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book recommendation: behind closed doors

It’s been so long since I posted a book review. I took a bit of a hiatus from reading but I have a few good ones I want to share!

I got this recommendation from The Sweetest Thing and it was so good. Behind Closed Doors is such a quick read and the writing is so simplistic it can seem a little immature or ill developed but its actually the exact opposite. Everything pieces together through the whole story and honestly I had a nightmare after I finished it…like the book just kept going in my mind!

I read this is two nights and the whole story was so satisfying (and a little scary to be honest because its so believable!). I don’t think there is a way to share about this book that doesn’t give things away so pick it up and see for yourself!

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Book Recommendation: Empire Girls

EMPIRE GIRLS book review

I just finished Empire Girls and loved it! It was such a quick, easy read. It takes place in the 1920’s which I’m strangely so into now (anyone else fans of Boardwalk Empire?!) following two sisters who are completely different and set off to New York City after their father dies and they find out they have a brother they never knew about. The book is written bouncing back and forth between the two sisters point of view which helps you understand each of them and how they perceive the world.

I highly recommend it if you are looking for a feel good story!

Are you an avid reader? I have been tracking my want to reads/currently reading on GoodReads, follow me there I’d love to see what you are reading!

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book recommendation: the pocket wife

I was searching to find something that I enjoyed reading as much as some of the ones I’ve been reading this summer. I’m not even sure how I found out about The Pocket Wife but I’m so glad I did. This is a murder mystery (sensing a theme?). But what makes this book SO interesting is the lead character is bipolar, and due to that, and a boozy afternoon she can’t remember what happened between her and her neighbor who is now dead…but she thinks she’s the last one to have seen her alive.
The book does a great job showing how manipulative people are and how people can turn your weakness or vulnerability against you (in her case her mental illness) to further their cause or point blame or attention away from themselves. It does a great job of taking you through how frustrating it feels to spiral through ups and downs as she tries to figure out what happened with things point back at her. I really loved this book!
the pocket wife book review

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book recommendation: the truth and other lies

Let me say: this book is SO GOOD! I found The Truth and Other Lies to be the perfect read. It was suspenseful but really easy to follow. The book gave you both a good insiders look into the main character and the mystery where you didn’t feel like “shoot, I should read that again to figure everything out”. The book follows a famous author…who doesn’t end up writing any his own books, it’s his wife who lives a secluded life that writes the books and doesn’t care about any of the fame, while he thrives on it and she has him publish her books under his name. He has a girlfriend…and you can see where this is all going. You oddly are rooting for and against him at the same time and can’t quite figure out what you should feel.

I highly recommend this. It’s a really quick read. I zipped through it in about 2 days!

the truth and other lies book review


book review: finding audrey

I just finished reading Finding Audrey which was actually not what I expected from Sophie Kinsella, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. It’s a light and quick read and I have to say its actually way more “young adult” that I thought it would be. It’s interesting to read because their are scripts from a documentary that Audrey films of her life so it breaks up text a bit. I mistakenly/embarrassingly thought since it was about Audrey and the cover has a girl had brown hair and large glasses that we were talking about Audrey of the Hepburn variety…but its not. Just a teenager struggling with anxiety and things that have happened to her and fighting her way back to normalcy. It’s moving and a feel good take on a complex issue.
finding audrey, sophie kinsella, young adult fictionI really enjoyed the book and whipped through it in about two days. If you are looking for something thats a little change of pace I would say give this a try. Not my favorite book of Kinsella’s (I mean, hello shopaholic series!), but it was an interesting quick read.


the cuckoo’s calling review

I spend most of my posts writing about things I love, but its only fair if I include those that I don’t love too.

I just finished reading, and by finished reading, I mean that I closed the book and decided I was done. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a murder mystery by Robert Galbraith (a pen name for JK Rowling). I have to admit that I wouldn’t have picked it up if I knew it was by her because I literally cannot stand Harry Potter – I know, slay me. It’s fine, but its not my thing. But once I found out I tried to have an open mind about it.

