Bucket List Check In: Read Four New Books

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared my summer bucket list, and while I have been able to check off a few items, I really need to get a move on. I’m slacking, and summer is quickly fading away so I better get on it. Surprisingly, the one thing I was most concerned about is the one item I checked off my list first. I made it my mission to read four new books this summer, thinking I would probably only get through two or three, and I actually have already read all four. And I still have like a month left! Go me!

The first book I finished was Heir of Fire, which is the third book in the Throne of Glass series. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but this one took me a little longer to get into. About halfway through I really started to enjoy it, but this one was a lot different than the first two so it took me a little while to adjust. By the time I finished it though, I was ready for book four. Unfortunately book four is still only available in hardback so I am trying to hold out as long as possible before I buy it.

The second book I finished was part of the July Owl Crate box, My Lady Jane. I hadn’t heard of it before receiving my box, but I was super excited when I read the summary because I love British history and Jane Grey is a character (well, real person) I am familiar with because I have read other books where she was featured. I liked the young adult take on her story, and I loved that the second half of the book totally strayed from real historical fact. I thought the ending and the authors’ whole take on the story was extremely creative and it was super fun to read.

Both Heir of Fire and My Lady Jane are on the long side, so I figured I could cheat a little on my third book and read something short and easy. Since Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on my 2016 reading list, I chose it for my third book. This one was a super easy and fast read, and it was just a fun book. I wish there were more notes from Harry as those were my favorite parts, but I liked it nonetheless and I am now really looking forward to the movie. If you want to win a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, head over to my Instagram!

My final book of the foursome was Summer Secrets by one of my all-time favorite authors Jane Green. I have read almost all of her books and I used to reread many of hers on a regular basis. I haven’t kept up with her newer releases much, but I happened upon this one and it was already in paperback so I figured I would give it a shot. I really like her style of writing, and though this book deals with a heavy topic (alcoholism), it was still an easy read. This is a great summer beach book.

Not going to lie, it feels really good to have checked this item off my list. I have lived most of my life as a voracious reader, but my reading definitely fell by the wayside during Squirt’s first year or so (mainly because sleep became more important than books). It feels awesome to be reading some incredible books again and I’m already out looking for my next book to conquer! Have you read any good books lately? I’m always looking for recommendations!

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