A Jacket Perfect For the "In-Between" Weather + My Recent Book Reviews

Jacket - Cupcakes & Cashmere (more sizes here and here) | Turtleneck - Club Monaco | Jeans - 7FAM | Boots - Stuart Weitzman (budget option here and here, and love these!) | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Le Specs (love these for under $70!)

I like to call these type of jackets - the "in-between" weather jackets. When it's too cold for a long cardigan but not yet full blown coat weather. I personally can't stand the cold weather so I love jackets like these because I feel bundled up and cozy but not strangled or unable to move because of the vast layers of clothing I am wearing. Ha! 

I thought I would make this a 2 for 1 post since I have finished 10 books (I know, I have been an audiobook listening machine!) in the past few weeks so I thought I would review them today. Sadly there weren't as many fantastic books in this bunch as in preview book review posts, but there were still some great ones worth reading that I wanted to share. Below are my thoughts on each one:

1. The Twilight Wife - This was a like but not a love. Kyra was in an accident and doesn't remember much of her life before. As she tries to put the pieces back together and get her memory back, she suspects something in her current life is not right. I kept waiting for this book to get very exciting but sadly it stayed pretty lukewarm the entire time.

2. The Names of Dead Girls - The prequel to this book was The Silent Girls and was SO good! I was anxiously awaiting the sequel but this one fell a bit flat for me. However, I think that if I had not read the first book, I may have liked this thriller mystery a bit more. Frank Rath is a detective following the release of a serial killer, Ned Preacher who killed his sister decades earlier. When more girls go missing in the area, he assumes Ned has something to do with it. It's a quick and entertaining read but I did prefer the first book more.

3. Ugly Love - I am quickly becoming a Colleen Hoover fan after reading It Ends With Us and loved this book just as much. I'm sensing a similar theme in them but I love it. Tate moves to San Fransisco to live with her brother for a few months and meets the next door neighbor passed out drunk in front of his door upon her arrival. His name is Miles Archer and is a friend of her brother with a pretty complicated past. Their paths keep crossing since he lives right across the hall and soon they began to have a "no strings attached" relationship. Things get difficult and messy because they both begin to have feelings for one another but Miles' past keeps him at a distance from her. Though the ending was predictable, I truly loved this book.

4. A Gentleman in Moscow - I had very high hopes for this book as it seemed like one I would enjoy and was a change from my typical thrillers and mysteries. However, I really struggled to get through it. Ugh. Alexander Rostov lives at a popular Moscow hotel as he was sentenced to house arrest by the Russian government after writing a political poem. The book is about all the people he meets living there and the story follows him throughout his life. I know many people loved this novel so you must make the decision for yourself, but it was not a hit for me.

5. The Alice Network - Thank goodness I read this after A Gentleman in Moscow but it got my reading mojo back! I LOVED this book and could not put it down. It is about the women-led spy network during the first World War. Though it is fiction, I am sure that many parts of it are parallel to what really happened. It's wonderful and worth a read!

6. Social Creature - Ugh, where to begin. This book is weird. So weird. Many of you messaged me that you loved it so this is another one to research for yourself to determine if you want to read it. Louise is a struggling writer in NYC and befriends a wealthy and extroverted girl named Lavinia. Lavinia is a strange character and her over the top personality bugged me to no end. Lavinia ends up dead (I won't tell you how), but how Louise deals with her death is strange. I don't mind odd, upsetting or strange subject matter in books, but this was a flop for me.

7. The Wife - This book wasn't very fast moving but it kept my attention. I also did not see the ending coming which is always a nice surprise. Jason Powell is a well-known economics professor that is accused of multiple sexual assaults and his wife Angela struggles to figure out is she should believe him and stay, or trust her gut and leave. I really disliked Jason and thought I had him figured out, but I was continually surprised as the story went on.

8. The Last Time I Lied - I wanted this book to live up to my expectations of it being a gripping thriller that I wouldn't be able to put down. It was ok and left me quite deflated when it was over. Womp, womp. Emma went to sleep away camp as a young teenager and her bunk mates disappeared and never came back. More than a decade later, the camp reopens and they want Emma to come back and teach the new campers. She decides to go against her better judgment and strange things begin to happen all over again. Though this book moved a bit too slow for me, the ending truly shocked me. I did not see if coming and it left me dumbfounded.

9. The Rules of Magic - As I said earlier, this group of books I read over the past month had quite a few duds and sadly this was one as well. I could not get through it. It became painful at some point and I would just listen to it as background noise to finish the book. I believe this is a multi book series, but I will not be reading anymore of them. So many great reviews for it but I just don't get it.

10. Bring Me Back - I love B.A. Paris and enjoyed this book, though it was not quite as gripping as the reviews suggest. Finn's girlfriend Layla goes missing after they have a fight on vacation and is never heard from again. Finn finally moves on and ends up falling in love with Layla's sister, Ellen and proposes to her. Right after he proposes, messages and emails begin coming that indicate Layla may still be alive. Towards the end of the book, things began to get predictable but I still enjoyed it overall.

To read all my past book reviews, click here.

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