44. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

Yikes! I keep forgetting to post on here! In my defense, I had a super busy weekend this past weekend going home for Oktoberfest (which was super fun)!

Anyway, I finished this book the weekend before last. I read it in just two days while I was at my grandparents’ house.

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (photo taken by me)
Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (photo taken by me)

It’s a Chelsea Handler book but it’s written by other people in her life, like her friends and family.

All the contributors tell stories that paint a picture of Chelsea in the reader’s head, so that by the end we really feel like we know her.

I used to always watch Chelsea Lately when I was in high school and I’ve previously read Chelsea’s book, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. 

That being said, I had a pretty good picture of Chelsea in my head already, but since she’s so hilarious, I felt like this book was worth a read. I’m also still thinking of reading some of her other books in the future.

This book is really funny. Some parts are really inappropriate and kind of crude, but if you’re at all familiar with Chelsea Handler, that won’t surprise you. If you’re unfamiliar with these comedians, you may be a little shocked by the topics or wording, but if you know them and think they’re funny, than you’ll probably like the book.

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43. Kate White – A Body to Die For

I know I’ve been slacking lately on my reading (which is in part due to my utter lack of a to-be-read pile), but this weekend I read two books! This post is only about the first one and I’ll post about the second later this week.

So, this weekend was my cousin’s bridal shower. Because of that, I had to go spend the weekend at my grandparents’ house, which can get pretty boring. Luckily I brought two books with me (although I could have used more).

Kate White - A Body to Die For (photo taken by me)
Kate White – A Body to Die For (photo taken by me)

The first book I read was A Body to Die For by Kate White. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of Kate White. I really like her writing style and storylines. This book is the second in her Bailey Weggins series, following If Looks Could Kill.

In the first book, Bailey Weggins helps her friend and boss Cat investigate the death of Cat’s nanny. At the start of A Body to Die For, Bailey is on a weekend trip to her mom’s friend’s spa, to relax after dealing with investigating a murder.

However, on Bailey’s first night at the spa, a worker is found dead. Of course, Bailey does what she can to help her mom’s friend and tries to figure out what happened.

I really liked this book (shocking, I know). I actually read the whole thing in just one day, and I was so sad when it ended that I immediately ordered the next book in the series.

I’m always afraid when I read a new one of White’s books that I will see the ending coming, because a lot of the details in her books seem to be similar. However, with this book, I was totally off with my guess of who had done it.

As I’ve said before, I really like White’s writing style, and while there may be some cheesy romance parts, overall I really like her stories. They keep me interested and I always can’t wait to figure out how it ends. If you’re interested in mystery books, I’d definitely recommend these books.

42. Taylor Jenkins Reid – After I Do

So, I’m pretty much the most lame person ever. I just moved into school last Sunday and then this past Thursday, I went home for the weekend. I know, lame, right? But, it was so I could see my cutie cute nephew who came out to visit.

So anyway, since I went home, I had a six hour train ride, and I finished a whole book on the way. Yay!

The book was After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I don’t know if any of you remember, but I recently found a new favorite book, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, InterruptedSince I loved that book so much, I was eager to read After I Do and had high expectations for it.

Those expectations were definitely met. I also loved this book. Not as much as the last one, but I still loved it.

Taylor Jenkins Reid - After I Do (photo taken by me)
Taylor Jenkins Reid – After I Do (photo taken by me)

Basically, this book is about a married couple who fall into too much of a routine and grow to resent each other. They decide the best way to move forward is to do a “trial separation” – they agree to spend an entire year apart with no contact at all, and at the end of the year see if they want to get back together. The reader follows the wife, Lauren, through that year of her life.

The book starts out by showing bits of their life together over the past eleven years, so the reader can see how their relationship has gone downhill. Then we meet up with the couple as they decide to split up temporarily and see the whole thing through.

You have to admit, this book has a unique concept. I wasn’t sure if I would like it all that much, but Reid does a beautiful job handling the subject. I really grew to love all the characters in the book and Lauren’s family had me laughing the whole time.

This book definitely pulls at your heartstrings and makes you appreciate all your loved ones. Toward the end of the book, I really wasn’t sure how Lauren and Ryan’s relationships was going to end up, which I really liked. I thought that it would have an obvious ending, but it kept me hooked all the way to the end.

I really enjoyed this book and continue to look forward to reading Reid’s other book (and any future books she may write). I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially if they have read Forever, Interrupted and enjoyed it.