It’s a big book – clocking in at 443 pages. I got to about 250 and decided to end it This is the slowest book with no build and I can’t read fast enough to make it go by at a faster place. I liked the characters but there was too much down time, replaying the same facts of the night of the murder and literally no movement. Probably more in tune with real life investigation and private detectives but that’s not what I was looking for. IF you don’t mind a slow build, I’m sure you could make it through (and I read the ending on wikipedia and its interesting!)

the cuckoos calling review

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? Do you feel differently?


Crazy Rich Asians – book recommendation

crazy rich asians review

I have to be honest, I remember seeing this book when it first came out and was only interested in it because of the cover….but for some reason the description I read didn’t grab me so I didn’t read it. WHY?! I recently came across and my, oh my. I love this book! Unfortunately the library didn’t have the book with a better cover, but I guess I’ll settle for GOLD glitter.
crazy rich asians book review

(pictured above: seahorse tunic, vineyard vines hat, book)

Here is a word of advice about this Crazy Rich Asians. You might be initially questioning whether you can read it because the story starts out with lots of Chinese slang (yes, slang) and there are asterisks and footnotes lining nearly every page. Worse than subtitles! But it suddenly dies down and gets on a more simplified pace. I do have to say, some of the footnotes are hilarious.

The story follows an American-born Chinese woman who falls in love with a handsome but sort of allusive guy. He invites her to a wedding in China and to meet this family. Of course she knows nothing about them and thats when it gets crazy! You are catapulted into extreme wealth of Asia and its so interesting to read what certain perceptions of areas are and just how competitive, and downright crazy (and crazy rich) these characters are. Everyone is super colorful and to be honest it was a nice escape from some of the other books that I typically read. You learn about the characters perceptions, standards, and expectations of another culture without really any preconceived ideas…because of course I don’t often have the opportunity to galavant with the uber-wealthy of Asia!

One more book checked off my summer reading list! What have you been reading this summer?

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summer reading on a budget

We are headed to OBX this weekend and I’ve got another book I’ve just started. I have been in a reading funk and finally decided to start looking at some things to read on my Nook. Unfortunately Nook books are full-price! Explain to my why you can’t use Barnes & Noble coupons on those books!

Anyway, I had read online that you could download library books on your ereader so…I got a library card last week! I’m a bit at the mercy of what the mercer county library’s have available (I’m on a waitlist for most of these) and I’ve been searching out what exactly they have available digitally or what I need to get in hardcopy. My summer reading wish list isn’t quite the order I would have planned, but for free? I’ll take it!

the vacationers

I’ve heard great things about The Vacationers and I just started reading it. Have you read it?

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Big Little Lies – book recommendation

I just finished Big Little Lies in about 4 days…which is saying a lot because its about 450 pages! But I really could not put it down. This is such a great summer read and will keep you turning page after page. The story jumps back and forth in time surrounding a school’s trivia night. You get to know some of the characters as they share their version of certain events. Oddly, its not confusing and really lets you see how people think about one another and their motivations. It’s a bit of a mystery because you really only know that someone dies (!!!!) – such a good read!
Big Little Lies | as GOLD as it gets blog


summer reading wish list

summer reading wish list | as GOLD as it gets blog

I’ve taken a hiatus from reading…I haven’t been found anything to keep me hooked. I’ve been reading Mrs Queen takes the Train, but I could only get about 65% invested in the book. Although, I do love that its truly modelled after the royal family.

I’ve got my Nook charged and I’m ready to dive into some good summer reads. I’ve crafted a list of some books that I think will help clear the drought.

The Girl on the Train : All I need to know is that is as crazy as Gone Girl and I’m in…

The Status of all Things : What if your Facebook status dictated what happened in real life…

Luckiest Girl Alive : I got this recommendation from Reese Witherspoon’s instagram. She raved about it and is producing it as a movie!

After I Do : A married couple decides to spend a year apart with no contact to decide if their relationship can last…

Maybe in Another Life : Ever wonder what could happen if you made a different choice? This book shows both paths her life could have taken!

Crazy Rich Asians : What if your boyfriend was an extreme sort of wealthy and asia’s most eligible bachelor?
currently reading: the girl on the train
I’m diving into The Girl on the Train and I’m sure it won’t last the two weeks until vacation! What’s on your summer reading list? Have you read any of these?