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What I Read This Summer

It’s been awhile since I shared a reading update on here with you all. The spring was such a busy time for me, I couldn’t really squeeze in much reading time. I had such a long list of books to read on my Nook that I just couldn’t get to but when don’t I have a long list of books? Once summer officially rolled around, I had some more time to relax and read a few books. Quick side note  – can you believe summer flew by so quick?? I can’t! Anyway, here is what I read this summer.

What I Read This Summer // The Krystal Diaries

The Uninvited by Liz Jensen

2 Stars (2 / 5)

If you like thrillers, you may like this one. The plot ended up being much different than I thought it would be. It took a few chapters for me to get into it but after about 4 chapters, I was hooked. However, the ending wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. There was no wrap up or answers to what was going on. Children are killing adults and there is never an an answer to why this is going on. The author alludes to maybe aliens are taking the children over but it’s just left hanging and as far as I know this isn’t a book series, it’s a stand alone story.

If you don’t like to be left hanging, I’d pass on this.

Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

3 Stars (3 / 5)

So I had to go back and scroll through this book because I couldn’t even remember what it was about. Not a great sign huh? A mother loses her child at birth. She’s led to believe her child passed away but a stranger appears at her home telling her the child is alive. It leads the main character on a journey to find out what happened. Her husband wants nothing to do with helping her so she turns to another man to help her uncover the mystery, blah. Kind of damsel in distress which isn’t really my thing. The ending was also kind of predictable. I won’t give it away for anyone who wants to read it but the book’s ending was a little too cheesy and soap opera-y for my liking. I gave it three stars though because until the last couple of chapters I really did want to know what happened to the baby.  

Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller c/o Amazon Publishing

4 Stars (4 / 5)

This book is a memoir mixed with research. The author takes you on her life long journey to try and achieve the “perfect body”. It’s such an enlightening read for anyone, female or male. Trying to have the perfect body is a struggle so many people go through. What sets so many on this never ending path and why can’t we just be happy with our bodies the way they are? There is no simple answer. Having the ideal body is so ingrained in our society and Miller shares the history and how things have changed over time. This is one of those reads that makes you think and teaches you something you may not have known. Also, it teaches us to be a little less judgy of other’s appearance. You never know the internal struggle someone is going through.

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

1 Stars (1 / 5)

Why oh why did I even finish this book?? This story wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be a paranormal, fantasy young adult type read. Instead, the paranormal magical aspect was just kind of background filler. None of the characters were likable, even the main girl which I think the author wanted readers to feel bad for and side with? Every character came off as selfish/childish and there wasn’t much depth or fleshing out of any character in this story. Plus it was very slow paced.

Pass on this one unless you’re looking to be bored.

It Happens in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson

.5 Stars (.5 / 5)

I thought this was the perfect book to end the summer with. What interested me was it’s based in the Hamptons and as a born and bred New Yorker, I like to read stories based here. Even though I don’t fully understand the obsession with the Hamptons, maybe it’s because I take it for granted. Anyways, I usually like to read any beachy chick-lit books based in the Hamptons or NYC. The main girl moves clear across the country to spend the summer with a guy she’s just started seeing but starts to have feelings for another guy she meets while in the Hamptons. Turns out the guy she moved for isn’t everything she thought he was. What I really disliked about this book is the author drops every brand name she possibly can and every stereo-type and cliche about the Hamptons is thrown into this book so that’s kind of cheesy and almost trying too hard. Oh and there’s also a relationship going on with a 40 something year old and a 16 year old and the author writes about it like it’s no biggie. Just ugh. 

 

I was only able to read five books this summer and most of them were duds but it happens I guess. Boy do I miss the days of being able to read a couple books in a week. Those days sure are long gone! Follow me on Goodreads to see what I’m currently reading 

What did you read this summer?

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48 Comments

  • Reply Chelsea Woodring

    I am trying to read Beautiful Bodies but I’m struggling with the beginning. Hopefully I can get through it!

    August 28, 2017 at 8:04 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Hopefully you can! It’s a good read

      August 28, 2017 at 10:29 AM
  • Reply Jasmine

    I need to get back into reading. Maybe next month I will start. I have so many books in my night stand that needs to get read. lol

    August 28, 2017 at 10:12 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Hopefully you can find a little time! I always have so many books waiting to be read but so little time.

