Hello everyone, happy Friday! Today, I’m doing some reviews of my recent favourite books. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump the past few weeks, and read only three books in July, my worst month of the year. I’ve also been having bad luck with the books, and have been giving out a lot of four and 3.5 stars, which are still good ratings but not stellar.
But, I’ve recently read three five/4.5 star books: If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha, Beach Read by Emily Henry, and Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. Three very different books that I loved a lot. So here are my mini reviews for these books!
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha: 5 stars
This book follows four women who live in the same building: Kyuri, a beautiful woman who works as a salon girl; Miho, an artist who grew up in an orphanage but studied in New York; Ara, a hairstylist who doesn’t speak and whose best friend wants to get face-altering surgery; and Wonna, and newlywed who desperately wants to get pregnant.
I loved this book, and it felt like it was written for me. I love books about women and female friendships, which is the whole point of this novel. I really enjoyed all the characters; they all had really interesting backstories, current lives, and struggles, and they all felt like distinct, real people. I loved reading about beauty standards in Korea and how those affected the women. My one complaint about this book is that it could have been longer. There could have been 50 more pages to wrap-up each storyline a little more. I loved the characters and wanted to stay with them for longer and see how they’d deal with everything. But, I was also happy with where it left off and liked that it was still open-ended. All in all, this ended up being one of my favourites that I’ve read this year.
Beach Read by Emily Henry: 4.5 stars
This romance novel follows two authors, one who writes romance and the other who writes literary fiction. They’re both in writing slumps and decide to swap genres, and one thing leads to another. I really, really enjoyed it. I loved our two main characters and thought their dynamic was really great. Their relationship developed really naturally, which is an issue I usually have with romance. I also enjoyed that this book dealt with some deeper topics. Our heroine’s dad recently passed away, and she’s still dealing with a lot of grief. I loved how that was explored, but wasn’t overbearing. Grief and parent death is something I have a hard time reading recently, but it didn’t bother me as much in this book. Overall, I really enjoyed this and will definitely be looking to read more of Henry’s novels.
Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel: 5 stars
This book really felt like it was written for me in a lot of ways. It follows Lilia, who, as a child, was kidnapped by her father and has been on the run pretty much since then. She suddenly leaves her partner, Eli, and he follows her to Montreal. We read about Eli trying to find Lilia in Montreal, Lilia’s childhood on the road, and the private investigator hired to find her.
I loved everything about it. I love dual timeline books, so I loved how this one went back and forth. The characters were really great. Lilia’s backstory was so interesting; I love stories about kidnappings, and I loved how this one examined the consequences of kidnapping and the aftermath. The relationship between Lilia and her father was great. There were so many layers to this story, and I had such a great time examining each one. I cannot recommend this book enough.
So there are some books I’ve loved recently! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What have been your recent favourites? Let me know!
Also just a bit of a mini announcement: I’m going to take the rest of the month off blogging! I’ve been in a bit of slump lately, and just want some time to enjoy blogging again. But I will be back in September, hopefully better than ever!