The Coffee Shop Chronicles: What I Read In July

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I love the idea of going to a coffee shop, ordering a latte and sitting for hours with a book in my hand. This daydream usually involves it raining outside, is that weird? There's something so comforting about coffee shops, rainy days and good books. Unfortunately I can't get myself to a coffee shop every time I want to, although that's probably best for my bank account. But that doesn't stop me from curling up with a blanket and getting lost in a good book. Here's what I read in July, and whether or not I think you should read them too. 

UnEnchanted: Chanda Hahn - "Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular, and uncoordinated; until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her high school status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its next fairytale victim. To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end" - source:

Should you read it? If you enjoy young adult books, and fun easy to read takes on fairy tale stories then yes, absolutely. I liked this book enough that I decided to read the second one as well, and I wasn't disappointed. The only thing that truly bothered me about this book was the lack of editing. I saw mistake after mistake and unfortunately it pulled me out of the story. However, the story was creative and entertaining and I do recommend it.

Fairest: Chanda Hahn - "In the sequel to UnEnchanted, Mina Grime discovers that all is not fair when it comes to the Fae and their tales, especially when they don't play by the rules. Barely surviving the Story's first fairy tale quest, Mina still has hundreds to go before she can end the curse on her family. But a new player arises to challenge Mina while new rules revamp the game she has just barely begun to understand. Can Mina survive the most difficult quest yet while protecting those she loves from falling victim to one of the most lethal tales of all?" - source:

Should You Read It? If you're interested in this story, I do recommend beginning with the first in the series so you get all the background information you need. This is the second in the UnEnchanted series, and it was another quick but good read. This one was slightly more predictable than the first, however, and I didn't have the desire to continue on to the third book of the series. I only recommend reading this if you enjoy the first in the series. 

Insanity: Cameron Jace - "After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll's paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland's real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science" - source:

Should you read it? Clearly I was on a YA kick this month. Out of the three young adult books I chose to read, this was absolutely my favorite. It was fast paced, and a very interesting and different take on the Alice in Wonderland series. The characters were captivating and the book left me on a cliff hanger that makes me excited to continue onto the second book. You should absolutely read this book, especially if it's still being offered for free on!

Three Girls and a Baby: Rachel Schurig - "Ginny McKensie's life is spiraling out of control. Finished with college, she should have been planning her wedding. After all, Ginny and Josh were made for each other - everyone said so. Except the love of her life didn't agree. Now Ginny is back in her hometown, unwillingly single and stuck in a dead-end job. When she discovers she's pregnant, Ginny is convinced her life is ending. Instead of planning a future with Josh, she's learning the truth about morning sickness, juggling bills, and seeing just how far designer jeans can stretch. Her life-plan never included dating again (not even with her too-hot new boss) or being a single mother at 23. Now, with the help of her best friends, Annie and Jen, Ginny must try to re-imagine, and rebuild, a life she never wanted" - source:

Should you read it? This was a very cute story of three best friends who face the challenges of sticking together when one of them becomes pregnant. Although the ending was predictable in this one as well, it was my first experience with a chick lit story and I wasn't disappointed in it. The characters reminded me of my own best friends and how I would hope to be there for them if any one of them became pregnant, or as I hope they would be there for me! It was an easy and somewhat brainless read that I recommend for anyone who enjoys this genre. 

Hit your favorite coffee shop, grab a book and get lost in it. What have you read this month? 


  1. I absolutely love coffee shops, they have such a wonderful vibe.

  2. Like your coffee with a conscience? Grab a cup from Oceana Coffee Bar, which offers fair-trade, locally roasted, organic coffee.


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