      August 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  • Reply Chasing Krista

    thank you for this list! I have been looking for books to start to reading, and this looks pretty intriguing!

    August 28, 2017 at 10:29 AM
  • Reply Jill @ RunEatSnap

    I read so much! If you are looking for some book recommendations, I have a reading page on my blog, including the top 25 books I’ve read in the past two years (since starting my blog). Thanks for sharing!

    August 28, 2017 at 11:26 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Oh thanks for letting me know! I’ll check it out

      August 28, 2017 at 11:29 AM
  • Reply Olivia Stacey

    Thanks for sharing your honest opinion with these books! I’m always looking for intriguing reads, but I don’t have a lot of free time so I have to be selective in my choices. I appreciate your insight!

    August 28, 2017 at 3:04 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      When you’re pressed for time being selective is important! Hopefully my next round of books, I’ll enjoy them more.

      August 28, 2017 at 3:05 PM
  • Reply jenny at dapperhouse (@dapperhouse)

    Your honesty in your reviews is refreshing. I think I will read beautiful bodies since that part of American culture interests me.

    August 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      It’s a very interesting read and does talk about the pressure women feel from society to achieve that perfect body. Let me know what you think!

      August 28, 2017 at 3:38 PM
  • Reply lizziemcculla

    I need to actually take time to myself and read! I think I started After You (the sequel to Me Before You) at the beginning of the summer and still haven’t finished it because I’ve been so busy! I’m definitely putting these on my to-read list!

    August 28, 2017 at 7:06 PM
  • Reply the journey of Julie

    Those books look good. I’m always looking for new books to read.

    August 28, 2017 at 8:57 PM
  • Reply Sydney Hartle

    I love the conversational tone you used for these reviews. People can get so pretentious when they’re trying to critique something, so I found this post really refreshing. I feel like I can trust your judgement. 🙂

    August 28, 2017 at 9:11 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      I’m so glad you liked my reviews! I like to try and keep the dialogue open here.

      August 28, 2017 at 9:13 PM
  • Reply Roxy Olivas

    Great list of books! I’ll have to check these out, I haven’t found a good fiction book to read in a while!

    August 28, 2017 at 10:55 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      Too bad some of these weren’t that enjoyable

      August 29, 2017 at 6:40 AM
  • Reply Adriana Martin

    Many good titles and your writing style is very nice and personable, I bet the beautiful bodies book is a good one. Will look for it =)

    August 29, 2017 at 1:53 AM
  • Reply sj

    Thank you for this list! I have been looking for books to start to reading, and this looks pretty intriguing!

    August 29, 2017 at 9:29 AM
  • Reply thewanderingcore

    Gosh going by your ratings, you didn’t enjoyed most of the books but one. I am also an avid reader, but I like to read mainly good books with atleast 3+ ratings. I think going to try beautiful Bodies, not sure because I’m addicted to Fiction. Although it does seem like a book worth investing our time in. Thank you for the recommendations.

    August 29, 2017 at 9:57 AM
  • Reply theclutterboxblog

    Oh wow you’ve had the worst reading summer and definitely need a few amazing books this fall to make up for it! I hate it when everything you read is a dud because it makes you want to read less!

    August 29, 2017 at 10:20 AM
  • Reply Lydia Jean

    Ok. I just put Beautiful Bodies in my cart, it sounds and looks like such an amazing book. Thanks for the recommendations!!

    August 29, 2017 at 10:23 AM
  • Reply loisaltermark

    I felt the same way about Close My Eyes. Meh. Even now, I can’t remember the ending! I do want to read Beautiful Bodies. It sounds like a great book.

    August 29, 2017 at 10:35 AM
  • Reply 1writeraround

    Finding good literature these days can be challenging. I guess I’ll check out the Beautiful Bodies, it’s certainly relevant to the sad societal standards young woman deal with today.

    August 29, 2017 at 12:44 PM
  • Reply Carol Cassara

    It would be nice to focus more on reading this season, especially since it’s the perfect season to just relax and slow down. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about these novels.

    August 29, 2017 at 1:24 PM
  • Reply Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I am an avid reader and a book blogger too. I love your honest opinion on books. And Yes, ugh at the 40 – 16 yr olds romance.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

    August 29, 2017 at 3:07 PM
  • Reply ceciliacannon

    oh my gosh, good for you. kind of jealous. read some blogs but I couldn’t get one book finished with 3 kids and crazy travel schedules. congrats.

