November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Also by this author: Confess, Maybe Someday
Published by Atria Books
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: Public Library
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Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. - via GoodReads
This book! I was totally with it and couldn’t figure out why everyone was so mad about it. Until View Spoiler »the apology. I could see Fallon and Ben working past the fire. I really could. Then Fallon apologized to Ben. The girl permanently disfigured apologized to the guy who disfigured her. « Hide Spoiler Once that happened, I was over it. I totally could have loved this book. I could have worked through the majority of the issues if not for that one thing. I’ll still pick up Hoover books. Not every book is going to be a winner.
Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee
Also by this author: The Quick and the Thread, Stitch Me Deadly
Series: An Embroidery Mystery #3
Also in this series: The Quick and the Thread, Stitch Me Deadly
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Source: Personal Collection
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Cupid's arrow is making its way to Tallulah Falls, Oregon, bringing lots of business to Marcy Singer's embroidery specialty shop-like the bride who wants her mother's dress embellished with jewels. But someone wants to squash all the romance-and in this case they'll go as far as murder... - via GoodReads
I really enjoy this series. It always inspires me to want to work on my cross stitch WIPs (works in progress). I enjoyed the corporate espionage angle in this book. I did not enjoy the bride to be. I was also glad to see Marcy have some closure regarding her ex-fiance.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? - via GoodReads
I didn’t love this book the way a lot of people seem to. I enjoyed the story and the characters for the most part. I know this is going to be a super unpopular opinion but I just couldn’t love Cath. For me she was just too whiny. There I said it. I can totally understand that she is dealing with some pretty big life changes. Maybe I can’t connect with Cath because I didn’t go through college at all so there was no being away from home or the sudden life changes that Cath faced after high school. It could also be that I listened to this partially as an audiobook and the narrator could have made Cath WAY more whinier than she really was if I had just strictly read the book.