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
This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting A Pint-Sized Life!
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.

Related:  7 Pinterest tips and tricks

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

Related:  Nice is just a Place in France by The Betches

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.

Related:  Book Reviews: Snobs and The Three Monarchs

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?

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.

But first, subscribe!
By signing up you'll get access to the resource library where the awesome freebies are.
* = required field