While I looove posting reviews, they don’t get as much engagement as I want. So I’m going to do a book roundup instead.

A roundup of the books I've read so far this summer
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Actually, a monthly recap of what I read will go in my ‘monthly mixings’ post. On to the reviews!

‘Snobs’ by Julian Fellowes  

He’s the guy who created Downton Abbey if you’re having trouble placing the name. It’s a total marketing ploy. From what I read-I thought it was a total snooze fest. His name is bigger than the title and it’s at the top so that’s the first thing you see.

In all honesty, part of me got this book because Julian Fellowes is the author. Here’s the full review.

Short review: Not worth it.

The Three Monarchs by Anthony Horowitz 

Here’s the full review. It only comes in Kindle format and is a short story. I haven’t read a ton of short stories so this was a good start! I still haven’t read the full Sherlock Holmes novels so my word may not be of credit, but I like Horowitz’s style of writing.

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Plus he wrote/created some of my favorite Netflix shows so I might be a little biased. 😉

Short review: I want to read more!

Nice Is Just A Place In France by The Betches

Okay, so this book was offensive, harsh and so true. Some people find it intolerable and just plain mean, I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely some parts of this novel that are mean and uncalled for, but if you don’t take it so seriously it’s has some great advice!

Here’s the full review.

Short review: If you decide to read it, just don’t take it so seriously.

The Swans of 5th Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

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You’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but this cover really pulled me in. The short recap: it’s a historical fiction about Truman Capote and the New York high society in the 60s. The Skimm said it took Gossip Girl and moved it to the 60s. That also reeled me in.

Here’s the full review.

Short review: It was interesting to read behind the scenes of the NYC elite.

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan 


I seriously didn’t want to put this book down. If it wasn’t for sleep, hunger or bathroom breaks- I probably wouldn’t have. It draws you in from the first chapter and it doesn’t disappoint. Think of ‘Gone Girl’ with a troubling history and a twisty future.

Although, maybe I’ve read too many mystery novels and watched a lot of cop shows because I guessed the suspect halfway through the book. I don’t think that gave away anything because it takes another twist. Let me just say that I think it was sort of justified.

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That also being said, the ending was perfect. And I mean fairytale, utopian like and immaculately perfect.

As for Macmillan’s writing style, I liked it! The one thing I didn’t particularly like was that it changed POVs on every chapter-although it did add to the suspense of the story.

Short review:  IT’S SO SUSPENSEFUL!

So that’s what I’ve read so far-my midsummer roundup, I’m thinking I’ll read ‘Eligible‘ next.

What do you think of a book roundup vs a single review?

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • This is a great summer reading list! If you want another one, my dad just published a murder-mystery novel 🙂 lol

    • Ohhh what’s the name? I’ll look for it!

      • ‘The Kiss Off’ by Stephen Larkin 🙂

  • Love this! I have looked into reading the swans of 5th ave before, but for some reason I always select something different! I will have to check out the perfect girl.. and I LOVE perfect endings so it sounds like it is for me!

    • It was interesting to me! The Perfect Girl was soooooo good!

  • I’m always looking for books to read!! I’m definitely going to add some of these to my list.


  • Justine Jobelle M. Kimoden

    I enjoyed reading Nice is just a place in France, definitely one of my faves! I’m always on the look out for good books and the Perfect Girl seems to be a good one to read during my 16 hour flight to australia!

    • Ohh definitely! You’ll probably finish it haha.

  • Tonya Chen Mezrich

    LOVE this list! I esp find the summaries helpful when choosing summer reading. Check out Woolly toi. Might be a great addition to your list!

  • Lynn White

    The Perfect Girl sounds really good! I love suspense.

  • I still have not read half of the books that I purchased for the summer because I keep buying new books!! The Perfect Girl sounds like something that I would enjoy!

    • Lol I totally get that. I just got another two books and I have yet to finish my list!

  • That’s too bad about Snobs. I was hooked on Downton Abbey from the beginning.

    • I was so disappointed with it. 🙁 I LOVE Downton Abbey too!

  • Wow I’m going to have to read “the perfect girl”! I’ve never even heard of it. Also, we would love to have you link up with “Reading Roundup” http://www.charlenemaugeri.com/search/label/Reading%20Roundup

  • Devon Perry

    I’ve always wanted to read “Nice Isn’t Just a Place In France” for a while, and definitely will now!! I love The Betches and their style of humor! https://darlingdevonblog.wordpress.com

    • It’s really a good book if you can get past the insults and stuff haha.

  • Neely

    Must read the Julian Fellows booK!

    • I hope you can get through it! I couldn’t. 🙁

  • Oooh I like the book round up approach! The Perfect Girl sounds like a fun read 🙂

  • Kristi

    Oh the The Perfect Girl sounds amazing! I’m definitely carving out some time in my days to give that one a read!

  • Amanda Faber

    I really need to get back into reading!

  • I like book roundups more than single reviews! It’s a bummer Snob wasn’t good. I was thinking of reading it! I think I’ll try The Perfect Girl instead! 🙂

    • I’d soo recommend The Perfect Girl over Snobs!

  • Carly Ned

    I like the book roundup for sure! It was nice to see a few books all in one place!

    • I thought so too! Book roundups for sure.

  • Nice Is Just A Place In France sounds really interesting. I got really curious about what I would think of the book. Thanks for the ideas!

    • I think it has some really good points!

  • I love the roundup! Gives readers some great choices at a glance. I’ve fallen off the reading train but I need to get back on track and finish out this year strong! It always happens around summertime.

  • ahhh i need to get to the library!

  • Trecee Hutchinson

    All of these books look so interesting. I’m definitely getting Nice is just a Place in France. It seems like a good read.


  • Miss ALK

    I’ve been hearing lots of good things about Nice is Just a Place in France and the Swans!!

    xoxo A

  • Laila Cross

    Ooh now I really want to read Nice is Just a Place in France, sounds so intriguing!

  • The Perfect Girl sounds like a great read! Definitely going to check it out. 🙂 And I’ve been looking at The Swans of 5th Avenue so I might have to check that out too.

  • Oooh the last one sounds really good!

  • Yay!

  • Dori

    That last one caught my eye as well. The book round up is a great idea!

  • Ashley

    Always looking for new reads!! Definitely going to read the last one!!

  • thesophiadiaries

    Ohhhh I haven’t heard of most of these!! They look so promising! When I finish reading the books I have, I will totally add these to my collection 🙂

    • Lol that’s totally my problem; adding books to my TBR list so it’s never ending haha.

  • I want to read Snobs! I haven’t heard wonderful things, but I’m such a Downton Abbey fan that I can’t resist.

  • Super interesting! Want to read some of these for sure! Following your blog now xx



  • Elly Leavitt

    been wanting to read the Betches book for ages! x

    • Hahahahah I think you’ll find it hilarious!

  • I keep hearing the Swans of 5th Ave is SO good! I have to bump that to the top of my read ASAP list!

  • I’ve definitely heard a lot about the “Nice is Just a Place in France” book, I might have to pick it up just for giggles. The Perfect Girl sounds like it’s right up my alley I’m adding that to my TBR right now!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    • Haha they’re both great choices!