Read with Tracie Marie Please Vol. 5

It’s a lovely Saturday morning which means it’s the perfect time to start your day with a new book! I caught up on my reading list over spring break so I’m excited to share with you some of the different books and different genres I’ve been reading lately.

“You are a goddess. You are a catch. You are, like, the outcome of every self-help book ever written.”

The Regulars by Georgia Clark

2 out of 5 stars

Recommend? No. Loved the idea for this story and the cover, but I just hated the characters. I couldn’t connect with them and I thought they were all super annoying. Three friends in Brooklyn discover a magic potion that makes them “pretty,” like Victoria-Secret-model pretty, but nothing is not perfect like they imagined it would be.

“You see it in all animals – the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”

The Female of the Species by Mandy McGinnis

5 out of 5 stars

Recommend? YES! Boy this book was dark, and a little disturbing for sure, but it was SO good! It was so hard for me to put down and really appealed to my Criminal-Minds-loving-side. Read it!

“I looked like someone who’d had a night, and had a story to tell about it.”

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

5 out of 5 stars

Recommend? YES! This book is the perfect summer read (even if I read it in spring) and you’ll fall in love with the characters and plot. Imagine if your best friend completely disappeared on you but she sent you a summer bucket list of all these things to do that you’re afraid of? I really identified with the main character Emily, who tends to be a very anxious person but is able to really find herself over the course of one summer. This book is adorable and even has a little YA romance in it too!

“Like most artists, everything I produced was connected to who I was – and so I suffered according to how my work was received. The idea that anyone might be able to detach their personal value from their public output was revolutionary.”

The Muse by Jessie Burton

3 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Maybe. If you’re looking for a sort-of historical fiction set in the late 1960s and late 1930s around a mysterious painting, this book is for you. The beginning was a little slow for me but once I got half way through the past really connects with the present and I stayed up till 2AM to finish it! The second half of the book lots of surprising twists and turns, but the first part was just kind of boring to be honest.  Also I’m obsessed with this gorgeous cover.

“Goddess save me from young witches.”

The Shattered Court by M. J. Scott

2 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Nope. Interesting premise for a book, but it was over dramatic and over sexual at all times.

“We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.”

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

5 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Yes! Such a sweet romantic story about fate and how we all influence each other’s lives in sometimes the tiniest ways.

“People were like Russian nesting dolls – versions stacked inside the latest edition. But they all still lived inside, unchanged, just out of sight.”

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

4 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Yes! Such a great spooky mystery.

“Welcome to the Game, apprentices…Be happy. You are the chosen few.”

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

2 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Not really. This book reminded me of The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter, but it was not that interesting of a story. The characters were boring and predictable and the best part of the book was the creepy cover.

“That was happiness. Not the framed greatest hits, but the moments between.”

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

1 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Unless you’re a middle-aged woman with kids going through a midlife crisis you probably won’t like this book. Because I know I didn’t!

“This is going to sound trite, I suppose, but you never know when it’s going to be the last time. That you hug someone. That you kiss. That you say goodbye.”

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

5 out of 5 stars

Recommend? Absolutely. This was such a sad book about the suicide of a girl’s brother, but it was a beautiful read.

Check out what I’m currently reading on Goodreads!

Xx Tracie

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