What I’ve Been Reading Lately

book recommendations and books to read


As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been reading rather slowly and not as often this summer but I feel like I can feel my typical reading habits coming back a bit which is nice. What have you guys been reading?? Tell me in the comments!


First up for me was:



Unscripted Joss Byrd book cover

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor

I received this for review consideration from the publisher but these opinions are all mine…pinkie swear!


About In A Sentence or Two: Joss Byrd became a young acting sensation but she struggles on the set of her newest movie — with a secret that she fears could end her career, her mother’s demands and antics, a crush and expectations of the director for Joss to deliver.

Thoughts: I read this in an afternoon at the pool and it was the perfect kind of read for poolside reading — had all the Hollywood type drama you’d expect but also dealt poignantly with some issues Joss was facing not just as a young actress but also as a young pre-teen girl. That last thing though? I didn’t realize from reading the summary that she was 12, especially since this was labeled as YA, and I don’t typically encounter that young of a POV in YA. That said, she did read older than 12 and I felt like she was dealing with a lot of mature things as a young actress working in the business. I definitely was into it while I was reading it but ultimately this one didn’t leave me with many feelings if I’m honest. I did find the mother/daughter relationship super compelling though and Joss pulled at my heartstrings a bit as she dealt with her ~secret~ and all the worries and desires of being a young actress especially when it comes to things out of your control. A good read but honestly never hit a particular note with me!





Then I read:


Lost Along the Way by Erin Duffy

Lost Along The Way by Erin Duffy
I received this for review consideration from the publisher but these opinions are all mine…pinkie swear!


About In A Sentence Or Two: Jane, Cara and Meg grew up together and have always been the best of friends until they start grow apart in their twenties and are eventually are estranged from each other — until Jane comes back into town after a very public fall from grace that leaves her penniless, alone and the spotlight of the media with hopes of reuniting with these friends who really knew her at one point in her life.

Thoughts:  I immediately loved the plot — best friends reconciling after many years apart — and loved seeing them come together and break through this wall that had been built up to support each other. It was funny as well as heartwarming at times to see how some relationships really could start to mend after hurt (intentionally or not) inflicted by friends and see forgiveness in action in relationships worth saving. I loved how it explored them working through that and seeing how all three of them had their own things they were going through that they absolutely needed that rock solid support they had always given each other. The story itself was addictive and kept me turning the pages — especially as they start becoming closer and their little shenanigans they got up to. I think I struggled with feeling as their friendship was some impenetrable bond to start with — we got bits and pieces of their past friendship story and how it fell apart — but it was never really enough for me to feel the full force of this friendship that had been — lots of telling rather than showing.  I was like YAY FRIENDSHIPS but not feeling that soul stirring power of friendship in me. As much as we got to see each of their own personal hardships in life I never felt like I was SUPER invested in them individually if that makes sense? I had fun reading it but it just missed some secret ingredient for it to be a GREAT book for me. Definitely glad I read it but damn my own expectations for a soul stirring friendship story.




 Island of The Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore

Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore

About In A Sentence Or Two: When Tucker Case crashes the private plane he flies for work — while having sex with a woman he just met — he’s out of a job, has injured his manhood pretty badly and is a disgrace. He runs for his life when he realizes he’s become a “problem” to his employer and takes a job flying for a missionary on a remote island who is willing to overlook his past. While it seems real shady to Tucker, he’s out of options and makes his way to the island where he’ll encounter cannibals, a cult who worships a pilot, a sexy Priestess, secret missions and a talking fruit bat.

Thoughts: This was definitely one of the strangest books I’ve ever read but it really funny and I really started to enjoy it around when he finally gets to the island and see things come together. It was my first Christopher Moore book and I had heard his books were satirical and humorous romps but nothing prepared me for how unique this book was. I just didn’t even know what to expect as things kept progressing with the ridiculous scenarios that kept happening which definitely kept me turning the pages. I think the one thing I really appreciated about this book was the colorful array of characters we meet along the way — truly memorable. ESPECIALLY THE TALKING FRUIT BAT, ROBERTO. I enjoyed Tucker’s misadventures and how he tried to right some of the more wrong turns his life had taken. Absurd at times, this book was a humorous little adventure!




