The tradition continues - a page for all the books I've read in 2017. Last year I read 50 books, so my goal this year is 51. Can I do it?
25. I think I heard about this book from a Buzzfeed list of debut novels worth reading. The story is about Nadia, a motherless girl with a distant father. It seems like her dad just doesn't exactly know what to do with his daughter, so she mostly runs wild. A central part of the book is the Upper Room church. After an event with the preacher's son, Nadia works at the church the summer after high school as an assistant to the first lady - the preacher's wife. Nadia befriends another girl who works at the church and then the story is about Nadia and Aubrey. The story moves right along and I enjoyed this book. (May)
24. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is the third book I've read by author Jenny Colgan. I like the easy style of her writing; I felt swept up in Issy's life right away and cared about her struggles and joys. The story is that Issy gets sacked from her job in a realtor/development office where she is semi-secretly dating her boss, so she loses her boyfriend and her job at the same time. Issy's grandfather used to own bakeries and he taught Issy everything about being a baker, so she decides to open a cupcake shop. (She sells other baked goods too.) I liked the description of the shop. I wanted to go there and eat cupcakes and hang out with Issy and Pearl. This book is the definition of English chick lit. I like it a lot! (April)
Anyway, After You is full of grieving Lou and a surprise that knocks Lou for a total loop. There's a lovely new romance for Lou and an exciting job offer. There were times when I wanted to grab Lou by the shoulders and yell, "What are you doing? Come ON!" There were also lots of times when I wanted to hug her and be her friend. I really like Jojo Moyes' writing style. The flow of the story is excellent; the characters are fantastic. There wasn't as much weeping for me from this book, but I did shed a couple tears. (April)