Reading Roundup Review

READINGROUNDUPREVIEWI’m changing it up on Pearls and Polkadots today!! Instead of giving outfit details or talking about what I dream about buying…I am going to talk books. Let’s start off by saying this: I have a hard time choosing my next book to read. I guess you could say that this is a good thing and something that I shouldn’t be moaning about. It’s great to have lots of books to choose from; it means you will never get bored. By reading all of these books, I have on some occasions been inspired to write my own, but I think I would definitely need to have the experience of freelance editors near me to help me stay on the right track, as well as editing any mistakes I have made. It’s what most authors do after all. However, I don’t even know if this is the route I want to go down just yet. I think I’ll just stick to making my way through my endless list of book recommendations. I find that there are always so many that I want to read because I have heard they are good, or they’re being made into movies, or they’ve been reviewed by a fellow blogger that I respect! However, when it comes to picking something out myself to read…I have no clue where to start.

Summer is always my favourite time to read and really the only time of the year that I have the time to read. During the school year, I am always bogged down with papers, essays and group projects, that it doesn’t leave a lot of time to read for fun!! During the summer, I read on the weekends, out on the porch, in the car, and especially on the commute to work. Last summer, I read some great books that came highly recommended from friends and family. This summer, I have become totally immersed in a series that I actually found on iBooks (if you can believe it!!). So here we go…I am going to give some reviews!!

The One & Only by Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin is my author idol. I have read every single book she’s ever written. The way she writes is so simple to read and her story lines, I find capturing! The One & Only is her most recently published book and I read it the day it was released. The story follows a sports reporter who has lived in this football-crazed small town her entire life. The town lives and breathes football, and when something drastic happens, she gets thrown off her path, which leads her to new and exciting things. This book was a light read, but an interesting one at that. It explores the issue of being true to yourself, listening to your heart, and following what you know is right – all things that make for an easy book to fall for.

One of the reasons that I love Emily Giffin, is because she writes very relatable story lines. She plays on natural emotions, and matters of the heart. If you have never read her books before, give The One & Only a try!

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

I have to say, I didn’t think I would finish this book when I began to read it. After the first chapter, however, I was hooked. The story begins on a stormy night in the countryside. A couple leaves a newborn with a retired school teacher, without much information, frantically hiding the child, before being hauled off by the authorities. The mystery of the couple leaves the school teacher baffled and confused, and left with a child hidden in her attic. Throughout the entire book, the story line jumps between the widow and this couple. I don’t want to give too much away, but I highly recommend this book. It is a more serious read, and touches on issues of abuse to challenged and disabled individuals that took place frequently in the late 1960’s.

The way Rachel Simon tells this tale, keeps you on the edge of your seat. You have no idea how these story lines will intertwine (if they even do) and you are constantly looking forward to what she’s going to write next!! The Story of Beautiful Girl touched my heart and was one of my favourite reads of the summer last year.

If I Break by Portia Moore

I stumbled upon this book when I began using the app iBooks. I was trying to find something free to read, and looking at the reviews on the app. I was in between books, and had no burning desire to read anything in particular, so I downloaded a bunch of top rated free books on iBooks. That’s when I found If I Break by Portia Moore. At first, I wrote this book off. Within the first chapter, there were slight grammatical errors and the story line seemed that of a typical romance novel. It became something I read when I was incredibly bored. That continued for about three weeks (I lost interest).

Then, the story took a turn for the better – I got about one hundred pages in, and the story completely captured my attention. The story takes a ‘then and now’ approach, following the rocky relationship between a husband and wife. Throughout the entire book, lying and secrets are kept between the two – but not for the reasons that you would think. The plot keeps you entertained and intrigued and when the book ends, it leaves you wanting more!! The good news is…it’s a series!! With four books!! This is my summer series for sure – if you can get past the grammatical errors, and want a rocky and mysterious relationship to follow…If I Break is your book.

Well, that was my first attempt at a book round up review! I treasure the times that I have to read, and am always looking for books to bury my head in for the summer. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments below.


Happy reading!!



  1. July 21, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Definitely needed some summer reads to finish out the season. I didn’t know Emily had a new book out so I will be adding that to my list. I, similar to you, struggle to pick my next books because there are SO many on my to-read list!

    • July 21, 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Yeah my list right now is super long! I never finish my summer reading list lol just have to make time for more reading time!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. July 21, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations. I am always loving finding a new author, so I will have to check Emily out!

    • July 21, 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Emily Giffin is literally my idol haha she is such a great writer and totally relatable! Let me know what you think 🙂

  3. July 21, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    I am a huge Emily Giffin fan, but I have not read The One & Only yet. I am definitely adding this one to my list. And The Beautiful Girl sounds so interesting! Thanks for the reviews.

    • July 21, 2015 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Crystal!! You won’t be disappointed – I always get excited when Emily writes a new book 🙂

  4. July 21, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    Aww, I LOVE Emily Giffin! Such a great writer of great stories! Love her 🙂

    • July 21, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      She’s so amazing! Literally my idol – thanks for the comment Dayne!!

  5. July 21, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Love Emily Giffin! Still have to read The One and Only!

    • July 22, 2015 / 3:25 am

      Yeah! Personally, I would start with Something Borrowed (if you haven’t seen the movie..) – it is truly amazing 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

  6. July 21, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Perfect timing! I love to read a good book during the summer

    • July 22, 2015 / 3:25 am

      I love summer reading as well Jasmine. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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