, the romance is adorable and the story is compelling. Sometimes you just need to curl up with a feel good romance and let all of your worries drift away. Though Bree has her fair share of problems within this book, it was still light hearted and fun to read. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Reading the Worst Rated Books on my Shelf

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I’ve seen this trend recently, where Booktubers or I guess, whoever really wants to do it, will find the lowest rated books on Good Reads and read the books to see how well they like them, or if they have a different opinion than most of the population. Well, I figured since I have a ton of books on my shelves that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet, I would try and put my own little spin on things- as I usually like to do. It was a long arduous ordeal (not really lol), but I found the 10 lowest rated books on my shelf, and decided to set out and read them. It’s a painstaking job, but someones gotta do it.


 

Body Surfing

By: Anita Shreve

Good Reads Rating: 3.31

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My Rating:

3

Description:

Sydney finds herself divorced and widowed at the ripe ol’ age of 29. She wasn’t expecting to be alone so soon, but now that she is, she has to find something to fill her time. Instead of wasting away, she decides to answer an ad to tutor a teenage girl. The teenage girl’s brothers show up at their summer beach house, and things start to happen. Sydney finds herself enjoying the company of each of the guys, and they seem to both be falling for her as well.

I have been an Anita Shreve fan for many years, I love her books, The Pilots Wife, and Light on Snow being my favorites. At times I found this book to be too complicated for as short as it is. The tension that was felt between all of the characters was sometimes passionate, and sometimes just annoying. I enjoyed the story, but it definitely isn’t going on my favorites list any time soon.


 

A Friend of the Family

by: Lauren Grodstein

Good Reads Rating: 3.29

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My Rating:

2

Description

Pete is looking forward to his son following in his footsteps, but when a friends daughter tries to steal his son away, Pete will do anything to get between the two young kids.

Was there even a plot to this book? Did anyone check to see if there was a purpose for the “story” that happened? Although this book was interesting, it was strange and not something that I would recommend for light weekend reading.


 

Second Life

by: S.J. Watson

Good Reads Rating: 3.25

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My Rating:

2

Description:

Before I Go to Sleep was one of my favorite books when I read it all those years ago. I assumed I would really like this one as well. The premise sounds promising, Julia finds out her sister has been murdered, and she chooses to go on a path to find the killer. In the midst of all this, she finds herself getting into a relationship with a stranger she met online.

One of the main reasons that I rated this book so low was that I didn’t like Julia at all. She was not relatable, she wasn’t enjoyable to read about, and she was just…not a good person. Aside from that, there is just too much going on, to the point that it’s not believable. Once you get to the plot twist, it seems rather anticlimactic.


 

Hausfrau

by: Jill Alexander Essbaum

Good Reads Rating: 3.23

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My Rating

4

Description:

Anna is bored with her life, she wants something more fulfilling than just being a wife and mother. In her attempt to find solace inside and out, she has many affairs, some at the same time. This didn’t make Anna happy either, and the book ends in a very sad way.

I thought this book was very entertaining. I was actually expecting to really like this book, because I had heard of a few Booktubers that I watch who enjoyed it as well. It was a pretty good read, and one that I am kind of sad that I didn’t read a while ago.


Driving Lessons

by: Zoe Fishman

Good Reads Rating: 3.18

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My Rating: 1

Description:

Sarah and her husband move from New York City to a quiet suburb down south. The relocation for her husband’s job is fine, but the fact that Sarah must decide whether she wants kids, and finally learn how to drive a car may be enough to drive her crazy.

Sarah acted like a little kid, she whined a lot if she didn’t get her way, and nothing was ever good enough for her. That’s basically the reason why I rated this book so low. There was basically no conflict within the entire book, and it was quite boring.


 

A Soft Place to Land

By: Susan Rebecca White

Good Reads Rating: 3.16

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My Rating:

4

Description:

After their parents die in a plane crash, sisters Ruthie and Julia must deal with the aftermath. Interestingly enough, one of the provisions in their parents will is that the two girls be separated in the event that they both died. Watching the women grow up, and come back together as adults is beautiful and poignant.