    August 29, 2017 at 3:53 PM
  • Reply Yulissa

    I need to start reading some books again! The one that caught my eye was Beautiful Bodies.

    August 29, 2017 at 4:22 PM
  • Reply Alix Maza

    Sounds like some great choices! I also read a lot this summer! My favorite was probably ‘The Perfect Girl’ by Gilly Macmillan.

    August 29, 2017 at 5:23 PM
  • Reply Amber Nelson

    I didn’t read much of anything this summer, to be honest. I do a lot of reading in the winter time, actually.

    August 29, 2017 at 6:59 PM
  • Reply Ana De-Jesus

    I really like the sound of perfect bodies especially as body image touches on a subject that we are all used to! I like the sound of the other reads too x

    August 29, 2017 at 10:08 PM
  • Reply terristeffes

    Rats. We didn’t read any of the same book. I would love to discuss a book with you some time!

    August 29, 2017 at 11:55 PM
  • Reply 4theloveofmommy

    I only wish I could read that many books. With 5 kids and my blog, I find it so hard to find the time. I miss reading a really good book! Maybe I will have to fit in some time to read once the kids are back in school

    August 30, 2017 at 8:09 AM
  • Reply Carrie & Shannon

    Oooo we’ll definitely have to check out Beautiful Bodies! Such a great reading list, we might have to add a few to our bookclub picks!

    Carrie & Shannon | YouMeDC.com

    August 30, 2017 at 9:13 AM
  • Reply Lindsey Mozgai

    I read so many books this summer as well! Something about summer just makes it the perfect time to read! I’d love to know what you’re reading this fall.

    August 30, 2017 at 9:42 AM
  • Reply Robin Rue

    I am always looking for things to add to my list to read. These all sound like such great suggestions.

    August 30, 2017 at 3:09 PM
  • Reply Perla Jacobs

    This summer I was a lazy reader of books, I’ve read more blogs instead. “Close my eyes” got my attention from your short reviews, I’d love to read that book.

    August 30, 2017 at 3:33 PM
  • Reply Prime Beauty Blog (@PrimeBeauty50)

    Too bad your summer reading didn’t go as planned. The memoir sounds interesting. I didn’t read as much as i would have liked the summer but I really need to up my game before the end of the year.

    August 30, 2017 at 4:22 PM
  • Reply asseenonjean88

    Thank you for sharing these books! I’ve got more reading done this summer than I have in the rest of the year, but not nearly as much as I would have liked to. And you’re right, this summer has gone waaaaay too quickly!

    August 30, 2017 at 4:50 PM
  • Reply Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life

    I think the best book that I read this summer was “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.” As a fellow native NY-er, I don’t get the obsession with the Hamptons.

    August 30, 2017 at 6:34 PM
  • Reply Jeanine

    Love reading! Especially when it’s a good book you can’t put down. I’ll have to check these books out!

    August 30, 2017 at 7:03 PM
  • Reply Christine

    Great reviews! Beautiful Bodies sounds really interesting. It’s always intriguing to read someone’s story.

    August 30, 2017 at 7:14 PM
  • Reply Janella Panchamsingh

    I wish i got alot more reading in than I did, its been such a busy summer the books you read look like good reads too

    August 31, 2017 at 11:48 AM
  • Reply Jane Davidson

    That’s such a bummer about The Beautiful One because I thought it looked good! But, good to know to skip it!

    August 31, 2017 at 3:18 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      I was the most bummed about that one. Totally different plot line than I expected.

      August 31, 2017 at 4:24 PM
  • Reply Heather Riccobono (@BrieBrieBlooms)

    I didn’t read anything this summer but have been pinning all my favorite book lists for when fall gives me some extra time. You gave me a few new ones to add to my list!

    August 31, 2017 at 5:48 PM
  • Reply Renée ♥

    I didn’t get half as much read this summer as I would have liked, but at least I like everything I read! Books like “The Beautiful Ones” that disappoint can be so frustrating: by the time you understand that it isn’t doing it for you, you’ve usually invested way too much in it to just stop reading.

    August 31, 2017 at 9:47 PM
  • Reply blogthirtyminusone

    I wish I read as much as you. I recently picked up a book and haven’t been reading it as much as I’d like to.

    September 1, 2017 at 9:38 PM
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