[Book Talk] Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk

Book Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read: April 2017


The hilarious new summer bestseller from Lindsey Kelk, bestselling author of the I Heart series.

Everyone loves a bridesmaid – except Maddie, who’s perpetually asked to be one.

Everyone loves a wedding – except Maddie’s best friend, who’s getting divorced.

And everyone loves the way Maddie’s so happy behind the scenes – except Maddie herself.

One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown. And as Maddie juggles her best chance at promotion in years with bridezilla texts and late-night counselling sessions, she starts to wonder – is it time to stop being the bridesmaid?

My Thoughts

This book was so much fun! I was a little scared going in because I had just read Lindsey’s book We Were On A Break and it was just okay, so naturally I wondered if I wasted my money buying this book while on a book buying shopping spree. BUT, it was deliciously fun!

I would say that the synopsis is a bit misleading because I can’t remember Maddie always being the bridesmaid and it felt like that’s what the story’s focus would be, but instead it was more on her friendships with her best friends, while one is getting divorced and the other getting married, and Maddie is in the middle being pulled in two different directions. I loved the male leads in this story and the romance was perfect — though I wanted a little bit more.

But while I would say this was a romance, the story was mostly about friendship and not taking your friends for granted, as well as finding who you are and what you want in life. The whole story was so much fun and I loved how Maddie found herself — and love — along the way.

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews!

Uncorked Thoughts
Annie’s Book Corner

[Book Talk] The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) by Brent Weeks

Book Details

Format: Ebook
Source: Library
Read: April 2017

Lightbringer series

  1. The Black Prism
  2. The Blinding Knife
  3. The Broken Eye
  4. The Blood Mirror


Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

My Thoughts

And it’s another book I read that was recommended by Regan from Peruse Project! Seriously, I love her book reviews so much and I feel like if she ever tells her audience to read a book I’m instantly picking it up. This book was fantastic!

Now, this isn’t a book I would’ve picked up originally. I don’t usually read fantasy and when I have, I’ve read more YA fantasy, books that are a bit lighter, etc. I don’t usually pick up high fantasy books by male authors with male protagonists. I know it sounds wrong, but my tastes usually lead me towards female authors. But NOW … now I want to read more male authors and more fantasy and definitely more of this series.

I loved this book. I loved Kip and Gavin and the whole world, the idea of colours and prisms. There were so many things that happened in this book that had me, like “WHAT?!?” and I flew through it … actually, it took me about 8 days to read, which is a long time for me to read a book (says the girl who took three months to read an Outlander book) and normally I’d be like, okay, just get this book read already, but it made me slow down and really take it all in. I loved how when I’d put it down and pick it back up, I was genuinely excited to read it and I knew exactly where I left off. The whole story was very plot driven and had so many twists and turns and just when I thought I knew where it was going it went in the opposite direction.

Honestly, I finished this book and needed more! It is such a great introduction to the series and there are so many things I need to know. The next book is going to be so good!

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews!

Rantings of A Cursebreaker
The Past Due Book Review
My Open Sketchbook

My Top Contemporary Picks for Summer! #SummerReading

I don’t know about you guys, but when the winter snow FINALLY disappears (which seems to take forever here where I am) and the flowers start to come out, I have a desire to read books in the sunshine. I know some people would prefer to do active things like swim, or hike, or go biking, and while being active is great, I just prefer to sit in the sunshine with a good book! And maybe a beer. And some watermelon. But don’t get the watermelon on the book!

I love reading contemporary books in the summertime, from books about family or travel or summer books that take place in sunny places on a lake or the ocean. I’m north of the mountains in the middle of Canada, so no ocean for me over here. Plus, I am at home with two littles 3 and under, so not a lot of travel, either! So I travel through my books.

So, here are my top contemporary picks for summer reading! I hope you find one that you’ll add to your own summer TBR.


If Only You Knew by Kristan Higgins

Kristin Higgins writes such great stories and not only was this one so good, it was crazy addicting! It literally kept me up reading all night long because I just couldn’t get enough. I find her books are a good mix of light and fun stories, with very relatable characters and storylines.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) by Stephanie Perkins

This is one of those books I’ve read over and over again and it just never gets old! I never tire of the beautiful Paris setting, the romance, the school setting. This was my first Stephanie Perkins book and it made me fall in love! And who wouldn’t want to visit Paris in the gorgeous summer sunshine?

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes

Speaking of addicting stories, this is one of my all-time favourites! I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love. Jojo Moyes writes such compelling stories that put readers through a full range of emotions and this is one of her best.

By Your Side by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my favourite, favourite authors. No matter what she releases, I will read it and most likely I’ll love it! Her stories are cute, romantic, and quick to read. And this one takes place in a library, so what’s not to love? Isn’t it every bookworms dream to fall in love in a library?

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

Remember how I said I’d prefer to sit in the sun and read a book, rather than do physical exercise in the summer? Well, if anyone is going to convince me to get up and do something active, it will be Miranda Kenneally. Her whole Hundred Oaks series is great, but this one is a favourite of mine. When I read it for the first time, I just had to run – perhaps I should put it on my own TBR again to inspire some running again!


Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman

Alright, this one is both a contemporary AND a historical, but it’s so so good! I love stories that weave both genres together seamlessly, especially ones like this one that take place on the ocean in a lighthouse. I will always love lighthouse books! Kimberley Freeman is such a good writer, too – she knows how to suck you in right from the first pages!

The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielen

With summer weather comes summer storms and this book packs a punch with its tornado-chasing characters. Twister is one of my favourite movies and this brings stories like that to the page. It was exciting and intense, not just with the storm chasing, but with some family drama and a little romance thrown in.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I love Morgan Matson’s books and this will always remain my favourite. The emotions are high in this story and even though it takes place in a beautiful setting in the summertime, it was incredibly sad! That being said, if you don’t mind having some tissues on hand, this is a beautiful book that’s perfect for summer!

My Not-So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella 

I just read this one this year and loved it so much – which is what I say about pretty much every Sophie Kinsella book. I think any of her books are perfect for the summer but I really loved this story. Katie’s trips to her father’s farm just made me long for summer days and cool breezes on a hot day. Plus the story has a great message. You’ll love it!

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

This was one of the first new adult books I had read (well, one of the first books marketed as new adult) and it was such a great book. It was one of those hyped up reads that I didn’t think could be as good as people said, but from the first few pages I was hooked and I just loved the story. Since then I’ve been keeping my eye out for anything new from Katja Millay because she’s such a great writer!

What are your summer contemporary book recommendations?