Have you read any of these? What did you think?! Any of these going on your TBR? Tell me what you’ve been reading!

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Island Of the Sequined Love Nun sounds like the perfect read for a slump. Maybe I will get it and have it on hand. Ha ha. I did a no ARC summer because last spring I realized I was having zero time for personal reading. It was so much fun. I was able to squeeze in a couple of rereads, too! I am starting my audiobook of Mr. Norell and Johnathan Strange and it will be my last “read” before it’s back to business as usual. I had such a wonderful time being able to read whatever I liked that I am going to do a personal “challenge” next year where I am only allowing one ARC a month, unless it s something I was going to read anyway. Thanks for sharing these books! 🙂

    • It REALLY is because it’s so unlike anything I’ve read! It’s a little slow to start but it really gets going and I couldn’t put it down!

      That’s such a great idea to help yourself balance your ARC reading! Good luck with your new challenge for next year!

  2. I love Christopher Moore’s books. I can recommend Fluke, Coyote Blue, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, LAMB, and A Dirty Job. I’m several books behind though. He’s got some Shakespeare inspired books out now and one about Paris.

    • Ooh thanks for the recs! I was wondering which ones I should look into after this because I’m definitely interested especially for when I need something funny!

  3. Wait… Joss Byrd is 12? Yeah, definitely do not get that from the description. Meh, that makes me a little less excited to read it. My sister ADORES all of the Christopher Moore books. I’ve always been a little put off by them just because they do seem so strange, but maybe I’ll have to give them a try.

    • YEAH. I was like whaaaaat when it mentioned it in the book. Totally was expecting a teen! I won’t lie..it made me less excited about it while I was reading but I did think her voice was older…which was also kind of confusing bc I’d have to remind myself she’s 12 lol. Luckily I did enjoy aspects of it!

      If this CM book is any indication…yeah they are strange!! Maybe pick one up if you are in the mood for something funny or if you are in a slump with your regular genres! I was kind of in a weird reading mood when I read it and it was SO different from what I read that it was super refreshing.

  4. i haven’t read any of these, the christopher moore book definitely sounds odd and hilarious. i’ll add it to the TBR! i’ve just started reading a gail carriger series, the parasol one.. the first one was hilarious and silly and ridiculous, but i loved it! i am struggling to get into the second one, so we’ll see.

  5. Christopher Moore is one of my favorite sick day/comfort read authors! His books are so absurd and funny and I think they’re perfect for when I’m feeling crappy and just want something fluffy.

    I’m bummed Unscripted Joss Byrd wasn’t better! Lately I’ve been on a HUGE celebrity memoir kick (mainly old school Hollywood, but I’m not picky!) and from what I’ve heard this sounded like a fun fiction addition. You know I love me some Middle Grade, but I don’t know how I feel about a 12 year old being the narrator of a YA novel..

  6. I love Christopher Moore books. I just recently read Florence of Arabia. Lamb is my all time favorite.

  7. Island of the Secret Love Nun sounds totally weird and I’ve heard the same of Moore – sounds like this might be a good one of his to start with!

  8. One of my best friends loves Christopher Moore and I was never sure they were ~for me~ for some reason (probably because I read YA or “women’s fiction”)… but I am pretty intrigued now! I think there’s one in my apartment somewhere too lol

  9. These look really good! I’d quite like to read Unscripted – hopefully the character’s age won’t lessen my enjoyment of the book! 🙂

  10. I like Christopher Moore’s books. He’s very funny! I haven’t heard of Island of the Sequined Love Nun before, but it sounds like a hoot! Like you, I didn’t read as much as I usually do this summer. In fact, I’ve been really slow. Hopefully you’re reading will pick up this fall.