I wasn’t positive I was going to like this book, but it really got to me. It was so thoughtful, so real, and the characters were often funny, down to earth, and believable. Especially when Ruthie and Julia come back together, wow it was powerful. If you want a good tear-jerker style book, then definitely go for this one.


 

Woman with a Secret

By: Sophie Hannah

Good Reads Rating: 3.1

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My Rating:

4

Description:

Nicki is a woman with many secrets that she doesn’t tell her family, her friends, or anyone else in her life. The only person she talks about what’s going on is a stranger she has never met. When that stranger ends up murdered, Nicki is the first suspect on the list.

This book was super suspenseful, and kept my attention throughout. The only thing that I did not like about this book was that the main character, Nicki, was just not likable at all.


 

The Girl Below

By: Bianca Zander

Good Reads Rating: 3.06

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My Rating:

1

Description:

I can’t even really tell you what this book is about. It was just…strange. This girl goes back to her childhood town and tries to uncover some mysteries of her family.

Did I finish the book? No. It just…didn’t catch my fancy at all. Ugh, I was honestly just bored and confused the entire time. I got about half way through and realized I didn’t care what happened to Suki or the story.


 

Good Little Wives

By: Abby Drake

Good Reads Rating: 3.05

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My Rating:

1

Description:

This book was written in 2007, and to be honest, it shows. Those were the days of Desperate Housewives and Stepford Wives. This book totally takes every cliched situation from those types of shows and movies, mixes them all together, to create a conglomeration of dumb.

The first chapter of this book was, in a sense, pretty decent, at least the end of it. It left you on a cliff hanger, but then it just fell right off…I can’ even remember most of the characters names because there was nothing unique about anyone. Also, the woman on the cover looks to be young, and the women in the book are in their late 40’s and older. I was expecting to read a book about starter wives or something, but instead read about cranky old broads who are mad they aren’t young anymore.


 

The Affair

By: Alicia Clifford

Good Reads Rating: 2.96

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My Rating:

3

Description:

Celia’s life gets torn apart when she finds out her husband has been lying to her, but they rekindle their marriage and move on from the little blip. Years later, Celia goes on vacation with some friends and meets a man. A man that she takes things a little too far with.

There was nothing in this book that really made it stand out to me. Nothing so shocking that I couldn’t believe I read it. It was mediocre at best, but still not a terrible story.

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All the Wrong Places

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This book entrapped me from the very instant I started reading it. I know I say that about several books on my blog, but I have to be honest, it’s always true. All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding is a novel told is multiple perspectives while the main character, Paige, takes her dating life online. When she meets Mr. Right Now through an online dating site, she’s not sure if he’s too good to be true, but she definitely has no idea that his whole game plan is to murder her and move on to the next girl on the site.

Paige has had almost everything she could ever want, the man, the job, so on and so forth. That’s why her cousin Heather wants to have Paige’s life. I mean, everyone says that look so much alike, so why can’t Heather just be Paige? That’s why Heather decides to sleep with Paige’s longtime boyfriend, and then eventually marry him. This causes a massive rift between the cousins, to the point where they don’t talk anymore.

As we watch the story weaving in and out, while Paige goes on dates with multiple men, and Mr. Right Now tries very hard to secure his and Paige’s destiny, as well as Heather and her seduction attempts, will Paige get what’s in store for her? Will she finally go on a date with Mr. Right Now? And if she does, will she make it out alive?

That’s for you to find out! This book is probably one of my most recommended this year. I tell all my friends, if you like thrillers, you’ll love this book. It’s so intense, but also has a little mystery to the point where you aren’t sure if you know what’s going on, or if you’re being tricked, plus the ending is just delicious. I had a blast reading this book, which means I think you will also! I give this one 5 out of 5 stars.