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Every month, Kristin from Taz + Belly and I host this fun little book-loving link-up, and we're so happy you've stopped by!

Here's how this works: We pick a theme every month, you pick a book that fits (we all read different books! it's fun that way!) and then all link up and share our thoughts (with a handy-dandy R.E.A.D.S. acronym usually--see below!) and link up and become BFFs. You can read more about this whole thing here.

This month's theme was: A Book You Can Read in One Day

I chose: The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

You can read the plot summary on Goodreads here! You can grab this book HERE (affiliate link).


What part of the book could you NOT get enough of?  I absolutely loved this story. I think I had misjudged it as a more foodie novel based on the cover and title, and it threw me when I realized pretty quickly that food wasn't the focus of this one. It's much more about friendships and relationships, which I loved, and the unexpected twist in this one really hooked me and made me race through to the ending.


How did you relate to/care for the characters? What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? I didn't expect to like these characters as much as I came to -- there was more to them than originally met the eye, and I'm glad I gave them more than a few pages to win me over! Like I said, I really loved the way this one took an unexpected turn and went to a better (deeper, too) place than I anticipated. I thought it would be just a fluffy, lighthearted read, but it turned out to be so much more.


What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it's themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? I don't have books that are similar to this one, exactly, but if you liked this one, I bet you'd also like Delicious! by Ruth Reichl and The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.


You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? This cover doesn't really do this book justice, in my opinion. It makes it seem cheesier and girlier than it is, and like I said earlier, it leads you to believe it's all about the cake... which it really isn't. I would do a different cover to really sell this one well, but once you get to reading the inside, it doesn't even matter!


How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? This one was a 5-star winner from me -- any book that can make me laugh, keep me hooked, and make me cry all in the span of one day of reading is one I highly recommend!




July's theme is "A Summer Read". (Take that however you want!) Find any book that feels like summer to you, read it this month, blog your thoughts (you can use our R.E.A.D.S acronym or whatever style you want!) and link up at the end of the month!

Kristin from Taz + Belly and I are so excited to have you joining us, and we can't wait to see this fun little link-up grow this year!

We'll link up next on JULY 25!