After my reading slump last month, I am back at it! I started September off reading a light-hearted romance and finishing with a historical fiction that has been in my TBR pile since the beginning of quarantine. Looking for a book to read this fall? These three are all great options!
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE BY CASEY MCQUISTON
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
My Review: The son of the first woman president. A prince. Their friends. Two countries. Oh. My. GAWWWWWD. This book!! I had this one in my TBR pile for a long time but finally picked it up in September and cannot believe I didn’t read it sooner! Since it was sitting there for so long, I completely forgot what the premise of this book was and while it wasn’t what I was expecting, I’m so freakin’ pleased with it and didn’t want it to end.
My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
CLAP WHEN YOU LAND BY ELIZABETH ACEVEDO
In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…
In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.
And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
My Review: After reading Elizabeth Acevedo’s ‘With the Fire on High,’ I knew I had to read her latest book, ‘Clap When You Land.’ Written in poem form, Acevedo writes about loss and how it shapes our lives. Every summer, Camino Rios’ father visits her for the summer in the Dominican Republic and on the day he’s supposed to land, his plane doesn’t make it. In New York, Yahaira Rio is pulled into the principals office, and is met by her crying mother. As the two girls navigate the loss of their father, they also are faced with the task of navigating the unknown and the new relationship that is in front of them.
My Review: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
BEANTOWN GIRLS BY JANE HEALEY
1944: Fiona Denning has her entire future planned out. She’ll work in city hall, marry her fiancé when he returns from the war, and settle down in the Boston suburbs. But when her fiancé is reported missing after being shot down in Germany, Fiona’s long-held plans are shattered.
Determined to learn her fiancé’s fate, Fiona leaves Boston to volunteer overseas as a Red Cross Clubmobile girl, recruiting her two best friends to come along. There’s the outspoken Viviana, who is more than happy to quit her secretarial job for a taste of adventure. Then there’s Dottie, a shy music teacher whose melodious talents are sure to bring heart and hope to the boys on the front lines.
Chosen for their inner strength and outer charm, the trio isn’t prepared for the daunting challenges of war. But through it all come new friendships and romances, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected dreams. As the three friends begin to understand the real reasons they all came to the front, their courage and camaraderie will see them through some of the best and worst times of their lives.
My Review: I am a sucker for a historical fiction set during WWII, especially when it has to do with Boston! After this one popped up on my radar, I knew I’d be instantly sucked in and couldn’t put it down. 24 hours later, it was finished. Now the book – Fiona has her entire life in front of her but after her fiancé’s plane gets shot down in the war, she decides to become a Red Cross Clubmobile Girl with her two friends so she can get some answers. Throughout the book, we fall the girls to Europe, into the war, and on Continent. But don’t worry, I promise there’s stories of friendship, love, and loss intertwined in between.
My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What have you read lately?